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  1. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

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    My physical massage therapist is recommending cranial scaral therapy for me. I've done some google-ing on it, but would love to get some feedback from anyone here who is familiar with it.

    I suffered a concussion recently and am dealing with continuing headaches, fuzzy-thinking, and substantial neck/back pain. (I've already seen the doctor; this is all 'normal' for my injury and can last for weeks/months :grumpy:.) I'm not a big fan of medications, so I'm open to alternative therapies. Anyone here have any experienced (good or bad) with this?
     
    Nov 7, 2009
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  2. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    I imagine if a crane got scared, it would fly away.
     
  3. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

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    :)

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  4. ivykeep

    ivykeep Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I've done cranial sacral therapy twice (and now that you've brought it up, think I may try and do it again).

    About 10 years ago, I had gone for a massage and when I described my headaches to the therapist she suggested trying Cranial sacral. Quite honestly I thought it was going to be a bunch of new age hoo-ey. And if watching from the outside, I think I'd probably still think that, but having done it and had FABULOUS results (my daily headaches went away and stayed away for over a year... since they are back, I think a repeat visit would help).

    It's sort of like a massage that you do clothed and laying on your back facing up. She did some scalp massage (mmmm, so relaxing) and touched pressure points along my neck, shoulders and hands. Then (here's the weirdish part) placed one hand underneath me just above my tail bone (at the sacrum) and the other hand on my lower belly just above and sat there for about 10 minutes. Not moving or massaging, but I could truly feel "energy" moving between her hands. Then she repeated doing the same thing at my head. It was incredibly relaxing -- we just chatted the whole time if I wanted and it worked for me.

    I did it a second time about 3 years later. I got relief again, but not quite as dramatic as the first time.
     
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  5. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Thank you! You addressed a lot of my concern. I am in so much discomfort/pain that I owe it to myself to try it. I'll let you know how it goes.
     
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  6. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Thank you Laura! I had my second CST session this morning, and for the first time since my fall (almost four weeks ago), I don't feel like my head is full of pressure. I can't express what a nice feeling that is.

    (And thank you CS for giving us such an increadible forum to reach out to each other for 'life stuff' in addition to PC.)
     
    Nov 16, 2009
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  7. PCMomto4

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    Was this something that your insurance covered or you have to pay out of pocket for? I have been having problems with constant headaches and suffer from migraines and am looking for an alternative to pain meds to help me deal with them.
     
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  8. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    I'm so glad you have found yet another way to get a head.

    (And I'm glad this therapy wasn't actually some kind of skull duggery.)
     
  9. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I asked my massage therapist about this the last time I got a massage. It sounds like an interesting therapy. The good thing is that if it's not what you need it doesn't hurt anything.
     
    Nov 16, 2009
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  10. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I probably wouldn't have tried this if I didn't have so much respect for the person who suggested it. It helped too that the gal she recommended was very exprerienced and confident in what she was doing (made it less "new age-y".) I went into it with one part healthy skepticsim and one part healthy curiousity. I also haven't had anything close to a normal day since falling several weeks ago....so that was a major motivator.

    Anyway, the physical pressure in my head seems to be gone (will see if it lasts thru the morning). I still have some headache, but this is so so so much better than what I was dealing with before.

    As for insurance, mine doesn't cover anything like chiropractic or massage therapies. However, I'm 'told' that if your insurance company is based in Florida and it covers physical therapy massage treatments, then it has to cover stuff like CST as well. (My insurance is federal-based, so that state provision doesn't apply to me.) Surprisingly, I know of a couple ivy-league-trained doctors here who actually write prescriptions for CST.

    And KG, I knew you wouldn't let me down in the pun department. :love:
     
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  11. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    Anything new that has even the slightest appearance of a new-age-woo-woo protocol is not easily accepted by many in the profession. I ran into the same attitudes with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. My (late) oncologist insisted that I have HBOT before any kind of oral surgery. My oral surgeon was a skeptic.

    But now that it's all over, I'm a believer in HBOT, and even my oral surgeon is coming around. And like CST, HBOT is not covered by most insurance plans.
     
  12. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I think you made a lot of us believers in HBOT. (I didn't envy the circumstances, but was jealous of all that dedicated reading time. ) ;)
     
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  13. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    Well, if the CST does do the job, you could always try HBOT. ;)


    Seriously, it is used for brain injuries, too.
     
  14. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

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    I've never done CST, but I'm happy to hear that you are getting relief.

    I was physically assaulted in '94. Along with other injuries, the suspect knocked my spinal column out of alignment in 3 places & left me with a concussion. I had a horrible headache 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - for 3 months straight. Several co-workers recommended that I go to a Chiropractor. I thought that they were quacks & refused for the longest time. I finally reached the point where if I thought that drilling a hole in my head to relieve the pressure would have worked, I'd have tried it! I was THAT desperate for relief. So I broke down & went to the Chiropractor that they were all recommending. He did x-rays & had me come back later that afternoon. When I came back, he showed me where my spine was out of alignment. The first vertebrae was one of the 3 spots, and it's position is what was causing the headaches. My first instinct when he adjusted the 1st vertebrae was to scream. But before I could do it, I realized that he had given me INSTANT relief. I still occasionally get headaches. I can push on a certain spot on the back of my neck, if it gives me relief, I know that the 1st vertebrae is out of alignment again. A quick Chiropractic trip resolves the issue! Hopefully, you'll get long term relief with the CST. If not, consider going to a Chiropractor! Like all professions, there are good & bad ones out there ... so ask around for referrals. Hopefully, you'll find one who can help! ;)
     
    Nov 17, 2009
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  15. PCMomto4

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    I know my insurance pays for chiropractic and physical therapy but not sure about the massage part of PT, I will have to give them a call and find out! Thanks for all the information.
     
    Nov 17, 2009
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