Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Sep/Oct 2012, Issue 6 - Page 18

Pain Treatment Overview CranioSacral Therapy: Gentle Touches for Tension Release by Deon VanDyke “F “I or me CranioSacralTherapy is like a reset function for my central nervous system. I am amazed at how quickly it can stop a stress reaction and make me feel more normal.” was impressed on my first visit. I had been to so many doctors, undergone so many tests, treatments and therapies. I walked out of many medical visits feeling no better than when I walked in. Imagine my surprise when, after my very first visit, I felt tremendously better. The pain that had been my constant companion for months was much better. The good feeling lasted for days. I could not believe it. With time, I found the benefit lasted longer and longer after each visit.” to see my therapist on a regular basis. It comforts me knowing if I am stressed or having difficulties, I know where I can get relief from the pain.” s a massage therapist, I discovered CranioSacral Therapy (CST) ten years ago and quickly added it to my sessions. After coursework, internships in several clinical settings, and serving as a teaching assistant, I received certification and now use only CST in my private practice. I continue to be amazed at how much improvement A can be made with these simple techniques that help with stress, migraines and headaches, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and TMJ, etc. Pain is reduced in tender points commonly found in fibromyalgia. There are no side effects with CST. H ealing can be pain free. Through the power of gentle and patient touch, CST can release tension and tissue restriction, relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve health and well-being in general. The body protects itself by defending against what it “T his therapy is so relaxing, never harsh, and I leave without symptoms and feel rejuvenated. I compare it to feeling like a child after a nap. I continue 18  Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Life Sep/Oct 2012