CST for Injuries, Post Op recovery and Trauma

upper-back-pain-causesHave you ever had an injury or operation and the area just never seems to fully recover, but on xray or scan, it has been completely repaired and appears normal?  The area still aches, or is painful, or flares up occasionally (usually just when you don’t need it to)?

Well, there is a very good reason why.  Residual trauma from events such as car accidents, birth trauma, abuse or injury may result in a variety of chronic conditions. In response to stress and trauma at the physical, emotional, and mental levels the body’s tissues contract (tighten/spasm). When unprocessed shock is severe enough the tissues remain contracted and the trauma becomes embodied. Any stresses, strains, tensions or traumas which have been stored by the body in this way, will restrict the body’s functioning and may give rise to health problems over the years.

Something the average person does not consider is post-operative trauma: despite analgesia, when an incision is made in the body, the unconscious mind registers this as a life-threatening event, causing the body/mind to respond appropriately, with the fight/flight mechanism. Unable to “escape”, the body sinks into a depression to facilitate an adjustment to an inescapable situation. Rationally, we “know” that the operation was necessary, but the bodily violation remains contained within our cellular memory as a trauma, resulting in emotional stress and potential depression.

cropped-header6.jpgCraniosacral Therapy facilitates and supports the body’s innate ability to effect deep healing of physical or emotional traumas that have not found appropriate release through massage or other types of therapy.

An example is:  A client of my wife’s had a traumatic event in which he was shot through both arms.  He is a prominent person in the gardening industry and as a result of the injury (and shock/trauma) lost the use of his right arm, which impacted hugely on his mobility and ability to demonstrate how to prune roses.  My wife visited him and spoke with his daughter whose child had witnessed the event, and suggested she take the child for Cranio to help him get over the shock.  She was asked if it would work for her father, and she answered “yes of course it will, but he already thinks I am a little strange so I am not going to suggest it to him, here is the website and some info, if he wants to try it, he can give my husband a call”.

Well, it turned out that he had been given the prognosis from a neurologist after electrical testing of nerve pathways on his arm to” forget ever using your right arm again, learn to use your left arm”.  This left him feeling very angry at having all hope of recovery taken away by this specialist, and when his daughter suggested Cranio to him, he responded “I will try ANYTHING to get my arm back”.

On her next trip to Johannesburg, I travelled up with her on Sunday and we went to see him on his farm.  I did not have a therapy bed with me and I ended up giving him a session in a chair in his office.  He called me that night, cautiously excited, to say “whatever you did, I can feel my arm is different, its tingling, can you give me another session before you leave tomorrow”.  Generally we do not do this, as the body needs time to integrate the healing, but he being the lovely man he is, persuaded me to give him a second session and I left to go back to Durban by plane.  He called me that night to say that he could feel in his fingers tingling, and he would like to continue with his sessions.  I could not unfortunately travel that distance bi-weekly to give him sessions so I referred him to my colleague Carlo de Bruin in Pretoria and he continued to see him in the New Year (this happened in November).

My wife saw him at Gardenex at the end of March and she went to greet him, and he swept her into a huge hug and waved his arm about excitedly saying “look, look, and I can prune to” and showed her his adapted pruning technique with his right hand which was still weak, but it was working!  He was elated as you can well imagine.

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So!  That whiplash/frozen shoulder/old injury that you have been told that you “must just live with”, or the operation you had on an area that still troubles you, migranes, sore knees and hips, elbows or legs and ankles, can all be physically released from the trauma they are carrying from injury, post-op trauma and shock and the area can then return to normality and full function.