Over the years treating patients with CranioSacral therapy has brought many interesting cases on how emotions can represent evident difficulties in people. The statistics show over 70% of conditions are really psychosomatic, meaning emotion representing throughout the body.
It is common to see patients going through the process of CranioSacral treatments connect to their emotions, their past experiences, their memories, specific events like accidents or incidents as they tap in the stored memory in the body. During CranioSacral therapy it is a great opportunity to connect to ones inner self, others might have called the inner wisdom or the inner physician as Dr.Upledger the founder of Craniosacral therapy called it in his book The Inner Physician In You. You know when you get the gut feelings? or when something inside of you knows the answer and you say I knew it! Or when that inner voice verifys your intuition? This is what that is all about, allowing people to be able to connect to the awareness within and listen to that inner voice that has all the record and information and connects to the subconscious mind. In other words, what is our body trying to tell us through the many symptoms we feel? Is the body trying to communicate something important with how we feel that relates to 70% of psychosomatic conditions? It is like the body is trying to communicate something and somehow we are not understanding, but when it is understood we get to one of those ah-ha moments.
When people get to understand deep inside what it is that is their symptoms relate to is almost like entering a dark room and turning on the light to see darkness disappear. As patients find out subconsciously the amount of weight their carrying on their body due to that specific traumatic event experienced and held in the body as an emotion whether it would be anger, fear, worries, resentment, grief, guilt or whatever the case may be, it is now brought to the light of the conscious mind, where many times simply disappear as it is recognized and acknowledged, other times the emotion is released as a form of expressing it. Such as the case of young adult patient that was told by family through her growing years that anger was not to be express nor social and it was to keep to herself, up until she was able to recognize it given herself permission to release it on the treatment table. Other times its about being aware and understanding how much that specific emotion has been affecting the person throughout time not just physically but also in life in general.
The other day I received an interesting case about this lady ( name undisclosed ) who came to realized she was making herself sick. After living most of her life with all sort of symptoms related to inability to move, during treatment she came to see herself her association of being sick with being taking care for and loved in the family, she wanted to be sick without knowing so she could feel loved. It made sense for her to be sick at a subconscious level without knowing consciously about it. Throughout all these years she was not aware of it, she also realized that she could love herself and in the process walk out of those symptom and find better movement in the body to walk in life.
What are our symptoms trying to tell us? what if we understand them rather than just blocking them? Either way that inner knowing is the key that taps into each individual healing process. As many questions arise, I will continue to write on this exciting topic and some quite amazing results on my next article.
Edwin Galeano RMT / RAc
There is magic in touch…
In my last article, I had discussed the importance our emotions have on our lives and most importantly our health. There is a connection that Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) creates between our body and our emotions through what is called Somato-Emotional-Release; therefore our inner knowing and understanding of our emotions are represented through our bodies and therfore serves as our connection towards self healing.
What is Craniosacral Therapy CST
In order to discuss CST we need to refer to the Cranial Sacral System (CSS) which is related to the central nervous system. The CSS is compose by the membrane, the meninges, that encapsulates the brain and the spinal cord from the cranium all the way to the sacrum. This membrane has three layers; the central layer is important for the therapy because it carries the cerebro-spinal fluid within.
The movement of this fluid creates what is known as the cranio-sacral rhythm and it is through this rhythm that CST is able to evaluate and treat the CSS. This rhythm moves at a rate of 10 to 12 cycles per minute. People who have been through trauma can benefit from the balancing of the subtle expansion and contraction of the rhythm originating from the centre of the body.
CST uses a very light and gentle touch of about five grams of pressure to connect to the rhythm that can be palpated throughout the body. CST helps the body to initiate a new pathway towards self-healing; it stimulates normalization through its direct relationship with the central nervous system. Once, CST helps relax the central nervous system, numerous functions in the body take effect towards relaxation, balancing and healing.
CST is widely used as a wellness modality for people to connect with themselves, their emotions and their physical body. It has been used effectively in the treatment for head, neck and back pain, constipation, hypertension, jaw dysfunction, neurological conditions and joint inflammations. Also, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, tension related conditions, and emotional difficulties.
In essence, CST helps relax the central nervous system and release restrictions or obstructions within this membrane. Because of its gentle access to the very core of the body, it contributes to positive outcomes on multiple aches, pains, illnesses and emotional self awareness. People report experiencing sensations of lightness, floating, calmness, inner peace, as well as better sleep, increased elimination, increased mobility and mental clarity.
In the next article I will be talking more in dept about specific cases and the relationship of CranioSacral Therapy and its interesting effects…
Edwin Galeano RMT / RAc
Manos Para Su Salud
Desde la más remota antigüedad el hombre ha apelado, como una reacción instintiva, a la presión y masaje del cuerpo en zonas adoloridas por lesión, irritación, cansancio o tensión.
De allí que el masaje terapéutico representa la evolución de esta práctica ancestral, y es una poderosa vía natural para aliviar molestias corporales por tensiones musculares y dolores a causa de enfermedades, accidentes o desbalance emocional. También sirve para lograr de manera preventiva un equilibrio adecuado y mejorar la salud.
La amplia variedad de procedimientos y técnicas desarrollados por el masaje terapéutico permite estimular el organismo desde el punto de vista biológico, metabólico y psicológico. Ayuda a aliviar lesiones musculares y problemas de disfunción masticatoria y temporo – mandibular. Tambien actúa sobre el sistema musculo – esquelético, además del tejido conjuntivo y la piel.
Los usos más frecuentes del masaje terapéutico incluyen el alivio de condiciones como el estrés, depresión, insomnio, problemas circulatorios y; por supuesto, dolores musculares, articulares y óseos, facilitando así la reparación de lesiones agudas o crónicas.
El masaje terapéutico también actúa en el sistema muscular incrementando los niveles de oxígeno y nutrientes en el organismo, ya que acelera la circulación sanguínea y linfática. Además, favorece la resolución de procesos inflamatorios, la eliminación de desechos metabólicos y evita la atrofia muscular. Una de las ventajas adicionales del masaje terapéutico es que no sólo actúa sobre la parte física del ser humano, sino que también tiene ciertas implicaciones a nivel psicológico y emocional, ya que activa la liberación de sustancias como la serotonina y la dopamina, las cuales producen una notable sensación de mejoría y bienestar.
Por todo lo anterior, el masaje terapéutico es considerado un recurso importante para la fisioterapia, la cual es ampliamente usada en centros de salud en todo el mundo para contribuir al mejoramiento de la salud y calidad de vida. Y en la Clínica de terapia Hands For Health hemos ayudado a cientos de pacientes durante la última década a lograr ese importante objetivo.
El poder de Nuestras Emociones
Durante más de una década he ayudado a pacientes con todo tipo de dolores, lesiones y dificultades con el cuerpo físico. He tenido la fortuna y la oportunidad de trabajar con muchas personas por medio de la liberación emocional del cuerpo. Muchas veces los dolores provienen de tendones, músculos o discos vertebrales que están fuera de su posición natural, ya sea por accidentes automovilísticos lesiones o un mal movimiento… muchas veces. Es así que las emociones juegan un papel de gran importancia en los bloqueos del funcionamiento normal, los cuales se relacionan con la mente y el cuerpo. Estadísticamente, cerca del setenta por ciento de las condiciones tienen un origen sicosomático, lo que pudiera explicarse como emociones que se manifiestan de una u otra forma a través del cuerpo como un síntoma, condición o enfermedad. Esto nos da indicación de la gran importancia que juegan las emociones en nuestra vida. Ellas tienen un gran poder, nos guían y también traen información consigo que nos enseña en nuestro proceso individual a lo largo de nuestra vida. Qué si te dijeran que tienes la libertad de escoger entre paz, alegría, pasión, plenitud o amor en vez de rabia, resentimiento o tristeza? Y si alguien te dijera que el verdadero propósito de nuestra vida es permitirse más felicidad? …O si te dijeran que la verdadera medida del éxito en la vida es la felicidad…? Nuestra vida es definida por las emociones que sentimos cotidianamente.
Buenas o malas, las emociones juegan un papel de gran importancia; ellas nos impulsan a lograr nuestras metas, sueños y objetivos. Sin embargo, también tienen la gran capacidad de debilitarnos y enfermarnos. Las emociones son la materia prima de lo que manifestamos y materializamos en nuestra realidad. Hoy tenemos el poder de decisión sobre nuestras emociones y además podemos utilizarlas como una brújula indicadora en nuestro trayecto de vida, bien sea para dirigirnos hacia nuestro objetivo o para entender e identificar la fuente del estancamiento emocional, ya que ese saber interno se convierte en nuestra liberación emocional.
Edwin Galeano RMT / RAc, Somato-Emotional Release
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, then very likely the topic of Whiplash is of your interest. Hands for Health Therapy Clinic have helped many patients over the last decade recover from all kinds of pains, injuries and of course Whiplash.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person’s neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force, most commonly from motor vehicle accidents. The injury usually involves the muscles and ligaments of the neck. The most common type of car accident is the rear impact, and most typically, the occupant in the vehicle that gets “rear-ended” (hit from behind) is at the greatest risk of injury, including whiplash. Whiplash is also sustained in many other ways, including head banging, bungee jumping falls or during a fast or sudden movement which may be with or without impact creating one of the major injuries covered by insurance companies.
Fortunately, whiplash is typically not a life threatening injury, but it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability.
Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash is commonly caused by a motor vehicle accident in which the car the person is riding is struck from a vehicle from behind without notice. It is commonly thought the rear impact causes the head and neck to be forced into hyperextension as the seat pushes the person’s torso forward – and the unrestrained head and neck fall backwards. After a short delay the head and neck then recover and are thrown into a hyper flexed position.
The most common symptoms related to whiplash include: Neck pain and stiffness, headache, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, jaw pain, arm pain, arm weakness, numbness, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears and back pain.
Make sure the head restraints in your car are in the appropriate position to support the head in the event of a rear end collision. Decreasing driving speed and leaving adequate distance between you and the car in front is an effective whiplash prevention strategy, because breaking suddenly is a major cause of rear end collisions.
Importance of Proper Injury Rehabilitation
Health professionals stress the need to have a proper treatment and rehabilitation for an early return to usual activities after a car accident or any other way in which whiplash is sustained. Most importantly, the patient with whiplash needs to be informed that usual activities may be temporarily painful but are not harmful. It is important to begin rehabilitation immediately to prevent future pain. In many clinical cases, cervical collars are recommended until the pain ceases. The rehabilitation program is usually between six to twelve weeks in length. If adequate treatment and rest is not taken until the injury is fully healed it can grow into a chronic pain.