If you like being pampered, you will love the relief that a session of cranial sacral massage therapy can bring.
This form of therapy gently address the muscles and bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum (the triangular area in the lower back situated between the hipbones).
Cranial sacral therapy is a noninvasive form of massage intended to release compression and thereby relieve headaches, back and neck pain and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) — the pain of the jaw and surrounding muscles.
There are a fantastic number of muscles around the scalp and facial area that can retain tension, especially when a person is under stress. Cranial sacral massage dissolves that tension away.
Tension has numerous causes. The head itself is quite heavy — it weighs from 5 to 11 pounds. By comparison, a gallon of milk only weighs 8 pounds. Neck and back muscles quickly become cramped trying to maintain head position for extended periods.
Trauma from injuries or even sleeping on a faulty mattress or an uncomfortable pillow can push bones out of position and cause migraine headaches, neck and back pain, and inflammation of the lower jaw. Incidentally, migraines can also be caused by insufficient sleep. Cranial sacral therapy has been known to improve the quality of a person’s sleep for weeks after a single session.
Like other forms of massage therapy, you really have nothing to lose by giving cranial sacral therapy a try. If it eases your pain, it will be a massage experiement well worth the effort.