What Is Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a type of massage therapy that uses light pressure touches on key cranial points in order to trigger rhythmic motions of cranial bones. Those who have tried CST claimed that the therapy improved their nerve function, brain function, as well as spinal fluid pressure. All these are possible causes of fibromyalgia.
Craniosacral therapy is said to help stimulate one’s endocannabinoid system to produce an endorphin rush that is similar to the runner’s high. This explains the pain relieving effect of the therapy. However, there is a lack of data to support these claims and further research is required. Nevertheless, there are some studies that show promising results when it comes to using CST in treating fibromyalgia.
Craniosacral Therapy For Fibromyalgia Pain Relief
A study done in Spain showed that CST can help to improve fibromyalgia pain. The relief is experienced immediately and lasted up to 8 weeks. The result of the intensive therapy has not been detected to be distinct from the control group after about a year. The study suggests that, when used on a regular basis, craniosacral therapy can have an important implication when it comes to fibromyalgia treatment.
Craniosacral Therapy Improves Anxiety, Sleep Quality, Depression and Quality of Life
Another study tested the effects of CST on depression, anxiety, sleep quality and quality of life in fibromyalgia sufferers. The study found that CST has positive impact in treating depression, anxiety and sleep quality. Thus, it helped to improve quality of life in fibromyalgia participants. Researchers observed that these improvements maintained up to 6 months since the initial treatment. Only the improvement in the quality of sleep was still observed one year after the therapy. Again, such study suggests that regular practice of CST can lead to a substantial improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms like depression, anxiety and poor sleep.