Anxiety & Depression
After receiving CranioSacral Therapy (CST) treatments for a variety of reasons, including anxiety and depression... 74% of these patients reported a “valuable improvement” 67% reported an improvement... 70% were able to decrease their medication use or discontinue use altogether.
Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health and Emotional Release
CranioSacral Therapy can help your anxiety, depression & improve your mental health
During a typical CranioSacral Therapy (CST) treatment, the body relaxes and the brain slows down, stored emotions may surface for healing. Somato Emotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma.
CST & SER can have a positive effect on the regulation of mood, reducing anxiety and inducing deep relaxation. While the individual focuses on relaxation, the therapist increases the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). As the PNS coordinates with the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), it triggers the body to secrete hormones, such as serotonin, which flood the body and brain with increased calmness and wellbeing. Heart rate and blood pressure decrease as a combination of "feel-good" hormones, coupled with mindfulness, help induce relaxation.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to decrease or alleviate a wide variety of emotional and physical dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to depression and mental health issues.
What is depression and how it can manifest
Depression is a serious mental health condition with frequent severe symptoms being experienced including intense sadness, fatigue, and a loss of interest in life. According to Beyond Blue, it is estimated that 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. While medication can help, alternate methods can play a vital role when it comes to recovery. Managing stress and anxiety, psychotherapy and healing treatments such as Craniosacral Therapy may also provide relief.
A CranioSacral Therapy study on depression, mental health & migraine
A study published in 2011 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
157 patients received CranioSacral Therapy (CST) treatments for a variety of reasons, including headaches and migraines, neck and back pain, and anxiety and depression. 74% of these patients reported a “valuable improvement in their presenting problem,” 67% reported an improvement in general well-being and secondary symptoms tied to pain or chronic stress, and 70% were able to decrease their medication use or discontinue use altogether.