BLOG #9 CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Frequently Asked Questions

I wanted to write a little more about CranioSacral Therapy (CST) – like a short lesson in school!
How does CranioSacral Therapy work?
CranioSacral Therapy works by helping the body’s natural healing mechanisms (that inner health I wrote about last time) dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system. This is accomplished by utilizing a physiological body system called the craniosacral system, which maintains the environment in which the central nervous system functions.
The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the cranium (head) down to the tailbone area (or sacrum). The role of this system in the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord is so vital that an imbalance or dysfunction in it can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities. For example, if the bite is out of balance, the whole head is out of balance, and often the whole body.
How can something so gentle be so powerful?
The craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body, just like the pulse. I use a very light touch to monitor this rhythm from head to feet to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress. I can then encourage the natural movement of the fluid and soft tissues to help the body self-correct. This simple action is often all it takes to remove a restriction! Sometimes, like peeling layers of an onion, once some restrictions have released and balanced, others may show themselves and need attention.
What dis-ease can CranioSacral Therapy help?
Because of its influence on the functioning of the central nervous system, CranioSacral Therapy can benefit the body in a number of ways — from bolstering overall health and resistance to disease to alleviating a wide range of specific medical conditions.
Because of my own experience with jaw problems – which caused severe pain and restricted mobility in my shoulders and right arm, and constant lower backaches as my sacrum would get jammed – I tend to draw a lot of clients with jaw issues. I treated an infant today whom I saw the first time at about 3 months old. At that time, he could not get a good latch on his mother’s breast to nurse successfully, and was constantly fussy. That one treatment allowed him to nurse wonderfully well (he’s quite a healthy, chubby boy now!) and return to being a happy baby.
I often see people who are suffering chronic symptoms that haven’t been aided by other approaches. As I wrote in the blog about fibromyalgia, I believe there are many disorders that can be attributed to very poor development of the jaw. And along with too narrow, too far back (retrusive) jaws there can often be depression. There is a combination of compressed cranial bones and sacrum that is referred to as the triad of compression-depression. And sometimes anger.
Another area of great effectiveness is with stress-related dysfunctions. Insomnia, fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, anxiety and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction are a few examples. I think TMJ is exacerbated by stress, and also can itself cause stress!

One final note for today: I find myself encouraging most people I work with to drink more water. A book that came out some years ago, “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidi, has an excellent prescription: In normal daily life, drink half your body’s weight in ounces of water! If you’re exercising hard, you’ll need more. So a 120 lb. woman would need a minimum of 60 oz. of water; a 200 lb. man will need 100 oz. Sodas, fruit juice, teas or coffee don’t count – pure water! And if you’re in an area that adds toxic fluoride to the drinking water, make an effort to find filters that remove the fluoride too.

BLOG #8 Health and Rhythm

Thoughts have been rolling around in my head for a few days. Should I write about the truly inspiring course I took in June called “Embryo in Motion; Understanding Ourselves as Embryo” or rant a bit on health issues we face these days? Then I thought about rhythm. Health and rhythm won out!

My father’s old gigantic Webster’s Dictionary of 1986 defines health as “physical and mental well-being; soundness; freedom from defect, pain or disease….” It states that “health is something different from strength; it is universal good condition.” It also gives a rare definition of health as “the power to heal, restore or purify.”

This rarer definition fits my therapeutic practice perfectly! As I work with each client I attempt to connect with what Dr. Upledger called the “inner physician” and which I also call inner wisdom. This definition from Webster’s teaches me to call it what it really is: health. It is the power we all carry within us to heal, restore and purify.

We are all beings of rhythm. My now 13 ½ year old Labrador is reminding me that it is nearly 6pm here in California, and she wants her dinner at 6pm! Rhythm. Our infants and children thrive if we keep regular, dependable rhythms in their daily lives. Our craniosacral system is rhythmical – the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the ventricular system of the brain, as the ventricles fill with fresh cerebrospinal fluid, and release it to surround the brain and spinal cord: fill, fill, fill, fill, pause, release, release, release, release.

Many of us have experienced how it feels when our hearts are “out of rhythm.” We’re unbalanced. When our children’s lives are not in rhythm, they do not feel balanced, and usually do not act balanced. I think many behavior issues stem from a real lack of rhythm in their lives today.

As adults, we can override our body’s natural desire for rhythm – in waking, sleeping, eating, concentrating and relaxing, breathing in and breathing out. But we usually pay the consequences, sometimes in constant high levels of stress, sleep problems, and illness. I will get on a roll and get to bed early enough, so I’m energetic in the morning and take my brisk interval walk before breakfast. Then I get lazy, and want to stay up later and finish something, and procrastinate. Then I get up a little later, and soon I’m all out of rhythm again!

(Sabrina has now been fed!) What does Webster say about rhythm? Lots. For our purposes, it comes from the Greek word rhythmos, meaning measure or measured motion. Flow or movement. In art, the aesthetic relation of part to part. This definition of flow or movement can also be ascribed to health. Most dis-ease is a lack of flow or movement. Health = balance = rhythm.

What we eat, breathe, hear, and see can all affect our health, and I’d like to write on these later. For now, I see the lack of rhythm in our lives as being a prime contributor to a lack of health. Years ago when I left teaching in a Waldorf School, I entered the corporate world of computer software marketing. It was the start-up company president’s joke to say, when leaving for the day at 7pm, “Oh, only working a half day today?” The software developers worked closer to 70-80 hours a week. There’s no balance in that work life. I don’t know when the sales people saw their families. We Need Rhythm to maintain Health and Balance!

The sun takes 25,920 years to go around the whole zodiac circle, called the Platonic Year. This is a world rhythm as the sun advances around the zodiac to return to its vernal point where it rises in the spring.

“On the average, a human being breathes 18 times a minute. This may, of course, vary, for our breathing is different in our youth, and in old age, but if we take an average, we obtain as a normal figure for the respiration, 18 breaths a minute. We thus renew our life rhythmically 18 times a minute. Let us now see how often we do this in one day. In one hour this would be equal to 18 x 60 = 1080. In 24 hours: 1080 x 24 = 25,920, that is to say, 25,920 times.” (From a lecture by Rudolf Steiner of 28 January 1917, “Man’s Position in the Cosmic Whole; the Platonic World Year”) Wow! Pretty amazing. Here we are living on earth and we share a basic rhythm of life with the cosmos.

Happy Thanksgiving for those celebrating! More soon.

BLOG #7 CranioSacral Therapy and the Limb of the Head; Improving Health by Opening Up the Airway

I’m borrowing from an article I wrote which was recently published in Lilipoh Magazine’s Summer 2010 issue (www.lilipoh.com).  It’s not available online.

There is an epidemic in the industrialized world which is getting little press: the human jaw is no longer developing as nature intended.  What is getting noticed are many of the results of under-developed jaws such as snoring and sleep apnea; bruxism, or teeth grinding; ear inflammations; TMJ problems; asthma and mouth breathing.  All these symptoms and more can be attributed to the central problem caused by this lack of proper development of the jaw: an insufficient airway provides insufficient air!  Our total health is directly related to our ability to breathe. 

Growing bodies are affected by this lack of proper growth of the mid- and lower face and jaws. The child’s body needs a stable and solid foundation upon which to build.  When the upper jaw is too narrow, or the growth is down and back, rather than down and forward, the lower jaw cannot grow forward. When the lower jaw is stuck in this backward position, the nasal airway is restricted and children breathe through their mouths.  Even quite young children are now developing the forward head posture adopted by the body’s inner wisdom to open up the airway and help breathing. 

This same situation holds true for adults today.  Grown up bodies are also affected by this lack of proper growth of the mid- and lower face and jaws!  We are becoming used to seeing our fellow men and women with forward sloping shoulders, forward head posture, and often fairly thin lips.

“…when we look at the limb aspect of the human being, everything that the limbs represent in their external form and development is primarily a transformation of the upper and lower jaws.” (Rudolf Steiner, The Foundations of Human Experience, p. 205.) Is there a connection with the lack of physical movement and activity in children today and this lack of development of the “limb” of the head? 

When describing the three-fold aspect of the human body in thinking, feeling and willing, Rudolf Steiner also describes this same three-fold aspect within the head.  The forehead is connected to the thinking aspect; the mid-face to feeling; and the lower face and lower jaw, or mandible, to the will.  The open-mouthed, slack-jawed face and posture of a young child sitting passively in front of a television set is an unfortunate picture of modern life and restricted or undeveloped will forces.  So, how does CranioSacral Therapy help?

CranioSacral Therapy works by helping the body’s natural healing mechanisms dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system.  And a reduced flow of oxygen is definitely a stress on our bodies! 

In my CranioSacral Therapy practice, I treat newborns, children and adults of all ages.  In 8+ years of practice, I have rarely seen a well-developed jaw.  Thanks to a combination of CranioSacral Therapy, exercises, and often functional orthodontic appliances, however, I have been able to witness wonderful changes and improvements.  It was a welcome eye-opener, for example, to learn that the childhood dysfunction I suffered from, bedwetting, is directly connected to jaw development and a restricted airway!  I can utilize CranioSacral Therapy techniques to release restrictions in the cranial bones and muscles of the jaw, sometimes in conjunction with jaw exercises or appliances, to help children stay dry all night!

A serious consequence of restricted airways in children and adults is snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  This lack of oxygen can often cause ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as the brain becomes aroused several times a night and wakes up the child.  Brock Rondeau, DDS, in The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment for Your Health, states that ADHD affects one in twelve children. 

In a 1997 research article published in Sleep, 20 (12):1185-1192, researcher RD Chervin determined that “…snoring is associated with higher levels of inattention and hyperactivity, and 81% of snoring children with ADHD (25%) could have their ADHD eliminated if their habitual snoring were effectively treated.” 

What’s a parent to do?  Observe your child. Does he sleep with his mouth open?  Snore?  Is she a bedwetter?  Does she get earaches, headaches, or grind her teeth so loudly you can hear her down the hall?  Did she use a pacifier?  Does the teacher say he can’t sit still in class? 

Find a CranioSacral Therapist who works with children.  Ask around to find a dentist who practices functional orthodontics, or a Myo-functional therapist who trains children to close their lips, swallow correctly, and should know functional dentists.  Allow your children to be active, and keep them away from the TV!

BLOG #6 CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND FIBROMYALGIA

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND FIBROMYALGIA – Is there a JAW/TMJ connection?

According to an article posted at www.Fibromyalgia-Symptoms.org, 75% of fibromyalgia sufferers also have TMJD, or Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction. In my limited experience and that of dentist colleagues, I’d guess the proportion might be even higher.

I was very pleased to be the guest speaker at a local fibromyalgia support group meeting this week. I spoke about the success of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) in reducing pain for fibromyalgia syndrome patients, and the connection of jaw position, compressed cranial bones, and restricted airway to fibromyalgia – and to my work as a CranioSacral Therapist.

On August 16, 2004, a research study was published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain entitled A Retrospective Review of Outcomes of Fibromyalgia Patients Following Physical Therapy Treatments. According to the abstract, “Clinical outcomes for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients treated with physical therapy interventions have traditionally been unsatisfactory.” The researchers went on to report that they began using CranioSacral Therapy techniques, along with something called muscle energy techniques, with reports of “remarkable improvement” after nearly two years of therapy.

A systematic, retrospective review of fibromyalgia patient records was conducted. Results showed that …”61% of patients reported pain levels decreased by 50% or more…Quality of life improvements were reported by 65%.” Exciting results!

It is my belief that the results just quoted would be significantly greater were those same test patients also treated with functional, orthotic, orthotropic jaw appliances to open up the airway and relieve compression on the temporal bones and whole body from retrusive, retrognathic jaws! As discussed in my blog of October 19th (#3), a large number of us born and living in the industrialized world are suffering from problems with proper jaw development and growth.
In May of 2007, the Orofacial Pain Center of the University of Kentucky in Lexington (rbalasub@dental.upenn.edu) published the results of a study comparing the prevalence of temporomandibular disorders in fibromyalgia and “failed back syndrome” patients. 53% of the Fibromyalgia patients reported having face pain compared with 11% of the FBS patients. Of those Fibromyalgia patients who reported face pain, 71% fulfilled the criteria for a diagnosable TMD.
The study’s authors reached the conclusion that: “The high prevalence of TMD and psychosocial dysfunction among Fibromyalgia patients suggests wide-reaching dysregulation of autonomic and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functions.” Although not in any way a scientist myself, I believe there is a great possibility that the actual Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction from an under or poorly developed jaw is a cause of this “wide-reaching dysregulation”, rather than a result of Fibromyalgia.

What do you think? A member of the support group spoke of developing her fibromyalgia symptoms following dental extractions and retractive orthodontia! I welcome your comments.

Blog #5 CranioSacral Therapy and Back Pain – a Case History

Way back in 2005 – it seems way back – a client came to me who had been in a car accident. She’d had numerous doctor visits with X-Rays and MRIs, yet was left with radiating pain on her right side and down her leg, which necessitated the use of crutches. No doctor had been able to relieve the pain.

Her sister was familiar with CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and urged her to try this therapy before doing anything more drastic with the “regular” doctors. It was the sister’s search that brought this formerly active, professional woman to my office.

I had been working as a CranioSacral Therapist for about two years, and had already had more than one client experience dramatic improvement with this gentle therapy. Great gifts for a therapist! The client – let’s call her Annabelle – came to my office on crutches and obviously in great pain. Getting onto my therapy table required some effort and she did not bring much hope. She had come because her sister (thank you, sis!) had insisted.

Well thank you dear Dr. Upledger and the wisdom we each carry in our own bodies: Annabelle’s body, her “inner wisdom or inner physician,” when invited with completely non-invasive, hands-on therapy to do what it needed to do to move back into balance – did so! After a little over one hour, I helped her sit up. As the fluids in the body are generally less restricted at the end of a session, I always tell clients they may feel a little dizzy for a moment. Then slowly Annabelle touched her feet to the floor and stood on both legs – with very little pain! Whoo-hoo!

Her body had been jolted so hard in the car accident, when the van she was riding in was hit from the side, that it was left literally out of balance. Gently inviting her sacrum and hips, back, shoulders, neck and head to find their alignment was what her body needed, and it responded.

I saw Annabelle 7 times in all over the course of 2 months. She never needed the crutches after the first treatment. Session by session, her body did more correcting. She was not ready to sit at a computer all day every day right away – as none of our bodies probably ever are! – so there was a little backsliding at first when she returned to work. But continued therapy worked its magic, and Annabelle regained her active, physical, pain-free lifestyle.

I’d like to write next time about my own experience with back pain and my jaw connection! Comments welcomed.

BLOG #4 Jaws II Breastfeeding

I treated a 3-week old infant this week whose mother had been referred to me by another mother whose baby I had helped previously. This beautiful little boy could not get his mouth properly attached to his mother’s breast to nurse. Lactation consultants had been consulted even though this was the mother’s second child and she had great experience nursing her first.

Thanks to the innovation of Dr. Upledger, I learned in my pediatric CST training how to gently invite the release of certain cranial bones that might be restricted in their normal movement, thus preventing the baby from getting his lower jaw down and forward enough, lips spread out, to get a good drink of this elixir of life! As our bodies are wonderfully connected – as the old song goes, “the thigh bone’s connected to the knee bone…” – I also work with the inner wisdom of the baby to gently balance his body “from head to foot.”

At the end of the session, the infant was contentedly suckling at his mother’s breast, and I hope to hear a continued good report from Mom.
There are many CranioSacral Therapists who likewise help the newborn’s body to release restrictions from natural birth, caesarian birth, forceps and vacuum extraction techniques, and the hard work of being born onto this earth. Helping a baby with nursing problems, colic and other issues is a very rewarding part of my CST practice.

I seem to have gotten a little sidetracked – but brought up the issue of the newborn as an example of how much effect the lack of good development of our jaws can have. And what wisdom is inherent in breastfeeding our babies, as suckling at the breast brings the jaw down and forward, while bottle-feeding and pacifier and sippy-cup sucking force the jaws down and back.

As I referenced in my article Breastfeeding, Bottles and Pacifiers ;The Importance of Jaw Development on Reducing Ear Infections for Lilipoh Magazine’s Holistic Wellness Issue, “A 1991 article in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association describes the strong association between exclusive bottle-feeding and malocclusion.” (If you’d like a copy of the article, please feel free to email me at cstbrenda@verizon.net, and I’ll send it as an attachment.)

One speaker at last week’s Symposium of the International Association of Facial Growth Guidance, Dr. Brian Palmer, DDS, has given presentations all over the world on the importance of breastfeeding for the proper development of the oral cavity, airway and facial form, infant caries, and other issues such as sleep apnea. He has spent much of his adult life teaching the importance of breastfeeding as it relates to total health. He offers lots of great research and information at his website: http://www.brianpalmerdds.com/bfing_import.htm.

What to do if you really can’t breastfeed your baby? The wider the nipple on the bottle the better to expand the palate, more like the mother’s breast. And remember the old silver baby cups given to newborns? Try to transition your infant to a cup from the bottle. They need to use their mouth muscles to get their lips around the cup edge – good exercise and jaw development. If you need a traveling cup, I recommend a cup with a small hole in the top, or a cup with a straw. And hopefully you can find a CranioSacral Therapy practitioner nearby to gently encourage proper jaw development!

JAWS #1 – NOT the movie!

BLOG #3 10/19/2010 Jaws #1 – Not the movie!

Hello! I promised to blog about the jaw, jaw development or lack thereof, and the airway. You may have heard of Dr. Frances Pottenger’s research on cats, which took place between 1932 and 1942. Unlike much animal experimentation today, I do not believe there was cruelty involved, although some cats could not survive with their deformities. We can thank the cats for the nutritional information provided us for generations to come! Dr. Pottenger looked at nutrition, especially cooked and raw meat, and its effects on successive generations of cats. All of the groups of cats whose diet was partially cooked developed “facial deformities” of the exact same kind that Weston Price observed in human groups on the “displacing foods of modern commerce”—narrowed faces, crowded jaws, frail bones and weakened ligaments. (You can search for Westin Price, or Pottenger’s Cats to get more detailed information.)
It took Pottenger’s cats from three to four generations of an all-raw diet to recover their perfect tooth and jaw formation, skeletal structure, and health. I personally do not eat or recommend raw meat – I only started eating meat again after 20+ years of “fishy” vegetarianism. But I think we can draw a parallel to the change in diet here in the United States especially from the 1950s and 60s on. The advent of “convenience” foods including TV dinners (all nicely done up in aluminum!) and packaged, prepared foods followed the advent of canned foods in the prior century. (The first book on canning foods published in France in 1810!) Now jump ahead to microwave ovens. They literally nuke the life right out of foods.
Another interesting factoid on the continually poorer nutritional state of Americans involves the aftermath of the Second World War. There had been a number of factories built by our government to manufacture munitions for our war effort, and after the war, some bright minds decided that they could convert these munitions plants to artificial fertilizer plants. Nitrogen was a prime component of TNT and other explosives. “The government asked munitions plants to begin manufacturing chemical fertilizers and pesticides from its bomb materials, giving birth to our industrialized farming system, where farmers were able to grow vast amounts of a single crop on the same tracts of land year in and year out.” See Organic Farming: http://myecoproject.org/get-involved/organic-living/. Big problem: Healthy plants need at least 16 nutrients. Mega farming with these artificial fertilizes adds just 3: potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen.
All the above pertains to why our jaws are not developing as nature intended, and so many of us living in industrialized countries have lost the beautiful proportions of our lower face. Add to the nutritional deficits the practice of bottle feeding infants along with pacifiers, which serve to push the developing baby’s jaw down and back, rather then down and forward, and we have a sorry situation! At the era of my birth – and it was long ago! – my mother was counseled by the pediatrician not to breastfeed me, but use formula the doctor prescribed – condensed milk with some drops of oil.
A member of the Dental Cranial Orthopedic Study Group I belong to brought some refreshing news back from his trip to Bulgaria a few years ago. He was visiting a town where the people farmed the land and grew and ate their own food. No McDonalds, no microwaves, but plenty of hard daily labor on their small farms. The people had fully formed jaws, balanced faces, and seemed to have plenty of room for all 32 teeth!
One more practice continues to lead to the epidemic of poorly formed jaws, thin lips and rather flat faces. This is the use of so-called “4-bi extraction” routinely performed by orthodontists when Johnnie’s mouth isn’t big enough for his permanent teeth. The permanent bicuspids are extracted to make room for the remaining permanent teeth.
So why all the fuss? Because we need AIR! We need the breath of life. And the gateway to the airway is our mouth and jaws! And when the gateway is too small, too narrow and the space is much less than nature intends, we do not get enough air with each breath. And a backward jaw and too-small airway often leads to mouth-breathing with its companion “stuffy” nose and sinus issues, often leading to snoring, sleep apnea, allergies and on and on….
Is it cruel to end this blog here and not offer some alternatives? Maybe like the serial books or radio shows, I can entice you to continue visiting my blog to find out more with the next entry! I will be attending a symposium of the International Association of Facial Growth and Guidance later this week, and hope to be filled with wonderful new information to share. Thanks for reading and commenting!

So what is CranioSacral Therapy all about?

News and an introduction from the late-blooming blogger! I’m Brenda Barnetson, and I’ve been a CranioSacral Therapy practitioner in the northern Los Angeles area for nearly 9 years. I’ve studied a variety of natural healing modalities for most of my life, and have found CranioSacral Therapy to be a very powerful, yet gentle means of engaging each person’s own inner healing abilities, to achieve balance and health.

What’s CranioSacral Therapy used for? Who needs it? Well, it just about offers something for everyone! I’ve used it to treat headaches (including migraines), neck and back pain, TMJ and snoring, teeth grinding, ear infections, trauma from accidents and surgeries, ADD/ADHD, focusing problems, autism spectrum disorders, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, motor coordination problems, restless leg syndrome, eye problems like dyslexia, fussy colicky babies, fussy colicky Moms, and plain old garden variety STRESS!

I spent most of my 20s and 30s as a Waldorf teacher. Waldorf education treats the whole child with love and respect for the body, soul and spiritual developmental stages and needs in the journey to adulthood. Likewise, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) treats human beings (and dogs, cats, horses and other animals!) with love and respect for the whole person – body, soul and spirit – and their inner wisdom to achieve balance.

I believe my work as a therapist must be non-invasive. As the developer of CranioSacral Therapy, Dr. John Upledger, is quoted as saying: “Each of us has to do it in our own way. Therapists, teachers, doctors, etc. can either facilitate us along our own pathways, or tell us what they think we should do and inhibit our healing and growth processes.”

CST works by helping the body’s natural healing mechanisms dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system. It is a gentle- hands-on technique used to detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system. These imbalances may be the cause of sensory, motor, or mental/emotional dysfunction. The craniosacral system includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord – extending from the skull (cranium) to the sacrum, or tailbone area – and its movement and effects affect the whole body!

How did CranioSacral Therapy come about? It’s a fascinating story, starting in the early 1900s when an osteopathic medical student named Dr. William Sutherland, became fascinated by the anatomical design of the bones of the human skull. He saw that they were designed to move. He had a deep conviction that nature’s designs are purposeful, so…he experimented with feeling the rhythmic motions of the cranium and sacrum, and restricting these motions to see what happened! What is the origin of this motion he felt? It is the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the ventricular system of the brain. Ventricles are cavities or spaces. Cerebrospinal fluid is formed within this ventricular system. And this fluid maintains the proper, physiological environment for both the brain and the whole nervous system. Too much information? OK, hurrying on:

Dr. John Upledger proved the movement of cranial bones with optical and electron microscopes and radio wave measurements in the 1970s. He established the Upledger Institute in 1985, and since then, more than 75,000 healthcare practitioners have studied at least the basic course of CST.

Questions? Let me know! And more on the JAW connection next time!

Brenda’s CranioSacral Health Blog!

Welcome to Brenda’s CranioSacral Health Blog!   You will see a lot of interesting information on a great variety of topics, like CranioSacral Therapy, stress relief, functional jaw therapy, help with TMJ, snoring and sleep apnea, etc.  Issues that will interest parents and teachers such as why we should pay attention to mouth breathing and how CranioSacral Therapy can help the “antsy” child.  How can my aching back be connected to my jaw?  Are my migraines actually related to my bite?  Why is warmth so important for babies and children?

Whenever you hear someone asking about CranioSacral Therapy or other alternative health-related issues, please refer them to this blog.   I hope to create a community online that can find and share  answers and interesting information about CranioSacral and other health related topics.  Thanks!

I look forward to sharing information that can benefit us all, and welcome your comments and questions as I begin my new life as a late-blooming blogger!