This is a short CASE STUDY of a lady who came to see me suffering with M.E. and DEPRESSION (we’ll call her Karen).
Karen came to see me having been suffering with ME for about 12 years. During that time her symptoms had steadily got worse, despite trying lots of different ways to help herself. She had also during this time become very DEPRESSED. She was often bedbound with fatigue and would ‘crash’ frequently after relatively little activity – she described the fatigue as a 7 out of 10 (10 being the worst she could possibly imagine). She said the depression was a 10 out of 10 and she was experiencing back pain which felt like a ‘ripping’ and she scored that as a 6.5 out of 10. Her main goal was “to feel alive / happy / healthy again”, which she said hadn’t for at least 6 years.
Improvements came after just one session and after she’d had five, she said the depression was a 1/10 and the fatigue just 3/10. The pain was improving a lot also.
It was clear to both Karen and myself that further improvement was almost inevitable so she maintained her sessions with me, although they became more spread out. Karen found that having a CST session every 6 weeks needed to be part of her “care plan” and would “keep her on a level”, even to the point where she continues to see further improvements even now.
The last time I saw her, she got tearful telling me how CST had “changed her life” and how she had gone from “being largely bed-bound to LIVING A FULLER AND HAPPIER LIFE’.
I often see people suffering with extreme and chronic fatigue. It can even be progressive. They have usually tried a lot of other things before they come and see me and are desperate. They are unable to work, sometimes not even able to drive to come and see me and are relying on other people to look after them.
Of course there are fundamental things to look at first where these is fatigue.
Are you getting enough sleep?
How is your diet?
Is there an underlying medical cause eg thyroid issues, hemochromatosis etc (seek blood tests to be sure).
I still have fatigue, so how does Craniosacral Therapy help?
What I am really talking about though is people who are suffering with fatigue as part of a bigger diagnosis such as M.E or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or who have simply got gradually more and more run down for whatever reason.
Let’s look at the unique way that CST can help, at a very deep and profound level to build the resources of the system and alleviate fatigue – I have seen it many times!
When I tune into your system during a session, I will be tuning into the ‘tidal rhythms’ which are present in your body. This tells me a lot about the resources that you have and how well you are generally. Almost inevitably, where there is fatigue, the quality of these tidal rhythms is quiet or lacking potency. I will then look to carry out certain procedures (not manipulative) which have the effect of ‘recharging your batteries’. Over time (and this process will often take several sessions), the resources of the system build and the effects of that are profound.
It is quite common for someone to get back to leading a much more active life, getting back to work and so on as a result of the improvements made.