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Hi, I am John Jennings, founder of the Hayward Clinic in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. I recently have moved my practice near to Timoleague  - Co Cork.

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I trained with the Upledger Institute Ireland, and keep up-to- date with the latest developments by assisting with the training from time to time. Bandon is where the majority of my craniosacral therapy is carried out. I have been practising here for nine years, and in that time I have seen a wide range of conditions and illneses that have responded well to craniosacral therapy. Most of my work is pain related, though there are other areas such as learning difficulties, sleeping problems and pre and post natal problems which appear quite regularly.  In fact, a great many conditions that do not respond well to other modalities are helped by CST (craniosacral therapy).

At the clinic, the accent is on friendly relaxed service. There is no pummeling, crunching or popping of discs. Instead, we work with the body's innate healing mechanism through a gentle hands-on contact with the craniosacral motion, which can be felt anywhere from head to toe. Clients feel so relaxed that they quite often drop off to sleep, and are reluctant to get off the table at the end of the session.

Many people new to CST are disappointed that nothing much happened during their treatment. This can best be summed up by this statement from the wife of one of my clients:

"Harry came home saying you had done nothing for his rugby injury, but the next morning he could not believe how doing so little could have such a profound effect".

When you have read the information on CST, and you would like further information on how it might help you, please contact me on johnjennings.cst@gmail.com  or on M: 0861089860

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What is Craniosacral Therapy?
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That is a good question, and one that defies a short, simple answer, but here goes…

Craniosacral Therapy, or CST as it is sometimes called, is a very gentle hands-on approach to releasing tensions from the soft tissue of the body, and restrictions to the cranial bones (head) and the sacrum (the big triangular bone at the base of the spine).

These bones are connected by the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, and with them form what is known as the craniosacral system, which encloses the central nervous system. All of the nerves of the central nervous system have to go through these membranes on their way to and from the brain. Therefore anything that affects this bone/membrane system adversely, could have far reaching effects and is often at the root of such conditions as chronic pain, digestive and respiratory disorders, joint mobility, vertebral disc and jaw problems and much, much more.

Many people who have received more robust forms of treatment are a little sceptical of the very light touch of CST. They have the philosophy of “no pain, no gain”. However their scepticism disappears when they experience the powerful effects that craniosacral therapy can have. We find that using force can set up a defensive response in the soft tissue which then has to be overpowered. In our view, this has an inhibiting effect on the self healing mechanism and can delay full healing.

Many conditions that do not respond well to other forms of treatment are eased or eliminated by craniosacral therapy, which may be why it is one of the fastest growing therapies in the world. Many doctors, nurses, osteopaths and physiotherapists are now training in CST. Because it is so gentle, it is suitable for all ages from new-born to advanced old age.

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The History of Craniosacral Therapy
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DR. ANDREW TAYLOR STILL.

(1828 – 1917) Andrew-Taylor-Still-191x300Craniosacral therapy, or CST as it is sometimes called, has its roots back in the nineteenth century. A physician called Andrew Taylor Still came up with a revolutionary way of treating illness and disease. He was born in Jonesboro, Lee County in Virginia on 6th August 1828, the son of a physician and Methodist minister. He decided, early on, to follow in his fathers footsteps as a physician. After studying medicine and serving an apprenticeship under his father, he became a licensed MD in the state of Missouri. He served as a doctor in the Union Army during the American civil war, 1861-1865, where he experienced first hand the horrors and suffering of war.

Following the death of three of his children in 1864, from spinal meningitis, and shortly afterwards the death of his wife in child-birth, Still concluded that the orthodox medicinal practices of his day were frequently ineffective and sometimes harmful.  The practise of bleeding the body, prescribing medicines that included arsenic, mercury and addictive narcotics, and frequent amputations were standard treatments of that time. He devoted the rest of his life to studying the human body to find more effective ways to treat disease. His clinical research and observations led him to believe that the musculoskeletal system played a vital role in keeping the body healthy. He believed that the body contained everything required to maintain good health, if properly treated. (more…)

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How does CST work?
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The Cranio Sacral systemInside the membranes of the craniosacral system is cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This brings in nutrients for the brain and spinal cord and takes away waste matter. It also helps to cushion the brain to protect it from bangs and bumps to the head. The fluid comes in as a big fill and drains away gradually, followed by another big fill, and so on. The bones of the skull have to move in order to accommodate the fluid, so they move slightly apart creating a bigger space, and as the fluid drains away they move back together again. This movement is tiny and would not normally be felt except by a trained therapist. This tiny movement is extended throughout the craniosacral system via the membranes, and from there out into the whole of the body, probably by the nervous system.

Trained therapists use this rhythmic movement to detect abnormal tensions in the soft tissue of the body by feeling it with a very light touch of their hands, and by working in a very gentle way with this movement they help the natural healing mechanism to release the tension and return the body to ease and balance. When that happens, symptoms brought about by that particular tension start to fade away.

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What causes these tensions?
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Tensions in the back muscles causing pain

Tensions in the back muscles causing pain

As we go through life everybody is subjected to a certain amount of stress. This is quite normal, and in many ways beneficial. However if a particular stress is severe, or there is an accumulation of minor stresses, or a stressful situation is maintained over a long period of time, the body’s self-healing mechanism may get stalled or sometimes even becomes overwhelmed.

Stress can come in the form of car accidents, falls and sports injuries, that are physical in origin. Or from mental and emotional strains. These can include bereavement of a loved one, divorce, or the pressure of an over-demanding job or employer. Bullying, either at home, in the work-place or at school, and physical and sexual abuse all have a hugely stressful affect, where both physical and emotional stress can be present.

Stress can also be biological in origin. Disease, bacteria and germs can bring about stress in tissues, organs and body systems. Surgical interventions are by their nature very invasive, and the resulting scar tissue contraction, and possible adhesions can affect nerves, cause pain and limitation of movement.

Pregnancy and the process of giving birth, while quite natural, can leave the mother in emotional and physical turmoil, even when everything goes smoothly. If complications arise either during pregnancy or during labour, stress increases many-fold. Pelvic and back pain feature regularly, both before and after birth.

The baby, too, is not immune from problems, some of which can actually happen in the womb. All babies move around in the womb, some more than others. Quite often they will leave an arm or leg behind in an awkward position, or their head and neck at a particular angle over a protracted period. This can induce tension into muscles and tissue which can result in problems later on if not treated.

The birthing process is scary and physically demanding for the baby, even without complications. The head and neck come under a lot of pressure forcing their way through the birth canal and through the powerful pelvic floor muscles. If being pulled and rotated by forceps is added, even more stress is induced in the head, neck and thorax. Thankfully the human species has been doing this for millions of years successfully, and most babies come through it with flying colours. Sometimes, however, if there are feeding or sleeping problems, it may be as a result of some of these tensions having been retained.

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What happens during a treatment?
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The first treatment usually starts by your therapist taking a brief medical history to get a general picture of your health and to establish where any unresolved problems may have originated. You will then be asked to lie on a therapy table, unless this proves difficult for you, where you will be treated sitting in a chair.

There is no need to undress, but it is advisable to wear light, loose-fitting clothing so that you are comfortable. You will probably be asked to remove your shoes, and a belt if you are wearing one.

Your therapist will probably start at your feet, and gradually work up your body with their hands gently monitoring your craniosacral motion to locate areas of tension, and check for freedom in the cranial bones. They will then proceed to work with whatever area of tension is most prevalent.  Most treatments will last forty-five to fifty minutes.

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How many treatments will I need?
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This is a difficult question to answer because everyone is a unique individual who comes with their own history of illness, accidents

Neck pain treatment in Craniosacral therapy

Neck pain treatment in Craniosacral therapy

and inherited pre-disposition to emotional and physical stress. As a general rule, the longer the problem has been noticeable, the longer it will take to resolve. In my own experience, most people need between three and six sessions. Having said that, I have had some who required only one session, and others who needed ten or more, but the majority fall in the three to six bracket.

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Case Histories
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Siobhan presented with back and head pain, and was lacking energy. She was the mother of two young children. The pain started after the first was born, and the tiredness came on about the time her marriage broke up, some four years prior to her visit to me.

On examination, I found her lower back and sacroiliac joints very restricted. The joint where her head connects to her neck was locked, and her cranial bones and membranes very tight.

Over the next four sessions we worked through the emotional tension caused by her failed marriage and the physical effect of child birth and strained pelvic floor muscles. By that time she had no pain and her energy levels were back to normal.

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Sandra came to me with persistent headaches which she had “ for ever”, and lower back pain which was more recent. She was a girl in her early thirties who loved to play football. While taking her medical history I found that she had suffered from menningitis at the age of eleven, from which she made a full recovery. Menningitis is severe inflamation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, and can leave them in a very tight condition. She had also been involved in a motor accident where she had been rear-ended a few months previously.

By working with the cranial bones I was able to gently traction the membranes, encouraging them to let go of the abnormal tension caused by the menningitis. On the second session we were able to release the tension from the lower back brought on by the car accident. After just two sessions Sandra was, and remains completely free of symptoms.

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Oliver came to see me to try to resolve his vertigo. This condition affects the inner ear and can cause nausiating dizzyness and balance problems. He had also been getting head, neck and back pain since losing some close family in separate accidents within a short space of time some years previously. By working with the cranial bones and the muscles of the neck we were able to clear up the vertigo in the first session. The remaining two sessions were spent on the lower back and pelvis.

Not all problems such as Oliver's resolve quite as quickly, but he has had no further problem with these three years on.

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