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It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted anything but today I had such great news from a new client that I just had to sit down and write. Last week a woman came into my office to talk about her 13 year old son who wets the bed every night. She stated that they have tried many many things over the years and nothing seems to work. Such is the case with lots of people who walk through my door.
I did not have any experience with this situation and told her that I had a hunch that CranioSacral therapy would help him but I did not know for sure. My mind was racing with thoughts. She left the office and took my card.
That night I did some research on Nocturnal Enuresis. I learned that it is way more common than I would have thought. Numbers vary but an estimated 5-7 million children in the United States have nighttime enuresis. 15% of 5 year olds and 10% of 6 year olds experience it and as children get older there is a gradual decrease in that number of about 15% per year. Still, that leaves a fairly large number, about 2%, by age 13. Etiology is not completely understood and, therefore, widely debated. Many authorities believe that causes may include family history of bedwetting, incomplete or abnormal nervous system, hormone imbalance and sleep patterns. Most of these can be addressed with CranioSacral Therapy so when she called me to set an appointment, I was hopeful that CST would help.
One treatment, 1. The first night after the first treatment the boy had a dry night. The membranes in his system were very very tight. Because he is only 13, they softened up nicely. Because it was so unusual for such a young person to feel this way, I asked his mom if he had a difficult birth and guess what? My hunch was correct; vacuum was necessary to bring him into the world. Knowing this, I felt the cause of the severe tightness was due to his birth process and not to environmental toxins or other causes and so I felt he would correct more completely with just a few more visits. He came to see me 2 days later. Again, dry. Ultimately, he came 5 times for CranioSacral Therapy treatments. Between visits, he had a couple of wet nights but mostly dry.
If you are reading this I hope you will talk about it. This family, of course, kept this situation to themselves. I’m sure others do as well. It was only by fate that the mom and I began talking one day. I’m sure there are many other kids and families out there who are dealing with this same issue. Knowing that CranioSacral Therapy could be a beautiful, gentle and compassionate solution to a very emotional and embarrassing problem could be golden news to the right person.
Since my last post on Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I have had a call from someone who had recently had a stroke. He was making progress with his recovery but one month later was still having trouble with his speech, coordination and strength. He also had some eye pain and was having trouble sleeping.
At his first visit it was clear that this person takes very good care of himself. I always say that the healthier you are going in to a health crises, the better you will come out of it. A great argument for taking care of and respecting your body.
At the first visit, I gently supported this person’s cranial rhythm and provided some manual lymphatic drainage at his thoracic duct, neck, shoulders and head. This allowed the environment in his brain to become much more balanced and clean. CranioSacral work can help heal any fibrosis that may have developed as a result of the stroke. Additionally, CranioSacral and Lymphatic Drainage help to clear toxins, proteins and other particles from the interstitial spaces leaving a cleaner, more healthy environment for cells, nerves and muscles to function properly.
After two days my client reported that his voice and strength were better. He decided to commit to at least 4 more sessions. Two weeks later he is now riding his bike on the trainer, driving his car, sleeping better and seeming much more vibrant than the first time I saw him.
I would like to add that this person puts way more effort into his recovery than just coming to see me. I know that he sees his physical therapist and spends a couple of hours every single day doing his prescribed exercises. He also has seen an acupuncturist at least once. I’m sure there are many more things he is doing that I am not aware of. This is said to make the point that we must all take self responsibility for our health and healing. This man is paying close attention to his body and is making the effort to give it what he thinks is best. It is clearly making a huge difference in his recovery.
I am happy to be a part of his success and hope this story can be passed on to others who may be recovering from a traumatic event to help remind them that recovery does not just happen. We must look at ourselves, our own individual situation, and make the effort to give our bodies what they need to succeed.
It is amazing to me that the part of our body called the Lymphatic System is so unknown to so many people. Simply put, the lymphatic system runs parallel with the circulatory system and returns clean blood to the heart along with the veins. Our blood leaves the heart through arteries and is distributed to all the cells of our bodies. Most of us know that it returns to the heart via the veins. However, that is only part of the story. We have excess proteins, toxins and other particles that are too large to absorb into the veins. Luckily, the lymphatic system is equipped to absorb them and figure out what to do with them. On the way back to the heart, the lymphatic system analyzes its contents and breaks down and/or destroys any particles that are dangerous to our system before returning the important particles and clean fluid to our heart. It is then sent out again as fresh, healthy oxygenated blood.
When the lymph system becomes sluggish or does not function properly, we can eventually have a toxic environment and disease will prevail. This can happen from a number of reasons including surgery, trauma, burns, radiation, infections, swelling, fatigue, stress or age.
I have spent the past two months studying the lymphatic system and learning Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (MLDT). Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is an extremely relaxing technique used to help recirculate healthy body fluids, stimulate proper functioning of the immune system and balance the autonomic nervous system. Some specific results may include:
* reduction in swelling and lymphedemas
* immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
* regeneration of tissues and anti-aging effects
* detoxification of the body
* relief from chronic pain
* deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
* antiseptic actions to relieve conditions such as voluntary or involuntary muscle hypertonus
* reduction in the sysptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
* alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
* relief of chronic and subacute inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies
You might consider having MLDT if you have any of the above issues. Additionally, it can be helpful pre/post surgery to aid with recovery and pre/post athletic event to allow for better muscle contraction and aid in recovery. It can be a very proactive and healthy way to help your body prepare for the upcoming winter season. Consider MLDT as one of many alternatives to a flu shot.
It’s certainly not the only answer to staying healthy, but it can be a valuable addition to your health regime.