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Cranio Sacral Therapy

I have had migraines since childhood, maybe once a year with aura ( squigly lights and loss of peripheral vision ) up until my mid 40’s.

Approximately 4 years ago I developed a sharp increase in migraines but without aura. I had been in a car accident with whip lash, however, the increase didn’t begin until 6 or so months after the accident. I was also in perimenopause, so, the headaches were blamed on “hormones”.

I tried EVERYTHING including multiple preventative and rescue medications, steroids, accupucture, chiro, naturopathic tx, occipital nerve block, botox, physical therapy and strict diet changes with very little relief.

I had a headache approx 5 days per week, 4-8 on the pain scale. I was never convinced that my headaches were “hormonal”, but somehow related to my neck, even though my Neurologist insisted they were not since I had a normal neurological exam. By the grace of God, a friend told me about a physical therapist and message therapist who practices cranio sacral therapy. I had my first treatment 6 weeks ago and GUESS WHAT?! I have NOT had more than 7 headaches since!! Initially, it made me profoundly tired…but that is OKAY with me!! This man and his skilled hands and huge heart have given me my life back!!

For those of you who have tried it all, please consider cranio sacral therapy and DO NOT give up!!

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  • Migrainiac
    7 years ago

    I am 54. I started prescription meds at age 9. My headache never goes away. I try to keep the level down with meds, stretching, and meditation. I now have 5 compressed discs in my back (blunt force trauma to the head – football!) and arthritis in my neck which is closing the inside of my spinal column. I tried Cranio sacral just 2 weeks ago. The first time I left crying. Maybe because of toxins being released into my body. Partly, I believe, because the therapist and I talked about my personal history. I went to two more sessions which were very relaxing, but no headache relief. I believe this might be a successful therapy for some but it did not work for me. Good luck! Kenny

  • marybethrosebrook author
    7 years ago

    I did have 3 “rounds” of physical therapy prior to Cranio sacral over the past 2-3 years. Cranio sacral is nothing like PT ie; exercises for strengthening. It IS trilling when you find a solution and am so happy for the woman in the video!!

  • aaronseacat
    7 years ago

    We had a patient with a similar story… had tried all kinds of options but still suffered for years. Physical therapy was the solution for her and she was so thrilled she made a testimonial video about her experience. See it on YouTube

  • chipdooley
    7 years ago

    I have had everything but the botox and I suffer migraines like you do. I have never herd of cranio sacral, what is it? What kind of doctor does it? And ant other information you can tell me i would really appreciate it. Thank you very much Chip Dooley

  • marybethrosebrook author
    7 years ago

    Hi Chip,

    I am so sorry that you suffer from migraines, I absolutely understand how frustrating it is to find the treatment that works for us. Here is info on the man who performs the treatments on me:
    Richard Farnham, P.T., L.M.T., is a physical therapist with 32 years of experience. He is a 1974 graduate of Ithaca College P.T. School and in 2006, graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage. Mr. Farnham’s work experience has included hospitals and private practices in California and New York State, including Ithaca College Health Center, Robert Sprauge P.T., Tompkins Community Hospital (now Cayuga Medical Center), and Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. Since 1985, he has owned and operated his own private practice in Ithaca, NY.

    Mr. Farnham specializes in an integrated manual approach for the treatment of adaptive dysfunction affecting the spine, extremities, cranium, visceral system, and balance of the nervous system.

    His expertise in the evaluation and treatment of complex/confusing symptom pictures through his understanding of the contextual relationships between the various systems of the body.

    The treatment modalities he employs are myofascial release, cranio-sacral therapy, positional release technique, visceral manipulation, and the Chinese elemental theory as related to the fascial/connective tissue system of the human body

    I did not need a referral from a physician. It is considered alternative medicine and may not be “accepted” by traditional medical practitioners…but who cares?! If it works, right?! I am paying out of pocket…$90.00 per session which last for at least an hour and a half. I submit the claims to my insurance company myself, and have to pay a $500.00 deductible first. Where do you live? I would start with googling cranial sacral therapy in your area. It is a hands on treatment, but nothing like massage.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions at all!! This treatment and this man have given my life back!!!



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