Using Craniosacral Therapy as a Treatment for Depression. 

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In this article we are going to look specifically at Endogenous Depression. 

Endogenous Depression.
This is the type of depression that seems to come out of nowhere – with no specific clinical or life-event link.

I am reminded of a client of mine who presented with physiological problems, but also felt a persistent depression over the previous year. When examined, he displayed a triad compression (three areas of tightness - the upper and lower spine and the head).

So, with his permission I began using CranioSacral techniques to release all three compressions.

The Source Becomes Apparent.
The improvement in his mood was startling and also his stomach cramps and nervousness disappeared. He later explained to me that he had been in a car accident the previous year and had not been able to “shake off” his depression since then.

What surprised him was that he was usually in good humour and couldn’t understand where this feeling had arisen from. After each treatment there was a marked improvement in his humour.

After three visits I had successfully released all three compressions. His doctor recommended that his medication be reduced and phased out over the next few months.

This was proof to me of the variety of symptoms presenting in the body when this compression triad is present and the significance of addressing this condition when treating clients.

Other Symptoms associated with Compression.
Of all cranial base dysfunctions - compression presents some special problems. Its clinical significance and physiological symptoms are often more severe, varied and sometimes even bizarre.

As well as endogenous depression, other symptoms associated with the Compression Triad are:

Working as a Therapist, I often find a cranial base compression - no matter what the client’s complaint nor how unlikely it may seem that the symptoms could be related to this compression. Thus, this compression has significance in conditions from the bottoms of the feet to the top of the head.

How One Thing Leads to Another.
Another significance factor regarding the compression triad was that one compression could cause the other two compressions.

For example, a fall on your tailbone can cause compression at the base of the lumbar spine into the sacrum and this causes the other two compressions at the head and top of the spine.

When one compression causes the other two, it may take months or even years for the compression triad to complete and may lead to a depressive state. When the compression triad is the cause of the depression the mood will often lift as you obtain the therapeutic release of the compressions.

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