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Mirashift offers a wide range of holistic CST treatments, including:

CHILDBEARING

Throughout the entire year of childbearing from conception to the postpartum stage, CranioSacral Therapy provides the changing body support and comfort.

Conception

There are many reasons why a couple may struggle with conception, and today, there are many methods to assist in achieving a successful pregnancy. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) can be used in conjunction with intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization or as a sole therapy.

CST specifically helps women with chronic muscle tension in the low back and pelvic floor, and misaligned bone structure and connective tissue within the pelvis — all of which can affect the nerves of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus.

Using CST to address restrictions in the reproductive organs and throughout the body can significantly help conception and reinforce a strong pregnancy.

Pregnancy

The discomfort that comes with a growing baby during pregnancy can range from achy legs, hips and joints, mid- and low-back pain, indigestion, congestion, and sharp abdominal pain from ligaments that become overstretched within the pelvis.

CST can alleviate pain during pregnancy as well as promote optimal fetal positioning leading up to the birth. After years of working with pregnant mothers through childbirth, we’ve become skilled at incorporating Somato-Emotional Release (SER) to help improve a mother’s emotional well-being, especially if she has experienced traumatic births in the past or has any fears surrounding childbirth: CranioSacral Therapy can be an excellent way to prepare the body and mind for motherhood.

Labor and Birth

Using CST during labor can provide substantial emotional and physical relief for the mother. Keeping the pelvis in balance and releasing fascial diaphragms prior to active labor can help the baby move more easily through the birth canal.

As a CranioSacral Therapist who is also a trained Doula, Monica Hamer has years of experience helping mothers achieve a state of deep relaxation during labor that significantly improves the entire birthing process.

Postpartum

CST is an excellent way to restore musculoskeletal reintegration after nine months of a slowly changing posture and body. In addition to helping the mother regain pelvic health and soothe hormonal imbalances, CST also provides major benefits for the newborn. During the postpartum period, the mother is treated while she holds the infant, or while the baby rests on her chest and belly. This way, both mother and child receive CST at the same time.

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PEDIATRICS

CranioSacral Therapy has many benefits for children of all ages with various types of diagnoses and challenges.

Birth and Gestational Trauma

Birth, by its very nature, is a traumatic event, as the baby leaves its familiar environment, squeezes through the birth canal and twists its way into the world.

Under normal circumstances, the cranial bones conform to allow a baby’s safe passage through the pelvis, and the baby’s head shape self-corrects after birth. Yet these self-correcting measures are sometimes hampered by the increased strain that can result from a C-section delivery, forceps, vacuum extraction, and labor-inducing medicines.

All these factors can compromise the brain and spinal cord, contributing to feeding and digestive issues, reflux, ear infections, plagiocephaly (a flattening of one side of the skull) and infant torticollis, or “wryneck,” in which a newborn’s head and neck are tilted to one side.

CranioSacral Therapy can help diminish these conditions and prevent further complications during this important early period in a baby’s life.

Tongue Ties

If a baby has a tight frenulum, or “tongue-tie,” it can restrict their ability to breastfeed effectively. The restricted movement prevents them from drawing the nipple deeply into their mouth and getting a proper amount of milk from the breast. This can cause the mother pain and nipple damage, and keep the baby from effectively gaining weight.

CranioSacral Therapy helps babies facilitate a better latch when breastfeeding by releasing tight muscles in the mouth, neck and shoulders. We are very experienced working with babies, and take time and great care connecting with them throughout the treatment. We have seen the greatest results when working on mothers and babies during the same session.

“After just one session nursing was no longer painful, and he was finally getting the nutrients he needed.”Kristin Delmul

CST treatments are also extremely beneficial in cases when a frenulum is so restricted it requires a revision by frenotomy. The release of muscles and other areas of restriction help the baby experience a smoother procedure, both pre- and post-frenotomy. The goal is to create greater comfort, a better transition to the new tongue movement while breastfeeding, and to avoid a repeat frenotomy that could result from tight surrounding tissues and muscles or scarring.

Learning Differences and Sensory Processing Disorders

The central nervous system plays a major role in human behavior, taking in sensory information and processing it so a person can respond appropriately. The brainstem is particularly vital to the central nervous system, since it screens information to help us come up with balanced decisions about what’s important and safe, and what isn’t.

When the brainstem isn’t working correctly, dysfunctions in modulation and self-regulation occur. As a result, the brain has trouble deciding what’s important or safe, which can translate into learning and behavioral challenges. Some of these challenges can result from structural compression at the occipital cranial base and restrictions in the temporal bones.

CranioSacral Therapy addresses these issues and directly helps the brain and the body restore its natural balance.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disability. One in 68 children in the United States has been identified as having ASD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There’s no single-known cause of ASD, but it’s considered to be a result of biological and neurological disorders affecting brain functions. Many children with ASD have temporal bone and cranial base compression and tight intracranial membranes.

CranioSacral Therapy helps those with ASD find greater ease within themselves and in the world around them by decreasing structural stress and strain on their central nervous system. CST can also enhance other forms of therapy for ASD, including neurodevelopmental therapy, speech therapy, sensory integration therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and homeopathy.

MIGRAINE & TENSION DISORDERS

CranioSacral Therapy can be a highly effective tool to ease the pain from migraine headaches and other tension disorders. CST offers relief from severe pain due to vasoconstriction and muscle tension throughout the head, neck and shoulders. CST also offers relief from the discomfort of sensitivity to light, blurred vision and facial numbness.

CST is a light-touch therapy that releases restrictions in the meningeal membranes around the brain and spinal cord. This release helps cerebrospinal fluid return to its proper balance and flow, allowing the central nervous system to operate at its ideal capacity. Cerebrospinal fluid within the craniosacral system acts as a shock absorber for the brain, transferring nutrients to the nerves, brain and tissue of the spinal cord.

The fluid also flushes away waste products left behind by metabolic processes. Keeping the central nervous system free of restrictions has been shown to both relieve and preempt pain from migraines and related tension disorders.

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety condition triggered by a specific traumatic event or series of events. Combat, natural disasters, physical or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or death of a loved one are examples of events that can trigger PTSD in children or adults.

Upsetting memories or thoughts can induce a range of emotions – and occasionally, personality changes — as the sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight response” takes over. PTSD symptoms can occur daily, and can include panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares and depression.

“The emotional pain we carry within us isn’t just in our head, it’s also etched into our muscles.” David Berceli, Ph.D., from The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process

CranioSacral Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that assists the body’s ability to self-correct through the central nervous system. It has been successful in treating PTSD by releasing emotions that become locked in the body’s connective tissue where emotional pain and memories are stored. Treatment of PTSD may also include Somato Emotional Release (SER), a therapeutic process that incorporates and expands on the principles of CST to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma.

CST allows the body’s parasympathetic state to decrease the production of stress hormones which cause disruptive sleep patterns, anxiety, depression, chronic digestive issues and difficulties interacting with family and friends. Additionally, CST can increase focus, memory and concentration and increase a person’s ability to control their anger.

DENTAL

Dental Work and Orthodontics

Dental work can often leave a person with residual tooth and jaw pain, headaches, and tender facial and neck muscles.

During a number of procedures — such as fillings, root canals or gum surgeries — the mouth can stay propped open for long periods of time. When teeth are worked on, or moved regularly with braces, the mandible (jaw bone) and the maxillary bones in the skull are directly impacted. These changes affect the cranial bones and extend down through the spine, creating restrictions along the dural tube (the sheath around spinal cord).

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) is identifiable by pain and compromised movement of the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. Pain results from a number of reasons, including tension within the bones, muscular tissue restrictions, or restrictions within the nervous system.

Clenching teeth from daily stress and grinding at night can cause muscles to lock and cause long term inflammation. Immediate relief is gained from releasing facial muscles inside and outside of the mouth, the surrounding ligaments, and directly at the temporomandibular joint.

CranioSacral Therapy helps to rebalance the cranial bones by gently releasing restrictions within the face, neck and spine. Muscles soften and relax, which helps alleviate the pain from dental or orthodontic work and TMJ.

“CST with Monica is a healing experience. My stress level dropped dramatically, and the nagging pain in my right shoulder was gone… permanently gone.” LIZ  NOELL

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