Anxiety…. just thinking that word can bring on anxiety, and as most people who suffer from the condition know, it is usually beyond your control. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
However, that does not mean that your anxiety needs to be part of your life indefinitely. As a matter of fact, there are many strategies, coping mechanisms, therapies, and treatments available to help you not only manage, but potentially eliminate your anxiety all together. They range from herbs and spices for anxiety to prescription antidepressants and psychoterhapy.
- Maybe you are not someone who likes talk therapy.
- Maybe you are not someone who wants to be medicated.
- Maybe you are not someone who wants to get to the underlying cause of your anxiety, but just wants to manage the symptoms.
- Maybe you are not someone who wants to hide the symptoms, but does want to get to the root cause of your anxiety.
Well, if you answered “YES!” to any of those statements then we at Holistic Healing Heart Center have the answer you have been looking for and it is called CST.
Craniosacral Therapy for Anxiety
CST, which stands for CranioSacral Therapy, is a form of gentle, hands-on body and energy work that has been shown time and time again to improve anxiety. At the core of CST is the notion that the practitioner listens and responds to the body. CranioSacral Therapy helps release tension to allow the body to heal and self-correct. It works by relieving compression in the head, neck, and back. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension.
CranioSacral Therapy allows both your mind and body to shift from the overwhelming effects of chronic stress, which often lead to anxiety, to a more relaxed state, where the stress response is diminished. While it is true that not all anxiety stems from stress and that anxiety is not always situational, by creating a safe space for your mind to “let go” you are opening up the possibility of lessening the negative impact of daily problems on how you manifest your anxiety.
The Mind-Body Connection Is Strong!
CranioSacral Therapy can positively impact your brain’s role in your mental and physical health. Every CST session allows your neurotransmitters to function as they are meant to, while rebalancing your nervous system and relaxing both the mind and body. Letting go of the barriers that create anxiety, whether they are from the past or present, or even possibly in the future (if you are a worrier or tend to think of worst-case scenarios), will help your anxiety lessen, if not disappear altogether.
Of course, it is not an easy or quick process, and may take multiple sessions, but it’s better than many other alternatives out there. A study on the influence of CST on Anxiety, depression, and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia showed that it did in fact reduce anxiety levels, as well as the other concerns, including pain. This clearly demonstrates that CranioSacral Therapy is an effective tool for both the body and the mind and should be considered as a serious treatment option for patients suffering from anxiety, among many other conditions.