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Craniosacral Therapy for Elderly

Craniosacral Therapy for Elderly

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a manual therapy that leverages a gentle touch to access deep parts of our body, on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. It is not surprising that this treatment really benefits senior clients and palliative patients.

The following study shows some of the benefits CST can have for elderly:

: Established allied health professionals’ use of a complementary modality

Patients with Parkinson’s disease who received CST reported a decrease in pain and improved comfort. They felt relaxed and experienced an improvement in mobility, balance, and expression. Though results were not permanent, the effects were positive and with continued treatments, the benefits could have a longer lifespan. CST led to an improved sense of health and reduced rigidity in patients with severe Parkinson’s. Caregivers found that the decline of cognition, rationality and perception were slowed down for those receiving CST, which allowed longer stays in the community. Therapists noted improved passive range of motion slowing the progression of contractures.

Post Stroke and TIA patients who received CST in this study reported improved movement, balance, communication, sleep, and digestion.

CST helped relieve digestive symptoms such as hiatal hernias, Irritable bowel syndrome, gastric reflux, and Crohn’s disease.

Therapists noted that their patients, regardless of the presenting health concern, experienced consistent benefits in sleep, stress tolerance, energy, appetite, and focus. It helped clients to take longer, deeper breaths which have profound effects on the body, mind, and spirit of clients. Clients had improved digestion, decreased anxiety and depression and felt an overall increase in general well being. Medication needs of those clients were reduced as a result.

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy at the end of life

CST for Palliative and Hospice patients can help relieve pain and anxiety. It can offer support that medical staff and even family can’t always offer. This undivided attention can help calm the patient and reduce fear. Loving and present touch is an essential part of one’s care plan.

Aches and pains come with old age and as the body grows older, pain can become more prevalent. CST can help relieve pain and help someone feel relaxed. It helps circulation and prevent swelling thus pain.

Often someone approaching the end of their life may experience touch mostly from medical professionals . There can be a lot of transferring, taking vitals, needles, bathing, and other procedural care. This care often lacks compassion due to overworked staff. Compassionate touch can benefit physical and mental well-being significantly. Simple hand holding, a gentle foot or head rub are examples of this compassionate touch. Touch without trying to fix or change something. Touch that is loving and intentional. Touch that expresses love, and tells the receiver’s body that it is safe, that he/she is loved; and loved ones, family and friends are there for him/her.