Beginning a New Phase: CranioSacral Therapy!

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha

Well, now I’m on a roll!  I am receiving a different type of therapy, craniosacral therapy (CST), which has now become a main treatment for me.  I have been getting even more answers about my mysterious symptoms, and experiencing positive results.  I continue with regular acupuncture and pain psychology sessions because the combination of treatments is vital to my healing.

I have my acupuncturist to thank for introducing me to CST.  Have you ever heard of it before?  I hadn’t.  She gave me a basic explanation of what it is, recommended a therapist with impressive credentials and experience, and suggested it as a therapy for some of my main ailments, such as chronic neck/shoulder pain, chronic headaches and balance.  Also, both she and my pain psychologist had experienced positive results from the therapy, which helped my decision to try it.  CST sounded…well…strange to me at first, but it is non-invasive, so again I had nothing to lose by trying it.  She was right!  After many sessions and learnings, CST makes a lot of sense to me now, and has also helped in other areas. More

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Acupuncture – It works for me

Now that I had a few mind/body exercises in my toolbox, it was time to expand my options even more.  I would now be entering into another realm of treatment opportunities, which has also turned out to be quite fortunate, and necessary, for my healing.

My pain psychologist suggested that I move on from trying to find answers from Western medicine for my undiagnosed conditions and start taking more control over my healthcare.  That was great advice.  My many doctors couldn’t provide answers, and taking drugs with no diagnosis was not the solution for me.  He suggested acupuncture, reassured me that it was not painful, and gave me the name of a local acupuncturist who he knew personally.  I read her biography and found her background impressive.  (She has given me permission to include her website in my blog.)

I definitely knew of acupuncture, but I didn’t understand how needles could help and I was skeptical.  I admit that.  After a bit of pondering, I made an appointment.  I had nothing to lose and it was definitely worth a try.  Besides, if acupuncture has successfully endured for thousands of years, there is definite merit to it.  My phone call was the right decision – why? More

I’d like to take a poll

I’m interested to know what your general experiences have been.  Have any of your doctors ever mentioned alternative treatments to you?  I do realize that presenting alternative treatments, or any treatment option, has to be sensible for you, and that it may not even apply to your condition.

Answers may be significantly different depending on what country you live in.  The definition of alternative medicine may even be different, but for the purposes of this poll, we’ll divide alternative medicine into three general categories, as used by Dr. Oz (see video in my earlier posting):

  • Things you put in your mouth – herbs, supplements, foods
  • Manual body manipulation like acupuncture, massage therapy, etc.
  • Mind/Body connection – meditation, breathing exercises, etc.

Controversial Medicine: Alternative Health

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.  —  Winston Churchill

I came across an interesting three-part video on the Dr. Oz website on Controversial Medicine:  Alternative Health where he explores the various sides of the alternative treatment debate and why doctors may be afraid to even mention them.  I say kudos to doctors who are open to considering “alternative therapies in their traditional practices.”

There are a small handful of doctors I’ve seen who are open to discussing alternative therapies to complement their treatments for me.   More