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Craniosacral Therapy for Migraine Relief

By David Frome, PT, LAc.

Craniosacral Therapy helps to prevent and treat migraines.

This gentle, hands on technique, restores the natural movement of the fluids and membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. When the system is in balance, the fluids pulse gently throughout the central nervous system, supporting health.

Using light pressure, the practitioner assesses and unwinds tensions to restore the body’s natural physiological function. The Craniosacral system works in concert with the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory and autonomic nervous systems. The effects of CST can be profound.

Patients often report a deep sense of relaxation that allows the body to reset. Craniosacral Therapy has been shown to be helpful in managing migraines. In a study published by The Journal of Clinical Medicine, Craniosacral Therapy reduced the intensity and frequency of migraines as well as reducing the need for medication.

Managing migraines with the SEEDS method

According to the Mayo Clinic, the SEEDS method is an effective tool for preventing and managing migraines.

S is for Sleep. Stick to a specific schedule and minimize the use of electronic media and distractions at night.

E is for Exercise. Begin with even a small amount of exercise and gradually increase the duration and frequency of exercise that you do. It is key to pick activities that you enjoy. Over time, you can make exercise a habit.

E is for Eating. Make sure that you eat three balanced meals every day and stay well hydrated.

D is for Diary. Maintain a record of your symptoms and possible migraine triggers. Share your diary with health professionals.

S is for Stress Management – Consider psychotherapy, Tai Chi, yoga or meditation to help you to manage stress.

What Are Migraines?

It’s a mistake to think that people who suffer with migraines should simply “tough it out.” These headaches can be recurrent, moderate to severe and debilitating. Migraines affect an estimated 10% of the global population.

Women are three times more likely to have migraines than men. It’s not uncommon for multiple family members to suffer from them as well.

There are four possible stages of a migraine:

1. The prodrome phase is an early warning that a migraine is coming on. This can include feeling out of sorts and irritable.

2. One in four people who get migraine experience an aura. Tingling, flickering of lights, or an optical illusion are commonly part of a migraine aura.

3. Migraines are typically a one-sided, throbbing pain that is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. There can be stabbing pain behind the eye, vertigo, peculiar smells, exhaustion, upset stomach, and body aches. There may also be an increased sensitivity to noise and light.

4. The Postdrome phase occurs after the migraine pain has subsided. It may last one or two days, and may include fatigue and generalized bodily aches.

Are migraines serious?

Yes, while migraines vary greatly from person to person, migraines are a hereditary neurological disease. During a migraine, there are temporary changes to your neurovascular system, brain wave activity, and neurochemistry.

What Triggers Migraines?

It is not fully understood what causes migraines. Stress, alcohol, caffeine, changes in weather, and hormonal imbalances are believed to contribute to migraines. Migraines can be associated with allergies, environmental illness and the immune system challenges.

Frome Physical Therapies

Frome Physical Therapies is conveniently located in Loch Arbour, just north of Asbury Park. Call David today 973.509.8464 or visit us online at, where you can learn more and book an appointment.


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