Headache in forehead from pressure or impact

This headache pattern is most commonly caused by sternocleidomastoid. If you have a headache above the eyebrow, check the post on that pattern as well. Client Description People touch their forehead just above the eyebrow and complain of headache there. They may also complain that they get a headache there when wearing a hat that presses into …

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Notes on William Garner Sutherland

William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954) is largely regarded as the father of cranial osteopathy, which is at the root of most craniosacral approaches. Several other noted osteopaths and chiropractors explored craniosacral approaches around the same time including Still, Cottam, DeJArnette and Weaver. Sutherland, however, is largely regarded as the first one who fully developed the work and …

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Craniosomatic Patterns

In my post on Defining Integrative Techniques, I explored the idea that there are problems in the body that perpetuate other problems. As bodyworkers, we want to give these problems more interesting names like postural distortions, myofascial restrictions, trigger points and displaced joints. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just call them problems.  Let’s call these problems …

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Irritating Tags, Burning Shoulders

Client’s Description People complain about tension in their shoulders so I press on for more specific information. They only complain about burning in their shoulders if this is really aggravated. They will admit that tags in their shirts bother them. It is not likely that they came in for a massage because their tags are bothering them, …

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Simplified Craniosacral System Overview

Many of my clients have asked me for a simple explanation of the Craniosacral System. Here is a basic overview of how it is seen in the bio-mechanical model: The word “craniosacral.“comes from the membrane systemthat surrounds the central nervous systemand connects the cranium to the sacrum.  It consists of: The cranium The sacrum and coccyx The …

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