Myalgic Encephalomyelitis better known as ME and sometimes referred to as Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

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Last week was Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) awareness week. This illness has been referred to as the forgotten plague. There are thousands of people who suffer from this debilitating condition and often when it gets so severe to the point of chronic or severe ME is when people are unable to carry out basic daily living skills such as; going to the toilet, washing, walking, talking and even swallowing food. Sensitivity to noise, light, touch, sound all becomes magnified and unbearable to tolerate.

This is in its extreme cases and its important to mention that not all diagnosis reach such debilitating conditions. Many of the physical symptoms included in this illness are; marked muscle fatigability, acute onset of Central Nervous System resulting in numbness, tingling, weakness, or an inability to move, as well as anxiety and rapid heart beat. Changes in mood, sleep disorders, irritability, and reactive depression can be experienced as well as urinary frequency, bowel changes, sweats, severe headaches, visual problems, weakness, cramps, and sensory changes, muscular and neck pain, acute fleeting spasmodic pain and tenderness.

The reason I know about this is because a family member has been suffering with this condition for many years. ME is difficult to diagnose and is very difficult to treat due to the complexity of the illness.

From my perspective as a Cranioscaral therapist working with someone who has CFS or ME is that it is vital to start exactly where that person is. For example the first few sessions may not result in physical contact. It is important to build up a safe space and a good working relational environment before any hands on work may be able to take place. Craniosacral therapy also works in the field (energy body), a persons system is able to receive without being touched. CST is a supportive, holistic and gentle healing modality making it safe for the individuals system to work at their own pace.

Below is a link to the trailer film of Unrest a film about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic fatigue syndrome
Please noteCraniosacral therapy is not considered a substitute for conventional western medicine, however people often come for treatments having exhausted all other options through the NHS.
 
The above information reflects my professional experiences as a craniosacral practitioner working with clients in this area. It is intended to complement, rather than replace, conventional medical advice and care.
 

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Innate Body Wisdom

Your body knows!!

I have a special interest in this topic, the topic of our innate body wisdom. Our bodies are designed to form. Its really a case of each cell, each DNA molecule and so on all knowing what they are meant to be doing, they are working together to create homeostasis within the collective structure of the human anatomy and physiology.

How is it that the cell of an elbow knows to form into that as opposed to the cell of a knee for example? Do they have consciousness? Are they somehow talking to each other? To be honest it really doesn’t matter (unless something goes wrong of course!) they just know!!! Trillions of cells, atoms, DNA nucleus or whatever you want to refer to are in constant communication all of the time, they are all working together in conjunction with one anothers systems of the human body. So the endocrine and lymphatic and so on are working individually in their own system however they are also working collectively to support all the other systems.

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I just love this, we are walking miracles, complete universes within universes. Often when illness/disease manifests into form within the physical body its a way for the whole system to inform us that something isn’t working/functioning at its optimum. For example this can be through the elimination process, often this can be skin related conditions as toxin/emotions are being released through a detoxification process. Sometimes this can also be through conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and so on and can even manifest as stress!! Look at what you are taking into your body as this is what feeds you, its not just the food and drink we consume its our emotions, words, thoughts and so on. Be mindful what you are feeding yourself. We work as a unified field of function where everything impacts on everything else. This is why I LOVE Craniosacral Therapy, it works with the whole. Not just one or two but all of the elements of the human system, mind body and soul.

The human body viewed from a holistic point of view has its remarkable own innate healing ability. When symptoms occur its often the bodies way of letting us know that something isn’t right, often when we go and take prescribed medication it can suppress the very thing that is trying to eliminate itself, thus suppression the process. I am not saying that taking western medication is wrong, there is clearly a need for some people and I would always suggest consulting a medical professional if symptoms are causing concern. However its good to also recognise the body talks to us and sometimes its only way is by presenting certain symptoms to get our attention. In the end the choice is always down to the individual.