Craniosacral Therapy for PTSD

PTSD and its symptoms can place your nervous system on an “always-on” mode. It can make completing everyday activities along with meeting work and home expectations challenging. Craniosacral therapy can be very beneficial for those living with PTSD.

In this article, we are going to explore the benefits of using craniosacral therapy for PTSD, its benefits for PTSD, how many sessions are recommended, how much you can expect it to cost, plus offer three other holistic treatment options to help you on your health and wellness journey.

Let’s get started . . .

Craniosacral Therapy for PTSD

There have been many different cases and research studies focused on craniosacral therapy and PTSD. The focus of the studies has been primarily on military veterans living with PTSD. However, one study has explored craniosacral therapy and its effects on Tibetan ex-political prisoners with PTSD.

Most of these research and case studies have used three different surveys for documenting changes in symptoms of PTSD experienced by participants. Let’s find out what they are . . .

3 Medical Surveys for PTSD

There are three main medically utilized surveys for determining the effectiveness of craniosacral therapy and other therapies for PTSD:

  1. Harvard Trauma Questionnaire

  2. W.H.O. Brief Quality of Life Survey

  3. Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25

Now, let’s look at what benefits have been documented and concluded from the use of craniosacral therapy for PTSD . . .

15 Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy for PTSD

Here is a list of fifteen benefits that may be experienced when using craniosacral therapy for PTSD:

  1. Discomfort: Overall discomfort may see positive change and reduction

  2. Pain: Physical sensations of pain may be lowered

  3. Panic attack: The intensity and number of panic attacks may be observed as lessening

  4. Sleep: Insomnia dissipated and regular sleep patterns may become more prevalent

  5. Hypervigilance: Alleviation may be seen and felt, and responses to the world around may become more appropriate; less fight/flight focused.

  6. Flashbacks: A reduction in flashbacks may be experienced

  7. Recollection: Ability to remember traumatic effects without being triggered may occur

  8. Participation: Participation in social events and activities may be less stressful

  9. Depression: Feelings of depression may be reduced

  10. Suicide: Suicidal thoughts may be lessened

  11. Medications: The need for medications for symptoms may become less

  12. Brain fog: Feelings of forgetfulness, confusion, lack of focus may dissipate

  13. Clear thinking: Clear thinking and functioning can increase

  14. Relationships: Greater connection and meaning may be experienced

  15. Community: Work and community may be more easily connected.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Each person who is living with symptoms of PTSD has lived through uniquely different, traumatic events in their lives. For some, it is a one-time life-changing event. For others, it is a traumatic event that lasted over a period of time.

Because of the unique nature of how each person struggles with PTSD, each person responds differently to craniosacral therapy. Therefore, the number of sessions recommended and suggested for treating PTSD is not set in stone.

You may notice changes in your PTSD symptoms after one session; but to experience the full benefit of what the therapy may do for you, you may find that going two-three times a week for a month or two is best suited for you.

To get a stronger idea of the number of sessions which may best fit your needs, talking to your practitioner about it during your first appointment can be a great idea.

Now, let’s take a look at what you may expect to pay for craniosacral therapy for PTSD . . .

What will it Cost?

The average price per session in the country is $70-$170. The total cost of treating PTSD with craniosacral therapy will depend on:

  1. The number of sessions the practitioner and you choose based on what may best serve you and your health needs. This will likely all be covered when a treatment plan is first developed.

  2. The frequency you attend those arranged sessions

  3. The cost per session your practitioner charges.

  4. If you qualify for any discounts offered by the practitioner conducting your sessions.

For more information, read: How Much Does Craniosacral Therapy Cost?

What about finding a craniosacral therapy practitioner? How can you go about doing this? Let’s find out . . .

3 Other Holistic Treatment Options

Craniosacral therapy is not the only option you have when it comes to treating PTSD with a holistic and natural supportive therapy. Here is a list of three choices of therapies that may be beneficial for treating and managing symptoms associated with PTSD:

  1. EFT for PTSD

  2. Hypnotherapy for PTSD

  3. Acupuncture for PTSD

Craniosacral Therapy Near Me

Would you like to give craniosacral therapy a try for PTSD? Are you wondering what is the best way to find a practitioner near you? DaoCloud has many practitioners who specialize in craniosacral therapy 

Find a Craniosacral Therapist near you

There are hundreds of talented craniosacral therapists on DaoCloud:

Atlanta, GA • Austin, TX • Baltimore, MD • Boston, MA • Boulder, CO • Buffalo, NY • Charleston, SC • Charlotte, NC • Chicago, IL • Cincinatti, OH • Cleveland, OH • Columbus, OH • Dallas, TX • Denver, CO • Detroit, MI • Houston, TX • Indianapolis, IN • Kansas City, MO • Las Vegas, NV • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • Minneapolis, MN • New York, NY • Orlando, FL • Philadelphia, PA • Phoenix, AZ • Pittsburg, PA • Portland, OR • Raleigh, NC • Salt Lake City, UT • San Antonio, TX • San Diego, CA • San Francisco, CA • San Jose, CA • Seattle, WA • St. Louis, MO • Tampa, FL • Tucson, AZ • Washington, DC 

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Releasing the Grip of Physical and Emotional Trauma. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2019, from http://www.upledger.org/what-we-do/ptsd-relief.php

PSTD could be treated with Craniosacral therapy - IAHE. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2019, from https://www.iahe.com/docs/articles/Article_-_PTSD_could_be_treated_with_Craniosacral_Therapy_according_to_a_research_study.pdf

THE EFFECTS OF UPLEDGER CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY ON POST ... (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2019, from http://journals.sfu.ca/seemj/index.php/seemj/article/download/302/265

Upledger CranioSacral Immersion Report for Dr. John E ... (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2019, from https://www.upledger.com/docs/2016-CranioSacral-Immersion-Program-Results.pdf