There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s or Dementia. By their own admission, Pharmaceutical companies admit their products can only mange the symptoms for some amount of time. However, the Craniosacral perspective does offer encouragement.
As we mentioned in Part 1, there are two factors from a craniosacral perspective which we feel contribute to Dementia and Alzheimer’s:
- A decrease in production of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF)
- An increase in the inflammatory response in the body over time.
Increase in CSF Production: In a study published in the American Journal of Gerontological Nursing in 2008, (Craniosacral Stillpoint Technique: Exploring its effects in Individuals with Dementia) we reported that the regular administration of a cranial technique called a still point had positive results over an extended period of time in patients with moderate to severe Dementia.
Decrease of the inflammatory response: Along with “pumping up the volume” of CSF, Craniosacral therapy and allied techniques have the effect of calming the body and lowering body wide inflammatory response, which again may be a precursor to dementia being exhibited as a symptom.
In our pilot study on Dementia and Alzheimer’s, we took individuals from a rest home and evaluated how the simple application of CST, with the application of what is called a “still point” made a difference in their lives. It would be enough to prevent the progression of this disease from one stage to another. We actually saw clinical and statistical significance-based on an intervention with CST-measuring the impact before during and after the study. The bottom line is that the effect of CST “lingered” even after the intervention stopped. As we continue our research, we are investigating how CST might not just slow or stay the progression of the disease, but even reverse some of the effects. One anecdote from the study-a 100-year-old woman in a nursing home in Minneapolis was able to feed herself and began to speak in sentences over a 6-week period of time.
Prevention, Treatment, CST & Geriatrics
CranioSacral Therapy as a preventative measure is highly recommended. We feel the influence of CST on patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, no matter what stage they may be at, is so effective that we are developing a class to train caregivers and therapists. The class is called CranioSacral Therapy and Geriatrics-a 2 day class to train laypeople and therapists in treating individuals who also show signs or who actively display symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.