At 17, I sustained a neck injury tearing ligaments that rendered all movements painful and fatiguing. Having an unresolved neck problem led to suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome a couple of years later and then at 20 full blown M.E/chronic fatigue.
I tried a variety of different approaches during this time to help myself that unfortunately aggravated the pain or precipitated unmanageable reactions for e.g. insomnia and dizziness.
An inspired referral led me to a craniosacral osteopath. Although initially I experienced some discomfort following treatment, after a couple of sessions I found it to be the least reactive and yet most powerfully altering treatment I had experienced. I was amazed that something so gentle could have such a profound effect.
Many people noticed that I grew taller, I found myself much less fatigued, lighter and my digestion, skin and sleep all improved not to mention my original aggravating symptoms of neck pain and immobility.
I started to realise how interconnected all my difficulties had been and how the other therapies I had tried treated them in isolation. Through the training I subsequently undertook, I recognised that the vagus nerve that travels through the neck to supply most of the internal organs and in particular the digestive ones had been trapped. Therefore this nervous restriction, unresolved over a length of time led to a state of multiple body systems compensating creating an eventual chronic fatigue state.
Craniosacral therapy was able to link and treat all my body systems simultaneously, restore my body’s ability to self heal, accessing its deepest vitality and as a result helped me to achieve a full recovery from the M.E/chronic fatigue.
As I got progressively stronger I found that sports massage really helped reinstate my musculoskeletal system to its former glory and beyond.