This year to celebrate my concussion recovery and injury anniversary I wanted to put together a treatment giveaway for someone in need. To be eligible to enter you or the person you are applying for should currently be diagnosed with a concussion or post-concussion syndrome, be able to demonstrate financial need, and share the impact that their concussion has had on their daily life.
The winner will receive 3 FREE session of CranioSacral Therapy and 1 Free Bodywork session for their caretaker/applicant submitter/or partner in crime. All applications are due by March 26th and the Winner will be contacted on March 31st to schedule their sessions. All information shared will be kept confidential. Entry form is available here.
Finding CranioSacral Therapy was a turning point in my concussion recovery and literally helped me get my speech back. I'm so grateful for the introduction to this bodywork modality during my time of need. My nervous system was on overdrive from the injury and couldn't tolerate much of anything (restrictive clothing, fans, riding in cars) let alone Massage or Physical Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch modality that helped calm down my nervous system so I could better focus in Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and get back to my daily life.
*All information shared on the entry form is kept confidential and the winner will be contacted via phone and email.
*All sessions will take place at True Blue Wellness at 550 Elm Street in Manchester NH. Applicants should be New England residents that are able to attend treatment sessions in Manchester New Hampshire.
One of the main reasons I chose to attend The New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts was the Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) Training. The technique that is taught is the European version and differs from Neuromuscular Therapy though many of the goals remain the same. Stanley Lief created NMT and it was further developed by Leon Chaitow with the goal that NMT would restore the bodys structure and function by normalizing soft tissue.
The technique uses the tip of the thumb to trace a specific series of pathways and muscle fiber directions to help improve communication in the nervous system. What is amazing is you can literally see the posture changes occur from the start of the session to the end of the session. These postural alignment changes can help treat a myriad of symptoms from scoliosis to migraines to Bell's Palsy.
I was thrilled with the posture changes I was seeing during classtime however I was floored by what it did to help my migraines.
As a lifelong migraine sufferer it was no surprise that my concussion amped up the frequency of my migraines and brought cluster headaches that frequently sent me to ER in the years following. At the time I started receiving NMT treatments I was on a monthly injection to treat migraines and as needed prescriptions to treat breakthrough migraines. With these prescriptions in addition to regular bodywork and physical therapy I had managed to get my once daily headaches and migraines to a handful a month. Thinking that I had done everything I possible could to manage my migraines it wasn't even on my radar that NMT would have so much to offer.
After a month of weekly NMT session in school, I spent my summer vacation from massage school in Michigan and had forgotten to refill my injections. Upon returning to New Hampshire we rolled right into moving to a new apartment and another month went by where my injections were forgotten. Another month of NMT and I realized that I had missed almost 3 months of injections largely in part because I had NO MIGRAINES as a reminder. I was floored and tentative about how well things were going. Throughout the rest of school and now into 2022 I've been able to remain off prescriptions and have experience the occasional headache but nothing like the migraines I'd become so accustom too.
Everyone responds to bodywork differently and there are no guarantees that NMT and postural reintegration and alignment will result in the same response.
Please talk to your Doctor before making the decisions to go off a prescription medication and not do what I did and accidentally go off a medication because life had become so busy I'd forgotten to refill a prescription.
The truth is I didn’t find CST at all when CST came into my life I was severely injured and barely able to care for myself. A severe concussion left me alone, jobless, and struggling with Post Concussion syndrome. While far away from family and friends I received a phone call from my Mom saying she had booked an appointment for me and it was right by my apartment and could walk to it (I wasn’t able to drive at that time). I didn’t really understand what I was going to have done but I didn’t understand much at that point.
My first appointment offered deep relief I was able to relax fully and felt like it would be possible to make it through this injury. Before my CST session my speech was very slow and delayed due to aphasia after my first session my Mom could hear the difference in my speech the next day and was able to speak more smoothly and find words easier. Although I had a long way to go in my recovery it was the first positive progress I had seen since the injury over a month ago. CST quickly became the cornerstone of my concussion recovery and found it to be one of the few treatments that offered relief from symptoms and, I believe, sped up my recovery time.
As I was dismissed by Doctors and Neurologists and Counselors with my various symptoms I found that CST remained one of the few things that offered relief and allowed me to see and experience progress in my recovery. Most of all I wasn’t dismissed by the many talented and compassionate CranioSacral Therapists I had the chance to work with during my recovery.
Once I had recovered from my injury I began looking for ways to rebuild my life around my new normal and kept coming back to how important the CST work and therapists were to me during that difficult time. The more research I did into CST that more I came to understand that this is an extremely important skill that is deeply needed in the world today. A few months later I was enrolled in my first Human Anatomy and Physiology classes and signed up to study with the Upledger Institute. And now here we are, trying to get CranioSacral Therapy to as many people as possible in order to facilitate, empower, and support them to go after their healing goals.
Jazmine Jade is a Techniques Certified CranioSacral Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master. She lives and works in New Hampshire.