Jane was in her mid-40s, crippled with back pain. She was on crutches, and even with the crutches every step was intensely painful. She had been in pain for many years, unable to do anything much – which was a severe burden, since she was by nature a very active lady. She had seen several osteopaths, and one manipulation had severely aggravated her condition, leaving her very wary and fearful of further treatment. She had had two operations and an injection to deaden the nerve. Nothing had helped. She was very wary of seeing any further practitioners due to her previous unsatisfactory experiences, so she was very reluctant to come and see me despite reassurances from her friends that I was extremely gentle and would not be manipulating her back at all.
Eventually she was persuaded. She hobbled in on her crutches, every step making her wince with pain. Getting on to the treatment couch was difficult, but at least once she was there lying on her back with her knees up, the pain was slightly reduced. Her back was so painful that I could not put a hand under her back, or under her Sacrum, or anywhere near her back. Any movement or contact was intensely painful. The only place I could contact her was her head. So I sat at her head, engaging with her Cranio-Sacral system. As I projected down through her spine, I could feel the various blockages and imbalances, and the effects of the various manipulations and injections, and the severe restriction around the site of the pain – and the Cranio-Sacral process doing its work. Gradually, the process of integration proceeded.
At the end of that first treatment, she got up and was able to walk. There was still a little pain, but she no longer needed her crutches. Within a few treatments she was back to her former active self again – completely free of back pain, as busy as ever.
Carrie had had severe headaches for years. She was living on pain killers, taking several every day just to get through the day. They deadened the pain to some extent but life was still a constant struggle and although she wanted to be out and about and enjoying life, she was doing little other than working (just about) and sleeping. Her head also felt extremely tight, as if held in a vice. She had seen countless doctors, specialists and therapists but nobody could offer any explanation or solution.
She was now in her mid twenties and the headaches had been there since she was 14 when she had contracted a virus of some sort that had left her feeling weak and unwell for a few weeks. She had never recovered properly and was now giving up hope of ever feeling better.
Her first session reduced the headache significantly, but as the week went by the headaches gradually returned. With each subsequent session, the effects lasted longer, the headaches reduced further and to her great relief the vice-like tightness in her head started to dissolve away.
Within a few weeks Carrie felt so much better that she decided not to continue with further treatment. I pointed out that the effects were not fully dealt with yet and that the headaches would probably come back if they weren’t fully addressed. Sure enough, after a few weeks she was back, saying that the headaches had returned and were gradually deteriorating and her head was feeling tight again. This time we continued the treatment till her head felt completely clear. It took time but when something as significant as that has been around for so many years, it’s likely to take time to clear completely.
It was 3 years since Marion’s car accident. She had been driving peacefully along the main road close to her home when another car pulled out from a side road shunting her car sideways and into the path of an oncoming car. It hadn’t been a particularly severe accident, and although it gave her quite a shock she didn’t feel much pain initially. The next day her neck became very sore and stiff. By the following day her whole back was hurting, and she was feeling increasingly unclear mentally. From that day on, life had been difficult – with frequent visits to the doctor and to various specialists, and extensive physiotherapy for several months. She had been off work for 6 months but was now back at work because, although she didn’t feel up to it at all, she was concerned that she would lose her job if she was away any longer.
When she came to see me, her condition had not improved. She still had constant neck pain and mental confusion and headaches. Her back was still very painful in various places. After 3 yrs without any significant progress, she was feeling that her situation seemed fairly hopeless.
We began the process of Cranio-Sacral integration. Her body had taken quite a battering from various different directions, the effects of which were all tangled up together and not surprisingly her system was finding it difficult to let go. And after 3 yrs the patterns of injury and restriction were deeply ingrained into her body.
It was inevitably a gradual process. Initially Marion didn’t feel any better; in fact her neck seemed a little more painful and she also felt more emotional. I reassured her that this was to be expected. The shock and emotion that she had been holding onto since the accident needed to come out; and the release of protective tensions that were holding her together and trying to keep the underlying pain at bay can sometimes lead to pain rising to the surface in order to be released.
She persevered and soon she began to feel improvement. Her neck became more mobile and less painful, her head felt clearer. She was relieved to know that it was OK to release emotion and she talked about the accident and her frustration at not getting better and her fear of possibly losing her job and how life was such a struggle, and she cried a little.
After a few weeks she was feeling much better, physically and emotionally. There was still some lower back pain which we continued to treat, and there was a tendency for other aches and pains to return if she did too much or was under too much pressure. We reduced the sessions to once a month and continued the process of integration until all her pain was gone and she felt she could live a fully active life again without risk of pain or the return of past symptoms.
She still comes for a treatment now and again to keep things in balance, and she is very relieved to be back to health again after so long.
Frank’s back had been painful for years. It was his lower back, especially on the right. His job involved a lot of lifting and carrying so his back was constantly under strain, and he had suffered an injury to that part of his back 20 years ago in his early twenties, which hadn’t seemed significant at the time but was the same place where he was feeling the pain now. He also had intermittent pain in his right shoulder, particularly when he had been doing a lot of lifting.
With each session his back improved and after about six sessions he was feeling very pleased that his pain was virtually gone – when one day, after some heavy lifting at work, it came back again, but this time on the left side. Frank was very disappointed but I assured him that this would just be a temporary relapse, probably reflecting the emergence of his old injury from 20 years ago. His back soon settled again and as the pain disappeared, Frank reported that his back and his whole body felt looser and more mobile than ever before. In the meantime we had also been working on his shoulder, which had seemed a bit unresponsive initially, but after the 3rd session, suddenly released significantly, again leaving a sense of greater looseness and mobility and a lightness which seemed to reflect through Frank’s whole demeanour as well as his body.
Tricia’s neck was very painful, and she felt vague and fuzzy and unable to think clearly or concentrate properly. A large metal box had fallen on her head two years earlier while clearing out the attic, gashing her head, squashing her neck, and knocking her to the floor. Initially she was in a very bad way and was taken to hospital. The cut was stitched and she was sent home. She had had severe headaches but these had subsided by now. The neck pain however had persisted and had become steadily worse. She had been back to the hospital and had received many weeks of physiotherapy, but her neck remained very painful and the lack of mental clarity was making life very difficult. She had been unable to work since the accident.
Tricia’s neck was quite crooked and the forces of compression from the heavy weight falling on her head were still clearly apparent in the tightness and contraction of the head, neck and shoulder. The effects on her mental state were partly due to the disturbance to the blood supply to the brain arising through the neck.
Several sessions steadily freed up the neck, released the compression, brought the head and neck back into balance, restored a fluent blood supply and nerve supply, and reintegrated the whole body. The neck pain eased fairly quickly. The restoration of mental clarity was a more gradual process, but as everything settled back into place, Tricia gradually returned to pain-free, clear-thinking health again.
Judith was in her 40s, suffering from various symptoms on her left side – tightness in her chest, pain and numbness down her left arm to her little finger. This had been developing for several years, gradually getting worse. The obvious immediate concern suggested by her symptoms was a possible heart condition. She had been to her doctor and undergone various tests which showed no cardiac pathology - and yet her symptoms were suggestive of a heart condition.
Tuning in to her cranio-sacral system, there was certainly a distinctive quality around her heart and her pericardium – but not the qualities of a heart pathology, more the qualities of contraction, containment, holding on to something, holding on to sadness, holding onto grief. As I treated her, my hands resting gently around her heart and pericardium, I told her about the qualities that I was feeling and asked her if it meant anything to her.
She explained that a few years earlier her husband had died. She had two small children so she had tried to be strong and supportive for them, and not upset them by showing her grief. She had tried to get on with life. As she talked, she began to cry. She continued to tell me her story and continued to cry gently as she spoke. She told me that she had never had a chance to express her grief, had never really cried about her husband’s death, and how it was such a relief to be able to talk about it and cry about it now.
As she spoke, the quality around her heart and pericardium softened, loosened, relaxed, opened up. Her symptoms, both in her chest and down her left arm, disappeared instantly - those symptoms that were indeed indicative of the heart, but not as a heart pathology, not anything that a cardiac test could reveal, but grief held in her heart.
Harry was a carpenter. At least he had been a carpenter. He was only in his early forties, but he was no longer able to work because his shoulders and arms had seized up so badly that he could hardly move them and certainly couldn’t do his job as a carpenter. He had no explanation for his predicament; it had just gradually developed over the years, steadily becoming worse and worse. Of course he had been to the doctor and had had extensive physiotherapy and osteopathy, but his shoulders and arms simply continued to seize up tighter and tighter.
They were certainly very restricted. It was difficult to get any movement out of them, especially the right shoulder. Within the context of overall treatment, I worked particularly with Fascial Unwinding on his right arm and shoulder. Progress was slow. For the first few sessions, there was only a slight increase in mobility, but Harry felt that there was at least some progress. During the sixth session, we were working as usual on unwinding his arm; as usual there was very little movement, but at least there was a little more each session. We reached a point of stillness, a point of resistance, and as so often with Harry the still point lasted a long time. Suddenly he cried out in pain and at the same time he announced: “I’ve just remembered something very strange. When I was 16, I was an apprentice carpenter, and me and the lads were working on this old house, cutting out rafters from the roof. We had to saw through these thick wooden beams above our heads and it was tough. My shoulder got really painful, but of course I didn’t want to look feeble in front of my mates, so I had to keep sawing. I’ve just felt that very same pain again in my shoulder. It’s really weird. I haven’t thought about that for years.”
Harry hadn’t wanted to look weak in front of his mates. He had suppressed the pain in order to carry on working. He had suppressed the pain by tightening up the surrounding muscles and he had been doing that ever since, building up layer upon layer of tension to prevent the old injury from rising to the surface, until his shoulder was so tense that he could hardly move it.
As we gradually unwound the layers of tension that had accumulated over the years, we eventually uncovered the original injury. At that point he re-experienced the pain of the injury, and simultaneously experienced a vivid memory of the incident – something he hadn’t thought about for almost 30 years - as the tissue memory was released. As that happened, there was a profound release in his shoulder; the tissues softened and his whole shoulder and arm became vastly more mobile. The pain passed fairly quickly and Harry was pleased with the new found mobility in his shoulder and arm. He needed a few more treatments, but soon he was back at work, able to do his job as a carpenter again after years of feeling that he would never work again.
Charles was a violinist, and quite an eminent soloist, but he was no longer able to perform because his shoulder had gradually become tighter and tighter over the years and had not only lost the flexibility required to play, but had also become increasingly painful, even on lifting his arm. There had been no specific injury; the condition seemed to have arisen simply from the persistent pattern of use. He had received many different treatments without significant benefit. A few sessions of Cranio-Sacral Therapy – including the specific application of Fascial Unwinding - was able to release the restrictions in his shoulder and arm very rapidly and he was soon able to resume his playing career.
Deirdre had broken her arm two years earlier. The fracture had healed, but she had been left with persistent pain in the forearm and wrist. This was particularly evident whenever she tried to write, at which point the pain would increase rapidly and spread up through her arm into her shoulder, neck and upper back, leaving her feeling tense, uncomfortable and unable to think clearly. She tried to avoid writing, but this was obviously very difficult within the demands of everyday life. She had received various treatments, but nothing had helped.
Within the context of Cranio-Sacral Integration, it was immediately apparent that Fascial Unwinding would be the most appropriate approach. As her arm unwound, it found its way to the position in which it had been injured and settled into a deep stillness. Deirdre felt a powerful surge of energy, like a powerful wave surging through the very core of her body and every part of her body; she began to feel very hot; she became very conscious of her diaphragm and started breathing very forcefully; her whole body started to pull into a twisted contorted position, shaking visibly.
The Fascial Unwinding process had connected with the shock imposed at the time of the original injury and held into her system ever since. As the trauma released, everything settled down. Deirdre felt weak and shaky and warm for a while, but she also felt very loose and felt a huge sense of relief. The quality of her whole body had changed, her face had changed; she felt relaxed and comfortable. The pain in her arm gradually disappeared over the next few days and she was able to write again without any discomfort.
Louise was a medical secretary and she suffered from a variety of symptoms. She had lower back pain, upper back pain, neck pain, headaches. When the back pain became uncomfortable it affected her digestion and her neck and shoulders became tight. None of her symptoms were severe, but they were a constant discomfort and, most frustratingly, they had been troubling her for many years. She had received regular osteopathic treatment for years. This treatment usually made her feel better temporarily, but the symptoms would always return.
Assessing her Cranio-Sacral system, it was immediately evident that the various imbalances in her body were arising primarily from her right ankle. Restrictions in her ankle were exerting pulls that were drawing her pelvis out of alignment, creating a series of imbalances up through her spine, leading to strain and pain at various points, mostly involving the standard mechanical pivots in the spine and especially affecting the Thoraco-Lumbar junction (T12/L1 vertebral level) disturbing her digestion, and the Cervico-Thoracic junction (C7/T1 vertebral level) with repercussions on her neck and shoulders.
She hadn’t mentioned her ankle, so I asked her about it and she replied that she had sprained her ankle about 15 years ago but it was so long ago that she didn’t think it was worth mentioning; and it didn’t trouble her – as long as she didn’t run.......or play sport....... or dance..........or go for long walks, which she used to love to do before her ankle injury. It seemed that her whole life had been changed by this ankle injury, but she had simply got used to the limitations, adapted her life and accepted that she would never be able to do any of these things that she loved doing.
The extensive treatment that she had received regularly brought her body back into alignment and felt better for a while, but it wasn’t addressing the source of the imbalance, so these pulls from the ankle kept re-instating the imbalance along with the various associated symptoms. No one had treated her ankle.
Ten minutes of Fascial Unwinding on her ankle released the restriction and her body could now settle into a balanced comfortable state again – and stay there. She felt the difference immediately, throughout her whole body. Louise didn’t need any further treatment, but she came back from time to time for an occasional check up, very pleased at being able to dance again and to resume her treasured long walks and all the other activities that her ankle and body were now able to carry out without any discomfort or adverse repercussions.
Fiona - Ear Infection, Glue Ear, Hearing Loss
Fiona was in her late forties when she discovered cranio-sacral integration. She had suffered countless middle ear infections in childhood. Each time antibiotics had been prescribed, providing temporary relief. Each time the infection would recur soon afterwards. Grommets again provided only temporary relief. The condition persisted into adulthood and with no apparent cure available, she put up with constant discomfort in her right ear, a continuous sense of blockage and congestion in the right side of her head, varying levels of pain, limited hearing, and a persistently uncomfortable and restricted quality of life. Her job involved international travel, but every flight was a nightmare, with excruciating ear pain, leading to numerous burst ear drums, particularly during flights, and eventually having to give up her job and avoid air travel.
The various doctors and specialists that she consulted acknowledged that her right Eustachian tube was blocked, but told her that there was no treatment for that. She explored various other therapies without success.
After more than 30 yrs of suffering persistent ear infections, burst ear drums, intense pain, avoiding air travel, and a multitude of ineffective treatments, she discovered cranio-sacral integration. After the first session she felt some unusual subtle movements in her blocked ear, but not much else. After the third treatment, the changes became more noticeable. During her fifth session, her ear popped and her whole experience of life changed dramatically. For the first time in her adult life, she could hear clearly. The world around her came alive. Her ear no longer felt uncomfortable, blocked, and congested. She was able to fly. Life was transformed.
Catriona - Hearing Loss
Catriona had been experiencing increasing deafness in her right ear. This was not only uncomfortable but was proving very difficult in her communications with others, both at work and socially, leaving her feeling frustrated, embarrassed, and tending to avoid social activities. Her right ear felt constantly blocked, the world around her sounded muffled. Her right nostril also felt blocked. She blew her nose frequently to try and relieve the congestion, and the whole right side of her head felt heavy and congested. She was not aware of having suffered any ear infections, either recently or in childhood.
Her first course of action was to go her doctor who prescribed antibiotics. This did not make any difference, so the doctor then prescribed decongestants. This still did not provide any relief and her deafness and feeling of blockage continued to deteriorate, to her continuing frustration. Further visits to the doctor did not provide any further solutions. By the time she came to cranio-sacral integration her condition had been deteriorating for over two years and realizing that orthodox medical treatment was not helping her, she decided to try something else.
Engaging with Catriona’s system revealed that the whole right side of her head and face was tight, including the temporal, mandibular, maxillary, nasal, occipital and occipto-mastoid areas, and that this tightness extended down through her neck, shoulder and arm and through the right side of her thorax. On enquiry, she reported that her right arm also felt tight and restricted most of the time, especially noticeable when reaching for things.
Her main concern was her hearing, but it was immediately apparent that the symptoms in her ear were part of a much wider picture and were being maintained and perpetuated by the tension she was holding throughout the right hand side of her body. There was undoubtedly restriction in her head and face which needed to be addressed, but it was also essential from the start that treatment should also involve the release of the tightness through her thorax, shoulder and arm, up through her neck – which was pulling her head and neck into a contracted pattern of tension, tightening the muscles and soft tissues at the base of the skull and contributing to the congestion and poor drainage of her ear.
As the right side of her body released, the cranium became more responsive, and the various restrictions in the temporal bone, occipito-mastoid suture, spheno-temporal suture, sterno-cleido-mastoid muscle, suboccipital muscles, Eustachian tube, nasal bones, maxillae, and mandible all began to release and settle into greater mobility and balance.
The hearing loss had only become apparent around two years ago, but it was clearly evident from the quality of the tissues that the pattern of tightness and restriction on her right side had been developing for many years prior to that. Since the pattern affecting her ear was so widespread and long-standing and was being perpetuated by her day-to-day activities, progress was slow at first, with little symptomatic relief initially, only transient glimpses of change during the first few sessions, with gradually increasing indications of change as treatment progressed, and it took around three months and ten treatments before Catriona’s hearing fully returned. This inevitably led to her doubting the effectiveness of the treatment, and she required constant reassurance that the situation was progressing, that underlying changes were taking place, and that the treatment would be successful, in order to ensure that she followed the process through.
Further suggestions regarding self care were also beneficial – encouraging her to sleep on her left side (in order to encourage drainage of the right ear and to avoid compressing the tight right side), to avoid blowing her nose forcefully (as this was forcing mucus up into her ear and sinuses), to hold her phone on her left side (to reduce the tension that she held in her right arm and shoulder and to avoid the tendency to bend her head and neck to the right), and to be mindful of the way that she used her right arm in day-to-day activities, developing a more relaxed, less intense use of the arm and shoulder.
The changes took time, but after three months her hearing was fully restored – for the first time in over two years – to her great relief. She also felt much more comfortable and at ease in her body generally.
Caroline - TMJ Syndrome
Caroline had suffered persistent TMJ pain for years. It was mildly painful all the time, always painful when she chewed, and would often spread through the right side of her face and head. Two of her teeth, one on the left side and one on the right side were also persistently painful. She also tended to grind her teeth.
She had been receiving regular dental treatment for over three years to try and resolve the symptoms, but without success. Her dentist has given her a bite plate which immediately threw her system into chaos with constant headaches, neck pain, mental confusion and emotional distress, and a locked-up feeling. She stopped using it after a few days. Her dentist persuaded her to try it again at least part time, saying that she would need to put up with the symptoms for a while until her jaw and TMJ adjusted. But her symptoms were unbearable and she could not continue wearing it. Her dentist was also keen to embark on further substantial dental work to try and align her jaw, and retrain her jaw muscles.
Caroline’s case history was long and complex. Among the list of various injuries, her story revealed certain particularly significant points. She had been hit by a car 23 years previously and her left hip remained intermittently painful ever since. She had fallen on her right shoulder 12 years ago, and her neck and right shoulder were usually tight and painful, particularly when her hip was playing up. Her childhood had been stressful and she had learnt to be submissive, suppressing her feelings of anger and resentment in order to avoid trouble.
External observation of her face showed a well balanced appearance. Looking inside her mouth revealed two missing teeth, one on each side, but this was not affecting her bite significantly, and otherwise a well balanced set of teeth. The muscles around her jaw were tighter on the right hand side.
Cranio-sacral palpation revealed a very clear whole-body twist, passing up from her left hip through the right shoulder into the right TMJ, with a corresponding torsion in the cranium, where the temporal bones were struggling to maintain balance within this whole body twist, putting strain on her TMJ. The contraction in her right shoulder and neck was also pulling the right side of her head downwards, particularly affecting the temporal bone and TMJ. The suppressed anger was clearly palpable in the tight contracted quality of her system as a whole, and particularly in her solar plexus and heart centre.
She had brought her bite plate with her, even though she had not used it for a long time. We palpated her system with and without the bite plate in place, and her cranio-sacral system definitely did not like the bite plate, locking up immediately.
Addressing the hip injury and releasing the tension throughout her system reduced the whole body twist substantially. After her first treatment, she reported that she felt more comfortable and balanced throughout her body and that her TMJ pain had disappeared. Working with the childhood trauma enabled significant changes in the overall quality of her system, and significantly reduced her teeth grinding.
These patterns were however deeply ingrained from childhood and from long standing injuries, and regular consistent treatment was needed to maintain balance and integration. Initially the symptoms tended to creep back gradually. With each treatment, the improvement lasted longer, and she was soon spending most of her time feeing relatively comfortable. Circumstances prevented her from receiving as much treatment as she would have liked, so it was difficult to reach complete resolution. At times of stress or overexertion, the symptoms would start to return, and she would come back for further treatment.
She did not need any further dentistry, because the source of her TMJ and tooth pain was not in the teeth or jaw. Initially, when her TMJ symptoms tended to recur, she wondered (understandably) if there was something fundamentally wrong with her jaw that needed dental or orthodontic treatment. But it was clear from the evidence of the cranio-sacral system that her TMJ symptoms were not coming from her jaw and that further dentistry was not necessary.
Hannah - Tooth Pain
Hannah had been to the dentist three weeks earlier for some relatively straightforward dental treatment. But ever since, her tooth had been intensely painful, the pain increasingly spreading through her jaw and face. She had been back to the dentist, but he said that there was nothing wrong. She was finding life unbearable, unable to think straight or concentrate due to the intense pain. As she was unable to get an appointment for a full cranio-sacral session, we were only able to have a brief emergency treatment. Within twenty minutes of cranio-sacral engagement with the affected tooth, jaw and cranium, her pain had gone, and she didn’t need any further treatment.
Isabelle - Bell’s Palsy
Isabelle was constantly irritated to the point of distraction by her painful dry left eye. She was using ointment and drops every day, but this only partially relieved her symptoms. She had other indications of Bell’s palsy, but it was her eye which troubled her most. The symptoms had started following an operation for an acoustic neuroma (on the vestibulo-cochlear nerve). The operation had damaged her facial nerve causing the Bell’s palsy – the two nerves traveling in close proximity through the internal auditory meatus. As so often in such cases, the extent of the nerve damage was such that a complete resolution was not possible, but cranio-sacral integration reduced her symptoms significantly, both in the eye and with the other vestiges of Bell’s Palsy, making life far more comfortable.
Maureen - Dry Eye and Sore Eye
Maureen’s left eye had troubled her for years. It was usually dry and sore and although it was not serious, it was very irritating and frustrating. She had been putting drops in her eye every day for years and had tried various creams prescribed by her doctor, some of which brought brief temporary alleviation of the symptoms, but the condition was still always there every day. Engaging at her head showed a clear restriction of mobility in the left side of her head and face, continuing down through her neck into her thorax and left shoulder. She was not sure where this had come from but felt it may have been related to a car accident many years ago which had injured her neck, shoulder and back. It required several sessions of cranio-sacral integration to clear the underlying restrictions to mobility which extended down her left side. Addressing the restrictions in the neck, shoulder and back enabled the restoration of free mobility and fluent function of arterial, venous and lymphatic flow in the head and face, thereby restoring the body’s inherent ability to deal with infection. Her eye symptoms cleared completely and permanently, after years of suffering.
Milosz - Trigeminal Neuralgia
Milosz was 67 and had been suffering from severe trigeminal neuralgia for over ten years. Initially, his condition had been diagnosed as a dental problem and he had undergone a great deal of dental treatment without any relief. Only some time afterwards did he discover by chance that his symptoms were classical indications of trigeminal neuralgia. This led him to try various other treatments but all to no avail. When someone suggested cranio-sacral integration he was sceptical but prepared to try anything.
His trigeminal neuralgia was exclusively on the right side of his face, within the maxillary distribution, and exhibited all the typical symptoms of intermittent extreme sharp pain, triggered by the slightest movements or stimuli, or often by nothing at all.
The whole right side of his cranium was very restricted, with a quality of solidity which indicated that it had been like that for many years. Because the restriction was so deeply ingrained, progress was slow at first, but he enjoyed the relaxing effects of the treatment, and was reassured by the identification of a clearly evident potential cause for his condition, so he persisted with his sessions. Within a few sessions he began to feel distinct changes and a notable reduction in his symptoms. As the solidity in his cranium gradually released, his symptoms continued to decline, with a particularly significant shift after the seventh treatment.
Milosz’s symptoms eventually cleared completely and he also reported a substantial change in his overall mood and feeling of wellbeing, not only due to the relief from his painful neuralgia, but also on a more profound and far-reaching level of being.
Sylvia - Meningitis
Sylvia was suffering from intense pain behind her right eye. She had been suffering for years, with accompanying symptoms of severe headache, neck pain, tightness in the right side of her head, poor memory, and difficulty concentrating. Her ability to work was seriously affected, and she was struggling to keep her job. She had seen several doctors and specialists, all of whom said that there was nothing wrong and that it was psychosomatic. She was living on pain killers.
Her symptoms were the classic indications of the chronic after-effects of meningitis. She had indeed had meningitis twenty years previously, which was when the symptoms had started, but all her doctors insisted that the symptoms had nothing to do with the meningitis and that she was simply stressed or malingering – a concept with which she could not identify at all.
Taking up contact on Sylvia’s head, it was clearly evident that the right side of her head was extremely tight - typical of the severe contraction of the meninges - and pulling down into the right side of her neck. The first treatment brought substantial relief and Sylvia felt better than she had done in years. It took a few further sessions to clear the restriction completely, since the condition had been there for so long, but in due course Sylvia was completely symptom-free and feeling healthier than she could ever remember.