I have found that postnatal depression is a condition that responds really well to craniosacral therapy.
The root cause is often as a result of the birth process. The main causes being one or a combination of the following –
- Labor itself
- Ventouse or caesarean section delivery
The birth process can leave the mother’s pelvic floor full of restrictions. These restrictions can exert a subtle downward pull on the dural tube. This is the tube of membrane that surrounds the spinal cord. The dural tube continues up the spinal cord and into the head where it surrounds the brain. Because of the reciprocal nature of the craniosacral system, this downward pulling can translate into these head membranes and it is this pressure in the head which can lead to the depression.
I have seen this pattern in 95% of the women I have treated for postnatal depression. I have treated women who have suffered with postnatal depression for up to 10 years. After that length of time they are nearly always on medication and their second or third psychologist\counselor. The problem usually resolves pretty quickly, about 6 or 7 weeks, which is fantastic and at the same time sad that so much heartache could have been avoided if they had had treatment earlier.