How does Craniosacral Therapy Help tinnitus?
Craniosacral Therapy is very good for bringing you out of the adrenal state of fight, flight, freeze which causes the overall pattern of tinnitus to steadily calm down. Whatever the cause of your tinnitus, it’s important to teach yourself to feel your body again, and become aware of where the stress and tension is holding on that is feeding the tinnitus.
You may not be able to relax properly at the moment because you only have a limited sense of what is going on below the neck. If you don't know what's going on in your body, how can you let go of it? Craniosacral Therapy helps you get in touch much more thoroughly so that you can let go and release subconscious tension. It teaches you how to divert the focus away from thinking and into feeling. This is not about generating thoughts in your head, its about lying back and letting the information come from your body back to your head.
Most tinnitus people need a few sessions of Craniosacral Therapy just to start being able to feel again. Chronic stress and overwhelming situations are very good at shutting down the nervous system so that you cannot feel much at all. Part of treating tinnitus comes with opening up your nervous system again so numb areas in your body are replaced with feeling. Craniosacral therapy is one of the best treatments for easing you out of this heightened state of red-alert which feeds tinnitus, and helping you reconnect with your body. As you start to let go of all the years of built-up overwhelm in your system, you start to feel lighter, carry less baggage and as a result your level of hypersensitivity gradually reverts back to normal.
As people let go of tinnitus, what usually happens is that, first you will stop reacting negatively to the tinnitus, ie it will stop getting to you so much. Then you will start forgetting about it, and eventually it will start to subside. It will become easier and easier to pay less attention to it, which is what will allow it to fade into insignificance. The way to do this depends on what you put your nervous system under in the first place of course. Unfortunately, many people don't recognise that they are often living in a heightened state, and stay locked in this loop for decades. This creates perfect conditions for tinnitus to appear.
All types of tinnitus can back off! – It’s a physiology reaction that is still active in the body. This can settle and become quieter with positive action.
Tinnitus therapy helps you develop a positive mindset that allows you to let go of the ringing in your ears. Learning to shift the focus away from your hearing and negative thinking into more body experience, and learning how you can settle your nervous system with the support of therapy. This helps the tinnitus go quiet and remove it from the mind.
I offer my knowledge on lifestyle, suggest coping strategies and help explain how tinnitus stays in your system. Once you understand this, tinnitus becomes much less threatening, and the way forward becomes common sense.
Letting go of your tinnitus can take some time and a bit of commitment on your side, this might also include you par taking in some body based practices such as yoga or tai chi and maybe some meditation to help connect with your body and to help your nervous system stay balanced and de stressed, if you don’t do this already of course. Lifestyle choices can also play a role in tinnitus staying in your system.
Please note: With tinnitus therapy it can be a gradual process so it’s important to take a long term view, don’t expect to change the way you are over night. I recommend a minimum five session programme (Tinnitus Care Plan) to start with and then reassess, one or two sessions are usually not very helpful. A bit like having one or two personal training sessions if you are wanting to get fit, these things take time and some commitment on your side.
Tinnitus Care Plan Information (What to expect)
Offering guidance / advice / reassurance / helping with a positive mindset
To move out of the negative mind and more into body feeling helping the tinnitus quieten down and eventually disappear
To start feeling a sense of what goes on below the neck and not always living in the head
Helping to release stressors / trauma / anxiety held in the body and structures of the head and body that can feed the tinnitus
Bringing you out of fight/flight mode. Many tinnitus people are too switched on
Helping your nervous system into stillness and reaching a more balanced state
Learning how to feel again and discovering a deeply calming place which allows the tinnitus to soften
Craniosacral work is one of the best ways of getting in touch with how you really are
Build up a sense of internal security and comfort within your nervous system
Points to keep in mind when you have tinnitus (Discussed in the sessions)
Take a long term view. Don’t expect to change the way you are over night
Tinnitus is a temporary physiological state, it’s very changeable and there is not written rule how it will arise in your system, it can disappear with the right recovery path
As a therapist, I am a cog in the wheel helping you on your path to recovery. You are responsible for your own nervous system!
Constantly living in a heightened state of fight/flight can keep the tinnitus in your system
Avoid silence and anything that makes you focus on your hearing in a negative way
Listen to pleasant sounds whenever necessary - for example to help sleep
Start becoming aware of your adrenaline levels, learn to lower it and you will be well on your way to improving your health and tinnitus
Be wary of complaining about tinnitus with others. Grumbling only strengthens the emotional grip tinnitus has over you and can heighten your sensitivity to it
When ever you catch yourself complaining about it, replace it with a positive relaxation exercise such as breathing or self soothing/body practice. (self massage / yoga / breathing etc)
By catastrophizing, reacting, worrying and constantly talking about your tinnitus will not help it go away. By focusing on as much wellbeing in your body as possible will!
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus commonly appears after an intense or long-term period of exertion, excitement, stress, challenge or change. Consequently most people start noticing symptoms after a period of stress, losing a loved one, an operation, taking drugs, a long legal battle, listening to loud music, ear infection etc. Challenges like these cause your nervous system to go into an adrenal state of redalert, known as “fight flight or freeze.” This makes your nervous system hypersensitive and causes dramatic changes throughout your body. The way you hear changes radically too. Whether it is skiing, stress, anger, exhaustion, or emotional upset, adrenal situations make your ears ultra-sensitive giving rise to tinnitus.
To demonstrate this shift in auditory perception, do you remember the last time you woke up in the middle of the night, after a nightmare? There you are breaking out in a sweat with your heart thumping away. You think you can hear someone outside your door. Youʼre frightened. Suddenly there is a creak on the landing. You jump out of your skin.
In this fearful state the tiniest sound like a creak doesn't sound tiny at all, and causes a big reaction. Even though the noise is feint, you perceive it as loud, and it causes your system to jump, breathing to quicken, mind to start racing, etc. This vital survival mechanism can literally save your life. Imagine if it had been a murderer with a knife out on the landing, being able to hear him/her meant you could prepare to fight or take off at top speed in the opposite direction. Your nervous system was doing what it has evolved to do, keep you alive. If there is any danger you need to know about it. That's why in certain situations your hearing needs to become ultra-sensitive, and can be a vital lifesaver.
However, everyday things can cause a stress response to occur, such as having a depressing bank balance, or worrying about a relationship. Unlike the noise in the night, these stressors can last months and years, and can eventually lock you into an oversensitive state for much longer. In this state, ears not only pick up external noise, but now, because they are registering more than normal, they start hearing the nervous impulses along the auditory nerve inside your head. In most cases, tinnitus is nothing more than hearing the noises of your nervous system which we normally ignore. Our hearing has become too switched on and detects nervous impulses inside our head. When the nervous system settles, we stop feeling threatened by tinnitus, we come out of red-alert mode and our ears stop listening out so acutely. As our hearing turns towards calm mode we naturally stop listening to these nervous impulses, and our hearing returns to normal.
Please Read - Disclaimer / Common Sense about the Tinnitus treatment
Craniosacral Therapy tends to work gradually. This is not a quick fix. Most importantly, if you are a person who likes pushing yourself to the limits drinking and partying a lot, having 10 coffees a day with a bad diet, running several businesses 100mph, worrying about and looking after everyone else except yourself, then your nervous system is unlikely to let go.
There is no one medicine, person or activity that cures all.
Everyone leaves feeling calmer, clearer and more relaxed.
Fearful mindsets and frozen traumatised physiological processes are behind what keeps tinnitus going. Being a therapist is all about meeting people, providing support and safety to help them free up and let go. I cannot say how long this will take.
There is no scientific evidence to prove this work does what it says. This doesn’t mean that this work is not effective. If someone says “oh, my tinnitus has gone,” or “Wow, the intensity has backed off and I hardly notice it anymore,” that is good enough for me and the client.
It makes more sense to work with the tinnitus people who do come forward, and then, to do my best.
We both want good results. Having a one-off session and then moving on to something else is not usually very helpful.
I cannot ask people to share their success stories because I am bound by confidentiality and data protection. Also, it is not ethical to stress clients with this demand. Any testimonials posted are unsolicited and are offered freely.
If you are prepared to open to change, letting go and release, which causes tinnitus to go quiet, then please step forward. If you are worried, or have any doubts, or feel that this is not an approach that suits you, then its probably best to seek help elsewhere.