Treating Umbilical Hernias with Craniosacral therapy

Most clients that arrive with hernias have been told two things by doctors, either that nothing can be done or that they need to have it surgically attended to. Most of the clients I've treated (actually all of them) that have arrived with hernias, leave the session without one. How is that possible? In this article I discuss what an umbilical hernia is and how craniosacral therapy can help.

What is an umbilical hernia?

The umbilical hernia feels like a lump in or near the belly button area. It can vary in size and density, and often it's not that painful although it can be tender to touch and can create referred pain in the lower back. A hernia has three parts - the hernia's contents, the hernia sac, and the orifice (the hole).

What causes them?

They're caused when the intestine pushes against a tiny hole or tear in the muscular wall of the abdomen. The Latin word hernia means "a rupture". Overtime, part of the intestine can protrude through the muscle creating a bulge. The hole or tear could be caused in childbirth if there was umbilical shock for example if the cord was cut prematurely before pulsation has completed, or in a rough manner. It can also be caused by sudden separation from the mother during birth which sometimes happens if there are C sections or complications.

How can Craniosacral therapy help?

Treating an umbilical hernia is relatively straightforward and comes under a process known as visceral manipulation. In this way it's more similar to osteopathic medicine as there is more pressure used. Using gentle touch, pressure and deep sensitivity to the underlying tissues and organs the protrusion can be met and dissolved. Usually this takes one session.

I like to gently place two fingers on the tissue around or on the belly button. I feel the size, depth and quality of the hernia. I gradually apply a pressure and usually the area will begin to generate a pulsing sensation. I will always invite the client to become aware of this pulsing, the intensity of it and check that they're feeling safe and comfortable with the intensity. It is afterall, quite a strange sensation.

By applying a subtle dragging motion, just enough to take up the slack of the pulse, or to meet the resistance I also invite the client to deepen their breathing and relax into the process and I observe how their breathing leads the surrounding tissues to soften and relax. Sometimes memories of birth come up, or emotions.

What tends to happen next is the pulsation starts to intensify. Pressure can be reduced as the pattern comes up to the surface. Less and less pressure is typically needed once this happens because the body is now releasing. Eventually the pulsation will stop, the tissues around the naval will feel smooth and soft and I then lay a palm gently on the belly button to facilitate an integration.

The client typically feels the cessation of pulsation, a freeing or space in the area, sometimes it can also relieve tension in the lower back and a feeling of resolution over their birth process.

If you are suffering with a hernia get in touch with me for a session,