• Craniosacral Therapy relieves chronic pain 

    Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy has a certified therapist to provide craniosacral therapy for patients suffering with chronic pain and medical concerns such as migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, central nervous system disorders or post-traumatic stress disorders.

    Occupational therapist, Trista Richardson, MS,OTR,L, has received advanced certification focusing heavily on the workings of the anatomy of the brain and spinal cord, the importance of cranial nerves and how these all relate to the complete craniosacral system. Richardson earned her certification from Upledger Institute International in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, a healthcare resource center recognized world-wide for its comprehensive education programs and advanced treatment options. She is certified to treat adults and children age 4 and over, including children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

    Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. This system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The therapy focuses on the role the musculoskeletal system plays in the functioning of the nervous system and compliments the natural healing processes of the body.

    CST has proven effective for a wide range of medical problems related to pain and dysfunction including:
    • Migraine headaches
    • Sinus problems
    • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
    • Chronic neck and back pain
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Trauma of any kind
    • Post-surgical recovery
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Central nervous system disorders

    “When an individual is experiencing chronic pain, it can restrict their activities and impact quality of life,” Richardson said. “As an occupational therapist, I am passionate about assisting my patients reduce the pain that is limiting their activity and helping them gain independence,” she explained.

    In a typical therapy session, the patient lies quietly, fully-clothed, while the practitioner uses a light touch to detect restrictions and blocks in the craniosacral system. Soft, subtle adjustments allow the circulatory and nervous systems to function smoothly and encourage natural healing.

    Trista became a member of Rome Memorial Hospital’s occupational therapy services team in 2012, after earning her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Utica College.

    A physician’s prescription is required to make an appointment to see an occupational therapist for craniosacral therapy. The therapy is covered by most major medical insurance carriers, including Medicare and Medicaid.
    For more information, contact Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy at 315.337.7952. The office is open Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy is located at 107 E. Chestnut St., Rome.

    About Rome Memorial Hospital
    Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., (RMH) Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for four consecutive years, the hospital has earned special designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients. Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health.