Skin Care Advice from a Chiropractor’s Perspective
We all want to look our best, no matter our age. As we get older, our skin changes, wrinkles appear, and we may look older than we feel. While Aesthetics at Cima Health offers a variety of skin care services that can help reduce the signs of aging and leave your skin rejuvenated, today we want to talk about how facial wrinkles form, and how a chiropractic care technique called craniosacral therapy (cranial sacral therapy or CST) can act as an anti-aging technique that gets to the root cause of many facial wrinkles.
How Facial Wrinkles Form and How Craniosacral Therapy Can Help
Wrinkles can result from poor nutrition, sun damage, smoking, and not caring for your skin properly. We realize that proper nutrition, protection from the sun, smoking cessation, and proper skin care can help your skin heal from the inside and out.
If we told you that another cause of wrinkles, is a loss of circulation to the facial muscles and skin, would that make sense? When capillary circulation to the skin and facial muscles is compromised your skin will dry up, creating wrinkles. Just like you see cracks in the soil when there’s not enough rain.
Although you have the right nutrients in your blood, without proper circulation, they cannot get to their destination.
So How is Circulation Compromised?
If you look at the skull, you see it is a group of bones joined like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Although the bones interlock (sutures), there is still motion or a slight amount of movement between the bones. The purpose of this movement is to help circulate blood.
Surrounding the skull are many muscles that, when they spasm, compress the skull. When this happens, small arteries that exit between the bones are compromised, decreasing circulation to the muscles and skin of your face and forehead.
That decreased circulation can cause wrinkles – when you’re in pain, stressed, or anxious, your facial expression changes leading to forehead wrinkles, marionette lines, and other facial lines.
How Do the Bones in Your Skull Get Compromised?
From the time you were born until now, your skull has been traumatized from:
- Traveling through the birth canal
- The 200 times between the ages of one and two when you banged your head
- Dental work, braces, bridges, drillings, and fillings
- Head and neck injuries from falls, accidents, sports injuries, and other traumas.
- Grinding your teeth
You can see that your skull has undergone some trauma over your lifetime. Due to these traumas, your vascular system is compromised, and cannot get proper nutrients to the area. Due to this loss of circulation to your facial skin and muscles, wrinkles occur.
How Do You Know If You Have Poor Circulation to Your Face?
While most people can feel better and look younger with cranial sacral therapy, the symptoms below could be a sign you could especially benefit from cranial therapy:
If you suffer from:
- Neck pain
- Jaw pain
- A tight scalp
- Facial asymmetries
- One eye is lower than the other
- One eye looks smaller than the other eye
- One cheek is lower than the other
- One ear is lower than the other
- Your head bulges out on one side or looks concave on the other
If your skin is aging faster than it should, you could be suffering from cranial faults.
What is Cranial Sacral Therapy and How Can It Help?
Cranial sacral therapy is a gentle “hands-on” procedure that relaxes and breaks up reflex patterns between the muscles of the cranium, causing a neurological relaxation of the spastic muscles thus realigning the cranial bones and increasing circulation to the facial muscles and the skin.
By improving circulation, releasing tension, and relieving pain, it’s almost like getting a facelift at the same time. Your facial muscles relax, and wrinkles become less noticeable. You can see changes in your mental state as well.
A simple cranial physical examination is all you need to determine if these procedures would work for you.
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If you’ve noticed wrinkles forming and you’re not happy about that, we offer a full range of anti-aging treatments to help you look as young as you feel. From cranial sacral therapy to rejuvenating facials to Botox treatments, we do it all.
From the initial consultation to the treatment room, we offer the highest quality of facial skin care, individualized to your needs. We are more than clinicians; we understand how hard it can be to carve out time for yourself to recharge and feel rejuvenated. We help you make the most of your time by offering the best range of anti-aging treatments and wrinkle-reduction solutions.
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