Relieve Lyme disease headaches by balancing deep cranial bones
Balance the deepest bones inside your skull from the comfort of bed.
Your amazing sphenoid bone
When my Lyme disease headaches were at their worst, I felt an almost constant pressure and pain inside my head, behind my sinuses. Pain killers did nothing, and I'd rather not take them anyway. I couldn't pour myself a bourbon (damn!). The only reliable way I found to relieve the pain was to rebalance my sphenoid bone. Yes, you can do this at home! You can do it in bed! And it feels amazing.
Why the sphenoid bone is so cool
You can see in the images above that the sphenoid is situated right in the center of your skull. Its wings reach up and touch your temples, and it also forms a part of the back of your eye sockets. (Your optic nerve flows through a canal in the sphenoid.) Its legs sit behind your rear top molars.
The sphenoid cradles the base of your brain. Your pituitary gland, the master gland controlling most hormones, is suspended directly above it.
Your sphenoid articulates with many other cranial bones in your skull, making it a sort of keystone in your skull's structure. Any twists or stickiness in your sphenoid (like any bone, it can twist and get stuck) reverberate throughout your cranium. I've never had a Lyme headache that didn't have something to do with my sphenoid being off.
Visualizing your sphenoid - the (sweet!) baby manta ray in your head
Your beautiful, sensitive sphenoid is like a baby sea creature. It is tuned to the pulse of your cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF; the fluid that cushions your brain and spinal cord.
Passages in the center of your brain, right above your sphenoid, fill slowly with CSF and then release it throughout the brain and spinal cord in a rhythm. This pulse of fluid is soft and gentle, and its rhythm supports the health of your brain. The CSF rhythm and the sphenoid seem to balance each other - if one is moving in harmony with its surroundings, the other will follow.
A happy sphenoid feels as though it were floating in a magical bath of CSF. It floats in the center of your head, behind your eyes and your nose, like a small manta ray, with wings that reach out to your temples, and eyes that see through your eyes. (Not creepy!) Like a spirit animal within your cranium, softly alive, suspended in a warm and gentle sea.
Balancing your sphenoid to relieve lyme disease headaches
Like all visualizations, this one takes imagination; inviting dream-like imagery and sensations to flow through you. Lyme disease can be a big help with this. If you are tired and close to sleep anyway, take advantage of that magical in between state where dream imagery flows more easily. Put Lyme to work for you, for a change! I practice visualization right before falling asleep, or right after I wake up.
Place your palms over each of your eyes, closing out all of the light. Just relax like this for a bit, letting your eyes soften. Then gently begin to move your hands side to side, so that they pull your skin but don't slide.
Imagine the pull taking your sphenoid bone along with it, left to right. Feel the soft, manta ray shaped bone, cushioned in water, gently sliding side to side. Take your time. This should feel good, your eyes relaxing, the inside of your cranium like a warm, dark sea.
As it feels good, begin to move your eyes in the opposite direction that you are moving your hands, If you slide your palms to the right, slide your closed eyes to the left. You are moving your eyes in opposition to your sphenoid bone now. You will find one direction easier than the other. Explore both sides, staying with the visualization of watery support inside your head cushioning the movement.
Over time the two sides will even out a bit as your sphenoid loosens. You can play with any other kind of movement that feels good, sensing the relationship between your eyes and your baby manta ray, feeling the movement smooth out and become more comfortable, more relaxing.
When you are done, you may notice that your vision is a bit clearer. This is a great sign! Your eyes may move more smoothly as well, and hopefully your headache will be only a distant memory.
To read more about exercises that improve vision (and also balance the inner cranium), check out this blog post: Gorgeous Eyes, Clear Vision.
My Cranial Healing meditation takes you through some very relaxing visuals for your inner cranial structures as well. If I am too tired (or lazy) to actively visualize, I still listen to it. Wear an eye mask if you can.
Thank you so much for reading! I wish you and your spirit manta ray hours of blissful floating. Please share this blog post with any other Lyme Warrior who might enjoy it.
You are a lovely mystery, wherever you find yourself on your healing path.