Manual Cranial Treatment in a Young Woman with Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Report

Manual Cranial Treatment in a Young Woman with Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Report

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Ulrich Moser
General Practitioner, Special Pain Therapy, Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Sports Medicine, Großheubach, Germany


Background: Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a serious mental disorder affecting mainly young women. Despite the severity of the disease, the danger of chronification and premature death, and the social burden, the evidence base for its treatment is weak. In addition to the changed eating behavior, a modified body schema seems to play a major role in AN. Case Report: Presented is the course of AN in a now 17-year-old female patient in which a definite improvement of her symptoms occurred in temporal connection with manual cranial treatment. The manual approach is based on tonus changes of the deep suboccipital muscles as a monitor to identify relevant dysfunctions, to ensure the optimal therapy setting and to control the therapy outcome. Conclusion: AN is an example of a neuropsychiatric disorder whose neurobiological correlates could have resulted in the increased circumscribed cranial tension in the case presented. The pleasing course may encourage us to consider manual cranial treatment in similar cases.

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Publication history
Received: Fri 08, May 2020
Accepted: Mon 25, May 2020
Published: Fri 29, May 2020
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DOI: 10.31487/j.JCMCR.2010.02.01