Craniosacral Therapy

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Craniosacral Therapy


Craniosacral therapy is used for a wide number of indications including: • Migraine and tension headaches, temporomandibular joint pain, other facial pain problems • Neck, shoulder girdle, and lower back pain • Posttraumatic injuires of the head and neck and whiplash • More generalized problems such as fibromyalgia and chroninc fatigue syndrome • Problems with alertness, concentration, or memory • Anxiety and stress-related problemsThere are no specific indications for cranialsacral therapy however it should not be used in lieu of standard medical treatment. It is typically applied by trained craniosacral therapists, osteopaths, and other trained health care professionals.

History & Theory Behind the Therapy•In the early 1900s, Dr. William Sutherland first observed the relative flexibility of the sutures in the cranium •In the 1970s, Dr. John Upledger formalized the practice of craniosacral therapy (CST) based on the work of Dr. Sutherland•The movement of the cranial bones is referred to as the primary respiratory mechanism (PRM)•Evidence of this movement is supported by cadaveric studies and human studies•To date, clinical trials have not shown effectiveness of this treatment, however these trials have been criticized as being poorly designed•Many patients have found relief and benefited from the treatment and as a result it is becoming more widespread and an important tool in treating a variety of conditions

Additional Books, Journal Articles, and Websites:Upledger, John E. and Vredevoogd, Jon D. Craniosacral Therapy. Eastland Press. 1983.Upledger, John E. Your Inner Physician and You: Craniosacral Tehrapy and Somatoemotional Release. North Atlandtic Books. 4 Sept 1997.Upledger Institue websiteBiodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of AmericaJakel, Anne and von Hauenschild, Philip. “A Systematic review to evaluate the clinical benefits of craniosacral therapy.” Volume 20, Issue 6, Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 22 August 2012.

CranioSacral Therapy


  • JohnDO 5 years ago

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    Great one right out of the box! If you are interested, you may want to read more about Dr. Sutherland, Dr. Fulford and, even, Dr. Fryman. The controversy about craniosacral techniques are rampant.

    You have done an excellent job on this Glog. You have the concept of how it should work and content to help understand the topic. Good multimedia, too.