What is Craniosacral Therapy?

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Craniosacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger in1983. It is based on osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF), which was developed in 1899 by William Garner Sutherland and is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the Craniosacral system.  It is the physiological body system that is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Like the respiratory system and cardiovascular system, the Craniosacral system is a physiological system which is as essential to normal bodily function. The cranial pulse, or rhythm, ranges from 6-12 cycles per minute and any abnormalities in it can be sensed by a Craniosacral Therapist.  These can be dealt with by the therapist and, by using Craniosacral techniques, the therapist unwinds the myofascial system, affecting Craniosacral imbalances, allowing the body to self correct and regain a natural rhythm and flow of the cerebrospinal fluid.

Craniosacral Therapy is used to enhance the body’s natural healing processes.  It improves the operation of the central nervous system, dissipating the effects of stress, enhancing health and strengthening resistance to disease by increasing the effectiveness of the immune system.

Craniosacral Therapy usually requires only five grams of pressure when testing for restrictions in the various regions of the Craniosacral system. It is a system where diagnosis and treatment can be one and the same and the evaluation alone can often help solve the presenting problem.


Among the medical conditions for which Craniosacral Therapy has shown to be effective are: –

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopaedic Problems Dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction Tissue Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Occipital and Temporal headaches
  • Tinnitus