Craniosacral Therapy



CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of our bodies by treating the physiological body system called the Craniosacral System – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Yes, we are talking about the Central Nervous System, our body’s electrical mainframe. No movement, thought, or unconscious reaction takes place without first begin processed through this system–analogous to the way a computer works! This is a delicately balanced system, and unfortunately, many of today’s hectic life experiences can create imbalance which leads to us feeling less than optimal. Stress can make us feel “short-circuited”, injury can damage individual nerves and the spine that protects the nerves, and illness can have detrimental effects on the health of the cerebrospinal fluid itself. In fact, impaired bony ailment, such as a blow to the head during a soccer match, or application of orthodontic braces, are the main causes of Craniosacral System imbalance.

CST practitioners use a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, to release restrictions in the Craniosacral System, and the body as a whole, to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. It is a passive modality, often providing secondary benefits such as relaxation and stress relief. CranioSacral Therapy complements other therapeutic treatments, such as manual therapy, exercise, sport-specific training, and post-operative recovery. Additionally, by complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction