Craniosacral Therapy

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Origin, benefits, precautions and contraindications
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All healthy and living tissues breathe with the motion of life.  According to studies, Craniosacral Therapy may relieve the symptoms of stress in the human body. This therapy involves a process that produces rhythmic vibrations.

What Is Craniosacral Therapy? Where did it originate?
Craniosacral Therapy is a therapy focused on respiration and on regulating the flow of cerebra-spinal fluid in the human body. The therapy is intended to give relief from pain by manipulations of the skull. This harmonizes with the natural rhythm in the nervous system of a human body.

William Sutherland, an osteopath, founded the field of cranial osteopathy. According to him, the cranial bone mobility affects the whole body.

John Upledger, an osteopathic physician, became convinced of its effectiveness in a number of conditions. As a result, he established a therapy called Craniosacral Therapy.

Benefits of Craniosacral therapy:
Craniosacral therapy is a form of bodywork that focuses on the bones of the head. The main goal of the therapy is to alleviate stress and pain in the body.

Below are some of the major benefits of Craniosacral therapy:

  • The therapy is used to restore the natural position of the bones
  • Decreases stress from chronic diseases
  • Provides relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain and joint disorders
  • Helps in enhancing the sleep pattern
  • Nourishes brain and the spinal cord
  • Helps with hearing problems
  • Prevents abnormal fear
  • Helps in curing Down syndrome
  • Helps in Autism
  • Strengthens body
  • Prevents stress and tension related problems
  • Prevents chronic fatigue

Studies or research related to the Efficacy of Craniosacral Therapy
There is good evidence on the research about how CST works.

  1. There is scientific evidence that Craniosacral Therapy came to mutually exclusive conclusion in patients with stress and pain.
  2. The subtle effects of the therapy certainly exist. Though the effects of the therapy cannot be measured, the effects are certainly there.
  3. Evidence has shown that it is a deeply relaxing and comforting therapy and has produced a soothing experience in the patients.

How is Craniosacral Therapy done?
The therapy is performed with the person fully clothed. A light touch is used by the practitioner to monitor the rhythm of the craniosacral system in order to detect the imbalances inside.

Delicate manual techniques are used by the therapist to release the problem areas and relieve pressure in the brain.

The therapy session can last from 15 minutes to one hour. It can be used alone or can be used in conjunction with other therapies.

Pain relief from Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy helps relieve chronic pain and promotes deep sense of relaxation in the body. The process involves use of an air mattress and the patients feel like they are floating in the clouds.

The therapy is best for people who cannot lie comfortably on their back and, or, those who are suffering from chronic pain.

The patients suffering from migraine pain and any other chronic pain can undergo this therapy to get relief from pain and stress in the body.

Craniosacral therapy – Precautions and counter indications
CST is a viable health care option for people of all ages. There are few contraindications to the therapy that you need to know before opting for it:

  • People with acute intracranial hemorrhage or recent skull fracture cannot undergo this therapy.
  • It is very important to know the patient history in advance before doing the therapy. If there is an underlying problem in patients that counter interacts, the therapy needs to be stopped immediately.
  • There are some conditions which an experienced Craniosacral therapist should be kept informed about by the patient, such as puncture in the craniosacral system, recent fracture of the vertebral column or ribs.

Your practitioner will evaluate all options as well as your complete medical profile before recommending a go ahead with the therapy.


  1. 1.Upledger J. E. Craniosacral Therapy: Touchstone for Natural Healing.North Atlantic Books; 2001. 113p
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