Category Archives: Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork or alternative therapyusing gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient's spine and pelvic bones. Practitioners believe that this palpation regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and aids in "primary respiration".[2]Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upledger, D.O. in the 1970s, as an…
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History and conceptual basis

Cranial osteopathy, a forerunner of CST, was originated by osteopath William Sutherland (1873–1954) in 1898–1900. While looking at a disarticulated skull, Sutherland was struck by the idea that the cranial sutures of the temporal bones where they meet the parietal bones were "beveled, like the gills of a fish, indicating articular mobility for a respiratory mechanism." John Upledger devised CST. Comparing it to cranial osteopathy he wrote: "Dr.…
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Procedure

The therapist lightly palpates the patient's body, and focuses intently on the communicated movements. A practitioner's feeling of being in tune with a patient is described as entrainment. Patients often report feelings of deep relaxation during and after the treatment session, and may feel light-headed. While sometimes thought to be caused by an increase in endorphins, research shows the effects may actually…
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