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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) was developed by John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician, following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at the Michigan State University. Upledger was serving there as a clinical research and professor of biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing how the physiological body system known as the craniosacral system functions. It is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord.

The physical therapist uses a soft touch, generally no greater than five grams or about the weight of a nickel, to release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is being used more and more as a preventative health measure because it bolsters resistance to disease. It is also effective for treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction including:

Migraine headaches

Chronic neck and back pain

Motor-coordination impairments



Central Nervous System disorders

Orthopedic problems

Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries


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

For more information on craniosacral therapy, visit the Upledger Institute website at: http://www.upledger.com/content.asp?id=26

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