More about CST



Craniosacral Therapy’s roots stem from Osteopathy. One of the fathers of  CST, Dr. John Upledger, ‘discovered’ the craniosacral system when he was assisting in a surgery at an operation to remove a calcified plaque from the membrane that surrounds the spinal cord of one of his patients. At the time he was a doctor of osteopathy. His task was to hold the spinal cord still with two pairs of forceps while the surgeon scraped away the plaque. However,  in spite of his best efforts the spinal cord kept moving. The membrane kept moving in a regular cyclical motion throughout the procedure. Nobody could explain the motion and so became very curious. He could find no reference to it in any of the standard text books.

He was fascinated by the phenomenon, and in his own words, “did not have long to wait” before he discovered a line of enquiry. In 1968 John attended a course at The Cranial Academy, which was being taught by Dr Harold Magoun. He learned to feel the ‘motion’ of the cranial bones and the sacrum through the connection of the dural membranes. He realized that this was the movement he had first encountered when he was trying to hold the spinal cord steady for the surgeon.

Upledger also came to understand that emotional issues could be ‘stored away’ or recorded in the soft tissue of the body, bringing about physical complaints and symptoms. Such stored emotions were negative, or destructive, and could originate from any combination of physical, psychological, or emotional trauma from any source whatsoever. Although a tenured professor at Michigan State University, Upledger left to set up a teaching foundation, The Upledger Institute, specifically to train non-medical health professionals in “CranioSacral Therapy”, a term he coined to differentiate it from what was previously taught to only osteopaths. And there you have the birth story of Craniosacral Therapy.


General Clinical Indications

Below is a selection of indications representing common clinical situations where Craniosacral Therapy has been effective. Note: this is not intended to replace the services of trained health professionals, or to be substitute for medical advice. You are advised to consult with your health care professional with regard to matters that may require diagnosis or medical attention.

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Autism , including Asberger Syndrome
  • Bells Palsy
  • Blackouts and fainting spells
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cesarean Birth
  • Childbirth
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Compressed vertebrae
  • Depression
  • Digestive issues
  • Dyslexia
  • Earache
  • Edema
  • Emphysema
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Fybromyalgia
  • Forceps birth
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Head injuries
  • Heart disease
  • Herniated vertebral discs
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, heartburn)
  • Infant colic and feeding problems
  • Limb length differences
  • Lymphatic stagnation
  • Memory loss
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve Entrapment (including sciatica) and irritation (including carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuresthesia (including paresthesia such as in TOS)
  • Occlusion (bite) issues
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Paralysis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post surgical recovery
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Pregnancy (can be used in all phases)
  • Prostate problems and repairs
  • Rotator cuff injury (and other shoulder and arm soft tissue dysfunction)
  • Sacral concussion
  • Sciatica
  • Seatbelt injury
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disorders (including apnea and insomnia)
  • Speech problems
  • Strains and sprains and dislocations (recovery)
  • Stress
  • Sympathetic nervous system hypertonus (reticular alarm system)
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD)
  • Tendonitis
  • Thyroid problems
  • Tinnitus
  • Torticollis (and cervical muscle dysfunction)
  • Trauma and traumatic stress
  • Tumors
  • Vacuum extraction birth
  • Vertigo
  • Vertebral fusion or vertebral implantation surgery
  • Whiplash injury
  • And many more