Cranial Sacral Therapy
An osteopathic physician by the name of W. G. Sutherland developed Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) in the 1920s. He was a student of the founder of osteopathy who sensed that perhaps the cranial bones did not fuse as medical science taught but rather that there is subtle movement and “fluidity” to the bones of the skull. Through self-exploration and clinical experimentation, he developed a very gentle way of adjusting the bones of the body with particular attention to the skull and sacrum, or tailbone. As he achieved good clinical results with his new therapy, he began to share with his colleagues and CST was born.
Fast forward several decades, when an osteopathic physician by the name of John Upledger performed clinical research utilizing MRI and CT studies as well as intense clinical observation during neurosurgical procedures to further enhance the theory and understanding of CST. Dr. Upledger truly popularized CST by offering many courses teaching CST to physicians and other healthcare providers.
CST is a very gentle form of osteopathic manipulation which can help in the treatment of a plethora of issues from learning disabilities, ADHD, headaches, back pain, anxiety, depression, colic in newborns―the list goes on. It is a very gentle and relaxing therapy, with patients commonly falling asleep during treatment.