History of CranioSacral Therapy

A.T. Still

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) has its roots firmly planted in Osteopathy. It is a gentle manual therapy developed by Dr. John Upledger, DO in the latter part of the 20th century.   A.T. Still, the Father of Osteopathy, recognized that pain and dysfunction can be directly related to restrictions of the soft tissue and associated connective tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Cranial Osteopathy was developed later by Still's student,  Dr. William Sutherland. He maintained that cranial sutures are, in fact, mobile, and respond to pressure fluxuations of cerebral spinal fluid as it is produced, circulated and reabsorbed (much like grooves in a highway).  Sutherland determined that If the sutures were immobilized, pain and dysfunction along with emotional or psychological disruption would ensue. 

Upledger refined Still's techniques of osteopathic correction and introduced it to health-care practitioners around the globe. He called it CranioSacral Therapy. As therapists, we practice and adhere to the fundamental tenet that your body has the capability to heal itself and we are simply a facilitator to that end.  We use gentle manual therapy to redirect soft tissue restrictions throughout the body, cranium and vertebrae. By liberating these areas, the central nervous system (CNS) is free to function more efficiently and productively, potentially assisting and benefiting all systems of the body.