What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy  (CST) is a technique developed by John Upledger, D.O.. As an osteopathic physician he studied and practiced cranial work since 1973. He first learned about craniosacral work from Dr. William Sutherland. Dr. William Sutherland is regardded the father of osteopathy in America and originator of cranial bone-setting techniques. During his work with Sutherland, Upledger trained extensively in this field. Afterward, he began his career as a physician and introduced it to his patients as a complement to mainstream medical care.

The cranial sysmic system is a complex system that sends signals to the brain. It is made up of sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves. Let’s consider this when we look at everyday life. Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. However, your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten. This can potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.

CranioSacral Therapy is a hands-on treatment that releases these tensions deep in the body. The result is relief of pain and dysfunction, improving whole-body health and wellbeing.

Common Conditions Treated With CST

The following are some common conditions that are treated with CST:

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Neck and back pain

  • TMJ disorder

  • Dizziness

  • Learning disabilities


  • PTSD

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • and many other conditions.

How Does CST Work?

Let’s look at a typical session to answer that question. A CST session at our clinic is undertaken fully clothed. Our physiotherapist Wendy first monitors the rhythm of the fluid around your central nervous system. Her aim is to find the areas of weakness of fluid flow or tissue motion. This will lead to the source of dysfunction. CST techniques are then used to release the problem areas. The result is improved form and function of the central nervous system. The therapy will last for 55 minutes.

Making an appointment for CranioSacral Therapy

To chat with Wendy about more information on CST use our contact form via this LINK

Or you can make an appointment using our online booking system.