Craniosacral therapy was developed by Osteopath John Upledger. It is a light therapy which helps to release the stress held within the body.

The developer was a professor at Michigan State University, so the origins are rooted in science. The concept is to use light pressure to help bring any tension to the fore and release them from the soft tissues in the body.


The technique can be used as a preventative measure and seen by some as a way to help boost the body’s natural immunity to illness.

However, this is not the only reason that someone may choose to have craniosacral therapy. There are many others.


Craniosacral therapy was created in 1970 by Dr. Upledger. The professor noticed a rhythmic movement in what is now known as the craniosacral system.

The professor then went and studied the works of Dr. William Sutherland, who is credited as being the father of cranial osteopathy. His works looked into the possibility that the cranial bones could allow movement.

Craniosacral therapists believe that by gentle massage, they can influence the circulation of the cranial fluid.


The central nervous system is just about the most important thing we have. This is the spinal cord and the brain. Combined, they are responsible for our day to day wellbeing. Keeping this essential system running smoothly is therefore paramount for our continued good health.

The fluids and membranes that surround the spinal column and brain are known as the craniosacral system. This is an important component in the nervous system.

The craniosacral system is delicate and can be affected easily. The everyday toll that life takes on your body can cause it to contract and tighten. Sometimes, these pressures cause a tension around the brain and spinal cord. This is when you have a problem.

If this happens, the nervous system can become impaired and that has a knock on effect on other parts of your body functioning correctly.

One solution to these tensions causing a problem in the body, is to combat them with the use of craniosacral therapy.

The practitioner will use their hands to explore the patient’s craniosacral system. When they do this they aren’t simply massaging – they are checking to see the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid that is going around the brain.

Once this has been detected, the therapist will then use some very gentle touching techniques to unblock the clogging in any of the tissues surrounding the craniosacral system.

By doing this, the brain and the spinal cord have a chance to improve and there can be immediate benefit seen for sufferers of chronic pain.


Craniosacral therapy can help with a range of conditions, not all of them physical. They include; scoliosis, TMJ syndrome, chronic neck and back pain, chronic fatigue, stress and tension, motor coordination problems, migraines and headaches, fibromyalgia, ADHA, PTSD, orthopedic problems and more besides.


Yes, craniosacral therapy is generally considered safe. However, there are some patients for whom it is not advisable.

These are people who have an acute aneurysm or cerebral haemorrhage.


Yes. It has, by thousands of practitioners who see patients every day. And also by the patients who have seen an improvement in their condition.

From a technical and medical point of view, “accepted” science is yet to catch up with the belief of craniosacral therapists and their patients. However, there is no proof to say that there is anything to be lost by trying the therapy, either!