Craniosacral Therapy

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • Craniosacral Therapy Improved Anxiety, Depression and Sleep Quality
    A double-blind clinical trial (84 patients) by the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Granada, Spain, found that a 25-week course of craniosacral therapy led to less anxiety, pain and depression – and improved sleep and quality of life – for fibromyalgia patients with painful symptoms. This positive outcome continued at the 6-month follow-up.
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  • Craniosacral Therapy Improved Urinary Tract Symptoms in MS Patients
    A small cohort study (28 patients) conducted by the Sheba Medical Center in Israel found that outpatient craniosacral therapy led to a significant improvement in lower urinary tract symptoms and quality of life for MS patients.
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  • Craniosacral Therapy a Useful Adjunct in Adult Asthma Care
    A study by the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, Canada concluded that acupuncture and/or craniosacral therapy are potentially useful adjuncts to the conventional care of adults with asthma, but the combination of the two does not provide additional benefit over each therapy alone.
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  • Upledger Craniosacral Therapy Effective for Headaches, Migraine, Neck/Back Pain, Anxiety, Depression, Unsettled Babies
    A descriptive study by the National Health Service (Edinburgh, UK) reviewing the outcomes of 157 patients treated with Upledger CranioSacral Therapy (UCST) suggested that UCST is particularly effective for patients with headaches and migraine, neck and back pain, anxiety and depression, and unsettled babies. With 70% of patients on medication decreasing or discontinuing it, the study indicates further research into UCST is needed.
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  • Systematic Review Finds Insufficient Evidence to Recommend Craniosacral Therapy for any Condition - Studies Needed
    A systematic review by the National Institute for Health Research of 34 studies existing for craniosacral therapy (undertaken in 2000), concluded there was insufficient evidence to recommend craniosacral therapy for any clinical condition. While there was evidence that a craniosacral rhythm independent of other measurable body rhythms exists, there was no evidence that such a rhythm could be reliably perceived by an examiner. Argues rigorous studies on all aspects of craniosacral therapy would provide great value.
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