Below is a schedule of research to date relating to craniosacral therapy.

CST and Neurology

Castro-Sanchez A.M, Guillermo A Matara´ n-Pen˜ arrocha, Labraca N.A, Quesada-Rubio J.M, Granero-Molina J Moreno-Lorenzo C. A randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of craniosacral therapy on pain and heart rate variability in fibromyalgia patients. Clinical Rehabilitation. 2011; 25: 25–35

Linda A. Gardner, PhD, RN; Laura K. Hart, PhD, RN; and M Bridget Zimmerman. PhD “Craniosacral Still Point Technique Exploring its Effects in individuals with Dementia”. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. Vol 34. No. 3, 2008

Greenman PE, McPartland JM. Cranial findings and iatrogenesis from craniosacral manipulation in patients with traumatic brain syndrome. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1995; 95(3):182-188.

Lancaster DG, Crow WT. Osteopathic manipulative treatment of a 26 year old woman with Bell’s palsy. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2006;106:285-9

Milnes K, Moran RW. Physiological effects of a CV4 cranial osteopathic technique on autonomic nervous system function: A preliminary investigation. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 2007;10(1):8-17 41

Raviv G, Shefi S, Nizani D, Achiron A Effect of craniosacral therapy on lower urinary tract signs and symptoms in multiple sclerosis. Complement Therapy Clinical Practise. 2009 May;15(2): 72-5

Effectiveness of CST

B Isbell and S Carroll (2007) The effectiveness of craniosacral treatment Fulcrum issue 41: 2-5.

Harrison RE, Page J Multipractitioner Upledger Craniosacral Therapy: Descriptive outcome study 2007 – 2008. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Volume 17. Issue 1 2011: 13 – 17.

Arnadottir T. S., Sigurdardottir A.K, Is craniosacral therapy effective for migrane? Tested with HIT-6 Questionnaire. Journal of Complemenatary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Issue 19 (2013)

Children and CST

Amiel-Tison C, Soyez-Papiernik E. Cranial osteopathy as a complementary treatment of postural plagiocephaly. Archives de Pédiatrie. 2008;15 Suppl 1;S24-30.

Cozzolino V, La Mola E, Ciardelli F, et al. Impact of OMT on reducing length of stay in a population of pre-term infants. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 2010;13(3):119

Gillespie BR. Case study in paediatric asthma: the corrective aspect of craniosacral fascial therapy. Explore (NY). 2008;4:48-51.

Gillespie BR. Case study in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: the corrective aspect of craniosacral fascial therapy. Explore (NY). 2009;5:296-8

Hayden C, Mullinger B. A preliminary assessment of the impact of cranial osteopathy for the relief of infantile colic. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2006;12:83-90..

Lim KW. Infantile colic: A critical appraisal of the literature from an osteopathic perspective. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 2006;9:94-102.

Lucassen PLBJ, Assendelft WJJ, van Eijk JThM, et al. Systematic review of the occurrence of infantile colic in the community. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2001;84:398-403

Lucassen P. Colic in infants. Clinical Evidence. 2010;02:309 Madeline LA, Elster AD. Suture closure in the human chondrocranium: CT assessment. Radiology. 1995 ;196:747-756

Mills MV, Henley CE, Barnes LL, et al. The use of osteopathic manipulative treatment as adjuvant therapy in children with recurrent acute otitis media. Archives of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2003:157(9):861-6.

Sergueef N, Nelson KE, Glonek T. Palpatory diagnosis of plagiocephaly. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2006;12(2):101-10.

Steele KM, Viola J, Burns E et al. Brief report of a clinical trial on the duration of middle ear effusion in young children using a standardised osteopathic manipulative medicine protocol. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2010;110(5):278-84

Wahl RA, Aldous MB, Worden KA et al. Echinacea purpurea and osteopathic manipulative treatment in children with recurrent otitis media: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Complementary Medicine. 2008;8:56

Wyatt K, Edwards V, Franck L, et al. Cranial osteopathy for children with cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2011 Jun;96(6):505-12. Epub 2011 Feb 24.

Vandenplas Y, Denayer E, Vandenbossche T, et al. Osteopathy may decrease obstructive apnea in infants: a pilot study. Osteopathic Medicine in Primary care.

Vohra S, Johnston BC, Cramer K, et al. Adverse events associated with pediatric spinal manipulation: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2007;119(1):e275-83.


Leach J. Osteopathic support for a survivor of gastric cancer: A case report. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 2008;11:106-11

Mehi-Madrona L, Kigler B, Silverman S, Lynton H, Merrell W, “The impact of acupuncture and craniosacral therapy interventions on clinical outcomes in adults with asthma”. Explore (NY). 2007 Jan-Feb; 3(1) :28-36

Vohra S, Feldman K, Johnston B, et al. Integrating complementary and alternative medicine into academic medical centers: experience and perceptions of nine leading centers in North America. BMC Health Services Research. 2005; 5:78.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Nelson Mandela


CST Technique

Degenhardt BF, Kuchera ML. Osteopathic evaluation and manipulative treatment in reducing the morbidity of otitis media: a pilot study. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2006;106(6):327-324.

Drengler KE, King HH. Interexaminer reliability of palpatory diagnosis of the cranium. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 1998;98:387

Green C et al. A systematic review of craniosacral therapy: biological plausibility, assessment reliability and clinical effectiveness. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 1999; 7(4):201-7)

Hanten WP, Dawson DD, Iwata M, et al. Craniosacral rhythm: reliability and relationships with cardiac and respiratory rates. Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy. 1998;27;213-218

Hartman SE. Cranial osteopathy: its fate seems clear. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 2006, 14:10 , 2006

Hartman SE, Norton JM. Interexaminer reliability and cranial osteopathy. The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine. 2002;6(1):23-34

Melsen B. Time and mode of closure of the spheno-occipital synchondrosis determined on human autopsy material. Acta Anatomica. 1972;83:112-118

Upledger JE. The reproducibility of craniosacral examination findings: a statistical analysis. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 1977;76:890-899. 2008;2:8.

Nelson KE, Sergueef N, Lipinski CM, et al. Cranial rhythmic impulse related to the Traube-Hering-Mayer oscillation: comparing laser-Doppler flowmetry and palpation. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2001 Mar;101(3):163-73.

Norton JM. A challenge to the concept of craniosacral interaction. American Academy of Osteopathy Journal. 1996;6(4):15-21

Okomoto K, It J, Tokiguchi S, et al. High-resolution CT findings in the development of the sphenooccipital synchondrosis. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 1996;17:117-120

Pick MG (1994) A preliminary single case magnetic resonance imaging investigation into maxillary frontal-parietal manipulation and its short term effect upon the intracranial structures of an adult human brain. J Manipulative Physil Ther 17: 168-73

Rogers JS, Witt PL, Gross MT, et al. Simultaneous palpation of the craniosacral rate at the head and feet: intrarater and interrater reliability and rate comparisons. Physical Therapy. 1998;78:1175-1185

Sahni D, Jit I, Neelam A, et al. Time of fusion of the basisphenoid with the basilar part of the occipital bone in northwest Indian subjects. Forensic Science International. 1998;98:41-45

Sergueef N, Nelson KE, Glonek T. The effect of cranial manipulation on the Traube-Hering-Mayer oscillation as measured by laser-Doppler flowmetry. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2002;8(6):74-6

Moran RW, Gibbons P. Intraexaminer and interexaminer reliability for palpation of the cranial rhythmic impulse at the head and sacrum. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2001;24(3):183-90.

Moskalenko IuE, Vainshtein GB, Riabchikova NA, et al. Interhemisphere asymmetry of the CSF dynamics and biomechanical properties of the skull. Ross Fiziol Zh Im I M Sechenova. 2010;96(10):1005-13.

Nelson KE, Sergueef N, Glonek T. Recording the rate of the cranial rhythmic impulse. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2006;106(6):332

Wirth-Patullo V, Hayes KW. Interrater reliability of craniosacral rate measurements and their relationship with subjects’ and examiners’ heart and respiratory measurements. Physical Therapy. 1994;74:909-920-.