The CSTA is committed to producing and disseminating leading-edge research to define and assess the benefits of craniosacral therapy. A number of studies have been published worldwide demonstrating how clients have benefited from receiving craniosacral therapy treatments. For example, recent published research suggests craniosacral therapy could be effective for helping with:
General pain A systematic review in 2012 found that "pain and quality of life/general well-being can be improved by the use of craniosacral therapy".
Lower back pain A Polish study (2014) concluded that “Craniosacral therapy may effectively reduce the intensity and frequency of pain in patients with non-specific low back pain”, “Craniosacral therapy reduces the resting tension of the multifidus muscle in patients with non-specific lumbosacral pain” and “Craniosacral therapy may be clinically effective in the treatment of patients with non-specific lumbosacral spine pain”.
Migraine The results from an Icelandic study (2012) indicated that “Craniosacral therapy can alleviate migraine symptoms”.
Neck pain A 2015 trial showed “CST was both specifically effective and safe in reducing neck pain intensity and may improve functional disability and the quality of life up to 3 months after intervention”.
Quality of life/general well-being A systematic review in 2012 found that "pain and quality of life/general well-being can be improved by the use of craniosacral therapy".
Fibromyalgia A 2011 trial showed “Craniosacral therapy improved medium-term pain symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia”.
If you have any ideas for future research, research funding suggestions or any other comments please email, Julieann Withey, Research Group Chair.