Are there Conditions for which Craniosacral Therapy is Unsuitable?

The short answer is yes! There are conditions for which Craniosacral Therapy is unsuitable.

Although, one of the things that attracted me to CranioSacral Therapywas the wide range of conditions it can treat – conditions such as SinusitiusInfant ColicTinnitusMigraine etc. as well as the range of ongoing natural and medical conditions that it supports very effectively such as Pregnancy care, chronic Pain, Cerebral Palsy as well as other specific conditions.


However, the following conditions make the use of CranioSacral Therapy unsuitable:

  • Recent skull fractures – for example if you have been recently involved in an accident and there has been serious head trauma (intracranial pressure).
  • If a stroke (including acute haemorrhage) has ocurred inside the last 6 months. If the condition has been stable for at least six months, then CranioSacral Therapy can be very beneficial.
  • If there has been any recent leaking of the spinal fluid (due to lumbar puncture etc.). However, once the situation has stabilised and your doctor has given the ok, CranioSacral Therapy is a very effective treatment aid to healing in this area.
  • Any swelling in the blood vessels of the head (acute cerebral aneurysms.



It’s worthwile to note that CranioSacral Therapy, like most other formal and complementary treatments is never successful in 100% of cases. However, the following gives some idea of the degree of success in certain situations (both in research studies and my own experience):

  • Dr. John Upledger's research has found that 50 – 60% of hyperactive child problems originate in the CranioSacral system and can be treated successfully with CST.
  • Learning disabilities and dyslexia – again 50-60% of problems can effectively treated with CST if the problem is caused by a malfunction of the CranioSacral system.
  • Autism. 3 years of intensive research with autistic children in the late 1970’s revealed significant reduction in self-destructive behaviour and improvement in displays of affection and social interaction. These improvements, however, usually deteriorated in 3-6 months after the the CranioSacral Therapy treatment discontinued.



In summary, I advise that if you are in doubt – feel free to Contact myself. I will always approach a doubtful situation in a conservative manner and refer you to your local General Practitioner should there be any doubt.


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