The practice of craniosacral therapy (CST) is quite rewarding. As a therapist, I have the honor and joy of participating with my patients in a transformative healing process. While therapists who utilize craniosacral techniques observe many positive effects on a daily basis, quality research supporting these practices has been sparse. That’s why I was so excited to learn about a study published in The Clinical Journal of Pain earlier this year, entitled Craniosacral Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain. In this study, patients with neck pain were divided in to two groups – one treated with craniosacral therapy, the other receiving a light-touch sham treatment (touch that mimicked craniosacral hand placements without actual treatment).
The patients who received CST experienced a significant decrease in neck pain, reported decreased levels of disability, and improved physical quality of life. The group that received the sham treatment did not experience these benefits in a significant way. Of course this is no surprise to anyone who has received CST for neck pain, but what gives these findings such value is the quality of the study. The researchers were careful to perform a randomized, controlled, and double-blinded study, with detailed statistical analysis – a rare find among craniosacral research! You can read the full study by clicking here.
Debbie Turczan is a Physical Therapist specializing in Craniosacral Therapy, with offices in New York City and Long Island.