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Craniosacral in Staten Island

Brief History of Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy (sometimes referred to as CST) is a great holistic remedy that can be traced back to the early 19th century. It is a treatment for the body that attempts to alleviate stress and tension in a person. By regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, a person can feel better without the help of pills or chemicals. In craniosacral therapy, therapeutic touch is used around the synarthrodial joints. These joints are located around the skull.

Over the last fifty plus years a few people have helped to pioneer and develop craniosacral therapy. The first person to lend their hand to craniosacral therapy is Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who lived from 1828 - 1917. Dr. Still was a physician who came up with a new way of treating illness. He had practiced medicine like his father, but after the death of this three children and wife he felt he needed to look for other ways to treat patients. After much research, he began to manipulate the spine to correct misalignments. He named this misalignments subluxation. He continued his work and developed the idea of treating the body with the body.

Following in Dr. Still's footsteps is Dr. William Garner Sutherland. He lived from 1873 - 1954. Sutherland's passion for osteopathy comes from a sickness in his family. His brother was sick and was treated with osteopathy. Sutherland was able to identify that the twenty-two bones in the skull were in fact designed for movement. He was the first the first doctor to make the connection of osteopathy and the cranial field. He started clinics, and at those clinics he treated patients and trained future doctors.

Next is Dr. Harold Ives Magoun, Sr. This Dr. is one of Dr. Sutherlands first students, and was also one of the nations biggest proponents of expanding cranial osteopathy. This mans biggest accomplishment, in the field of cranial osteopathy, is that he organized all of Sutherlands teachings, notes, and lectures into a book that was published in 1951. Some people call this book the bible of Sutherland.

One of the more recent people in the field is Dr. John E. Upledger, who is still with us today. His field of study has allowed Doctors in the field to understand more about connective tissues in all their forms, and how light touch can help the body to self regulate.

The future of craniosacral therapy is unwritten. All we can say, based on its history, is that it will improve as more doctors study and research the field.


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