Craniosacral therapy needs a good deal more research, as do most alternative approaches, but gradually the research is happening.
Craniosacral research yields good results
A new randomized study comparing craniosacral therapy to sham therapy for chronic non-specific neck pain has been published in the Clinical Journal of Pain. In a group of 54 blinded patients, with 8 weeks of treatment there were some nice outcomes.
Results at 8 weeks as well as 3 months later showed significant improvement in pain intensity. Some improvement was still present at week 20. There was also improvement in comfort of movement and quality of life.
We need more studies like these for this work, which I have grown to appreciate over the years, in order to better understand what it does, how it does it, and its impact.
Luckily, we have Terry Pharo, craniosacral therapist, at Future Life Now. She has her own personal and very potent story about her family’s experience with craniosacral therapy with a pioneer in this modality, Dr. Robert Fulford. It’s well worth reading. Near the end of the article, there is a link to a description of craniosacral therapy, and the other modalities that Terry uses in her work.