How Did CranioSacral
CranioSacral Therapy dates
back to 1970 when osteopathic physician John E. Upledger first witnessed
the rhythmic movement of the craniosacral system during a spinal
surgery. Yet none of his colleagues nor medical texts could explain
Two years later, Dr.
Upledger attended a short course on cranial osteopathy developed by Dr.
William Sutherland. The course focused on the bones of the skull
and the fact - surprising at the time - that they weren't fused as
doctors had been taught in medical school. Instead, Sutherland's
material demonstrated that skull bones continue to move throughout a
Putting this new
information together with the odd pulsing rhythm he'd observed years
before, Dr. Upledger theorized that a hydraulic system of sorts was
functioning inside the craniosacral system. He then set out to
confirm his theories.
In 1975 he joined the
Osteopathic College at Michigan State University as a clinical
researcher and professor of biomechanics. There he led a team of
anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers to test and
document the influence of therapy on the craniosacral system. For
the first time they were able to explain the function of the
craniosacral system, and demonstrate how light-touch therapy could be
used to evaluate and treat malfunctions involving the brain and spinal
In 1985, Dr. Upledger went
on to establish The Upledger Institute to teach the public and
healthcare practitioners about the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy.
To date, The Upledger Institute has trained more than 80,000 healthcare
practitioners worldwide in the use of CranioSacral Therapy.