A 2015 qualitative study of 29, self selected participants’ experiences with craniosacral therapy through semi-structured interviews. The aim of the study includes effectiveness of craniosacral therapy through the expectations and perceptions of the participants. Conclusion determines that “all participants in this study observed positive changes in their health status and most attributed these to CST.”
Research: Nicola Brough, Antje Lindenmeyer, Jill Thistlethwaite, George Lewith, Sarah Stewart-Brown. Perspectives on the effects and mechanisms of craniosacral therapy: A qualitative study of users’ views. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2015; 7(2):172–183. Image: http://www.konnektinglynx.com/body-work.html
A 2014 preliminary report of a study aimed to “examine the utility of craniosacral therapy techniques in the treatment of patients with lumbosacral spine overload and to compare its effectiveness to that of trigger point therapy, which is a recognised therapeutic approach.” The study consisted of 55 participants between the ages of 24 to 47 with low back pain due to overload only. Conclusions of the study: “1. Craniosacral therapy and trigger point therapy may effectively reduce the intensity and frequency of pain inpatients with non-specific low back pain. 2. Craniosacral therapy, unlike trigger point therapy, reduces the resting tension of the multifidus muscle in patients with non-specific lumbosacral pain. . . 3.Craniosacral therapy and trigger point therapy may be clinically effective in the treatment of patients with non-specific lumbosacral spine pain.”
A 2014 quasi-experimental (controlled) study with cross-over design with 31 individuals. Results suggest: “Both control rest and the intervention gave significant increase of SDNN, but while the increase was +15% (P < 0.05) in the control period, it was +32% (P < 0.05) in the test period. TP value did not increase significantly in the control period (+19%; P > 0.05), but showed high significance in the test intervention period (+126%; P < 0.01)…. A highly significant decrease in heart rate (P < 0.01) was observed after the CST as compared to that after the rest period.”
Research: Girsberger W, Bänziger U, Lingg G, Lothaller H, Endler PC. “Heart rate variability and the influence of craniosacral therapy on autonomous nervous system regulation in persons with subjective discomforts: a pilot study.” J Integr Med. 2014 May;12(3):156-61.