A 2015 study with participants between the ages of 17 and 25 that “aimed to assess the effectiveness of biodynamic craniosacral therapy as an adjunctive method for emerging adults with autism…. The group was administered 30 therapeutic sessions on a regular interval of time. The study uses a pre-test, mid- evaluation and post-test design to understand the significant improvement on the overall characteristics and domains such as language, sociability, sensory/cognitive awareness and physical health. However, the results indicated that there was a significant difference obtained within the group in terms of their improvement from the pre-test to post test in the social skills, speech and cognitive awareness, with no significant improvement in physical behavior. From these findings, it is observed that biodynamic craniosacral therapy has contributed towards the improvement of the autism characteristics of the sample to a significant degree. The study tried to explain the possible reasons for the present findings and suggested what could be incorporated for the effectiveness of the self-healing body mechanism.”
Research: PriyankaM B. “Effectiveness of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy on Emerging Adults with Autism.” International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences, 2015 5(7),68-80; Published online 30 December 2015.
A 2012 study evaluating the increased effectiveness of Sensory-Integration Therapy (SIT) when used in conjunction with Craniosacral Therapy (CST). Twenty autistic children participated in this study over the span of 6 months. Findings report: “it is clearly evident that there was overall improvement of children occur in both the groups. However the experiment group had shown better improvement as compared to control group. This difference in the result may be due to application of CST in experiment group.”
Research: Mishra DP, Senapati A. “Effectiveness of Combined approach of CraniosacralTherapy (CST) and Sensory-Integration Therapy (SIT) on reducing features in Children with Autism” The Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy 2015 Jan-April;47(1):3-8.
A 2012 review of available literature regarding CST supporting its potential efficacy. “A previously conducted systematic review did not obtain valid scientific evidence that CST was beneficial to patients…. This review revealed the paucity of CST research in patients with different clinical pathologies. CST assessment is feasible in RCTs and has the potential of providing valuable outcomes to further support clinical decision making. However, due to the current moderate methodological quality of the included studies, further research is needed.”
Research: Anne Jäkel, Philip von Hauenschild. “A systematic review to evaluate the clinical benefits of craniosacral therapy”. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Vol 20. Issue 6, 2012.
2007 study combining craniosacral therapy and acupuncture as adjunct therapies for adult asthma. Study findings suggest: “When treatment was compared with the control group, statistically treatment was significantly better than the control group in improving asthma quality of life, whereas reducing medication use with pulmonary function test results remained the same. However, the combination of acupuncture and craniosacral treatment was not superior to each therapy alone.”
2013 randomized, multicenter, single blind, controlled trial conducted in Sweden regarding the effects of craniosacral therapy as adjunct therapy to standard treatment for pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain. The trail suggests that “Lower morning pain intensity and less deteriorated function was seen after craniosacral therapy in conjunction with standard treatment compared with standard treatment alone, but no effects regarding evening pain and sick-leave.”
Research: Elden H, Östgaard H-C, Glantz A, Marciniak P, Linnér A-C, Olsén MF. Effects of craniosacral therapy as adjunct to standard treatment for pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women: a multicenter, single blind, randomized controlled trial. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2013; 92:775–782.
2012 HIT-6 Questionnaire completed by twenty participants, experiencing migraines at least twice a month, while receiving six craniosacral treatments over the span of four weeks. Results of the questionnaire indicated that “Immediately after treatments and one month afterwards there was significant lowering in HIT-6 scorings compared with prior to treatment.”
This 2011 study looks at the effects of craniosacral therapy on fibromyalgia patients, showing that “at 6 months after a 25-week treatment period, patients in the intervention group showed a significant improvement in their levels of state anxiety, trait anxiety, pain, quality of life and Pittsburgh sleep quality index.”
Research: Guillermo A. Matarán-Peñarrocha, Adelaida María Castro-Sánchez, Gloria Carballo García, Carmen Moreno-Lorenzo, Tesifón Parrón Carreño, and María Dolores Onieva Zafra, “Influence of Craniosacral Therapy on Anxiety, Depression and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2011, Article ID 178769, 9 pages, 2011. doi:10.1093/ecam/nep125
2007-2008 study looks at whether Upledger-style craniosacral has any effect on health conditions treated in age ranges of neonates to 68 years old. Of 157 patients, “outcome by diagnostic groups suggested that UCST is particularly effective for patients with headaches and migraine, neck and back pain, anxiety and depression, and unsettled babies.”
“The Upledger Institute has provided two week intensive treatment for Vietnam veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders diagnosed by the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) medical division. These patients received psychological evaluation tests at the times of entry and exit into and out of the program. The intensive treatment was about six-seven hours per day for eight full days, with approximately three-four hours on the first and last days of the program. Patients were initially tested using the Mississippi scale for combat related PTSD, Trauma Symptom Inventory, Quality of Life Questionnaire, Brief Symptom Inventory and Beck Hopelessness Scale as methods for evaluation of trauma. The participants showed the following results obsessive compulsive scores dropped from 86th percentile to 46th, depression from 69th to 27th, anxiety from 79th to 42nd, paranoia from 84th to 62nd. The results obtained strongly suggest that PTSD may be more successfully treated when the therapy includes corrections of the Craniosacral system. and conscious-non-conscious integration.”
Research: Upledger, John E., D.O., FAAO., The effects of CranioSacral Therapy on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptomology in Vietnam combat veterans. Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, vol 11, No 2 pp. 123 – 143, April 2000