What are the benefits of craniosacral therapy?

By relieving the tension in the nervous system tissue, the muscles and organs release stress, which improves their function. In addition, patients often feel a sense of deep relaxation.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/29/2017.

References

  • Haller H, Lauche R, Cramer H, et al. Craniosacral Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain. A Randomized Sham-controlled Trial. Clin J Pain. 2016 May; 32(5): 441–449. Published online 2016 Apr 18. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000290
  • Matarán-Peñarrocha GA, Castro-Sánchez AM, Carballo García G, et al. Influence of Craniosacral Therapy on Anxiety, Depression and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011; 2011: 178769. Published online 2011 Jun 15. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep125
  • Jäkel A, von Hauenschild P. A systematic review to evaluate the clinical benefits of craniosacral therapy. Complement Ther Med. 2012 Dec;20(6):456-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2012.07.009. Epub 2012 Aug 22.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy