A Systematic Review of Craniosacral Therapy



Craniosacral therapy (CST) is an alternative treatment approach, aiming to release

restrictions around the spinal cord and brain and subsequently restore body function. A previously conducted systematic review did not obtain valid scientific evidence that CST was

beneficial to patients. The aim of this review was to identify and critically evaluate the available

literature regarding CST and to determine the clinical benefit of CST in the treatment of

patients with a variety of clinical conditions.


Methods: Computerised literature searches were performed in Embase/Medline, Medline® In-

Process, The Cochrane library, CINAHL, and AMED from database start to April 2011. Studies

were identified according to pre-defined eligibility criteria. This included studies describing

observational or randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in which CST as the only treatment method

was used, and studies published in the English language. The methodological quality of the trials

was assessed using the Downs and Black checklist.


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