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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