CranioSacral Therapy can support the healing and recovery process after a stroke

What Is CranioSacral Therapy (CST)?

CST is a very gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

CST helps to improve the nervous system and eliminate deeply held traumas, such as a stroke.

Like the pulse of the cardiovascular system, the CranioSacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. Using a very light touch, skilled practitioners can monitor this rhythm at key body areas to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress.

The treatment itself involves the application of very light forces applied by the therapist's hands. Limbs may be picked up and moved gently and slowly as the body tissues are allowed to 'unwind' themselves. A typical session lasts an hour.

It's Uses

It's far-reaching effects enable CranioSacral Therapy to be useful for a wide scope of health problems, including stroke.


CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger, an osteopathic physician and surgeon. From 1975 to 1983, whilst professor of biomechanics at Michigan state university, Dr. Upledger led a team of twenty-seven scientists in a research project to examine and evaluate the CranioSacral system.