Research on CST

A number of research studies have been published worldwide showing how clients have responded to Craniosacral Therapy treatments.

CSTA research page – comprehensive list of articles compiled by the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK.

Craniosacral research and case studies – This blog has been set up by a craniosacral therapist interested in creating a library of research and case studies on craniosacral therapy for both practitioners and the general public.

Benefits of craniosacral therapy and clients’ experiences

Brough N, et al. (2015) Perspectives on the effects and mechanisms of craniosacral therapy: A qualitative study of users’ views. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 7 (2), p.172-183

Qualitative study exploring clients’ experiences of CST through 29 semi-structured interviews. The study concludes that “All participants in this study observed positive changes in their health status and most attributed these to CST; these changes were frequently accompanied by new levels of health awareness which enhanced participants’ capacity to self-care”.

Casartelli, P.B. (2014) Benefits of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Results of an International Client Survey. (Data Analysis Annamaria Grandis) Report Centro Biodinamica Craniosacrale C.B.C.

“The survey was conducted in 2013 and included 237 interviews, over a 6 month period, with people that had received a minimum of 5 sessions of biodynamic craniosacral therapy. The results show that “People receiving biodynamic craniosacral therapy are enjoying very beneficial effects. They have a better sense of well being, feel less stress and perceive that their health is improving. … The qualities of therapist’s presence, the stillness, the emphatically resonant relational field, and the mindfulness practice on which the biodynamic process is based upon, play an important role in the outcomes of treatment.”

Brough, N. (2012). Craniosacral Therapy support those with acquired brain injury. Clients’ experiences of CST. A qualitative study. CST Research Findings 2012.

Brough, N., (2012) Clients’ experiences of craniosacral therapy. A qualitative study. University of Warwick Thesis


Thuridur Solveig Arnadottir, Arun K. Sigurdardottir (2013). Is Craniosacral Therapy effective for migraines? Tested with HIT-6 Questionnaire. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19(1), Pages 11–14.

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.”

Chronic pain

“Prior to this treatment these patients [with chronic pain] had used a significant amount of NHS resources but with little benefit. With these types of patients it appeared that the combination of hands-on and verbal skills was essential for the patients to be able to process the trauma or experiences held within their tissues which had been maintaining their physical symptoms. During and following the treatment course, medication tended to be reduced or discontinued, saving money for the NHS. Early identification of these patients would prevent further deterioration in the patient’s conditions and would save costs on unnecessary medical consultations and tests.”

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of the Czech Republic (2014). Pilot study using Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in the treatment of pain and movement problems. Press release.

“The results of this study suggests that a significant number of clients noticed a reduction in pain and overall improvement in their state of health after the series of ten BCST. The clients subjectively felt both physically and mentally better. We may conclude that Craniosacral Biodynamics is an effective therapeutic approach that has a long-term positive influence on the client’s life.”

Haller H., Lauche R., Cramer H., Rampp T., Saha F.J., Ostermann T. and Dobos G.J. (2014). Craniosacral Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 20(5): A18-A18.

“Study results indicate that Craniosacral Therapy is more effective in relieving chronic non-specific neck pain and in improving physical quality of life than an active attention-control condition, even 3 months post intervention.”