*The following is an excerpt from the book Stop Stomach Pain: How to Heal Your Gut and End Food Restrictions
Craniosacral therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger, D.O. following extensive research from 1975-1983 at Michigan State University. He did research at Michigan State University for years, primarily working with children at first but also with veterans, professional athletes, and a variety of people with chronic illness and pain, mental illness, and learning disabilities.
The definition of craniosacral therapy, according to the Upledger Institute’s website is “a light-touch, whole body treatment technique; works with the body’s craniosacral system (the brain and spinal cord) to support and nourish the central nervous system—improving health and wellbeing.”
If you can heal the brain and spinal cord and bring it into a parasympathetic state and you can heal the spinal cord and remove scarring inside of the meninges (the protective layer around the brain and spinal cord), then signals from the nervous system are no longer impaired and normal bodily function can return.
According to research done by Dr. John Upledger, craniosacral therapy is found to help the following conditions:
Because our brain and spinal cord govern everything that happens in the body, any dysfunction, compression, decreased blood circulation, or adhesions/lesions in the system can affect everything from learning, to memory, to sleep, to digestion, to chronic pain syndromes. Our brain receives stimuli, processes it, and sends out signals. If any part of the brain is not functioning optimally, this can affect a myriad of processes in the body.