Advanced CranioSacral-Biodynamic and Visceral Manipulation

Advanced CranioSacral-Biodynamic therapy and visceral manipulation are derived from osteopathy. With gentle and noninvasive touch, the rhythms of your central nervous system and other subtle fluid forces that have formed you in utero can be listened to so they might realign with the pattern of health. These techniques have been shown to be effective for:

  • asthma (1, 2)
  • autism spectrum disorders (3)
  • back pain (4)
  • birth trauma/anoxia (5)
  • chronic ear infections (6, 7)
  • fibromyalgia related anxiety and depression (8)
  • hypertonus of cerebral palsy (9,10)
  • infant colic or poor suck reflex (11, 12)
  • learning disabilities (13)
  • migraine and other headaches (14,15,16,17,18)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
  • sinus problems (20)
  • TMJ syndrome (21, 22)
  • vertigo (23, 24)
  • effects of emotional trauma or chronic stress on the autonomic nervous system (25)


  1. Mehl-Madrona, Lewis, et al. “The impact of acupuncture and craniosacral therapy interventions on clinical outcomes in adults with asthma.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 3.1 (2007): 28-36.
  2. Gillespie, Barry R. “Case study in pediatric asthma: the corrective aspect of craniosacral fascial therapy.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 4.1 (2008): 48-51.
  3. Hanson, Ellen, et al. “Use of complementary and alternative medicine among children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.” Journal of autism and developmental disorders 37.4 (2007): 628-636.
  4. Ferreira, Manuela L., et al. “Efficacy of spinal manipulative therapy for low back pain of less than three months’ duration.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 26.9 (2003): 593-601.
  5. Green, Carolyn, et al. “A systematic review of craniosacral therapy: biological plausibility, assessment reliability and clinical effectiveness.” Complementary Therapies in Medicine 7.4 (1999): 201-207.
  6. Degenhardt, Brian F., and Michael L. Kuchera. “Osteopathic evaluation and manipulative treatment in reducing the morbidity of otitis media: a pilot study.” The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 106.6 (2006): 327-334.
  7. Levi, Jessica R., et al. “Complementary and alternative medicine for pediatric otitis media.” International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology 77.6 (2013): 926-931.
  8. Matarán-Peñarrocha, Guillermo A., et al. “Influence of craniosacral therapy on anxiety, depression and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 (2011).
  9. Liptak, Gregory S. “Complementary and alternative therapies for cerebral palsy.” Mental retardation and developmental disabilities research reviews 11.2 (2005): 156-163.
  10. Whisler, Sandra L., et al. “Effects of myofascial release and other advanced myofascial therapies on children with cerebral palsy: six case reports.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 8.3 (2012): 199-205.
  11. Westcott, N. “The use of cranial osteopathy in the treatment of infants with breast feeding problems or sucking dysfunction.” Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing, The 11.1 (2004): 25.
  12. Holtrop, David P. “Resolution of suckling intolerance in a 6-month-old chiropractic patient.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics 23.9 (2000): 615-618.
  13. Bramati-Castellarin, Ioná, Vinood B. Patel, and Ian P. Drysdale. “Repeat-measures longitudinal study evaluating behavioural and gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism before, during and after visceral osteopathic technique (VOT).” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 20.3 (2016): 461-470.
  14. Mann, John D., et al. “Craniosacral therapy for migraine: protocol development for an exploratory controlled clinical trial.” BMC complementary and alternative medicine 8.1 (2008): 28.
  15. Arnadottir, Thuridur Solveig, and Arun K. Sigurdardottir. “Is craniosacral therapy effective for migraine? Tested with HIT-6 Questionnaire.” Complementary therapies in clinical practice 19.1 (2013): 11-14.
  16. Akbayrak, T., et al. “The results of connective tissue manipulation in the treatment of tension type headache.” The Pain Clinic 13.4 (2002): 343-347.
  17. Kozminski, Matthew. Combat-related posttraumatic headache: diagnosis, mechanisms of injury, and challenges to treatment. MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER TACOMA WA, 2010.
  18. Anderson, Rosemary E., and Caryn Seniscal. “A Comparison of Selected Osteopathic Treatment and Relaxation for Tension‐Type Headaches.” Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain 46.8 (2006): 1273-1280.
  19. Upledger, John E., et al. “The Effects of Upledger CranioSacral Therapy on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptomatology in Vietnam Combat Veterans.” Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine Journal Archives 11.2 (2000)
  20. Folweiler, David S., and Owen T. Lynch. “Nasal specific technique as part of a chiropractic approach to chronic sinusitis and sinus headaches.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics 18.1 (1995): 38-41.
  21. Cuccia, A. M., et al. “Osteopathic manual therapy versus conventional conservative therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders: a randomized controlled trial.” Journal of bodywork and movement therapies 14.2 (2010): 179-184.
  22. Cuccia, Antonino Marco, Carola Caradonna, and Domenico Caradonna. “Manual therapy of the mandibular accessory ligaments for the management of temporomandibular joint disorders.” The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 111.2 (2011): 102-112.
  23. Schenk, Ron PT, et al. “Cervicogenic dizziness: A case report illustrating orthopaedic manual and vestibular physical therapy comanagement.” Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy 14.3 (2006): 56E-68E.
  24. Krabak, Brian J., Joanne Borg-Stein, and John A. Oas. “Chronic cervical myofascial pain syndrome: Improvement in dizziness and pain with a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. A pilot study.” Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation 15.2-3 (2000): 83-87.
  25. Girsberger, Wanda, et al. “Heart rate variability and the influence of craniosacral therapy on autonomous nervous system regulation in persons with subjective discomforts: a pilot study.” Journal of integrative medicine 12.3 (2014): 156-161.