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BOOKS ABOUT CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Your Inner Physician and You by John Upledger (1997)
This is a very readable book where Dr. Upledger talks about how he developed the work, and the anatomy of the system.  He also talks about early patients he treated, including a young boy with cerebral palsy, and a WWII Navy seaman with terrible headaches.

Working Wonders: Changing Lives with CranioSacral Therapy edited by the Upledger Institute (2005)
This book is a hidden gem, with reports by 170 therapists on conditions they’ve successfully treated with CST.  It makes me crazy that you can’t easily find out what conditions are in the book. Here’s an Amy Index for this book with (page numbers).
CST WITH CHILDREN
Accident recovery (29, 96)
ADD/concentration problems (14, 59, 118)
ADHD (32, 59, 68, 75, 79, 91)
Autism (16, 75, 98, 102, 109)
Cerebral palsy (47, 77, 126)
Colic or irritable (56, 86, 100)
Coordination problems (6, 68)
Depression (111)
Developmental delays or stalling (6, 27, 81, 94)
Ear infections, chronic (16, 25, 92, 100, 121)
Headaches/migraines (111, 113, 115)
Head-banging (94)
Head shape not normal (42, 65, 70, 79)
Hip joint malformed/Perthes’ disease (73)
Learning delays (6, 124)
Nervous tic (12)
NICU baby (18, 51, 119)
Nursing problems (54, 86, 92)
Pfeiffer’s syndrome (79)
Projectile vomiting/spitting up (92, 104)
Respiratory infections (89)
Rett Syndrome (6)
Scoliosis (34)
Seizures (6, 106)
Shaken baby (39)
Sleep problems (91)
Speech/verbal delays (9, 68, 84)
Surgery, reducing complications (2, 36, 62)
Swallowing problems (104)
Teeth misaligned (50)
Torticollis (22, 44)
Tourette’s syndrome (49)
Violent/aggressive child (79, 124)
CST WITH ADULTS
Abdominal pain (260, 277)
Alzheimer’s support (311)
Ankle pain (293)
Anxiety (201)
Arm numbness, weakness (296)
Back pain (143, 150, 157, 162, 217, 240, 249, 285, 287, 335)
Balance problems (182)
Body pain, all over, from injuries (176, 246, 262)
Brain fog (199)
Brain injury from infection (165, 319)
Breathing problems (136)
Cancer treatment support (223)
Carpal tunnel syn drome (231)
Chronic fatigue/low energy (189, 199, 227)
Concussion, post-concussion syndrome (243)
Coordination problems (219)
Depression (220)
Dizziness (185, 255)
Ear, ringing in (194)
Energy low (189)
Fibromyalgia (235)
Foot pain (290)
Headaches (152, 180, 204, 215, 254, 255, 257, 258, 268, 283, 287, 302, 341)
Head injuries (154, 161, 248, 341)
Hearing problems (295)
Hip pain (317)
HIV+ pain, depression, etc. (305)
Hospice support (233, 322)
ICU/Intensive Care Unit support (299)
Jaw pain (130, 159, 242, 316)
Knee pain (143)
Lactation/Nursing (332)
Leg pain (143, 317)
Leg numbness, weakness (296)
Lung, COPD (175)
Lung infections, chronic (170)
Macular degeneration (133)
Menstrual cycle stopped after surgery (298)
Motor problems following surgery (182)
Migraines (136, 173, 270, 273, 291, 329)
Nausea (268)
Neck alignment (203)
Neck pain (220, 252, 281, 310)
Pelvic inflammatory disease (226)
Post-polio (168)
Pregnancy support (107, 227)
PTSD (206, 209, 212, 229, 231, 344, 346)
Rheumatoid arthritis (338)
Sex drive unexpectedly improved (308)
Shoulder, frozen (275, 314)
Shoulder pain (262, 281, 310)
Sinusitis, chronic (191)
Smell, loss of (229)
Spasticity (186)
Speech problems (182)
Spinal column injuries (130, 186)
Stress reduction/calming anxiety (265)
Stroke recovery (139, 319, 325, 342)
Surgery, pain support after (248, 260)
Tailbone/sacrum pain (293)
TMJD (130, 159, 242, 248, 316)
Trauma recovery (206, 209, 212, 229, 231, 344, 346)
Traumatic brain injury/TBI (144, 154, 161, 180, 196, 307, 326)
Trigeminal neuralgia (147, 178, 237, 302)
Vertigo (267)
Vision problems (219, 258)
Whiplash (161, 245)
CST WITH ANIMALS
Alpaca (370)
Cat (379)
Dog (362, 373, 376)
Horse (354, 360, 367)
Rabbit (364)
Wolf (357)

CranioSacral Therapy: What It Is, How It Works by Don Cohen (2008)

From My Hands and Heart: Achieving Balance with Craniosacral Therapy by Kate Mackinnon (2013)

Coming Through the Fog by Tami A. Goldstein  (2013) (Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome)

The Alchemy of Self Healing by Jeannine Wiest (2015)
Ms. Wiest has brewed together CST and self-help techniques, producing what she calls Cranial Alchemy.  Ms. Wiest has a theater background and often explains things in theater terms, with many of the alchemy exercises having a wacky improv flavor.  Among her anecdotes, she tells of a client who had neck tightness (p. 56), her own catch-click pain in a hip (p. 58), and a client who had a curved spine (p. 81).

Every Body Tells a Story: A Craniosacral Journey by Liz Kalinowska and Daska Hatton (2016)

 

BOOKS IN WHICH CST IS DISCUSSED, BUT IT’S NOT THE FOCUS OF THE BOOK

Spontaneous Healing by Dr. Andrew Weil (1995)
In chapter 2, Dr. Weil sees an osteopath for neck pain and stiffness.  The appointment included a specific kind of head holding that craniosacral therapists do. ( CST was developed by an osteopath at Michigan State University, so it’s not surprising that an osteopath would use CST techniques.)  Dr. Weil learned how to feel for movement of skull bones and the tailbone, and found (p. 31, hardback) no movement at all in a woman who had been in several bad accidents, and who suffered from fatigue, insomnia, migraine headaches, weak vision, and poor digestion.  On pages 32-34, he talks about a friend who was treated for severe constipation, abdominal pain, back pain, and neck pain that developed after many athletic accidents.  On p. 35, he talks about kids’ chronic ear infections and the link to birth injuries at the tailbone.

The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz  (2006)  (Sensory Processing)

Us: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most by Lisa Oz (2010)
On page 87, she has a paragraph about Craniosacral Therapy: “Here a practitioner very gently and almost imperceptibly manipulates the skull to subtly adjust the cranial bones.  I was treated for headaches, which it turns out were caused by an injury I had received ten years earlier.  The osteopath could tell exactly where I had hit my head and, by using slight pressure, was able to take away the pain entirely.”  She said osteopath, but craniosacral therapists do the same thing.

Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne W. Dyer (2012)
Dyer tells of a girl, Jessica, who had suddenly developed severe Bell’s Palsy (one side of her face was paralyzed).  He suggested she see a craniosacral therapist.  The girl’s account of her CST session is on pages 16-21.

Healing Through Chronic Pain: A physical therapist’s personal journey of body/mind/spirit transformation by Mary Ruth Velicki (2013)

FOR ANATOMY GEEKS
The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality by R. Louis Schultz (1996)

WEB LINKS
Upledger Institute