Craniosacral therapy is a variation of chiropractic and osteopathic medicine. Supporters claim that gentle massage of the bones of the head, spine, and pelvis increases the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which can cure any number of ailments. Craniosacral therapists say that there is a link between the fluid in the head and the sacrum (the base of the lower back), and that the rhythm of the fluid that flows between these areas can be detected like a pulse. They say it normalizes, balances, and eliminates obstructions (blockages) in various systems throughout the body. By removing obstructions, they claim the body can function in a healthy manner. Dr. William G. Sutherland developed cranial osteopathy in the early 1930s. John E. Upledger, DO, developed craniosacral therapy, a derivative of Sutherland's work, in the 1970s. Upledger opened the Upledger Institute of Florida, where thousands of health care professionals attend his program every year to learn about releasing stresses in the skull and the membranes surrounding the brain.
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