Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body's ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. "Viscera" relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation does not focus solely on the site of pain or dysfunction, but evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem.

Neural Manipulation is a light-touch hands-on treatment that releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and by accessing this relationship, changes the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns.

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Upledger Institute Clinic

The Upledger Institute Clinic is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1985 by Dr. John E. Upledger, who is celebrated for his development of CranioSacral Therapy. Clinicians here are carefully selected for their advanced skills in CranioSacral Therapy and maintain the authenticity of Dr. John E. Upledger's orginal therapeutic approach. Individual sessions and intensive therapy programs are offered.

The clinic also offers other holistic approaches that activate your own remarkable healing capabilities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, lymph drainage, massage therapy, neural manipulation, total body balancing, qigong, and visceral manipulation.

The Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation

The Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation was formed to raise awareness, support and treatment for CranioSacral Therapy. We hope you join us as we continue the legacy of giving to the CranioSacral Therapy community and those who benefit from the work. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. For more information on the foundation please visit or donate to the Autism Fund.

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The Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation Concussion Program

"During the summer before the 2009 football season, I went through the CranioSacral Intensive Program at The Upledger Institute looking to deal with some nagging physical complaints I had from past injuries. I ended up getting the relief I was looking for and much more. I credit much of my well-being and my 1000 yard season to the multi-modality manual therapy program I experienced at Upledger."


"Upledger CranioSacral Therapy combined with Barral Neural and Visceral Manipulation can be very effective. It has improved my quality of life better than any treatment I’ve received in 30+ years. I have recommended these therapies to all of my associates."

"For me, CranioSacral Therapy, Neural Manipulation, and Visceral Manipulation have been key elements in unwinding and releasing old pain. The Upledger and Barral therapists have facilitated an inward journey that has taken me to the care of my being, at the physical, mental and emotional realms, where the old contractions from years of hard driving and pounding have lodged.

My short-term memory and cognitive process are once again fully on line. My moods and outlook have regained stability and balance. My body is pain free, and the issues I struggled with for so long from a lumbar spinal fracture have completely resolved. These gentle modalities have the ability to save and transform lives. They are firmly grounded in the science and biology of human nature. They are inexpensive, non-invasive, and have no negative side effects. They have a 30+ year track record of helping people from all walks of life with a myriad of physical, emotional and psychological pain."


  • Your Inner Physician and You by Dr. John E. Upledger, DO
    This lively book describes the discovery and therapeutic value of the craniosacral system in easy, understandable terms healthcare professionals and laypeople alike can understand.
  • Understanding the Messages of Your Body by Jean Pierre Barral, DO
    In this book, Barral discusses each organ and its complex relationship with the rest of the body, explaining how pain can originate with an emotional upset that creates distress in an organ, or how a physically damaged organ can cause emotional problems.
  • SomatoEmotional Release: Deciphering the Language of Life by Dr John E. Upledger, DO
    Dr. Upledger leads us down his path to discovery of this process, taking us through many of the experiences that have shaped his understanding of the body's inner wisdom. It is a book that compels-and dares-each of us to look beyond the surface dimension of our being to find that place from which true and lasting healing can take place.
  • An Answer to Your Pain by Upledger Institute International, Inc.
    This compendium of case stories has been written by practitioners to share with you the power and possibilities of CST. These case stories serve as a testament that CranioSacral Therapy may be an answer to your pain.
  • Reclaiming Your Body by Suzanne Scurlock-Duranna, CMT, CST-D
    Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom shows that the body’s abilities are always available; we must simply learn to tune into them.
  • Brain Stars, Glia Illuminating CranioSacral Therapy by Tad Wanveer
    The author, Tad Wanveer, is also the illustrator of this book. He uses an abundance of images along with words to convey the essential interworking of neurons, glia, vasculature, and the craniosacral system (CSS). Glial cell function was once thought to primarily provide the central nervous system (CNS) with structural support.
  • CST: Touchstone for Natural Healing by Dr. John E. Upledger, DO
    This delightful and thoroughly readable book expands on concepts originally presented in Your Inner Physician and You to offer new insights into the promise of CranioSacral Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy: Touchstone for Natural Healing is packed with fresh information, and uses poignant case stories of restored health: a five-year old autistic boy, a man with Erb's palsy, a woman with a 15-year history of headaches, and many more.

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