PTSD and CranioSacral Therapy

PTSD and CranioSacral Therapy

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.

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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

"Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not an incurable, hopeless mental disorder. PTSD has physical roots. I hope you will join us in the years to come as we seek to eliminate PTSD from the trauma equation."

The Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation PTSD Therapy Program


"I am grateful for the CranioSacral Therapy Intensives. I have personally been able to allow my trauma experiences to take their rightful place in my life. I no longer fear that they must be hidden or suppressed because they are a part of me. When the physical restrictions were released, the long-held emotional trauma surfaced. I am not alone. Most of us, or I dare say all of us, have some trauma, some more than others. I have experienced true compassion for myself and others, and now really enjoy being alive."

"I started having panic attacks when I was a child growing up in an environment with constant violence. CST has given me the opportunity to release these past traumas and create pathways in dealing with stress and perceived threats. PTSD is absolutely a disease of dis-connection in ourselves and with others. CST is the bridge back home to self."

"I was able to face the trauma and relive it without panicking and let it go from my body and not just my mind. It is so much more effective than all other therapy I have EVER had."

"I have received and practiced CranioSacral Therapy; however, this intensive program has given me new hopes for myself and other veterans. This is an awesome modality to help in the treatment of PTSD. It is natural, effective, and allows touch to improve one's ability to break down barriers to healthy relationships."


  • 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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