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Subtleness that is hard to measure

In medical and pharmacological world there exists a lot of doubt towards craniosacral therapy; are the good results mainly pseudo-effects? Did the therapist influence the patient; first invent problems that then could be ‘healed’? Many scientists are still of the opinion that cranial bones fuse together after childhood and therefore both the cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy are baseless.  The subtleness of the craniosacral system makes it difficult to measure changes that are mostly observed by the therapist and felt by the patient; reduction of intracranial pressure; tissue decompression; changes in the craniosacral rhythm etc. We can see the difference in the patient’s demeanour before and after the session – but how can mind-body holistic approach to healing be measured? Here I would like to quote: “One research problem encountered with complementary approaches is that these approaches consistently focus on the patient as a total human being with all the interactions of all bodily systems. This philosophy of the whole does not coincide with the linear, reductionistic physical research accepted by Western medicine. Until research models are developed and instrumentation becomes available that measures multiple systems at multiple levels of consciousness simultaneously, it will be difficult to prove the strengths of many aspects of alternative approaches to patient management. That does not mean that the efficacy is not there. It means our research skill may not have developed to the level of measuring all the influences that are interacting simultaneously during a complementary approach intervention.” Darcy Umphred PhD, PT Professor Graduate Program in Physical Therapy University of the Pacific Stockton, California International Lecturer, Consultant Private Practitioner

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