Craniosacral Therapy for Migrane Relief

Research was published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal that targets relieving pain associated with migraines. A large portion of our society, as high as 20% of the population, is directly affected by migraines. This study aimed to find a more effective, non-pharmaceutical approach to the pain relief, specifically in Craniosacral Therapy (CST). The study suggested the possibility that treating intermittent migraines with medication can actually move the migraine sufferer into a phase of chronic daily headaches.

As a refresher for those of you who aren’t certain what CST is, here is a description from the article:

CST involves manually identifying restrictions in the craniosacral system which includes the bones, membranes and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that surround the brain and spinal cord, and using soft, gentle hands-on techniques to both normalize the CST fluid rhythm and correct restrictions in perispinal tissues and fascia. Manual palpation and manipulation of this system theoretically affects sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional processes in the nervous system.

The study is still in the exploratory phase but we are interested to see the results. As with the majority of massage therapy treatments, we have known for years the profound benefits of bodywork and massage therapy but academia has only recently started to support these claims with scientific research. A number of Vancouver Massage Therapists at Broadway Wellness are trained in Craniosacral Therapy techniques in conjunction with their registered massage therapy training.


Broadway Wellness is a community focused, multi-disciplinary wellness clinic. Located in the heart of Vancouver, our clinic offers services by highly skilled practitioners in the fields of Registered Massage Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Chiropractic Care through Network Spinal Analysis (NSA).

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