DR. ANDREW TAYLOR STILL.
(1828 – 1917) Craniosacral therapy, or CST as it is sometimes called, has its roots back in the nineteenth century. A physician called Andrew Taylor Still came up with a revolutionary way of treating illness and disease. He was born in Jonesboro, Lee County in Virginia on 6th August 1828, the son of a physician and Methodist minister. He decided, early on, to follow in his fathers footsteps as a physician. After studying medicine and serving an apprenticeship under his father, he became a licensed MD in the state of Missouri. He served as a doctor in the Union Army during the American civil war, 1861-1865, where he experienced first hand the horrors and suffering of war.
Following the death of three of his children in 1864, from spinal meningitis, and shortly afterwards the death of his wife in child-birth, Still concluded that the orthodox medicinal practices of his day were frequently ineffective and sometimes harmful. The practise of bleeding the body, prescribing medicines that included arsenic, mercury and addictive narcotics, and frequent amputations were standard treatments of that time. He devoted the rest of his life to studying the human body to find more effective ways to treat disease. His clinical research and observations led him to believe that the musculoskeletal system played a vital role in keeping the body healthy. He believed that the body contained everything required to maintain good health, if properly treated. (more…)