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The History of Craniosacral Therapy
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DR. ANDREW TAYLOR STILL.

(1828 – 1917) Andrew-Taylor-Still-191x300Craniosacral 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…)

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Is Your Back a Pain in the Neck?
Category: Common Conditions, CST Articles

Neck Pain - Craniosacral therapyCraniosacral Therapy looks at how the seat of pain is not always the cause.
Back pain is probably the most common reason for absenteeism from work. It affects most people at some time or another as a result of strain or accident, but when it occurs regularly, for no apparent reason, it can be annoying to say the least, and is often incapacitating for days or weeks at a time. And it is not only men who suffer, though they are in the majority. If it isn’t severe enough to warrant a visit to the doctor, most people treat it with pain killers or anti inflamatory drugs, and rest. This course of treatment is most likely what the doctor would prescribe in most instances anyway, though physiotherapy may also be advised.

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