Integrating Cranio-sacral Therapy into our treatment programs 

Barb Hungerford has been integrating cranio-sacral therapy into her treatments for 27 years, and has therefore mentored Liz Noad and Vanessa Barnes through a specific diagnostic protocol for the use of cranio-sacral Therapy in certain conditions.

What is Cranio-sacral Therapy and how does it work?

The craniosacral system includes the soft tissue and neural tissue of the head (cranium), and the spine from the neck down to its tail end (the sacral area) and the pelvis. The Upledger Institute describes Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) as “a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics…

Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. The central nervous system is heavily influenced by the cranio-sacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.”



Restrictions in cranial mobility or neural tension can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system. Practitioners using cranio-sacral Therapy can detect these restrictions by palpation, and can then improve cranial mobility and neural tension using very gentle manual therapy techniques.


What conditions do we treat with Cranio-Sacral Therapy at Sydney Spine and Pelvis Physiotherapy?

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
  • TMJ disorders
  • tinnitus
  • Central neural tension