The Science of Things:

As a nurse, I spent years and years applying treatments and approaches based on science and ‘evidence based’ interventions. My left brain can be incorrigible when it comes to needing to understand things. My right brain, however, also needs to be satisfied and I am sure that I have found my way to a stance that balances science and intuition because of that. The modalities that I practice reflect a mix of science and the immeasurable.
Therapeutic Touch was founded within the field of nursing. One of its cofounders, Dolores Krieger, has always had a strong emphasis on science. She taught nursing at NYU’s doctoral and masters programs and her students learned TT and did research in TT long before complementary therapies were heard of. That focus continues to this day. There is a strong body of research backing up TT, therefore. When the NIH decided to assign a commission to study complementary therapies, the feedback that they gave to the TT community was that it was the best researched of all the modalities they considered. The Department of Defense has even sponsored research in TT – focused on the treatment of burns. In addition, TT is taught in nursing schools and hospitals around the country and around the world. The Upledger Institute website carries a bibliography of research and articles on Craniosacral therapy as well. In addition to all this science, I have found personal healing by receiving all three modalities in the process of my own personal development. As is often said, “the proof is in the pudding”.

No one can guarantee that any given treatment or approach will ‘work’ for a particular person, however. My own viewpoint is that until I try something, I will have no information about whether it is helpful to me. I believe, too, that the outcome of any healing interaction is really a result of the partnership of the client and the practitioner together. There is no magic bullet in the world of health and wellness. Given all this, I have included below a selection of research dealing with the modalities I offer.

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Research and Articles

CranioSacral Therapy Research (January 1st, 1995)  By: John E. Upledger, DO, OMM

The Effects of Upledger CranioSacral Therapy on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptomology in Vietnam Combat Veterans (May 1st, 2000) By: John E. Upledger,DO,OMM, Barry S. Kaplan, MD, Russell A. Bourne, Jr.PhD, ABPS, Richard B. Zonderman, PhD

The Effectiveness of CV-4 and Resting Position Techniques on Subjects with Tension-Type Headaches (December 1st, 1999) By: William P. Hanten EdD, PT, Sharon L. Olson PhD, PT, Jennifer L. Hodson MS, PT, Vickie L. Imler MS, DC, PT, Virginia M. Knab MS, PT, Jennifer L. Magee MS, PT

Mechano-electric patterns during craniosacral osteopathic diagnosis and treatment (July 1st, 1979) By: John E. Upledger, DO FAAO; Zvi Karni, PhD D.Sc.

Mechano-electric patterns during craniosacral osteopathic diagnosis and treatment (July 1st, 1979) By: John E. Upledger, DO FAAO; Zvi Karni, PhD D.Sc.

Is craniosacral therapy effective for migraine? Tested with HIT-6 Questionnaire By: T. Arnadottir; A. Sigurdardottir

A randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of craniosacral therapy on pain and heart rate variability in fibromyalgia patients (April 16th, 2010) By: Adelaida Marı´a Castro-Sa´nchez; Guillermo A Matara´ n-Pen˜ arrocha; Nuria Sa´ nchez-Labraca; Jose´ Manuel Quesada-Rubio; Jose´ Granero-Molina; Carmen Moreno-Lorenzo

Influence of Craniosacral Therapy on Anxiety, Depression and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia (September 3rd, 2009) By: Mataran-Penarrocha GA, Castro-Sanchez AM. Garcia GC, Moreno-Lorenzo C, Carreno

Craniosacral Still Point Technique: Exploring Its Effects in Individuals with Dementia (March 1st, 2008) By: Linda A. Gerdner, PhD, RN; Laura K. Hart, PhD, RN; M. Bridget Zimmerman, PhD

The Upledger website is a good source for more research and articles:

Gronowicz, G.A., Jhaveri, A., Clarke, L.W., Aronow, M.S. & Smith, T.M.  (2008), Therapeutic Touch stimulates the proliferation of human cells in cell culture.  Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 14 (3), 233-239.

Larden, C.N., Palmer, M.I. & Janssen, P. (2004)  Efficacy of TT in treating pregnant inpatients who have chemical dependency.  Journal of Holistic Nursing, 22(4) 320-332.

McCormack, G.L. (2009) Using non-contact TT to manage post-surgical pain in the elderly.  Occupational Therapy International 16(1), 44-56.

Movaffagi, Z., Hasanpoor, M., Farsi, M., Hooshmand, P. & Abrishami, F. (2006). Effects of therapeutic touch on blood hemoglobin and hematocrit levels.  Journal of Holistic Nursing 24(1), 41-48.

Woods, D. L., Craven R.F., & Whitney, J. (2005), The effect of therapeutic touch on behavioral symptoms of persons with dementia.  Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, 11(1), 66-74.

Lafrenier, K., Musus, B., Cameron, S., Tannous, M., Giannotti, M., Abu-Zahra & Laukkanen, E. (1999), Effects of therapeutic touch on biochemical and mood indicators in women.  The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 5(4). 367-370

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