In July of 2021, the Journal of Bodywork and Movement published a research article by Susan Vaughan Kratz, OTR, CST-D, and Daniel J. Kratz which investigated the use of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) in patients with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) to capture patient-reported perceptions of clinical outcomes of lived treatment experiences. The study involved 212 patients with a historical incidence of head trauma not requiring hospitalization.
CST is an experiential treatment that addresses subjective levels of dysfunction, thus it is the patient deciding the value of an intervention. Use of CST revealed that most patients determined the treatment effect upon concussion symptoms within 1-3 sessions. A high percentage of patients indicated the likelihood of referring others with PCS for CST.
CST is one of the safe, alternative therapies the BART Foundation believes may help brain injury survivors. Perhaps if this therapy becomes more widely accepted as a treatment option, TBI/ABI/PCS survivors will be able to gain better access to this life-improving treatment. CST is a low-risk, conservative treatment option for PCS sub-types worthy of further clinical study.
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