CranioSacral Therapy for PTS, Upledger Institute Vietnam Veteran’s Study

In 1999, the Upledger Institute HealthPlex in Florida conducted a study for Vietnam Veterans suffering from PTS. Twenty-two veterans completed the two week intensive sponsored by The Upledger Foundation and was co-designed along with the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Administration Medical Center to present how CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and SomatoEmotional Release (SER) help ease the symptoms of PTS. Each veteran received two weeks of CST and SER treatments using multiple practitioners on each client. Each participant completed diagnostic and assessment tests on the first and last day of the 10 day treatment program to confirm the prior diagnosis of PTS and assess the level of physical and psychological distress before entering the program. According to a report by Richard Zonderman, Ph.D., P.C., a licensed clinical Psychologist, every scale showed improvements which were statistically significant and the test results support the use of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release “as effective therapies for reducing the distress caused by physical pain and dysfunction, releasing pent up trauma, and reducing interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, suspiciousness, guardedness and behavioral isolation”. (2) Russell A. Bourne, Jr. Ph.D., Upledger Institute HealthPlex Chief of Staff writes: “Most of these veterans were having a very tough time just functioning in society. At the end of 10 days of treatment here they demonstrated far healthier profiles. Statistically significant improvement was noted in all 13 PTSD variables tested”. (1)

(1) “Up Date.” Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research Soothes the Skeptics Spring 2000 (n.d.): 1, 13. The Upledger Institute. The Upledger Institute, 2000. Web. 7 Mar. 2013.

(2) Zonderman, Richard B., Ph.D., P.C. The Upledger Foundation Vietnam Veteran Intensive Program. Rep. N.p.: n.p., n.d. The Upledger Institute. The Upledger Institute, 4 Jan. 2000. Web. 7 Mar. 2013.