The Role of CranioSacral Therapy in Concussion Management

This pre-recorded webinar discusses the science behind CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and how it is used in clinical practice to treat concussions.


According to The Upledger Institute, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. (excerpt taken from

In this, Sally Fryer Dietz, PT, DPT, CST-D, SIPT Cert. will teach the science behind CST and how it is used in clinical practice to treat concussions.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the cranial system
  • Provide rationale for CST in the treatment of post-concussion injury
  • How CST is used to treat cervicogenic symptoms & pain
  • List benefits often obtained following CST treatment
  • How to incorporate CST into a concussion rehab program
  • Name precautions to consider when recommending CST

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Sally Fryer Dietz, PT, DPT, CST-D, SIPT Cert.
Sally Fryer Dietz, PT, DPT, CST-D, SIPT Cert.

Dr. Sally Fryer Dietz is the Founder and Director of Integrative Pediatric Therapy and Integrative Concussion Therapy. Both are unique clinics designed to provide a broad spectrum of individualized physical & occupational therapy services for children & adults. Integrative Concussion Therapy ( focuses on individuals of all ages, who have sustained concussive injuries and continue to suffer from persistent symptoms. Using a combination of therapies, including CranioSacral Therapy, substantial reduction in post concussive symptoms along with improvement in function, following head trauma is consistently achieved. Integrative Pediatric Therapy ( focuses on children with learning differences and other developmental disabilities. Many times patients with post concussive syndrome also experience the same sorts of challenges that these children do, making ICT a logical extension of iptkids. Founded in Dallas in 1994, iptkids has served as a model for other clinics, highlighting the benefits of integrated services. Sally is an innovative thinker and enterprising leader who has contributed substantial knowledge in medical advancements throughout her career.

Sally became widely recognized throughout the world for her unique treatment plan as lead physical therapist for conjoined Egyptian twins, Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrahim. She was spotlighted on Oprah, Dateline NBC, and Discovery Health for her unique contribution to their treatment. President Ronald Reagan honored her at a White House Reception in 1985 for her work as lead therapist on one of California’s first pediatric heart transplant teams. Sally was also recognized for developing the first cardiac rehabilitation therapy protocol for pediatric heart transplant patients at California Pacific Medical Center. While serving on the American Heart Association’s Youth Education Committee in San Francisco, Sally led the development of “Future Fit”, one of the first programs in the U.S. designed to educate school children on heart health and aerobic exercise. Since 2014 she has been involved in the Dr. John E. Upledger & Ricky Williams Foundation Concussion Pilot Program, demonstrating the advantages of CranioSacral Therapy in alleviating symptoms of post concussive syndrome.

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