What we now tend to refer to as Upledger CST (as it has distinguishing features from other trainings – more on that in a moment) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician Dr John E. Upledger.
Early in the 1970s, during a surgery on a patient’s neck, Dr Upledger was fascinated to observe the distinct, regular movement of the dural tube (the tough membrane that surrounds and protects the spinal cord). Curious as to whether this movement had previously been investigated, he discovered the work of William Sutherland, who developed Cranial Osteopathy. Dr Upledger’s subsequent research in this field led to the evolution of some highly effective healing techniques, but without much scientific evidence as to how they actually worked.
Collaborating with a team of scientists at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics, he was able to gain a greater understanding of some of the key aspects of this cranial work and found that many problems previously thought to be confined to the head can in fact have primary causes elsewhere in the body.
In the years since then, Dr Upledger has developed the CranioSacral methodology, written a number of key text books, expanded and refined his approach to this work and treated and taught thousands of people. In 1985 he established The Upledger Institute, a clinical and educational training centre in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Source: Upledger Institute