Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) is also know by the more popular terms craniosacral therapy (CST), cranial osteopathy, or just cranial. Craniosacral is the term coined by Dr. John Pledger, DO to title his branding of therapy derived from OCF. However, all derivations of the work stem from the initial investigations and practices of Dr. William G. Sutherland and Dr. Andrew T. Still.
Osteopathy in the Cranial Field enjoys both a celebrated and controversial history. For many OCF is the pinnacle in the evolution of osteopathic treatment given it requires intense concentration from the practitioner, sensitive palpatory skills and a patience and appreciation for the natural healing process to unfold. At the same time, there is a healthy amount of skepticism given the difficulty in providing reproducible effects required by many scientific studies. Here are some links to sites with studies available on the web: