What is CRT?

What is Cranial Release Technique?

Cranial Release Technique (CRT) is an advanced form of cranial-sacral therapy. CRT is an extremely safe, gentle and highly effective procedure designed to restore motion to the bones of the skull which allows for more normal nervous system function. 

The Cranial Release Technique (CRT)  has positive effects on conditions that ranges from aches and pains.

CRT makes a wonderful addition to anyone’s health care regimen.

How Does CRT Work?

CRT is a hands on procedure where by a specific point is used at the back of the cranial to releases the entire dysfunctional cranial vault as well as the dural tension associated with the cranial. The release or correction is thorough enough to release and normalize the spinal, pelvic, and fascial structures associated with the body.

A Few Important Benefits

  • Balancing of the right and left hemispheres of the brain
  • Corrects postural and structural distortions
  • Improves strength and balance
  • Remove the tension off the Central Nervous System
  • Improves nerve and organ function
  • Creates hormonal balance
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Improves sense of centeredness and calm
  • Feeling Of CRT


To the patient the procedure simply feels like a slow and controlled stretching of the muscles in the neck and shoulder regions. The treatment takes only a couple of minutes and there are not quick, 'popping' movements of the spine involved with CRT.

Who Can Benefit From CRT?

The short answer is, EVERYONE including children with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and autistic spectrum disorders to people with head injuries, headaches, backaches or a myriad of other conditions.

Note CRT is not a cure for any medical condition, it helps your own body to reset its own neurological functions.

Can CRT Help me?

DEFINITELY!! Many people with a wide variety of health problems have been helped using the Cranial Release Technique. As the body is returned to optimum function it becomes possible for true healing and repair to take place. Often times, even chronic problems have responded well to the CRT approach after more conventional methods have failed.

Cranial Release Technique practitioners consider themselves to be facilitators of “Releasing” the body’s own inborn capacity to heal and be well. Once this goal has been achieved you are in the best position possible for relief & healing to occur.

Recipients of the Cranial Release Technique routinely report positive changes in the following areas/conditions :

  • Neck & back pain (pain relief, increased range of motion)
  • Headaches(incl. migraines)
  • Extremity pain (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sleep quality & energy
  • Mental focus (clarity of thinking)
  • Stress relief (feeling of 'calm')
  • Fatigue (more energy)
  • Asthma
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
  • Allergies
  • Digestive disorders
  • Sinus pain/pressure
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Vision (clarity)
  • Sports (strength & balance)

More About CRT 


Cranial based healthcare began in the late 1800’s when Dr. William Sutherland pioneered the concept of cranial bone movement while he was a student at American School of Osteopathy. His investigations led him to the concept of “Primary Respiratory Mechanism” or the “respiratory” like movement of the cranial bones.

Most people think that they have 2 bones in their head, the skull and the jaw. Actually, the skull has 22 bones - 8 in the cranium and 14 in the face!

These bones are connected by specialized joints called sutures. They were designed to move, which is why there are so many small, interconnected bones.

There is a one joint which is the key driver in the movement of the cranium, the connection between a bone called the Sphenoid and another called the Occiput. A lack of motion in the area hinders full expression of the Primary Respiratory Mechanism and can have a negative impact on health.


Cranial distortion leads to dural distortion, which leads to neurological dysfunction. Cranial distortion begins at birth. It is natural for the head to become compressed as a baby is being born going through the birth canal. It is thought that this compression leads to an expansion of the head after birth and starts the natural motion of the Respiratory Mechanism.

Because so many children are being born by C-Section or with forceps or vacuum extraction, this mechanism may never become stimulated appropriately. “Difficult births’ as well as head injuries can also initiate this dysfunction. Indications that this mechanism may have not started appropriately in children could be; a hard time latching on to a nipple, torticollis or too much or too little crying.

The Dura Mater Plays a Key Role

To understand the way the Cranial Release Technique (CRT) reduces stress and promotes wellness, it is important to be knowledgeable about the nature and function of the dura mater -- literally translated as "tough mother."

The dura mater is a tough membrane composed of thick, dense, white, inelastic fibrous connective tissue. It protects the brain and the spinal cord. The dura mater is also linked with spinal nerves extending throughout the body, as the epineurium of the peripheral nerves, a continuation of the dura mater of the central nervous system. The cranial dura is also tied in with the body's entire fascial system, and also with the endocrine system through its relationship to the hypothalamic-pituitary tract.

If there is a distortion of the cranial bones -- or a lack of proper movement at the cranial sutures - the dura matter becomes subject to tensions and stress. This dural stress can be transmitted to spinal segments and the sacrum, which in turn can increase the possibility of spinal misalignment, loss of spinal curves, and structural imbalance.

Through Dr.Sutherland's research of this movement he discovered the presence of cranial bone dysfunctions or ‘lesions’. He felt that these lesions, fixations, and distortions interfered with the expression of what he termed the Primary Respiratory Mechanism and in doing so caused illness and disease. Dr. Sutherland also felt that, in addition to the cranial vault, the spinal column and the long bones of the body were involved in the rhythmic movement of the Primary Respiratory Mechanism. The vital link between the cranium and the rest of the skeletal system is the Dura Mater. The Dura Mater is the tough, fibrous tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. When there is dysfunction in the way the cranial bones move, it alters the tension on the Dura Mater and can cause profound changes in nervous system function.

The Cranial Release Technique promotes wellness by relieving the strain within the cranial-dural system. This helps to release tension in the nervous system and restore proper cerebrospinal fluids flow. Reducing strain on the cranial-dural system also contributes to proper reintegration of the brain hemispheres.

Dr. William Doreste took Dr. Sutherland’s work in Cranial-sacral Therapy to a new level and created the more advanced, Cranial Release Technique.

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