I really admire Monica Noy’s writing. This piece displays a good deal of bravery on her part. She dispels craniosacral therapy as quackery, which is all the more impressive seeing as how she studied this very modality intensively throughout her own schooling, and therefore did have, at one point, a vested interest in promoting its use.
“Talk about cognitive dissonance.
Palpation reliability – not a thing. It has nothing to do with lack of evidence, and everything to do with a lot of evidence that has consensus of a negative result.
Cranial bone mobility – not a thing. Now some will say that studies show pliability of the suture like that changes something. And studies do indeed show pliability of the suture, but it changes nothing because what does it really mean to have pliability at the suture? How does that pliability become osteopathic cranial mobility? Short answer, its functional for cranial growth and it doesn’t mean shit for osteopathic cranial bone mobility.
PRM – not a thing. Rhythm, rate, expression and mechanism not established, highly debated, lots of alternate hypothesis, some more or less supported by physiology but nothing resembling the currently established parameters.
Normal cognitive function – oh, that’s a thing. And if that’s a thing, a normal thing, what does it really mean to be a human with normal cognitive function? Short answer, it means that if we don’t really truly THINK about it, we will construct a reality that fits our desire. Even shorter answer, we are egotistical first, thoughtfully reflective someways down the road, maybe.”