Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Diane Dirette

Second Advisor

Dr. Ben Atchison

Third Advisor

Dr. Rich Cooper

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of utilizing craniosacral therapy (CST) techniques to influence head symmetry and motor skill development of an infant with plagiocephaly. The study is an ex post facto single case study, analyzing the results of data from previously conducted intervention utilizing a craniosacral therapy approach.


The infant in this case study received gentle hands on treatment using the cranium and sacrum to influence the membrane system that encloses the cerebrospinal fluid. Developmental positioning, myofascial release, and sensorimotor techniques were incorporated. The student investigator treated the infant 8 times over a 3-month period.


The infant made significant progress in all areas. Head shape changed markedly with decreases in parietal and occipital bone compression, position of zygoma and ptosis of eyelids. Posture was more symmetrical overall with improved balance reactions and developmental skills.


Craniosacral therapy appears to be a potentially effective method of treatment for infants with plagiocephaly to positively influence head shape, posture, and developmental skills. Further investigation is recommended.