Doctor of Science Dr. John E. Upledger was founder and past president of The Upledger Institute, Inc. Dedicated to the natural enhancement of health, the Institute is recognized worldwide for its groundbreaking continuing-education programs, clinical research and therapeutic services.
Throughout his career as an osteopathic physician, Dr. Upledger has been recognized as an innovator and leading proponent in the investigation of new therapies. His development of CranioSacral Therapy in particular has earned him an international reputation. He has also served on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. Although much of his experience has been garnered through private clinical practice, Dr. Upledger served from 1975-1983 as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University. During those years he supervised a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers in experiments testing the existence and influence of the craniosacral system.
The results of those scientific studies explained the function of the craniosacral system and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went on to develop Craniosacral Therapy and other complementary modalities. In 1985 he established The Upledger Institute, a clinical and educational resource centre in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Since then, over 50,000 healthcare professionals worldwide have studied the therapeutic value of working on the craniosacral system. In the 25 years since his original research, Dr Upledger has written four text books: Craniosacral Therapy (with Jon Vredevoogd); Craniosacral Therapy II, Beyond the Dura, in which he explains the functioning of the Craniosacral System in detail; SomatoEmotional Release and Beyond; and A Brain is Born. He has also written a brief, helpful introductory volume, Your Inner Physician and You. Dr. Upledger established The Upledger Foundation in 1987 to reach out to those less fortunate and help improve their life experiences. This non profit organization is dedicated to the ongoing research and development of new therapeutic applications, and the establishment of community-outreach programs that enhance total health.
Dr John Upledger passed away on 26th Oct 2012. Our thoughts are with his family and we are honoured to be carrying on his work.