Melinda Roland

MA, PT, LAc, OMD, Dipl-Ac, CST-D


The Healing Legacy of Dr. John E. Upledger.

 John Upledger, DO, initially developed CranioSacral Therapy (CST) so that a therapist would work one-on-one with a client. Over the years he expanded the therapy in many ways - sometimes he would have multiple therapists working with one client, other times he would work with a client in water, and sometimes he would have dolphins assist the therapists when working with a client

Russel Martin of Say YES Quickly Productions heard about the work Dr. Upledger was doing with dolphin-assisted CranioSacral Therapy.  The documentary Touch, is one of the many outcomes of his interest in this aspect of CST.

I hope you will enjoy watching this touching documentary that explores the effects of dolphin-assisted Craniosacral Therapy.

Additional videos can be accessed in the Ricky Williams Concussion Program section


CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation: A New Treatment Intervention for Concussion Recovery

MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE Volume 29, Number 4, 2017

 Gail Wetzler, PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D,   Melinda Roland, MA, PT, LAc, OMD, Dipl-Ac, CST-D,  Sally Fryer-Dietz, PT, DPT, CDT-D, SIPT Cert and Dee Dettmann-Ahern, PT, BI-D 


Background: Military service members and veterans face health issues related to traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially during combat, use of heavy equipment, and exposures to environmental hazards and explosives. There were 400,000 TBIs reported in deployed U.S. troops in 2012. Athletes are also subject to TBI. Studies have indicated that some manual therapies could be helpful for treating patients who have post-concussive syndrome.

Objective: This case series report describes the effects of CranioSacral Therapy (CST), Visceral Manipulation (VM), and Neural Manipulation (NM) modalities for treating patients who have post-concussion syndrome. The goal of this study was to evaluate these effects on immobility, pain intensity, quality of life, sleep disorders, and cognition in these patients.

Materials and Methods: This single-blinded case series was conducted at the Upledger Institute, in West Palm Beach, FL. The patients were 11 male retired professional football players from the National Football League and the Canadian Football League who had been medically diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Each participant received a morning and afternoon 2-hour session of these three specific manual therapies, which were capable of accessing and addressing the structural, vascular, and neurologic tissues of the cranium and brain—as well addressing far-reaching ramifications throughout the body following trauma. The main outcome measures were scores on the: Impact Neurocognitive Test; Dynavisiontm Test; Short Form–36 Quality of Life Survey, Headache Impact Test, Dizziness Handicap Inventory; a numeric pain rating scale; orthopedic range of motion tests (ROM); and vestibular testing. Hours of sleep were also checked. These outcome measures were registered at baseline, after treatment, and after a 3-month follow up. Results: Statistically significant differences were seen with a decrease in overall pain rating scale scores (P = 0.0448), and cervicogenic pain levels decreased (P = 0.0486). There were statistically significant increases in Dynavision Average Reaction Time (P = 0.0332), Memory Test (P = 0.0156) scores, and cervical ROM scores (P = 0.0377). Hours of sleep averaged 2 hours on the first day of treatment and increased to 4.0 hours at the end of treatment and were continuing to increase, as noted at a 3-month evaluation.

Conclusions: Ten sessions of specific CST/VM/NM therapy resulted in statistically greater improvements in pain intensity, ROM, memory, cognition, and sleep in concussed patients.

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Hope for the Treatment of Retired Athletes

By: Melinda Roland MA, PT, LAc, OMD, Dipl-Ac, CST-D & Sally Fryer Dietz, PT, SIPT, Cert

Attention to concussions has increased dramatically over the past 10 years, in part due to the media coverage of high profile athletes and the effect of multiple concussions and Post-Concussive Syndrome on long term health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of reported concussions has increased 50% over the past 10 years, although actual numbers appear to vary between studies (1). Head injuries alone are estimated to occur once every 15 seconds and are considered to be the leading cause of death worldwide.....

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Craniosacral Therapy

By: Melinda Roland MA, PT, LAc, OMD, Dipl-Ac, CST-D

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, “hands-on” therapeutic modality shown clinically to have a profoundly positive effect upon brain and spinal cord function. Benefiting a myriad of conditions, Craniosacral Therapy has been used quite successfully in the treatment of neurodevelopmental issues, ADD, ADHD and other learning difficulties since 1975.   My mentor, Dr. John Upledger D.O.,O.M.M., developed Craniosacral Therapy after extensively researching and documenting the scientific basis, and has authored the definitive texts on the subject.  Much of Dr Upledger’s original research was with Autism, illustrating the positive therapeutic effects possible with this gentle but profound therapy.....

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