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A Proposal for the Use of Craniosacral Therapy in Firefighter Cadets to Decrease Cortisol Levels and Improve Postural Stability—A Randomized Trial

  • Małgorzata Wójcik1,*,
  • Idzi Siatkowski2
  • Ewa Żekanowska3

1Institute of Health Sciences, Hipolit Cegielski State University of Applied Sciences, 62-200 Gniezno, Poland

2Department of Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Poznan University of Life Sciences, 60-637 Poznan, Poland

3Department of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, 85-094 Bydgoszcz, Poland

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1806140 Vol.18,Issue 6,June 2022 pp.1-6

Published: 30 June 2022

*Corresponding Author(s): Małgorzata Wójcik E-mail:


Background: Stress is a physiological response to the mental, emotional, or physical challenges that people encounter. Reactions to stress are also associated with increased secretion of numerous hormones including; glucocorticoids, e.g., cortisol, catecholamines. Methods: The research aimed to check whether craniosacral osteopathic therapy performed over a period of five weeks would affect the values of cortisol level and postural stability amongst sixty firefighter cadets (aged 18–24; 21.63 ± 1.41), involved in rescue operations at traffic accidents (the firefighter cadets underwent qualified paramedic training). The participants were divided into two groups: craniosacral therapy experimental group (30 people) and a control group (27 people). Results: The obtained results show that craniosacral therapy can lead to lower levels of cortisol p < 0.001. It is difficult to state unequivocally that craniosacral osteopathic therapy influenced the values of postural stability; it was noted for the ellipse area in the group subjected to craniosacral therapy for the lower limbs with eyes open p-value = 0.0002. Conclusions: Craniosacral therapy may have a beneficial effect in reducing high cortisol levels.


cortisol; postural stability; firefighter cadets; craniosacral therapy

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Małgorzata Wójcik,Idzi Siatkowski,Ewa Żekanowska. A Proposal for the Use of Craniosacral Therapy in Firefighter Cadets to Decrease Cortisol Levels and Improve Postural Stability—A Randomized Trial. Journal of Men's Health. 2022. 18(6);1-6.


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