The different diagnostic tools and skills and the different medical paradigm applied in a Craniosacral treatment session (compared to what you might typically receive in a hospital) result in a very different view of diagnosis, and very different types of differential diagnosis. In fact, a medical diagnosis (e.g. "frozen shoulder") is not often particularly useful to me as a cranial practitioner.
...the body has an intelligence of its own...
As a relatively simple practical example... the label "frozen shoulder" is typical of conventional medical diagnoses in that it describes what is happening far more than what may be causing the problem. The implication (that the shoulder is "frozen") then further implies that it is the shoulder that is the source of the problem. We would call that a "local" condition - i.e. the pain and discomfort is experienced at the place where the problem originates. Another example of a medical diagnosis is "colic" - the definition of which is unconsolable crying for more than 4 hours every day. Clearly this is also a description of what is happening rather than what might be causing the crying
From my perspective as a CST practitioner, unless one can identify some chain of causality, then any treatment applied may (i) not be targetting the proper place, and (ii) may at best suppress, or sometimes may further aggravate the problem. The same could be said of infections - since the body has an excellent immune system that has evolved over several hundred million years, it is necessary to ask WHY it stopped working adequately in a particular instance? Or one could just administer antibiotics and ignore possible primary causes for the possible predisposing loss of immune capacity.