Cranial Motion

While we think of the skull as a solid bone, it is actually several bones tightly joined together. The bones are linked by joints known as sutures, and move very slightly in a definite rhythm. Cranial motion was introduced to the osteopathic profession by William G. Sutherland, DO, in the 1920’s.

Trauma (including birth trauma), allergies, mal-occlusion of teeth and other things can affect this cranial rhythm. Problems with this mechanism can have a profound effect on the nervous system and health in general. Recent microscopic research has demonstrated that nerves from the skull and spine control the immune system right down to the cellular level.

  • Occipital subluxation: headache and functional disturbances of the brain, stenosis of vertebral artery, disturbance of salivary glands and eyes, disturbance of vagus, glossopharyngeal and hypoglossal nerves, instability of cervical spine.
  • Sphenoid subluxation: migraines, headaches, depression, vision problems, “brain fog,” grinding of teeth, dental malocclusion, eye pain, deviation of the eyeball, endocrine disturbances, instability of cervical spine.
  • Temporal subluxation: dizziness, hearing problems, ringing in the ears, deafness.
  • Parietal subluxation: evidence of head trauma.
  • Nasal subluxation: disturbance of nasal secretion and nasal breathing; lacrimation.

Restoring normal cranial rhythm enables the body to function optimally. Unless the cranials are properly moving and aligned, the cervical spine will re-subluxate, no matter how often it is adjusted.

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Posted on April 28, 2010, in Technique. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Cranial Motion.

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