Cranial Work

The main aim with cranial motion is to balance the opening of the bones on breathing in (inspiration) as the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) moves up into the brain and is pumped out back into the spine on breathing out (expiration). CSF is like the lubricant for the brain and spinal cord, like oil is a lubricant to your car engine. 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 that move very slightly in a definite rhythm. Trauma (including birth trauma), allergies, mal-occlusion of teeth and other issues can affect this cranial rhythm. Problems with this mechanism can have a profound effect on the nervous system and health in general. Recent research has demonstrated that nerves from the skull and spine control the immune system down to the cellular level.

Occipital subluxation: may cause headaches 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: may cause 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: may cause dizziness, hearing problems, ringing in the ears, deafness.

Parietal subluxation: may be evidence of head trauma.

Nasal subluxation: may cause disturbances 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 can re-subluxate, no matter how often it is adjusted.

Please watch this video to further understand the importance of the cerebral spinal fluid.