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Craniosacral Therapy for Pain Relief

I've been having less headaches. My atlas & axis were frozen, even after seeing a 'master bodyworker' for 3 years. I've been to chiropractors, dentists, & osteopaths who did cranial work. Jordan showed me in a mirror that my cranial bones & spine were still misaligned, then made everything more symmetrical. I've seen amazing changes in the structure of my body in a few visits.
- Ron Upton, Songsmith

Why You May Need Craniosacral Therapy

Your cranial bones may be in distorted positions: tilted, rotated, pushed forward, backward, to one side, etc. Your jaw (mandible) will be higher on one side, because the bone it's connected to (temporal) is higher. This creates more pressure in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) on one side.

A fall on the head, or the head hitting a windshield, can force the cranial bones together. The cranial joints (sutures) become fixated (stuck), unable to move freely. This can cause back pain, or pain in other places.

Cranial distortion is transmitted downward through the spine, all the way to the sacrum. Your spine and pelvis side-bend and twist. The rest of your body shapes itself around this distorted position. Your head and neck may tilt to one side, with one shoulder higher/lower than the other, one hip higher/lower, one foot pronated more than the other (has a lower arch), etc. Twists in the spine put abnormal pressures on discs. Distortion and compression of the cranium can create problems throughout your body.

How Craniosacral Therapy is Done

Connective tissue around the cranium is first stretched to allow easier movement of the bones. Slow, steady pressure is then applied to bones to get them to move. This gradually stretches and massages the connective tissue between and around the bones. Sudden thrusting movements are not used. Those don't create lasting changes.

Results of Craniosacral Therapy

I'll show you in a mirror the misalignment of your cranial bones, jaw, spine, and pelvis before the treatment. Afterward the position of the bones will be more symmetrical. You'll see improvement in your postural alignment as well.

How Did My Skull and Spine Get So Distorted?

Twisting during birth, malpositioning in the womb, head trauma, dental trauma, and headstands can distort and compress the cranium and spine. Falls onto the back, pelvis, or tailbone can affect the spine and cranium as well.
Face-lifts and baldness-reduction surgeries remove some of the connective tissue around the head, and tighten the rest. This compresses the cranium. People can get severe headaches afterwards.

Aren't the Skull Bones Fused Together?

Anatomy books and classes show students separate cranial bones. Students see and handle the separate bones. And the students are taught that cranial bones are fused, not separate. This is a big problem in life: We believe what we are taught, instead of learning from what we experience.

To get cranial bones apart: You turn the cranium over, pour beans into the large opening (foramen magnum) where the spinal cord exits, then add water. The beans expand, the sutures (cranial joints) separate. The bones are not fused in most people.

There's connective tissue in the sutures. Connective tissue is similar in color to bones, so if you only look at dried specimens you could mistake it for bone. Italian anatomy books teach that the bones don't fuse. Movement of the cranial bones has been measured with strain gauges. Before and after photos show changes in position of the bones after cranial work. You can see the changes yourself in a mirror.

How is Your Craniosacral Therapy Different?

Most craniosacral therapists work with their eyes closed. The therapist doesn't even know that your bones are mis-aligned; they never look at your cranium. Most therapists use ultra-subtle movements that can't correct the position of the bones.
This type of Craniosacral Therapy corrects misalignment of the cranial bones/joints, atlas, axis, jaw, spine, and sacrum; Releases fixated (stuck) joints; Restores normal mobility to sutures (cranial joints). Stretches and softens the connective tissue; Straightens out bends and twists in the spine.

Craniosacral System Terminology

Atlas
First vertebrae. Atlas was the name of a Greek deity who held up the world.
Axis
Second vertebrae. Rotation point for atlas.
Coccyx
Last vertebrae. Small pointed bone. Tailbone.
Connective Tissue
Thick, tough membranes that surround and line the cranium, spine, other structures.
Cranium
Skull. Neurocranium contains brain. Viscerocranium contains nose, mouth, tongue, etc.
Craniosacral System
Cranium, spinal column, sacrum, coccyx, their connective tissues, cerebrospinal fluid.
Craniosacral Therapy
Manual therapy for your craniosacral system.
Sacrum
Large triangular bone, second from base of the spine. Wedged between pelvic bones.

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