Since about 75-80% of your nervous system is housed by the cranium, it is important to give it not only some credit but a well-deserved check up once in a while. Cranial therapy has been utilized in the United States since the 1800’s and is now becoming quite popular for a variety of issues. Cranial treatments employ VERY light force touch and corrections are achieved by simply holding light pressure in the area of the head and face.
Cranial therapy is NOT like your regular Chiropractic adjustment. The process involves evaluation of findings from all over the body, facial asymmetries, and neurologic function. These factors are clinically correlated to the motion of individual bones in the cranium. (There are over twenty moveable bones in the adult cranium-even more in children because they have not completely ossified or formed the whole bone yet.) Function and movement patterns are as different for each of these bones as are the parts of the brain they protect. When a cranial problem is found it will usually line up with a pattern of spinal and organ issues. These indicate the need for a cranial adjustment.
Various problems are associated with cranial imbalances and often resolve after cranial treatments when no other therapies have been successful. Headaches, vision problems, vertigo, reading disorders in children, learning difficulties, plagiocephaly (flat or misshapen heads we often see on babies), colic, latching issues with breast feeding, constipation, speech disorders, ear infections and torticollis are just a few of the health concerns that cranial focused doctors are successfully treating utilizing cranial therapy.