Studies are showing the importance of cranial-sacral therapy, and it’s contribution to many overall health benefits. The bones of the skull are like small plates that are connected through sutures. These sutures are almost like perforated connections that have slight movement. Skeptics often taut that these bones do not move at all, but in a recent study (cited below) the movement has been proven.
What’s so special about proving the skull bones actually move? The health benefits that have been documented for well over 70 years now have even more evidence-based recognition.
THE SKEPTICS ARE DISPROVED
Dr. Andrew Weil, a well-known M.D. for his alternative and holistic approach to medicine, describes the benefits and methods used. “Cranial osteopathy is used for a wide range of problems in both children and adults including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, scoliosis, migraine headaches, disturbed sleep cycles, asthma, neck pain, sinus infections, TMJ syndrome, Ménière’s disease and ear problems, and for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who have experienced birth trauma or head trauma. The American Cancer Society notes that while cranial osteopathy therapy has not been shown scientifically to be a treatment for cancer, it can help patients feel more relaxed by helping to relieve stress and tension.”
Cranial Sacral Therapy is not a new phenomenon; however, as more and more people are embracing alternative medicine, this treatment option is helping babies, children and adults with various disorders from colic, hyperactivity, numerous illnesses, to chronic pain.
Dr. Weil continues to explain the treatment and the evidence of its effectiveness. “Practitioners of cranial osteopathy use their hands to gently free up restrictions in the movement of cranial bones and associated soft tissues and to stimulate the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes all the surfaces of the brain and the spinal cord. Practitioners believe that distortions in the natural rhythms of the central nervous system may result from trauma of all sorts including birth trauma, childhood injuries, automobile accidents, even psychological trauma. (For years, mainstream medicine dismissed the idea – put forth in the 1930s by osteopath William Sutherland – that the cranial bones in the adult skull could move. However, researchers at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic medicine confirmed Sutherland’s theory in the late 1970s by showing cranial bone motion in X-ray films of the skulls of living subjects.).” 1
NEUROSOMATIC THERAPY AND CRANIAL
Cranial Sacral Therapy (Cranial Osteopathy) is one of many modalities that use the alignment of the skull to achieve many health benefits. Paul St. John, the founder of Neurosomatic Therapy (NST), also incorporates measuring and addressing of Cranial Bone Alignment into his methods. NST combines Massage Therapy, Posturology, and Corrective Exercise to study the relationship between the soft tissues, skeletal system and the nervous system in the body. All of the techniques used in NST are non-surgical, non-invasive, and non-chiropractic. Along with massage techniques, NST utilizes gentle manipulations of the cranial bones to structurally balance the skull. The NST measurement process traces the compensation patterns in the body back to the source. This allows not only the restoration of proper function, but also can eliminate factors that may lead the body back into dysfunction.
Aaron Calverley, Neurosomatic Specialist and founder of Cal-Form Pain Treatment Center, describes the relationship between the cranial bones and the rest of the body. “The body works in a constant state of compensation, whether it be a structural imbalance or a functional one. The bones in your body realign to keep you in balance, whether you are sitting, walking, performing physical activities, are even sleeping. When there is a postural asymmetry in the body, there will be a chain of compensation that spans throughout the rest of the body. Cranial bones compensate in the same manner as the rest of the body. This can lead to postural distortions that can manifest into many health problem such as headaches, TMJ dysfunction, and many more. By addressing the structure of the body as a whole, we can reduce or eliminate the source of pain, improve athletic performance, and prevent injury.”
CAL-FORM PAIN TREATMENT CENTER
Aaron Calverley, CNS, LMT, MAT is the CEO and practitioner for Cal-Form Pain Treatment Center. He has helped many patients recover from years of pain through his unique approach to medicine and his continued interest in lifelong learning. Cal-Form Pain Treatment Center provides Neurosomatic Therapy to relieve pain, without the use of surgery or medication.
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1. Weil, A. “Cranial Osteopathy,” Wellness, Article, drweil.com, 2018
Aaron Calverley, CNS, LMT
Aaron Calverley is a certified Neurosomatic Specialist, License Massage Therapist, and a certified Muscle Activation Techniques
Jumpstart Practitioner. He owns and operates Cal-Form Pain Treatment Center in