Cranial Chiropractic is the study of the skull and the restoration of proper function. Cranial is an advanced aspect of the Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) as well as a complete system of health care on its own. The focus of cardiopathy is the physical position of the 22 interlinked bones of the skull and the resulting function of the central nervous system. Its practice involves cranial adjustments that may be applied for the prevention of treatment and also for health improvement services.
The primary purpose of Cranial Chiropractic is to promote the optimal function of the central nervous system. This is done to improve overall health and wellness as well as to treat a variety of conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to:
Cranial adjustments require assessing the sutures (moveable joints) in the skull, as well as the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord, called the dura. After the doctor determines the exact location of the misaligned cranial bone (subluxation) using the S.O.T. system of analysis, an adjustment is performed. The correction is made by applying gentle pressure to one of the cranial bones, in a specific direction while the patient breathes in or out in a pattern that will assist the correction.
Understanding Craniosacral Therapy, Cranial Osteopathy, and the Role of Cerebrospinal Fluid in Chiropractic Care
As practitioners of chiropractic medicine, we understand the vital interconnection of all body systems. This holistic view extends to treatments such as Craniosacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy, as well as the essential role of cerebrospinal fluid in overall wellness.
Craniosacral Therapy in Chiropractic Care
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that is part of many chiropractic practices. It targets the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum, aiming to restore the natural rhythmic movement found in the body and facilitate the functioning of the craniosacral system.
Chiropractic Craniosacral Therapy focuses on alleviating tension and restrictions in tissues influencing the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. By restoring balance, it supports the body’s natural healing processes and can aid in relieving pain, stress, and boosting overall health and immunity.
Cranial Osteopathy and its Importance in Chiropractic Practice
Similar to Craniosacral Therapy, Cranial Osteopathy is another gentle and non-invasive approach that involves subtle manipulation of the skull and sacrum. Chiropractors trained in Cranial Osteopathy aim to release tension in the body, improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, and enhance the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
The Role of Cerebrospinal Fluid in Chiropractic Health
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) plays a critical role in our overall health and well-being. This clear, colorless body fluid is found in the brain and spinal cord, providing necessary cushioning, delivering nutrients, and removing waste products.
In chiropractic care, optimizing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid is a crucial goal. Any disruption in its flow can potentially lead to health issues. Both Craniosacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy can help improve the circulation of CSF, leading to better nutrient delivery, more effective waste removal, and improved overall nervous system function.
Through the skilled use of Craniosacral Therapy, Cranial Osteopathy, and an understanding of the role of cerebrospinal fluid, chiropractic care offers a comprehensive approach to your health. By addressing the body as an interconnected system, chiropractic therapies aim to bring about balance, promote healing, and enhance overall well-being.