Cranial Adjusting

Cranial Adjusting

Common conditions that require Cranial Adjustment include:  Head trauma, Headaches,     Jaw Pain (TMJ), sinusitis.  For more information, see below:

Cranial adjusting is exceedingly intricate and complex.  Cranial adjusting can be looked at as simply adjusting misaligned cranial bones.  However, cranial work is so much more involved.  The cranial bones are intimately related to the pelvic structures because of the duramater  attachments to the foramen magnum of the occiput and to the sphenoid bone inside of the skull. The duramater is the outer layer of the meninges and covers the brain and the spinal cord ending with attachments to the sacrum and coccyx. The junction of the sphenoid and the basilar portion of the occiput comprise the master joint in the skull.  When you breathe, this joint moves microscopically. This microscopic motion causes the pituitary gland to secrete it’s hormones into the cerebrospinal fluid which finds its way to the hormonal targets in the body.  The sacral and coccyx attachment of the duramater play cause and effect with their cranial counterparts. In other words, central nervous system pathology can be caused or corrected by either cranial and/or sacral/coccyx involvement.  An example of this is the following:  a woman is involved in an automobile accident wherein she is thrust forward and violently hits her head on the windshield or steering wheel of the car.  Not long after the accident her menstrual periods just cease.  Upon examination, it is found that the normal microscopic movement of the cranium (the flexion and extension) is lost because the head is jammed due to the force from the accident.  This causes the diminution of the pituitary excretion and the hormone system is compromised to the point that her menstrual cycles quit working. In this case, the doctor must adjust the cranium to free up the microscopic movement that has been lost.  This type of injury often will also necessitate adjustment of the coccyx and or sacrum to free up the duramater tightness and distortion that were caused by the accident.  This may seem very complex and certainly it is.  However, if you have a cranial, meningeal or sacral/coccyx problem, Dr. Harrison will take the time to explain his findings and how they might be corrected.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint is part of cranial adjusting.  Adjusting the TMJ can be a simple adjusting of the mandibular bone or it can be a very complex procedure involving the cranial bones as well as vertebrae in the cervical spine (neck).  When people go to the dentist and they have to keep their jaw wide open for a relatively long period of time, the muscles can be strained and the jaw joint can misalign.  That is usually fairly easy to correct as we work with the joint as well as with the muscles of the TMJ.  We like to work with your family dentist for your quick healing.  There are other more complex TMJ problems such as head trauma and bite problems that can arise when a tooth is removed or added.  If your TMJ problem involves a dentist and that dentist cannot take care of the problem in his office then we would like to work with your dentist to help solve the problem.  We have had good results working with dentists over the years.

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