Chiropractic Craniopathy

What is Craniopathy?

Craniopathy is a method of analysing the skull and the minute movements of cranial bones via the membranes of the Nervous System. These membranes along with respiration and two other types of respiratory cycles are in charge of movement of cerebro spinal fluid throughout the whole spine and nervous system. When there has been trauma to the head or spine these delicates tissues impede proper movements to the dura and thus causing ill health. CSF or cerebro spinal fluid is responsible for bringing nutrients to the brain and spinal cord and for removing toxic waste from the same system. SOT Chiropractic works to establish proper CSF flow by correcting torsions along the Dura in the Cranium and spinal cord thus restoring proper function to the Nervous system.

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History of Craniopathy:

In the 1920’s The first person to develop a technique for adjusting the bones in the skull was a Chiropractor named Dr. Calvin Cottam (1883 – 1996). His technique was called “Craniopathy”. He started teaching his technique in the late 20’s. He reasoned “…that if the Chiropractic principle of pressure off the nerves in the spine was true, that the same should be true of the head.”

1930 – Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T.). Major B. DeJarnette (Chiropractor and Osteopath) developed a technique involving the movement of the cranial sutures. He taught it until 1984. The Sacro Occipital Research Society International (SORSI) and SOTO USA continues to this day teaching and certifying Chiropractors in Craniopathy and SOT method of Chiropractic which is also taught in many Chiropractic Colleges in North America. He developed a technique involving the movement of the cranial sutures via specific pivot points in the skull.

1939 – Osteopathy in the Cranial field. In 1939, William Sutherland hypothesized that the cranial bones actually articulate against one another. He was a student at the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri. He established that the cranium was capable of a “Primary Respiratory Mechanism” and that the C.F.S. plays a vital “nutritive role” in all the tissues of the body. The meninges cover the brain and house the C.F.S. The dura matter is the outermost layer of the meninges and attaches to the foramen magnum, the upper cervical vertebrae and to the second sacral segment. He rationalised that when the head is traumatised, the dura may become twisted and compressed producing dysfunctions and ill health.

Craniopathy has helped patients with:

Facial paralysis  (see case study by Dr Arthur Tovar Chiropractor)

Respiratory problems

Babies with Plagiocephaly

Sinus problems

TMJ dysfunctions

Headaches

Head trauma that may be causing ill health in the body

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Neuralgias

Ear infections

There are many other conditions that Craniopathy has helped. It will be worth noting that Cranioptahy or Chiropractic do not treat any specific conditions instead these therapies are designed to help the body heal itself. Craniopathy just as Chiropractic care are designed to bring the body back to homeostasis or a state of balance and proper function, thus helping the body heal itself and improve overall function. These are the benefits that millions of patients have experienced thru the use of these therapies.