FAQ about Craniopathy

Cranial alignment assists the Central Nervous System by creating better stability between the spine and the brain. A lot of patients are motivated by pain relief. So the first indicator would be jaw or facial pain or generalized headaches. Secondary indicators would be: asthma, visual issues, hearing issues, chronic re-occurring ear infections, tinnitus, mental confusion, sinus colds, acute bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia. Restlessness, poor concentration, eyes appear unequal from right to left, etc.

But a more problematic and common syndrome is TMJ syndrome.

“TMJ” stands for temporal-mandibular joint also known as the “jaw joint”.

  1. Popping & clicking in one or both jaw joints opening the jaw.
  2. Accidentally biting your gums
  3. Pain in the jaw aggravated by talking or chewing or after seeing a dentist
  4. Swollen lymph glands located just below the jaw joint
  5. Difficulty fully opening or closing the jaw joint without pain or discomfort

As children are developing through growth spurts, it is vital that their cranial bones be checked along with their spines. The biggest trauma that occurs to a child’s head is during birth. This is because sometimes the child’s presentation isn’t fully turned in the womb & forceps is used to force the baby’s head through. Or sometimes a child is born very quickly and didn’t have enough time for their heads properly molded as they descended through the birth canal.

Slow maturation for their age, allergies, hyperactivity, emotional imbalance, lack of concentration in school, lisping, sucking their thumb past 5 years old, headaches and frequent colds and flu’s.

The whole purpose of braces is to obviously straighten the teeth. However, if the child does not have a stable pelvis and spine and the cranium has not been properly aligned, then it is more likely than not to see the teeth to return to their original place over time. The reason for this is because teeth roots are affected by movement of the gum and palate and jaw, not by teeth movement.

One of the justifications for needing braces is that after their baby teeth have erupted and fallen out, the permanent teeth may not erupt evenly. But what is worse, is when there is so much crowding of teeth that there isn’t any room for their permanent teeth to come in. That is where a Craniopath and an orthodontist need to work closely together for the betterment of the patient. Doesn’t it make sense to first see if the palate can be spread naturally before considering moving teeth? Otherwise, sometimes the teeth have difficulty adapting to the shift without opening up the palate naturally.

Many of the more modern up to date dentistry now use “splints” and “appliances” to open the palate and jaw to allow more room over time for the teeth to develop into a wider bite. Again, this is where dentistry and cranial alignment can work as a great team for the child (and even for the adult) Because a child is easy to maneuver cranially, it behooves the parent to first try apparatus’s in the mouth that will naturally create expansion rather than just move teeth.

In summary, the step by step process would be:

  1. The spine and pelvis are stable enough to accept the cranial bones being manipulated
  2. The second step is to prep the cranium to make sure it is as stable as possible prior to any orthodonture work.
  3. The third step is for the Craniopath and Orthodontist to work closely together for the type of expansion or TMJ balancing necessary before considering braces.

In conclusion, it is vital that the Craniopath and orthodontist work closely together so that the entire Nervous System is harmoniously working together. This will assure that the best results will be assured. It’s not about the “perfect” smile, but rather, the “perfect health”.


What is Craniopathy?
Craniopathy is a specialist field in Chiropractic which deals with the micro motion of the cranial vault(skull), its distortions and ultimately the effect it has on normal cerebro-spinal fluid flow and the nervous system. This science has been developed through study, research and clinical application over the last fifty years by Dr. M.B. Dejarnette.

The Central Nervous System
The brain and spinal cord form the central nervous system of the body coordination all tissues, organs and systems within the body.

Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (C.S.F.)
A sac-like membrane called the dural membrane covers the brain and spinal cord and contains C.S.F. in which the brain and spinal cord are immersed. The C.S.F. acts as a cushion, protecting this delicate mechanism, transpires nutrition, removes waste products and provides an ideal medium for essential nerve energy conduction.

The Cranial Vault
The brain represents 80% of the central nervous system and is contained and protected by the skull (Cranium). The cranial vault is made up of eight cranial bones joined together at sutures (tongue and groove joints) which allows for cranial micro motion.

Dural Membrane
Within the cranial vault are anchor points for the dural membrane which separates the brain into quadrants and support the entire mechanism. These Tension membranes act rather like guy ropes on a tent and prevent the brain from twisting or being compressed when the position of the head changes.

C.S.F. Flow
A very special function takes place in the human body that is absolutely essential to good he alt. It is the circulation throughout the nervous system of C.S.F.
C.S.F. is created in four compartments in the brain and is supplied to the nervous system through the gentle pulsing action created by breathing.

On Inhalation the diaphragm contracts forcing the abdominal organs into the pelvic floor and flattening the lower spine and shortening the spinal cord. This compresses the sacral bulb forcing C.S.F. up the cord to the brain which in turn expands. ON inhalation the compartment producing C.S.F. fill up.

On exhalation the brain contracts forcing C.S.F. down the spinal cord. The diaphragm relaxes allowing the abdominal organs to move out of the pelvic floor, lengthening the spinal cord and expanding the sacral bulb.

Cranial Motion
In order to allow the brain to expand and contract the cranial vault has to comply accordingly. On inhalation the cranium expands, the sutures separate and allow the brain to expand. On exhalation the brain contracts and the sutures close. This is micro motion of the cranium.

Sacro-Occipital Pump
The dural membrane (the tension membranes) not only anchors in the cranial vault (in particular at the occiput), but it also anchors at the sacrum holding the spinal cord in position so that it does not rotate or become displaced by normal movement.

On inhalation as the cranium expands the occiput and the sacrum move downwards shortening the spinal cord pushing C.S.F. upwards.

On exhalation the occiput and sacrum move upwards lengthening the cord and pushing C.S.F. downwards.

Cranial Distortions

  • Cranial distortions occur when the body is subjected to stresses to which it cannot adapt. Stresses in the form of:
  • physical – birth trauma, sports injuries, motor accidents
  • Chemical – food additives, drugs
  • environmental pollution
  • emotional

These can cause pelvic and spinal distortions and these imbalances create a tightening of the muscles on the outer surface of the cranium and tension on the membranes inside the cranial vault.
The cranium distorts accordingly and the cranial bones move out of alignment pulling on the brain, twisting the spine and imbalancing the sacro-occipital pump mechanism.This interferes with free C.S.F. flow, creates toxicity, affects nutrition and impedes essential nerve energy conduction to all parts of the body.

Correction of Cranial Distortions
Chiropractors are the only people in the health field who are qualified to stabilize the pelvis and cranium. The precise analysis and gentle corrections used boy your Chiropractor can remove many of the effects of cranial stress and distortions and help restore the brain and the nervous system to its normal function.


From Cranial Motion
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