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"Dr. Dean Howell discusses how Neurocranial Restructuring therapy works: Part 1"


When we discuss physical medicine in, in our modern western society, the roots actually go back to early days in China and as well as in Greece and Rome. And the concepts that we have in this lineage going from those ancient times up to our own are rather simple.

Itís a binary kind of relationship. Either bones or muscles are out of place and tight and painful or theyíre in the midline and theyíre good and they feel good. Itís an out or in situation.

Itís rather simplistic and yet it underlies physical medicine for physical therapists, for massage therapists, for chiropractors, for osteopaths, for naturopathic doctors. For the medical doctors that specialize in physical medicine, they are called physiatrists.

For all of us, itís a binary situation. Bones and muscles are out or in. So, the way that we would work with bones would be if they were out of place, we would devise different techniques to push them back in.

And thatís how I was trained when I went through medical school as well. And when I started in practice, I started finding out that for many people it was a short-term relationship.

I would push the bones and we released the muscles so they would go into place and two or four weeks later, most of those people would return and say, "Doctor, you did that very well. Would you please do I again?"

Well, when I went to talk to my instructors, who were men with 40 or 50 years in medical practice and asked them what I was doing wrong, for the most part their conclusion wasnít that I was doing something wrong, it was instead that these patients were chronically injured. That chronic injury was preventing these people from being able to in their terms hold an adjustment which meant that they would never get well. And it was my job to give them relief from pain and to continue treating them again and again, ad infinitum. On and on and on.

Well, there was something about that that bothered me. It was kind of like a bell going off in my head, saying that what they told me was wrong.

I knew somewhere that there was a solution. I knew in my heart there was a solution for these people and there was a way that they could be made better. That they werenít really injured that much.

It didnít seem right that a person with a reasonably minor car injury, where they sustained a whiplash in the neck, that 10 and 20 years later, they would have still have headaches virtually every day because of, you know, a situation where they didnít even sustain a broken bone.

Well, the conclusion of my findings is what we call NeuroCranial Restructuring. And the way that that idea developed is easier to talk about with a model than it is just to use words.

So, I brought along my friend. This is not Igor, in fact itís not poor Rorick. Itís not even Dr. Frankensteinís monster. Itís a plastic skull. And, if you start looking at the skull, you can see how complex the relationship of all the bones are. And how much they interlock.

Do you see the bone that is colored with the red pen here and here? And when I turn the head to the side, itís here. When I turn the head upside down, it goes all the way in from the hard palette, in behind the nose and comes up against the back of the head, the occiput. Do you see how complex all those joints are?

Let me go further. That same bone is here inside the head. This bone is called the sphenoid. The sphenoid bone as you can see sits in the center of the head.

Virtually all the bones in the head are in contact with that sphenoid bone. Anyone that says they can move the skull in a way thatís going to last must be changing this sphenoid bone.

And yet, as it is obvious from showing you, you canít get your hands on that sphenoid bone. This bone is the most crucial part in NeuroCranial Restructuring. This is the key to how we can change the entire body.

What I found, when I was working with patients before and I would work with their spine and other problems in their bodies and I would work on individual bones in their back and in their pelvis, the body kept reverting to type because that function, the pain, the mobility, these were minor considerations compared to these structures more important jobs.

The main thing that the spine is there to do is to hold up your head. To your body, the most important part of your body, even though you need your heart and lungs and liver, in order to live, the most important part of your body is your brain. Remember, if you cut off your arm, you are still you. If you cut off your head, you cease to exist.

So, just like a computer, your head doesnít want to jiggle. Have you ever tried to add up a column of figures when you rode your bicycle down a stairway?

You know that what you normally do is to hold on. Thatís about all you can do. You canít really think about anything else. You canít multi-task like a modern-day computer.

You can instead just hold on. But, when you are sitting comfortably in your chair and thinking, you can be listening to the TV, you can be hearing people in the back of the house talking, and meanwhile you can be reading a book and even thinking about something else all at the same time because you have a magnificent computer and it sits inside.

Your body wants to protect your brain. So, in order to prevent it from jiggling, what we do is we arrange the bones in our spine and pelvis into a position that stabilizes the skull. And that stability requires the bones to not be in the mid-line most of the time because the head is balancing on top of these two balance points.

These are known as the occipital chondyles. And this, these two points are where your neck meets your, your head. Sort of like my fingers, okay? You are balancing on top of them.

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Clinic Address: Dr. Dean Howell, ND
2840 Northup Way, Suite 104 * Bellevue WA, 98004
Phone: 888-252-0411 * Fax: 888-252-0411

Doctor Dean Howell created NCR, NeuroCranial Restructuring, to help patients get pain relief, achieve facial symmetry, fix crooked noses, create a youthful appearance without plastic surgery, improve sports performance, heal head injuries like concussion, whiplash and facial compression, eliminate snoring, improve sleep apnea, abolish headaches, eliminate migraines, help scoliosis, fix TMJ and TMD problems, straighten posture, increase memory and look younger by gently moving the sphenoid bone.

NeuroCranial Restructuring may help a wide range of symptoms including: Acute and chronic ostitis media, Alzheimer's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), anxiety and nervousness, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism, Bipolar Disorder, brain surgery, Bruxism, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Fatigue, concussion, deafness, depression, double vision, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dystonia, ear infections, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, head injuries, Hyperactivity, Insomnia, Kyphyosis (hunchback), learning disabilities, Lordosis (swayback), Lou Gehrig's Disease, low energy, lymphatic toxins, Lymphoma, manic depression, migraines, military spine, Multiple Sclerosis, muscle spasms, neck pain, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, orthodontic stress, Osteoporosis, Parkinson's Disease, phobias, Polio, poor concentration, psychosis, relationship difficulties, Schizophrenia, Sciatica, Scoliosis and spiral spine, seizures, shoulder and neck pain, sinus disorders and sinusitis, Sleep Apnea, snoring, strokes, teeth grinding, Tinnitus, TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) and TMD (Temporomandibular Disc), Vertigo and balance problems, whiplash and headaches.

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