"Dr. Dean Howell discusses
Neurocranial Restructuring therapy treatments Part 2"
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Now, as I work on my model and start to put hands on both sides of the front and back because there are muscles and connective tissue that run between your front and back, and those need to be worked on too.
You see, most people think that they have a front and a back, and they forget that between the front and back, there's a middle. It's very important to work on the middle if you're trying to get the entire structure to become more symmetrical.
As the structure becomes more symmetrical, then the changes that need to be made in the skull become more and more apparent. And when they're made, the body moves into a new stable, symmetrical pattern, and there's no reason to revert to the old patterns that were visible in the past.
This is an advantage over most physical medicine techniques which tend to have a person return week after week in the same pattern that they've been in the past, and then get temporary relief.
See what we really need to do is to make permanent change. And that can only be done an increment at a time. So to create this incremental change, we need to initially release the structures through the spine and pelvis, and then as those release, the head is easier to move, and then when we get the deep bones in the head to move, especially that sphenoid bone that I previously mentioned, as that occurs, then we get permanent change...permanent, small, incremental changes.
Now you'll see me using my hands on the forehead and at the base of the skull, pressing with actually a lot of pressure to start to move the external cranial bones so that when it comes time to use the endonasal balloons, we need to use less and less pressure to create all the changes that we're trying to do.
In the past, before we understood these things, we would use much greater pressures on the head because we weren't doing the appropriate preparation of the skull, spine, and pelvis, and because we weren't using assistants to help us position the patient in very precise positions.
So even though I'm using a large pressure here, at times pressing with more than 50 pounds of pressure between my hands, for most people this treatment feels good. And they really like this part of it most of the time.
That's another important thing to realize about this therapy is that we do not need expensive equipment. This work is mainly done with the therapist's hands on a basic therapy table. Because we were not at my home clinic for this demonstration, we are using a simple massage table.
As for the endonasal work that we finish the treatment with, it's less than $100.00 for all the equipment set that we require. So you see, what you're paying for with this therapy is the expertise of the therapist, not the expensive equipment.
As my model's head gets to a more symmetrical position, it becomes more apparent as to which muscles in the neck and shoulder area need to be stretched and released so that the changes in the skull will be easier to accomplish. So you can see me stretching the neck/shoulder area on the right and again on the left.
As you may note, I'm continually checking the left and right sides, measuring the positions of the occiput the base of the head, the ears, the eyes, always trying to enhance symmetry.
Because we are also working on the back, we must work on the front. And the front of your spine is accessed through the abdomen.
This is trickier work, and work that I generally do myself rather than have my therapist help. And you can see I'm pushing deeply through the intestines and abdominal area, pushing on the deep muscles of the spine where those muscles come from the front spine, go through the pelvis, and into the thigh.
And as I release those muscles, we will see changes in the position of the pelvis and spine. And through the connective tissue from the pelvis/spine area, we'll actually be making changes in the head as well.
Adding this work to NCR which has been done just since the spring of the year 2000, we've had patients make great changes in their overall digestive function and hormonal balances. I had one lady that maintained that she lost 12 pounds just from having these deep abdominal muscles released from their spasms prior to the finish of the NCR treatment each day.
As those areas are released, we can feel the changes in the body energy patterns, and I continue working until those energy patterns feel as if they have been evened out.
Then I'll have the patient stand up and start doing the very specialized testing techniques used for neurocranial restructuring. This testing is called proprioceptive testing because it is a balance-oriented testing. This is not applied kinesiology.
As you can see, when I push and pull on different parts of the model's body, sometimes she sways and other times she doesn't. It is the mapping of those gentle swaying motions that lets us determine where the areas of instability are throughout her structure.
Then in a moment, when she gets on the table, we will immobilize these unstable places by positioning her head with a pillow today, and by having two helpers holding her legs and pelvis, and then through the proprioceptive testing, I've already determined where to place the balloon – whether to be in the right or the left nostril – and where in the nose because there's three passages inside each nostril to put the balloon.
So we very specifically decide where to inflate this balloon to move the internal bones in the skull, the sphenoid, and as that bone changes, the head structure has been moved to a new stable pattern, and then the rest of the system will continue to change so that the spine and pelvis change position as well.
Then I will retest to make sure that every area of the body now feels stable when I push so that we don't see any of the swaying motions that we saw before.
When we see none of the swaying motions, when we see the stability is there, we know treatment is complete for the day, and then the patient can wait until the next therapy session.