III. Anatomy, Structure and NeuroCranial Restructuring
Why does my spine and whole
nervous system shift from moving my head?
The main job of the spine is
to hold the body upright. This is particularly true of the
neck and upper back. Holding the head in a stable position
is the job of the neck bones and muscles and is especially
important because most of the nervous system is housed
inside the head. An unstable skull means that the center of
the nervous system is unstable too. The chronic positions of
the spine and its related muscles are determined by the
nervous system's need to maintain skull stability. When the
positions of the bones of the skull are changed, the
balancing pattern of the head is changed. This causes
alterations in the postural patterns of the spine and the
Nervous system functions are
determined by the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid.
When we use mood-altering drugs, they cause shifts in the
flow of blood and especially cerebrospinal fluid, changing
the amounts of neurotransmitters received by specific
neurons (in the brain) and altering nervous system function.
The shape of the skull and spine help determine the flow of
blood and cerebrospinal fluid and thereby control nervous
So when the shape of the
skull is changed, the shape of the spine and pelvis are
changed too, and through this the function of the nervous
system is different as well. When the structural shape is
improved (or even optimized) the nervous system functions
are improved (optimized) too.
What causes my cranial bones
to become unbalanced in the first place?
Your cranial bones are not
unbalanced, but their asymmetrical structural alignment can
cause difficulties for the function of the brain and nervous
system as well as the musculoskeletal structure. The bones
are in their stable, asymmetrical alignment pattern because
of the body's reaction to the physical, biochemical and
emotional traumas it has been subjected to. The most
obvious, common traumatic events that most people experience
are a normal vaginal birth. The intense squeezing of the
head during birth, known as cranial molding, almost always
leaves its mark on the adult skull. This affects both
skeletal growth patterns and nervous system function for the
life of the individual unless it is removed from the system.
Similarly, falls, beatings, sports injuries, motor vehicle
accidents, surgeries, dental work and the like all have
long-lasting impact on the nervous system and
How does moving my sphenoid
move all the other cranial bones?
In the cranial structure, the
sphenoid bone sits in the center. It is in contact with
almost all the other bones of the skull, which interlock. It
is impossible to move any single bone of the skull without
moving the bones adjoining it, eventually affecting them
all. The sphenoid bone is the strongest, the most difficult
to get manual contact with, the most difficult to move, the
most resistant to change. Without moving the sphenoid bone,
no other cranial bone movement can last. It is only by
moving the sphenoid bone that all the bones of the head can
be moved because of the sphenoid bone's central location.
And it is only by moving the sphenoid bone in a pattern that
is proprioceptively correct, that the sphenoid bone can be
moved in a lasting way.
How can my skull, which is
made of bone, expand and contract?
Bone is not rigid when it is
alive, having instead plasticity that allows a small amount
of bending under stress. Additionally, when functioning
properly, a skull will have some movement capability in all
the joints of the skull. In an ideal head there are no truly
fused joints, despite what you may read in old anatomy
books. The bones of the head are in constant motion. Dr.
Viola Fryman, D.O. proved this beyond a doubt in 1962 when
she measured the motions of the skull during breathing and
chewing with many small sensors place across the bones of
How do my neurotransmitter
levels change from receiving treatment?
essential part of nervous system functioning, are chemicals
that allow nerves to send signals amongst themselves. These
chemicals flow across the gap between adjacent nerves as
well as circulating through the cerebrospinal fluid,
allowing distant nerves to communicate with one another.
Drugs used to treat
depression, like Prozac and Elavil, work by changing the
amount of a neurotransmitter, serotonin, throughout the
nervous system. Researchers find that increased levels of
serotonin decrease feelings of depression. The problems with
antidepressant drugs are the side effects on most people,
including decrease in sex drive, increase in anxiety and
other symptoms that were previously not found in the
patient. My clinical observation is that these patients had
poor distribution of the neurotransmitter rather than
deficiencies (lack of secretion) of serotonin. If the
distribution problems in the nervous system were solved, the
depression would decrease or stop.
When I treat depressed people
with NCR, their depression gradually goes away. NCR
optimizes the shape of the nervous system support
structures, the bones of the skull and spine. With optimal
shape, fluid flow characteristics of the blood and
cerebrospinal fluid are idealized as well. The distribution
of neurotransmitters gradually equalizes with NCR, becoming
the distribution pattern we were designed to have instead of
the distribution pattern our trauma histories have created.
This is why I have good treatment results with depression,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, seizures, learning
disabilities, hyperactivity, Parkinson's disease,
Alzheimer's disease and others. All of these conditions have
significant structural problems in the skull contributing to
the severity of the disease.
Can NCR prevent or reverse
Yes. Even though the stooping posture is
considered to be a consequence of osteoporosis, age-related
stooping is actually a simple change in posture. As the
posture worsens, there is also bone loss. This is because
bone grows most strongly in areas where the gravitational
force is greatest and does not grow where there is no
gravitational force. When posture is poor, there is less
gravitational force in the bone because the musculature is
helping to support the body. The means that there is less
stimulation of bone growth when posture is poor. With NCR,
posture improves and the bones grow stronger again.
Posture changes because most postural
problems are created from the spine’s difficulty in
supporting the skull. As the head is positioned more forward
on top of the neck, the head tips slightly forward and the
body is pulled forward by the weight of the head, leading to
a stooped posture. The role of NCR in this situation, then,
is to change the position of the head relative to the neck,
allowing a more balanced position of the head and greater
ease of support by the neck. When this occurs, the spine is
no longer in the poor posture.
The brain is very sensitive to these balance
patterns which create posture. The balance process is part
of proprioception, a crucial part of the theories underlying
NCR. The entire pattern of musculoskeletal posture is
determined by proprioception—the awareness of the body’s
position in space, and the semicircular canals of the ears
are an important part of this process. When the semicircular
canals are stimulated frequently, the brain must work
harder. The nervous system doesn’t like this, and it
responds by moving the musculoskeletal system into a
position where less head movement occurs. This stable
position of the head is known as our postural pattern. For
many people, the postural pattern remains the same
throughout their life. This is because the bones of the head
are very stable, and these persons had no therapy or trauma
that changes this cranial balancing pattern.
Your postural pattern is determined by your
balance pattern. Subtle movements of the semicircular canals
are very perceivable by the brain. The brain wishes to be
stable, and will change the position of the spine and
muscles to insure stable positioning of the skull. It is
only by changing the shape of the skull that the body’s
balancing patterns can be changed, and in this way change
the pattern of posture.