V. NeuroCranial Restructuring vs. Other Therapies
What makes NCR different
from all other therapies?
NCR is the only physical
medicine technique that routinely expects to produce
permanent, cumulative changes to the skull, spine, pelvis
and nervous system. Other physical medicine techniques
require their patients to return for maintenance visits so
that the effects of treatment can last. This is because
other techniques are not including proprioceptive testing,
which allows the NCR doctor to insure that the treatment is
always improving the system's overall performance. When the
system's stability is improved, there is no reason for the
system to return to the older stability pattern. This allows
treatments that are essentially permanent. No other
treatment technique has these sorts of results predictably.
For them, permanent results are the exceptional case, not
How is NCR different from
descends from the osteopathic cranial manipulation
techniques begun by Dr. William Sutherland, D.O. and further
modified and improved by Dr. John Upledger, D.O. Therapists
performing craniosacral therapy use only their hands on the
patient's head and mouth. They use pressures no greater than
five grams (not quite enough pressure to squish a grape).
Craniosacral therapy is designed to balance the distribution
of cerebrospinal fluid.
NCR has a heritage less
documented. It began with finger technique in the 1920s,
which was improved to include the small endonasal balloons
in the 1930s (then known as bilateral nasal specific
technique), improved further by Dr. J. Richard Stober, D.C.,
N.D. in the 1960s and 1970s, who taught it to me from 1980
I developed the concepts
of NCR in 1995, and the technique is being constantly
modified and improved. The primary precept of NCR is to
optimize nervous system and musculoskeletal functions by
simplifying structure and improving structural stability.
Like craniosacral, NCR is very concerned with the flow of
cerebrospinal fluid. With NCR, however, to change the skull,
the major focus is movement of the sphenoid bone, which is
poorly accomplished with the hands alone. To move the
sphenoid, I find the endonasal balloons to be most
effective. At this time, I have found that the sphenoid and
related cranial bones can require up to twenty-five pounds
of force to release the inflexible cranial joints.
So you can see that NCR
and craniosacral therapies have some common concepts and
goals, but our methods of evaluation and treatment have very
little in common.
Can I have NCR in place
of some dental work? How long after treatment should I wait
to have dental work done? What is the proper protocol for
dental work with NCR?
Most kinds of dental work
will not be replaced with NCR. Unfortunately, your bridges,
crowns, fillings or dentures will not be corrected by this
treatment. But the work done by dentists specializing in TMJ,
bite problems, dental orthopedics or orthodontia can often
be avoided or simplified. Generally these dental techniques
are trying to correct problems created by the skull shape by
working on only part of the skull. This is not very
efficient. If the work is begun with NCR, the need for local
dental treatment is much reduced.
If you suspect that you
require dental assistance with bridges, crowns, dentures,
your tooth position or your bite, get NCR first, then get
the dental work, return for some NCR and finish with some
dental fine-tuning. If you are getting cosmetic bonding,
cleaning, periodontal treatment or a basic filling, there is
less concern unless you have a tendency towards TMJ, in
which case the long sessions of holding your mouth open will
cause changes in your head shape.
Please avoid getting
dental diagnosis or therapies for at least a month after
completing a sequence of NCR as your head and mouth will
still be shifting during this time.
Why does my spine keep
going back into a painful position after chiropractic
adjustments and how is NCR different?
The shape of the head
determines the position that the vertebrae need to be in to
best support the head. This determines the spinal/pelvic
posture. When local treatment of the spine is performed, the
entire musculoskeletal system pattern, including the skull,
is not changed. The musculoskeletal system is normally in a
stable position. Local treatment of the spine usually causes
systemic instability. The system reacts to this instability
by returning to a stable pattern. Most of the time this
means that the body returns the spine to the previous stable
and painful position. NCR, when properly performed,
continually moves the skull and spine into newer, less
painful and yet still stable patterns. This allows the NCR
treatment to be able to stay in the new alignment pattern.
Is NCR more effective
cosmetically than plastic surgery?
NCR moves the bones of the
skull to the position where they were originally intended to
be. This means that the skin will now fit properly, with the
lines and wrinkles that appear in later life dramatically
decreased, the nose and eyes straighter and more even and
the jaw more centered, with no annoying TMJ click. This
removes the need for plastic surgery, which is simply a
technique for reworking the bones and (especially) the skin
to positions where the skin looks tight. NCR is more
effective than cosmetic surgery because the asymmetry found
in most faces can be corrected. Eyes that appear to be
different shapes, a crooked mouth, uneven cheekbones, ears
that don't line upall of these are always improved with NCR.
Besides looking better with NCR, a patient feels and
functions better too.