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"Physician Training Information For NeuroCranial Restructuring Techniques"

"This is the best hands-on course of a very powerful technique. If you really want to learn a powerful, end-of-the-line technique that you will be able to apply immediately, take Dean Howell’s course. This technique or a slight variant will become common therapy for structural and emotional work within 5 years. Get in on the cutting edge now!"

"Exasperation"- a short essay by Dean Howell, ND

Have you ever been frustrated with patients whose structures continually return to the same pattern, regardless of your treatment techniques? Have you ever been upset to be told that a patient had a chronic injury and therefore could only be given brief respite from their pain? I was angry about it!

NCR is the outgrowth of over 19 years of clinical experience and frustration with physical medicine. When I was in school, my anatomy instructors were still teaching the archaic concept of skull fusion. The treatment concepts and protocols that I learned were essentially unchanged since the early 1900’s. It was only with physical medicine concepts that there seemed to be this stasis; with other aspects of medicine, there were new developments.

I learned manipulation of hard and soft tissues from men with thirty to fifty years of clinical experience. The younger doctors would ask these same men for advice when they were confused. Yet when it came to biochemical questions or questions regarding toxicity of substances, we were quick to pull out the current research. At the time I accepted this situation; I didn’t question why there were no new concepts in physical medicine. Now I do.

I think that physical medicine represents the fourth leg of natural medicine: (1) Biochemistry (2) Detoxification (3) Lifestyle (4) Structure or Physical Medicine.

You cannot often heal a physical medicine structure with nutrition, supplements of detoxification. This is because these are not nutritional, lifestyle or toxic exposure problems. In many cases, only physical medicine techniques are appropriate, and they do not work often enough.

When I looked at my training (in retrospect), I realized that there were few unifying concepts in physical medicine treatments:

    1. Bones should line up where we think they should be
    2. Muscles shouldn’t be tight.

This meant that we should push, pull, massage, exercise, stretch or use braces or other devices to coerce the muscles and bones into the positions that we thought were best for the body. To the frustration of all concerned, these patients’ bodies continually return to the previous pattern of alignment.

My realization was that these simple concepts are wrong. For example, when a patient had a whiplash injury and his neck straightened out, I decided to pretend that the body was working properly instead of being injured. I could find no conflict with the clinical findings. This meant that the body had a functional reason to align the neck in a straighter pattern. Then I needed to determine why the body needed to align this way and treat the cause. I found that the reason why the body straightened the neck pattern after a whiplash injury was to support the head more effectively. The local injury to the neck is quickly treated. This is the reason why a person with whiplash makes steady improvement when treatment is initiated—the local treatment techniques are treating the local trauma. When medical stability is realized, the local treatment is finished and the so-called chronic injury remains.

At this point, the generalized body reaction to the injury has not been addressed. What typically remains is the cranial trauma. The whiplash injury moves the head anteriorly, creating a straighter neck to support the weight of the head. The proprioceptive system moves the bones of the body into the most convenient stable pattern for the skull, even if this stable pattern causes pain and poor functioning in other areas of the body. This means that most musculoskeletal problems are not local problems—they have systemic causation. Local therapy is unable to create lasting changes in the musculoskeletal system because it is not treating the cause of the structural patterns.

Let me restate that. Cranial stability has the highest priority in the body’s physical hierarchy. It is more important than pain or musculoskeletal function. When I performed conventional physical medicine therapies on my patients, I destabilized them. Because the proprioceptive system didn’t like this, the body would return to the nearest stable alignment.

The object of treatment, then, is to find physical medicine modalities that work with the body’s proprioceptive system. The widely practiced techniques of muscle, spine and cranial manipulation have low percentages of success. Evidently they are not addressing the situation well. When I researched cranial techniques, I found writings going back into the 1930’s and even the 1920’s that reported the ineffectiveness of external cranial treatment. The conclusion of these early thinkers was that the sphenoid positioning is paramount in cranial bone positions, primarily because of the central position that the sphenoid bone has in cranial bone interrelationships. It became apparent that the sphenoid is poorly represented on the external surfaces of the skull, and the greater mass of the internal surfaces of the sphenoid cannot be accessed easily.

Practitioners developed techniques to move the sphenoid bone internally, using fingers up the nose and into the throat as well as inflating small balloons in patient’s noses—all to move the sphenoid through direct contact. These techniques are generally ineffective, yet in a few cases they proved so successful that the whole field remained tantalizing.

The question had become: How do we move the sphenoid bone and make it stay?

I had used Bilateral Nasal Specific Technique for years and found it somewhat effective. With BNS, a small finger cot is lubricated, inserted sequentially among the six nasal meati into the nasopharynx and then inflated for two to five seconds with a sphygnomometer bulb. The problem with BNS was that it was sometimes painful and generally gave only temporary results for conditions other than nasal ones (hence the name).

Patients with severe chronic problems often became permanent patients because of the relief that they received. This was frustrating to my patients and to me. While I was trying to make my treatments last longer, I discovered that the sphenoid bone’s relative position and the stress patterns in the cranial structure could be analyzed. As I began to see the sphenoid bone as a bone connected with a network of bones that collectively determined their positions, the ability to make greater changes in the bone position developed. But the treatments still didn’t last or accumulate much.

This approach is the foundation for the NeuroCranial Restructuring™. I employ methods of manipulation that have been in use for at least sixty years. However, the analysis and thinking techniques I use began in 1995.

Dean Howell, ND

NCR is spectacular in most cases. Here is a short list of the conditions successfully treated with NeuroCranial Restructuring™.

  1. Balance problems
  2. Depression
  3. Dystonia
  4. Headache
  5. Learning disabilities
  6. Lumbar lordosis
  7. Neck and back pain
  8. Scoliosis
  9. Seizures
  10. Sleep Apnea
  11. Sinusitis
  12. Tempero Mandibular Dysfunction
  13. Thoracic Kyphosis
  14. Whiplash syndrome


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NCR Research Institute
2840 Northup Way, Suite 104 * Bellevue WA, 98004
Phone: 888-252-0411 * Fax: 888-252-0411

NCR doctors perform 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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