Cranial Therapy

New discoveries in natural health care…

Most of what is used in the healing arts today has been discovered during the last 100 years. As we become more proficient in our ability to measure body function by electronic, mechanical, mental, and chemical means, more factors relative to health and sickness become apparent.

Applied kinesiology (AK), used in natural health care, is a method of investigating body function giving rise to many improved treatment systems that were either unknown or poorly understood prior to this testing method. Applied kinesiology uses muscles to test the body’s different nerve and energy patterns. When a nerve or energy pattern is functioning improperly, the muscle being tested appears weak; when the appropriate test or correction is made, the muscle immediately tests amazingly strong in comparison to its previous status. The reverse is also true when a nerve or energy pattern is not adequate for meeting the body’s demands. A challenge to that energy pattern makes a previously strong muscle temporarily test weak. This system enables the doctor knowledgeable in AK procedures to locate improper body function and, most of the time, return it to normal.

Cranial respiratory treatment
Cranial respiratory treatment

Prior to applied kinesiology’s discovery in 1964, the cranial respiratory mechanism was theorized and treated on an empiric basis by several types of doctors, most of them in the natural health field.

The cranial respiratory mechanism requires an advanced understanding of individual skull bone and tailbone movement. Most doctors have been taught that the primary purpose of the skull is to protect the brain, since the skull is composed of eight cranial bones that completely encircle the brain and give it a hard outer covering. Research, however, has shown that the skull has other important function.

In life, the skull has micromovement at the joints between the eight cranial bones. This movement is very minute and cannot be seen. It can be felt only by an individual highly trained in the movement and its examination. Normally, skull movement is predictable as to its direction. The bones move independently of other body motion, but the motion is emphasized by an individual’s breathing pattern. This synchronous, harmonious movement of cranial bones is necessary for normal nerve and energy patterns throughout the body. Apparently the movement controls cerebrospinal fluid production and function. Cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, is responsible for many functions in conjunction with the central nervous system.

When your doctor examines you for improper cranial bone movement — called a cranial fault — s/he will have you either take a deep breath and hold it, or blow your air out all the way while s/he tests a muscle for strength. This method provides a systematic examination of how your skull functions. If there are cranial faults, the direction in which correction is necessary is revealed.

Upon deep inspection, there is a micromovement of the bones as shown by the arrows. Lack of movement, or too much movement in one direction, causes disturbance in the body’s energy patterns that interferes with normal health.

Correction is made by the doctor pressing on the cranial bones in a very specific direction while you breathe in a pattern that assists the correction. Cranial fault correction, rarely painful, is usually long lasting.

Improper cranial respiratory function develops for many reasons. It may have been present from birth, when many cranial problems develop. A newborn baby’s skull is very soft and movable. The trip down the birth canal can jam the skull; a difficult birth assisted by forceps can also cause cranial faults. Cranial faults can develop later in life from a bump on the head that comes in the right direction while you are breathing in the specific manner that allows the bone to move. Auto accidents with a resulting whiplash injury frequently cause cranial faults.

Because cranial faults affect the nerve and energy patterns of the entire body, symptoms can develop any place. Some of the more common problems include headaches, sinus problems, visual disturbances, and neck problems. Remember, cranial faults can cause health problems almost anywhere in the body.

The founder of the Chiropractic Health Center, Dr. David S. Walther, wrote one of the perennial books on cranial therapy.

Dr. Scott will be writing an update of this textbook in the coming years, and has already published many papers on the subject of AK and cranial therapy for a number of conditions including vision-loss, Down syndrome, headache, whiplash associated disorders, reading and learning disabilities, vertigo and equilibrium disorders and more. (See the CHC’s Research Publications.)