The same concept applies to the brain. This time the vessel is the skull and the fluid is blood and CSF. If the skull is misshapen then that area of the brain will be pinched and the fluid flow dynamics will be less than ideal. This may result in an excess of blood and neurotransmitters in one area and a deficiency in another. This can have significant ramifications to how a person thinks and feels.

Consider the following diagram. Imagine the black line represents the skull bones and the green and blue represents the blood flow within the brain. See how the green and blue swirls at the points that correspond with the indentations in the black lines, creating pooling patterns. This is what happens in the brain to the blood when the skull is indented. The blood pools and the distribution of the neurotransmitters and other vital nutrients the brain needs is less than ideal and the person becomes symptomatic or just doesn't feel good.

Conventional medicine treats depression as a deficiency of the neurotransmitter serotonin and routinely prescribes anti depressant medications such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) to increase levels of the feel good chemical, serotonin in the brain. However if the brain is producing sufficient serotonin already but it isn't being distributed evenly because of poor fluid flow as a result of a misshapen head then you might end up with more of an imbalance as more serotonin reaches already saturated areas of the brain and less reaches the deficient areas. This may produce severe side effects. The primary problem isn't a deficiency but one of distribution. Through NCR®, the shape of the vessel, the skull can be improved and the fluid flow dynamics, the blood flow optimised so that the neurotransmitters are distributed evenly. NCR® is therfore an obvious treatment choice for people suffering from so called "psychiatric" conditions or people looking to optimise their brain function.

History of NCR®

There is evidence from as far back as the ancient Egyptians that humans have been studying the skull and how the bones interlock and move but it wasn't until the end of the 19th century that an osteopath named William Sutherland DO first theorized about cranial bone motion and how it relates to human health. He observed that the cranial bones exhibited subtle movement at the joints between them during chewing, swallowing and breathing. He refered to this motion as "primary respiration". This theory became widely accepted in osteopathic and chiropractic schools but unfortunately has been slow to be accepted by conventional medical and dental schools despite overwhelming evidence in support of it. The next challenge that faced this burgeoning speciality was how do we move the bones into a more symmetrical, optimal position? Many therapists used only their hands and this led to disciplines such as cranial sacral therapy, SOT chiropractic and cranial osteopathy. All had various degrees of success but all had severe limitations. It was then observed that the sphenoid bone was the central bone of the skull and appeared to act as a cornerstone to the entire structure and that if perhaps moving that bone all the other bones could be moved. This indeed was a correct assumption and various methods were employed to achieve this, most notably "finger technique" which involved inserting the pinky finger through the nose and into the throat in an attempt to manipulate the sphenoid. This was extremly painful and often quite bloody. It wasn't until an American doctor named J Stober ND first used endonasal balloons that the technique became much less painful and precise. He named his technique Bilateral Nasal Specific. A young doctor named Dean Howell ND from Seattle, Washington became first a patient of Dr Stober's to correct his chronic nasal stuffiness and collapsed cheekbone after a water skiing accident and then later his student. Dr Howell learnt BNS and practiced it for many years with success but believed that it could be improved to produce more consistent and reliable results. Dr Howell utilised proprioceptive testing to ascertain the stabilty or instability patterns within the body, external cranial work, specific body positioning prior to the inflation to reduce the force required to move the sphenoid and asymmetric treatments to correct asymmetrical heads. Dr Howell's treatment although it still used endonasal ballons was very different from the original BNS and produced much better results that he renamed it and NCR® was born. This was over 20 years ago and there are now more than 100 fully certified NCR® doctors and therapists and many thousands of patients around the world have been helped.

NCR® Philosophy

The human body has emotional, biochemical and structural components. Optimum health depends on all these facets working synergistically and harmoniously. If one area is malfunctioning then the person will experience symptoms. Conventional medicine focuses primarily on biochemical imbalances and routinely prescribes pharmacutical drugs in an attempt to suppress symptoms with limited success and often with many intolerable side effects. There are also many talk based therapies that attempt to improve a person's emotional health, again these therapies have varying rates of success. Conventional medicine rarely considers the structural aspect of health unless there are very obvious issues such as broken bones and the need for rehabilitative physical therapies. There is a huge void in this area of modern medicine. Take the following scenario. A young woman is involved in a car accident and hits her head. She experiences mild concussion and develops chronic headaches and pain behind her right eye. She visits her GP who examines her and sends her away with a prescription for pain killers and advises her to have some time off work and take her medications. The symptoms persist for several weeks with no improvement and she returns to her GP and requests a referal to the hospital for a scan. The scan shows no obvious cause for her pain and after consulting with several professionals is left feeling very frustrated and depressed. She is then refered to a psychiatrist to talk about her emotions and encouraged to take anti depressants to help manange her new life circumstances. She is left feeling very despondant and let down by the conventional medical system, frustrated that no one is listening to her or has any answers for her. The thing that was missed by the medical establishment was that this patient had an obvious trauma to her head which destabilised her cranial bones and pushed her into a pain pattern. No amount of symptom suppression with drugs or talking about her problems will ever address the underlying primary cause of her symptoms. This is where NCR® would be an ideal therapy to improve the patient's underlying structural problems and restore their previous good health. Unfortunately not enough practioners are aware of how powerful NCR® can be.

This scenario is analogous to a car. If you have a bump that puts a dent in your car then no amount of changing the oil or water or putting petrol in the tank or thinking positive thoughts will remove the dent. It has to be physically removed. Humans throughout their life have had many bumps to the head and need a physical therapy to restore them to factory default. This is what NCR® routinely does.

Patients generally seek NCR® to help resolve specific ailments that other therapies have failed to help. However many people continue to have NCR® long after their symptoms dissapate because they feel much better. Within every human there is an genetic blueprint for a ideal you, most people however don't ever reach this. However, with continued NCR® skeletal structure is optimised and the nervous system function improves. The person feels happier, calmer and often experiences improved memory, alertness and clarity as the the brain shape is less inhibited by a poor skull shape. Afterall the brain is responsible for producing all our feelings and emotions. The concept of dualism, that the body and mind are seperate, proposed by René Descartes in the 17th century, is erroneous and modern neuroscience has confirmed that the mind is a product of the brain. This can be observed by ingesting a substance that alters brain chemistry and therefore mental states. By improving the skull shape and size, the mechanical hydrostatic forces on the brain can be improved and the patient experiences more pleasant feelings and emotions.

The Brain as a Hydraulic organ

The brain runs on fluids. Whether that fluid be blood or cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) the flow of the fluids are crucial to optimum brain functions. The flow of the blood is responsible for distributing certain chemicals called neurotransmitters to different parts of the brain. These neurotransmitters are what carry information between our brain cells or neurons. Any physicist or engineer will explain to you that fluid flow dynamics are determined by the shape of the vessel.

Take the image below of a pipe with 2 different lumens. The volume of liquid passing through the pipe at point A1 will be greater than the volume at A2 bcause the lumen is wider in diameter allowing more fluid to flow through however the velocity at A2 will be greater than at A1 because the lumen is narrower and the fluid is force to travel faster.

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