NeuroCranial Restructuring® UK
Image courtesy of Dr Jillian Sarno, www.ncrmedicine.com
NCR® is primarily concerned with improving the alignment of the cranial bones and the shape of the head. By manipulating the central bone of the skull, the sphenoid, the rest of the cranial bones move into a more symmetrical pattern. Over time the position of the head on the first vertebrae, the atlas, will improve and the spine will no longer need to adopt an abnormal curvature and the muscles will begin to relax as the body moves into a more stable posture. NCR® is the only physical therapy that routinely achieves this stability by working on the skull.
NCR® is the latest and most profound physical medicine technique available in the world today. NCR® has been developed to help patients overcome various pain patterns and dysfunctions of the nervous system that emanate from poor or less than optimum skeletal structure. NCR® is a cumulative and incremental therapy that routinely unlocks and unwinds tension patterns and injuries from traumas in the body via the cranium allowing it to move towards its optimal design allowing the patient to look, feel and function their best.
Despite what is written in old anatomy text books the adult skull isn't one solid piece of bone where all the joints are fused together. Research undertaken by many anatomists, osteopaths and dentists utilising precise and sensitive sensors placed on the head have proven that all 22 cranial bones move rhythmically during chewing, biting and swallowing in a healthy person. If the bones don't move rhythmically because of a trauma, flow of the fluid that bathes the brain (Cerebral Spinal Fluid) is impaired and the connective tissue (Dural membrane) becomes torqued and the patient becomes symptomatic. The skull is made up of 22 interlocking bones and the central bone is called the sphenoid. This bone is a butterfly shaped bone that sits behind the nose in the back of the throat. It is impossible to move one cranial bone without moving other bones because of how they interlock. By manipulating the sphenoid bone any sutural lesions and tension patterns in the connective tissues within the skull can be released and because bone is living tissue with a blood supply the cranial bones slowly and incrementally change position and shape. The only way to accurately manipulate the sphenoid is by using an endonasal balloon which is inserted deflated into the top of the throat through one of 6 nasal passageways and briefly inflated allowing it to momentarily engage the sphenoid bone.
The primary job of your musculoskeletal and nervous systems is to keep your head upright and your eyes level with the horizion. This makes perfect sense from an evolutionary perspective. In order to increase your survival chances the body had to maintain an upright head posture. If the head rolled off to one side you would have been a hopeless hunter and likely prey to another species! The body will make whatever compensatory adjustments that it needs to keep your head upright and your eyes level with the horizon. Unfortunately the body instinctively prefers a stable upright head posture and for you to be in pain than an unstable head posture and you out of pain. The spine and pelvis will move into various compensatory patterns to ensure stability. This may present as a scoliosis, kyphosis or lourdosis. All recognised abnormal spinal curves. The muscles will also become tight as they attempt to maintain stability. No amount of massage will relieve these muscles because they are doing their job. It is analogous to an old tree in an orchard that is being held upright by cables. The cables are tight because the tree is about to fall over.