Correct/Additional Info About the “Cranial Stuff” & How it Has Helped Us

Like the title? I decided to go with “cranial stuff” because there are several different methods, taught by several different people. Based on Jennifer’s comment on the previous post, I did some more research and had more questions for Dr. Towns today. Found out some pretty cool stuff.

First of all, I was wrong about the method he used. I misunderstood him and the conversation I had with my other chiropractor the same day caused further misunderstanding. So that means I’ll have to go back and correct the previous post.

Dr. Towns does not perform “cranial osteopathy” by Dr. Sutherland. He uses two other methods. Sacro-Occipital Technique by Dr. Major B. DeJarnette and Vector Point Cranial Therapy by Dr. David Denton.

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)

SOT concerns itself primarily with the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism. This is a wavelike oscillation in the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Although quite subtle, this motion is essential for the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord, and thereby the rest of the nervous system and the rest of the body. It functions much like breathing air, in that it has a cyclic tightening and loosening phase. Ordinary respiration–breathing air in and out–also affects and can be used to normalize cranial sacral respiratory action. The normal function of the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism is recognized as a primary function of life in the body and must be normal if all functions of the body are to be normal. Like other chiropractic techniques, SOT also corrects abnormal spinal mechanics and any associated nerve problems. These can include back pain, headaches, dizziness, arm and leg pains.

This information was taken from

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Vector Point Cranial Therapy

This therapy is low force and non-invasive. Developed by David Denton, DC, Vector Point Cranial Therapy operates from the premise that most of the subluxations in the body are secondary to a primary subluxation. Once the primary subluxation is corrected, any secondary subluxation will correct on its own. Primary subluxations are located in either the cranium or pelvis. All other subluxations are compensatory and may be located throughout the spine or the jaw. The cranium and pelvis subluxate due to something called dural tension.

The dura is a fibrous sheet that covers the brain and spinal cord. Its attachments begin inside the skull and then work their way down the spinal canal, finally anchoring at the lowest bone in the spine, the sacrum. It has many purposes, one of which is to allow for the free flowing of cerebral spinal fluid. This process, called the Cranial Sacral Respiratory Mechanism, is maintained in part by the subtle movements of the cranial bones.

When the cranial bones are subluxated, dural tension is created. When dural tension is created, the uppermost neck vertebrae and the jaw joints react. When the uppermost vertebrae react, the rest of the body, including soft tissues like organs, adapt. So you can now see that from one subluxation, an entire pattern of compensation and adaptation takes place within the body.

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How it Has Helped Us

Ruby’s first appointment with Dr. Towns was last Monday. He adjusted her palate bone and sacrum. The mobility of her tongue has significantly increased! Her palate feels completely different. She has even started clicking her tongue. She has significantly less gas after eating and her suck is stronger. Yay! for progress!


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