An Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy: Anatomy, Function, by Don Cohen, John Upledger

By Don Cohen, John Upledger

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Lastly, "v-spread" (or "direction of energy") and "unwinding," two dynamic processes to be discussed, may be utilized with the sutures. Practice: Sutural Proprioceptive Response (Sutural Spread) The sutures can be tractioned manually with the thumbs or fingers. You can follow the course of all the sutures through the skull. You might begin with the temporoparietal sutures and then move the sagittal suture. There is evidence of proprioceptive nerve endings within the sutures, and Upledger suggests a possible relationship between the sagittal suture proprioceptive mechanism and the rate of production of CSF.

Goodheart developed in AK an intuitive basis for examination procedures that has almost universal application. The body of AK defines a great deal of the operating system of the adapting human organism. " In exploring the neurocranial function, Goodheart established that there are 14 basic "cranial faults," which correlate directly with specific patterns of breathing, and in fact seem to present cranial bone motility as a secondary effect of pneumatic respiration. This does not account for the fact that the cranial respiratory pattern can be palpated even while the subject is holding his breath.

For the most part, they have endeavored to keep the cranial concept strictly within the osteopathic domain, refusing to teach cranial techniques to chiropractors much as some chiropractors today seek to withhold certain practices from physical therapists. , published The Story of Craniopathy, in which he discussed his clinical research into cranial adjusting dating back to the 1920s. Cottam's admonition was "to spread—spread—spread. Give more space. " James R. , also advocated the treatment of the cranium by spreading the sutures.

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