Why Cranials?

Frontal Hold Axon

Cranials, for short, are the bones that articulate in and around your brain, mouth, and nose.  These are seemingly important structures for survival, and despite copious amounts of information and study available, there is a seemingly more important and detrimental void in implementation and recognition as to their importance.

The analogy of the human as a computer works well here.  The Cranium houses the Central Processing Unit (CPU) of the nervous system, and the skin is the human keyboard.  The skin gets lots of attention, or skin and muscles and rightly so.  As humans, touch is vital, alluding to the Orphanages that did not touch babies and saw drastic infant mortality rates.  In some places the human skin has upwards of 1300 nerve endings in the skin per square inch, Wikipedia quotes around 1000 (for whatever Wiki is worth).

All of that information that is gathered through the skin is continually being transmitted to the brain, to the CPU, as well as all of the information gathered from local senses housed in the Cranium itself.  If the CPU is not functioning well, perhaps a hit or bump or any sort of repetitive stress, the ability of the CPU dampens.  To quote a Physical Therapist, “We have all been hit in the head.”

Oddly enough, if one were to injure their shoulder, Physical Therapy is generally prescribed.  If one hits their head or is concussed, the human is monitored and the cranium is not touched (not everywhere, but all too often, this is the case).  Perhaps this is because of what now seems like an ancient debate as to whether or not the Cranial Sutures, joints between the Cranial bones, move, or fuse, or not.

When Dr. John E. Upledger, accredited founding father of Craniosacral Therapy (CST), travelled to Italy and he delivered his classic speech that sutures and Cranial bones move, the Italians were silent.  Dr. Upledger had grown accustomed to pausing at this point in his speech to allow the crowd to grumble and disagree.  However, Italian anatomists, and apparently mostly everyone East of there, believed what Dr. Upledger had said, and that the sutures and bones only fused for pathological reasons.

So, to the West, they fuse, and to the East, they move????  Irregardless of this argument, human bone is not brittle as it is when studied post mortem.  Bone is living tissue, and capable of bending, not much, but capable to absorb shock and trauma.

From an Athletic Therapist, “The human skull alone is capable of handling 40 lbs of pressure, but the human skull with the scalp can handle 420lbs of pressure.”  That tissue and fascia is not separate as when dissected, and deserves to be worked, touched, and balanced.

From Dr. Robert Schleip, “Fascial plasticity – a new neurobiological explanation:”

“Together both [the face and hands]
representational areas make up
about two-thirds of the ‘inner body
organization’ in the brain. In the
cortex, there is a general tendency
for local spreading: the excitement
of a local cortical area will tend to
influence surrounding areas in its
neighborhood. E.g. if the
practitioner achieves a healthy tonus
change in previously tightened hand
– and face muscles within 15 minutes
of myofascial work, it is more likely
that this change – involving twothirds
of the clients internal body
image organization – will spread to
the rest of the body, compared to if
the practitioner works for an hour
on the trunk only”

The human brain is important.  It’s encasement, it’s Vault, deserves to be honored.  The structures of the entire cranium reflect and react throughout the rest of the body, and rightly so as all nerves lead to Rome / the CPU.  In general, understanding what a cranium “should” feel like, open and pulsing and breathing can be vital to any therapy and the happiness and well being of the human being.

A walk in nature, a breathing practice, and a good night’s sleep are some of the simplest resets that the human being can utilize.  With the onset of copious amounts of overstimulation, radiation, and less and less connection to nature (presumably so), the importance of the Cranial bones to human health jumps to top Priority.  The human body is a “self correcting system,” (Muscles and Meridians by Dr. Phillip Beach) and sometimes, assistance and facilitation of that healing reset is required.

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