Cranial Kinesiology joins together Kinesiology and Craniosacral therapies into one therapy that can effect positive changes in various areas of people’s lives. Cranial Kinesiology releases stressors of the sophisticated cranial system.
Cranial Kinesiology work includes body orientation for axial alignment, the atlas and nervous system organization, the complex structures of the head, the cranial bones, the neck, spinal column and how they relate to the sacrum and pelvis. During a Cranial Kinesiology session the therapist makes light contact at selected points around the head, spine and sacrum and muscle monitors where any misalignment and disharmony is in the body system and is addressed as a part of the session.
The cranial system of the brain is surrounded by the cerebral spinal Fluid (CSF) within the subarachnoid space. CSF is the fluid that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. This fluid has a cranial respirations also known as the Cranial Wave, that operates at a frequency of about 6-12 cycles per minute. Muscle monitoring can detect disturbances and help to identify areas of dysfunction in the cranial wave and is addressed as a part of the session.
Every muscle in the body is surrounded by a smooth sheath of connective tissue called Fascia. The Fascia determines the length and function of muscles and forms a continuum, extending throughout the entire body. This fascia continuum extends into the innermost parts of each cell and also incorporates the circulatory system, the nervous system and the digestive tract. The various organs of the body are also sheathed in the same fascia continuum. All body movements as a whole or of its smallest parts are created by tension carried through the Fascia.
Fascia allows the body to resist internal and external mechanical stresses and when this extremely complex system of connective tissue is working in harmony the contracting power of muscle can be optimised. Dysfunction of the Fascia can occur as a result of trauma, injury, poor posture or inflammation creating a restriction of the connective tissue, the end result being pain and/or dysfunction. Fascia restrictions are often hard to identify and are commonly experienced as dispersed muscular pain and/or decreased joint range of motion. Muscle monitoring can detect disturbances and help to identify areas of dysfunction and is addressed as a part of the session.
The Cranial Kinesiologist believes that when a body is misaligned, the body has failed to self correct and is out of balance. The body’s inability to self correct is identified by any discrepancy between the results of muscle monitoring and the body structure. The cause behind the imbalance stems from inappropriate proprioeceptor signals that are scrambled and confused as the nerve pulse travels from the muscle of the peripheral nervous system up the central nervous system to the cortex and back down again to the muscle.
The flow on effect of this therapy is a calming of the fascia, the central nervous system and a return to the natural frequency of the cerebral spinal fluid and releasing tension and creating micro shifts in the cranial bones. Some changes that have been observed as a result of The Cranial Kinesiologist session include improved sleep, reduced tinnitus, increased neck movement, reduced back and neck pain and reduction in the severity and frequency of headaches.