A number of years back I had a patient who was driving a car 80 mph when he struck a tree and then bounced off and hit a house fracturing his skull in multiple locations. It was 10 years after the accident that he walked into my office in tremendous pain. Every joint in his body hurt from his head to his toes.
He was around 35 years old at the time, but he honestly looked like he was 130. He could only sleep 3 hours a night. Any more and he would become very sick. Huge bags under his eyes, a stooped posture, and just generally lacking any sort of vibrancy.
Funny things was that when I asked him how his energy was he replied “Great!”.
I proceeded to treat him utilizing only cranial adjustments with a drop piece table and sent him on his way.
The next week he came back in and I hardly recognized him. The bags were gone, he looked his age and he was standing up straight. I asked him what had happened since the first visit and with a big smile on his face he said
“On my way home I was feeling so tired that I called a friend and asked if I could crash on her couch. She said it was okay so I headed over and fell asleep. When I woke up, I found her and asked her what day it was. She said Thursday. I asked her what day I got there and she said Monday. Now I sleep 8-9 hours every night, my joint pain is gone and I have amazing energy.”
Imagine that. This patient’s brain had so much stress on it that his body literally shut down for 3 days so it could repair.
I will probably never witness that again (so if you are reading this, don’t be afraid it will happen to you, it was completely bizarre). Most people just start feeling better with a sense of lightness about them. But this guy was in serious trouble so his body took drastic measures. As I write this I still can’t believe it happened. I wish I caught the whole thing on video.
I can’t imagine what would have happened to him if I had listened to my anatomy professor who said cranial bones don’t move. Or, all the other critics out there, claiming there is no proof. Well the proof is in the pudding, cranial bone motion is EXTREMELY important.
While it is commonly thought that the bones of the skull fuse in adulthood, each of the 22 bones actually remain distinct and separate with their own movement. If any of these movements become limited or distorted a whole host of problems can ensue, often having far reaching consequences.
Common symptoms include, dizziness, hearing loss, sinus trouble, endocrine imbalances, dental malocclusion, grinding of teeth, migraines, headaches, eye pain, lower back pain, and cervical spine instability.
Without balancing the cranial bones many people need to see the chiropractor weekly just to relieve neck pain. When the cranial bones become normalized the real cause of the neck problem is taken care of and the weekly visits are a thing of the past.
Don’t get me wrong, standard chiropractic is great, but I’ve had too many people tell me how happy they are now that they can “hold” their adjustments much longer.
Let’s face it. We’re busy and need solutions that work with our lives.
So, if somebody ever comes along and tells me I can only pick one area of the body to work on, hands down I would pick the cranium. This area is absolutely vital for life.