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What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Every August, since 2014, my DO colleagues and I have taught an intensive 5-day 40-hr Cranial course to a new generation of osteopathic medical students and other professionals at Midwestern University.  How do we explain what happens when performing this medical technique?

  • The CRI (Cranial Rhythmic Impulse) is a palpable finding that reflects a 3rd automatic rhythm in the body (along with the Heart Rate and the Respiratory Rate). 
  •  It reflects how well the CSF (Cerebral Spinal Fluid) flows around the brain, down the spinal cord, out the spinal nerves and back again. 
  • The CSF is what feeds the nervous system its food and oxygen and removes its waste products.
  • The strength of its wave (Rate, Amplitude and Vitality) reflects how healthy our nervous system and therefore our underlying energy and immunity are. 
  • Anything that interferes with the strength of the CRI, can interfere with our health & vitality.
    This can happen when:
    • the Cranium, the bony plates of the skull jam into each other, 
    • the tough system of membranes around the brain and spinal cord (the Dura) gets a twist or strain in it, 
    • which can, in turn, interfere with the blood flow or nerve signals that have to pass through the dura, 
    • or by other restrictions in the rest of the body, especially in the large tailbone (the Sacrum).

If you would like to experience this technique, let Dr. Worden know at your next visit. In addition to its other health benefits, it is profoundly relaxing to have tension taken off of your nervous system by Cranial. 

And whose health couldn’t benefit from having their body more relaxed after the world-wide pandemic we have endured together?