Many people are unaware that the skull is made up of about 28 different bones. Also there is a natural movement to the skull which needs to occur to circulate the cerebrospinal fluid around the different parts of the brain called ventricles down the spinal cord and then the motion of the pelvis pumps that fluid back up again. This is called the cranial sacral flow or the cranial sacral rhythm. The sacrum is at the end of your spine, is part of your pelvis and is in between your hip bones. These bones of the skull are held together by syndesmosis which is a slightly movable fibrous joint held together by connective tissue. If any of the bones of your skull become fixated or stuck together this can effect the motion of the skull and the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid. This can occur from injuries to the skull, improper breathing patterns, sometimes flying in a plane due to the increased pressure, the birthing process, sleeping patterns and many other causes. This can cause any problem with the brain such as concentration issues, depression, abnormal sleep, migraine headaches, lowered immune system function, sinus congestion, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety and the list goes on. The cerebrospinal fluid flow is crucial for the survival of our brain and nervous system, disrupt it and any problem in the body can manifest.
The doctor can perform a cranial adjustment using either the percussor instrument or adjust the skull by hand. Although some areas may be tender, this adjustment is for the most part painless. The doctor can also evaluate the motion of your skull to assess whether it has proper motion to it or not.
Also many specific cranial adjustments can be done for the jaw. Some common issues are; pain in the jaw, abnormal bite patterns, temporal headaches caused by jaw misalignments and popping or clicking in the jaw.