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If you’ve made it this far to Part 3 of the Cranial Function series, congratulations! Let’s look at some different cranial patterns and conditions. As we discussed earlier in Part 2, the skull (or cranium) is a collection of several separate bones – that eventually fuse together in childhood to be “one”. During the younger years, we want these bones to be well separated and aligned. If we think about doing a puzzle, we want the pieces to fit into each other well, and not be overlapped so that they don’t lay smooth! We also want all these pieces to be in their proper position and balanced so that the body can develop and work the best it can.

Several things can happen in the cranium mechanically. Like we discussed earlier, CRI pulse and CSF fluid movement and dural tension are important aspects in cranial function in adults. In children these are important – as well as the positioning of these “separate” bones and how they work together as a whole.

Here are some conditions you may have seen or heard of (see photos):

1. The sides of the forehead curves inwards OR outwards

2. The back of the head sits high OR low

3. The side view of the head is thinner and taller OR wider and shorter

4. Their chin tucks in, and eyes look upwards OR chin up, and eyes look downwards

5. Flat spots OR protruding spots

How do we help these things? Extremely gentle and specific movements of the skull bones can help with all the above conditions. It’s a wonderful non-invasive way of taking pressure off the structures and giving the bones space they need to thrive. These things are so discrete and can be hard to notice, if you suspect any of these below or want your child or your own spine and cranium evaluated, we’d be happy to do so and see how we can help. WVCWG Chiropractors have extensive training in these above things & we want to see you and your family be the best you can be!

By: Dr. Jess Tamminga (Kempton) D.C.