To understand how this technique works, it is important to realize that the skull is NOT one solid bone. It is made up of 22 individual bones that actually MOVE every time you inhale – or at least they are supposed to. Every time you inhale, the cranium expands – every time you exhale the cranium relaxes and contracts with the purpose of pumping Cerebral Spinal Fluid throughout the brain and spinal cord.
Within this process, each of the cranial bones has its own “Direction of Motion” as the cranium expands and relaxes to accommodate the increased intrathecal pressure exerted within the cranial vault every time you inhale. Any “Fixation” or restriction of motion of any of these individual cranial bones, impedes the flow of CSF to that part of the brain and typically gives rise to a wide variety of symptoms and neurological disorders – including visceral disease according to medical doctor and researcher, Dr. A.D. Speransky in his book “The Theory for the Basis of Medicine”. In this book Dr. Speransky explains the direct relationship between mechanical pressure on the control centers of the brain and the genesis of disease. So important were these findings that B.J. dedicated 15 pages of the Green Books specifically to A.D. Speransky and his findings.
This cranial motion phenomenon is facilitated by way of the Dural attachment to the base of the occiput and the base of the sacrum which acts as a lever between the two. They work in conjunction to flex and relax every time you breathe to create a pumping mechanism which facilitates the flow of CSF throughout the brain and spinal cord.
Now I realize this is a new concept for most of you, but regardless of common opinion, the cranial bones DO move. It’s not gross osseous movement, but more of a flexion (expansion) and relaxation of the skull with respiration (according to the expert – anatomist and researcher Dr. Marc Pick and his 1000-page book entitled “Cranial Sutures).
The primary bone of the skull is the Sphenoid bone. It is the central most bone of the cranial vault and it is the primary bone we are targeting in CFR technique. The sphenoid bone houses the pituitary gland and articulates with 12 other bones – especially important is where the Sphenoid articulates with the basilar portion of the occiput. Here it forms a very important joint called the “Spheno-basilar junction”.
The SB junction is a symphysis joint, which means its “Disc-like” and as chiropractors we know, that “Structure relates to function” – a basic chiropractic principle. The SB Junction is designed this way specifically to allow for the flexion and relaxation of the cranial system upon respiration. All cranial motion revolves around this specialized joint and it is the primary joint we are targeting in CFR technique.
The procedure is performed in a series of 4 days of treatment, with specific bilateral inflations administered on each individual day, followed by post-inflation manual cranial adjusting procedures. It typically takes 3-4 series to achieve optimal benefit from this treatment. The equipment consists of a finger cot attached to a sphyg bulb. Colloidal silver gel is applied as a lubricant to avoid infection, and a blunt ended wooden toothpick is used to carefully guide the balloon into the nose. The most common question typically asked when performing this technique is, “Are you inserting the balloon into the sinus cavity?” The answer is NO! We are inserting the balloon into the nasopharynx, which is the opening between the nose and the throat.
The nasopharynx is divided up into 3 sections on each side – lower, middle, and upper – total of 6, called the nasal turbinates. The balloon is inserted as far back into the appropriate turbinate as possible, then quickly inflated to open up the breathing passageways and mobilize the bones of the face and cranium. The procedure takes about 2 seconds and is not painful. It’s more a feeling of intense pressure, but not in your nose – in your face. The objective is to inflate the balloon all the way back into the throat specifically targeting the spheno-palatine suture. As the balloon expands, your skull starts cracking as your sutures release, and when the balloon explodes into the back of your throat, it’s like “POW” baby! Talk about turning the lights on!
By reinstating normal cranial motion, taking the torque off the Dura, facilitating normal CSF flow, increasing oxygen carrying capacity to the brain, increasing vascular flow to the brain, increasing venous & lymphatic drainage from brain, and relieving the tension off the anterior attachment of the Dura at the Sellae Turcica, you optimize the function of the primary two control centers of the body – the brain and pituitary gland – primarily focusing on the other 80% of the nervous system, at the source of the nerve impulse before moving further down the chain and concerning ourselves with how that nerve impulse is transmitted.
Exactly what BJ was talking about when he came up with the phrase, “From Above-Down” FIRST! Before focusing on the second half of the equation, the “Inside-out” part. Yet as chiropractors, we rarely address the ORIGINAL source of the problem where the primary subluxation lies – above the neck, in the cranium.
80% -vs- 20% . It’s a No Brainer!