Blog #138 Chiropractors Also Adjust Cranial Bones
Blog# 138 Chiropractic Also Adjusts Cranial Bones
Cranial (skull) misalignment can affect us in dramatic ways, if we need that kind of adjusting. Many of us do. When the frontal bone (in the forehead area) or the turbinates (within the nasal cavity) have moved out of place, some sinuses, especially the frontal sinuses, located in the forehead area, and the maxillary sinuses, located on either side of the nose, near the cheekbones, may become congested, inflamed, and painful. Other sinuses, which may be impacted by cranial misalignment include the ethmoid, located on either side of the bridge of the nose, and the sphenoid, located deep to the eyes. Problems, including headaches, sinus infections, excessive nasal congestion or discharge, insomnia, post-nasal drip, eye-watering and redness, and dizziness may occur.
Bony misalignments in the skull can also interfere with circulation and function in the brain, as well as with optimal functioning of the pineal gland, the pituitary gland, the thalamus, hypothalamus, and even other endocrine glands, such as the thyroid and parathyroid. When needed, spinal and cranial adjustments can help restore better function to the neurological and endocrine systems. Sometimes even sleep apnea can be successfully addressed by adjusting the cranial bones and the temporomandibular joints. Good posture, such as sitting or standing up straight, with head and neck retracted and head centered and aligned with the rest of the body, can sometimes help with sleep issues, and may also help alleviate stress, improve energy level, and even strengthen vision, hearing, and sense of taste and smell. Tai Qi, Qi Gong and Yoga can all help improve posture, as can Strong Posture exercise. Touching the tongue to the roof of the mouth, especially during sleep, can help support the local endocrine glands energetically, as can a good cranial adjustment from an Osteopath or Chiropractor, or an Acupuncture treatment.
Of course, posture and bony misalignment are not the only problems that must be corrected when addressing sinus, brain, endocrine, EENT (eye, ear nose and throat) health and other issues. Excessive dust, mold, moisture, dryness, infections, toxic sprays or inappropriate medication may be involved. People may suffer from sensitivities and allergies related to animal dander, pollen, dust, petrochemicals, gluten, cigarette smoking and more. Insufficient or poor quality sleep may interfere with circulation, immune system function, sensory function, as well as other issues, diminishing vital energy and making a person more prone to allergic responses. Sometimes, prescription medication may be needed to address chronic infections. Regular exercise, like walking, Tai Qi, Yoga and Pilates, which supports blood and lymph circulation is important. Good nutrition is vital. Organic, biodynamic, or sustainably raised foods are best. Often, good nutrition will support a healthy microbiome and greatly improve overall health. When further support is needed, daily consumption of high quality fermented foods, such as live sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, apple cider vinegar, yoghurt and kefir is recommended, and is good for almost everyone. Sometimes even high quality probiotic supplements are needed to give a healthy microbiome a new start. Perhaps most importantly, dysfunctional relationships or social isolation can both be destructive to mental, emotional and spiritual health, while a sense of purpose in the world can be supportive and essential.
This month’s blog: Contact me for an assessment of your cranial balance and alignment to discover if Chiropractic adjusting or Acupuncture may be helpful to you. Enjoy the end of Summer, into Autumn, and of course, through the rest of the year. May we all flourish, be happy and healthy.