A lot of public awareness has developed about concussion problems , especially in the sports field. Osteopathy in the Cranial Field offers the first best solutions to the immediate impact and the possible long term effects of concussion; because it address the inherent motion of the cranial bones that move because the brain is in constant motion underneath the bones. Cranial Osteopathy normalizes the flow of blood and cerebrospinal pressure around the brain after injury. Direct and indirect blows to the cranium always jam up the cranial bone motion, preventing normal pressure gradients around the brain of both blood and cerebrospinal fluid. This causes degeneration of brain cells and headache patterns.
More serious concussions or multiple minor concussions can lead to longer term impairment such as concentration and memory loss, increased irritability, depression and poor sleep.
Recent research on the part of NASA scientists have confirmed cranial bone flexibility , as well as other ongoing research. So much research has been presented to anatomists, that the bible of human anatomy, Gray’s Anatomy, published in England, has stated that there is ‘probable’ motion of the cranial bones.
I always find that even with what some feel are mild blows to the head, there can be significant jamming of the cranial bones. Certainly a car accident, where the head is jolted forward and back, can cause a concussion as well.
Concussion, old or new, will speed the aging process, because the overall circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid throughout the body by exiting the ends of the nerve roots, is stopped. Dr. Sutherland, founder of the Cranial Concept in l938, said the body withers and dies if this fluid, along with the proper blood flow in the body is not occurring.
Cranial osteopathy can help relieve some of these symptoms as there are often cranial restrictions in the bones of the skull and dural structures surrounding the brain.