Last month I went to Toronto, CA to get cranial adjustments by Dr. Roger Turner
He found several misalignment in my skull, here’s his notes
“You started with bilateral forceps indents in the frontal bones. The right nasal bone was deviated to the right. The septum was deviated to the left. The sphenoid was lateral to the right. The zygomatic was anterior on the left. Your C1 was lateral on the left and C2 was rotated to the left.”
He used pressure from his hands to correct some of these, what was most noticeable was my nose from front view became straighter and less deviated to the side.
His thoughts on cranial bone is that they all move and they are a lot more malleable than people think because it is alive. Not only does he claim to move the bones along the sutures, but even change the hard parts of the bone through pressure from his finger tips. He seemed to have smoothed out few areas where I had tiny dents from forceps.
He shared some profound stories of working on mentally challenged & paraplegic kids that began walking after the cranial adjustments.
He personally wasn’t a fan of NCR when I asked, because he believes those balloon inflation on the sphenoid is not specific enough.
For example for my case, my sphenoid was shifted to one side which he said that the balloon inflations would be too general to correct.
After experiencing these treatments, my conclusion is that these treatments are great for those that endured physical trauma to the head.
I’m not claiming this is a miracle treatment that will address all the issues with the skull though.
If anything it opened my eyes even more to the fact that the skull bones are susceptible to change through external forces.
You can find his office here: http://www.turnerwellness.com/cranial-adjusting.html
Cranial dystrophy in my opinion has been caused by bad posture, where the bone in the skull has changed shape & position from the ideal over long periods of time.
To change the shape of the skull bone will take much longer than few cranial adjustments.
Yes I believe all of this helps in some way, but what I feel is making the big difference for me at the moment is still.
Proper head & tongue posture.
Its been short 3 months since the realization I had that my head was always tilted back, I’ve been consciously correcting that and I definitely see more improvements in the last 3 months than quite sometime.
Not just the tongue exerting way different forces now but I feel there is even a difference in how the force of gravity is exerted on all the skull bones. & I don’t doubt that it plays a big role because that’s long term force.
In Children, Dr. Turner talked about some mentally challenged kids having elongated, narrow faces. And how he goes about correcting that is pretty much squishing the head down from the front.
So you can imagine how much gravity has to cause the skull bone to squish down, if the head is placed properly above the shoulders. (its pretty difficult to explain in words)
When you lift the head up and do the chin tuck, it also gives your tongue opportunity to drive against the palate because now you essentially drove the entire maxilla back into the throat. And this is making all the difference.
With this head posture, which stretches the entire spine and neck. Its as if my entire face collapsed inwards, but with the tongue still postured in the roof of the mouth, I can feel the dramatic difference in the force exerted on the whole face from the tongue and there have been moments where I can feel some movements in the zygomatic area, especially my right side which was the more collapsed side.
Very easy way to demonstrate this is this.
Swallow your saliva correctly, using the Mew push swallow. Which is you close your mouth completely, teeth together. And ensuring your lips & cheeks remain inactive. You swallow, you will feel the tongue roll across the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue lift up into the back of the throat / soft palate area.
Do the swallow with your head tilted back and your chin brought forwards.
Then, do the swallow with your head held up (almost tilted down) and chin tucked.
Notice the drastic difference in the force exerted by the tongue on the roof of your palate.
By adopting proper head posture, it drives the whole front part of the palate backwards so there’s less space for the tongue length wise, at the same time, strangely it might lift the back part of the mouth up slightly.
Or its causing the entire palate to shift back?
Whatever it is, you can feel a lot more of the tongue make contact and exert alot more force on the whole palate, when the held is held corrected and chin is tucked.
This is essentially the true position of the maxilla. For the longest time, my maxilla was placed way too forward relative to my throat/tongue because I was adopting the wrong head posture.
With correct head posture, your almost rotating the entire head forwards. And this causes the brow to come forwards (top of the eye area), and the bottom of the eye area to slant back slightly, but I believe as the tongue drives the mid face forwards, and causes the lower eye area to come forwards in that head posture, it will then cause for greater eye support from the top and bottom.
When looking at all the facial features, like nose or forehead, we sometimes see different angles, such as sloping foreheads and we think that’s just the difference in genetics, but I’m beginning to realize its important to ask, what the head posture is of that person first before we study any facial features. Because the head posture can deceive us all. It can make the maxilla look much more forward then it really is, it can make the forehead look like its sloping back when its just the entire head that’s been tilted back.
When I take this into consideration, when studying faces, things are making a lot more sense now. Why certain people have certain shapes of the head, there seems to be a big divide between those that hold their head up right, almost slanting forwards, and those that held their head backwards.
The good looking people all hold their head slanting forwards.
The above is a pretty good example of what I’m talking about.
As she talks yes, sometimes she will lift her head back, but her head will always come back to a position where the ocipital bone is lifted and neck is stretched straight above the shoulders. The forehead is straight and the entire maxilla / palate is on a downward angle.
If there was some instrument that can measure the forces on the facial bones, this would be the head position that would exert the most compressing force on the mid face. Because the tongue & masseter is exerting upwards force and the neck muscle and weight of the head is putting the downward force.
Above would be obvious examples of faces that are tilted back. Which will definitely slowly shift the maxilla down and back because our tongues are only so long in length. If head is tilted back, parts of the tongue will leave the palate and the maxilla will collapse down and back.
Notice how the back of the head is going backwards in those guys, and with the good looking ladies above the back of the head is not going back but rather lifted straight upwards. There’s no curvature in the neck.
Not correcting the head posture first I really do feel is a huge factor that can mitigate your tongue posture / oral myology efforts.