NeuroCranial Restructuring® UK
When localised manipulations of the spine and pelvis are performed they force the body into a more symmetrical alignment. However this is not always a more stable position. The body needs to keep a stable head posture and therefore makes compensatory changes in the body. Conventional chiropractic or osteopathic manipulations are focusing on secondary symptoms and not the primary cause of dysfunction, this usually only provides temporary relief and results in frequent return visits to maintain them. NCR® by correcting the primary dysfunction in the shape and position of the head allows the compensatory changes in the body to normalise and routinely provides long lasting relief from headaches, neck/back aches, abnormal spinal curves and tight muscles.
NCR® will not replace restorative dentistry. You will still need to see your dentist, preferably one that uses biocompatible materials not toxic ones such as mercury amalgam to have any fillings, crowns, bridgework or implants. However if you have any TMJ dysfunction or are having or considering orthodontics or craniofacial orthopaedics then NCR® may be of a real benefit. Most dentists treating TMJ dysfunction do so using splints and orthotics. They are attempting to improve the mechanics of the TMJ but unfortunately they often have limited success because they are only working on one part of the skull namely the jaws without considering how the rest of the skull bones are aligned. Patients who routinely get NCR® treatment whilst having any TMJ work done progress faster and achieve a more stable result. The same is true for orthodontics. It is recommended that any dental work is avoided for about a month after an NCR® series because the head and mouth may still be shifting.
Craniosacral or SOT chiropractic treatments are primarily concerned with the rhythmic flow of the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, the cerbral spinal fluid (CSF). A therapist will attempt to improve the flow of the CSF by balancing the cranial bones and spinal vertebrae using only their hands and applying a very light force, around 5 grams or enough to squish a grape. Because of the cranial anatomy the sphenoid bone which is the central bone of the skull is very difficult to move using hands alone. NCR® is concerned with the flow of CSF also but its primary objective is to increase the stabilty of the body in relation to gravity and improve the function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The NCR® technique utilises endonasal balloons to manipulate the difficult to access sphenoid bone. It can take up to 25 pounds of force directly applied to the sphenoid bone to release tensions in the connective tissues and jammed cranial sutures. By manipulating this central bone of the skull all the cranial bones can be realigned and slowly change shape because bone is a living tissue with a blood supply. These incremental changes in skull shape and position directly effect the flow of the CSF. The goals of both craniosacral therapies and NCR® are similar but they ultilise very diffierent treatment techniques and testing modalities.
NCR® represents a paradigm shift in physical medicine away from more symptom driven therapies which only provide brief, temporary relief at best to an approach that routinely addresses the root cause of pain patterns and dysfunction. Traditional physical medicine techniques and conventional allopathic medicine have a very low success rate at treating musculoskeletal problems and pain patterns resulting from injuries, even with the latest drugs and surguries. Oftentimes leaving the patient no better off or worse than before they were treated. The NCR® approach is to assess the whole body, not just the area causing pain or in dysfunction and the cranium which is often ignored by allopathic physicians as merely a "box" which protects the brain, in relation to gravity and how stable or unstable the whole body's structure is. Only when this stablity or rather instabilty pattern has been assessed can an effective treatment plan be established that has the specific goal of restoring stabilty to the body, allowing it to function freely and heal.