Manual Therapy for the Cranium

2 levels of courses

Manual Therapy for the Cranium

2 courses

  • Are you having difficulty treating patients who complain of headaches?
  • Have you tried the cervical mobilization and stabilization programs but have hit a plateau?
  • Or perhaps your patient’s condition is too irritable and he/she is unable to tolerate much ‘hands-on’ therapy?
  • What about your spinal patients with pain from head to sacrum? Do you sense that there may be a connection?
  • The missing link may very well be the cranio-sacral system. We have learned to assess and treat the mobility of the neural system, but what about beyond occiput/C1 and into the cranium?
  • The mobility of this system is also vital for patients complaining of TMJ symptoms. After all, the temporal bone is part of this joint!

Learn how this approach to treatment can be a valuable addition to your practice.

Level 1

Manual Therapy for the Cranium

Level 2

Manual Therapy for the Cranium

Manual Therapy for the Cranium

Level 1

General Objectives

The objective of this 3-day course is to provide the participant with a solid basis in anatomy and physiology of the cranium and its related membranes for the diagnosis and treatment of problems in the cranio-sacral mechanism.

By the end of the course, the participant will have a greater understanding of cranial function, and more in-depth skills for assessment and treatment of the Cranial Driver (Integrated Systems Model).

Specific Objectives

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the primary respiratory mechanism
  2. Use cranial palpatory skills to form a differential diagnosis in the evaluation of the cranio-sacral system
  3. Understand the possible dysfunctions within the cranio-sacral system and how they relate the Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain (ISM) (Diane Lee and LJ Lee).
  4. Apply the principles of manual therapy to dysfunctions of the cranium
  5. Work with approaches to a number of common ailments such as TMJ dysfunction, head and neck pain and central nervous system disorders
  6. Apply a simple, effective 7 – step protocol into practice
  7. Use this treatment approach in a safe manner

Topics Covered

  • History of cranial approaches
  • Theoretical models
  • Indications / contra-indications
  • Anatomy of the cranium
  • Palpation of the cranium – active vs passive palpation
  • Reciprocal tension membrane system
  • Pathology related to cranial dysfunctions
  • Observation, assessment of the cranium
  • Understanding the movement of the cranium – global spheno-basilar flexion & extension
  • Initial treatments – opening the vault – Killens protocol
  • Principles of treatment
  • Spheno-basilar lesions – assessment & treatment
  • Articular lesions – assessment and treatment of sutures around the temporal bone
  • TMJ dysfunctions in relation to the cranium
  • External influences – dura, fascia
  • Current research in the cranial field
November 8 to 10, 2019
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“I took your level 1 course in Ottawa in Feb of this year. I have been using it for a while and must say that I find it hard to understand how I was dealing with troublesome post concussions and chronic neck pains without this info!
I wanted to commend you for the way you organized and presented the material and your patience teaching it. (I always thought that cranio-sacral techniques were mumbo jumbo woo woo.) I only took your course because of my respect for you as a manual therapist. I am so happy that I did.”

- Robert Crispo

Manual Therapy for the Cranium

Level 2

General Objectives

The objective of this 4 day course is to provide the participant not only with a thorough revision of the material presented in the Level I Course, but also more specialized techniques for lesions of the sacrum, diaphragm, the face and the TMJ.

Specific Objectives

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the anatomy of the cranium and its sutures, including the sutures of the face and maxillo-spheno-palatine complex.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the diagnosis of the 4 quadrant system
  3. Demonstrate competence in the treatment approach of the cranio-sacral system via the dural membranes, fluid techniques and direct mobilizations of cranial sutures, including those of the face.
  4. Understand the influence of restrictions of the fascia / dural tissues on the cranio-sacral system.

Topics Covered

  • Specific anatomy of the cranium in relation to the face
  • Review of the Killens protocol
  • Additional techniques for decompression of the basilar portion of the occiput
  • Review of spheno-basilar lesions
  • S/B Side-bend rotation lesion
  • Review of sutures of the temporal bone
  • Petro-jugular and petro-basilar temporal lesions
  • Greenman decompression technique
  • Fronto-sphenoid suture techniques
  • Coronal suture and bregma release
  • Fronto-nasal sutures
  • Zygomatic sutures
  • Maxillo-palatine complex – lesions of the maxillae, vomer, and palatine bones
  • Ethmoid and lacrimal lesions
  • TMJ dysfunctions in relation to the cranium – effect of hypertonic muscles of the TMJ, including the pharyngo-constrictor-buccinator complex,
  • Compression / decompression of the TMJ
  • Occlusal plaques, effect on cranium – assessment
  • Rx approach diaphragms, dura, fascia in relation to the cranium
  • Balancing the dura with the cranium
  • Mobility of Trigeminal nerve (V1)

 

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