Cranial Adjustments

by Alaina Rowswell-Kuliikowski DC DICCPDr Alaina crop

The Chiropractor has a main goal when addressing your health. The goal is to be looking to correct any aberrant joint motion that may be causing an interference in your body’s communication for the healing process. The joints in your body have a nerve supply, blood supply and lymphatic chain that runs through or near them, and chiropractic adjustments to the spine and other joints enable the healing process by affecting those mechanisms. But, when it comes to the joints in the cranium the body’s healing communication is a little more challenging.

The cranial bones come together at suture lines which differ slightly from other joints. Sutures have peaks and valleys that join the bones of the skull similar to tongue and groove flooring. These sutures have a joint effort in movement with the sacrum tHuman skull side simplified boneso assist the cerebrospinal fluid in motion to bathe the brain and pump down to the tailbone and back up to the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is very important. It is produced by the ventricles and pumped in coordination with the bony structures to cushion the brain and provide an environment rich in nutrients, immunity, chemicals and electrical charge; assisting the neurological duties of the body and removing waste. We can now see on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that this fluid coordinates with breathing as well as heart rate. Healing is a holistic process that coordinates and utilizes many mechanisms. We are learning more and more about the power of Chiropractic in aiding these mechanisms.

Chiropractic adjusting of the cranium is quite a bit different from that of other joints. In our office we use Craniosacral Therapy or Sacro-OccipitalCranioSacral Techniques for chiropractic care of the cranium. This is a very light and relaxing sort of motion that assists the normal function of the sutures. It is subtle motion of the doctors’ hands that assist suture motion to aid the CSF flow. The results of this type of work can be shown in various ways. Infants who do not have a symmetrical cranial growth (flattened occiput) can restore symmetry. Difficulty with chewing, swallowing and regurgitation can often be helped with increased motion
of the cranium. Headaches can respond quite nicely with this type of work. Breathing difficulty can be assisted. Sinus congestion can be relieved. Dizziness and nausea can sometimes respond well. Nursing an infant can be eased when the sutures of the infant are more coordinated with breathing and swallowing. Snoring and apnea can often be alleviated with cranial motion. Anxiety can often diminish with care of the cranium. Cranial work is not by any means a cure all; but, it is important to have optimal motion of all joints, including these sutures.

Chiropractic care is not merely symptom based and, certainly, it is not the intention of understanding cranial chiropractic care to merely treat symptoms. However, you may not have realized that coming in for maintenance chiropractic care could benefit your body in so many differchild head adjustent ways. Often, we settle for being pain free as health. It is the desire of all of the providers in the Offices of Riverview Chiropractic Health to help you to pursue optimal wellness. If you have the opportunity, ask your provider to check the motion of your cranium. Assisting the body in its healing process is our highest priority.

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Recipe Of The Month

Thai Sauce for Stir Fry


1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk or filtered water
1/2 teaspoon unprocessed salt
3 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Sweeten to taste stevia, agave, honey or your favorite sweetener
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup smooth, almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower butter.
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil (optional)
1 teaspoon of Bragg’s aminos Black pepper to taste
2 pinches each of any ground spice such as: ground turmeric, cumin, coriander, or ginger (all optional)

1. In a small bowl or blender, stir together the coconut milk, salt, vinegar, and sweetener.
2. Add crushed garlic, almond butter, sesame oil, aminos black pepper, and spices. Stir until smooth. Add sweetener or salt to taste. If it is too thick, add a drop or two more coconut milk.
3. After you have sauteed your favorite chicken, meat, tofu or protein of choice, add frozen or fresh vegetables such as Onions, Peppers, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, Water cress, etc and steam til soft.
Drizzle this Thai sauce over the Stir-Fry.




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