Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s all in your head?”
As it turns out, there’s a lot of truth to it.
When it comes to health, the even deeper truth is that, “It’s all in your brain.”
What Your Brain Does
The brain is the master regulator of every organ and hormone in the body. The brain, along with the spinal cord, make up the body’s central nervous system (80 percent of the nerves in your body originate in the brain). This makes up the major control network for the body’s functions and abilities. It is what gives humans the ability to move, think, talk, digest, and function in nearly every way. This is what keeps vital organs operating automatically without ever having to think about them.
The nerves that originate in the brain extend down the spine and to all the organs, muscles, bones, and skin. Their job is to carry critical signals to and from your body to the brain.
The brain handles everything from interpreting information from the eyes, ears, nose and skin (things like odors, colors, light, visual images, sounds, emotions, pain) and directs the body’s response to them.
The brain also helps regulate breathing, maintain blood pressure, and release hormones (chemical signals that control certain cells and organs). It does this using the pumping action of the cranial bones (which have a rhythmic motion that “pumps” the cerebrospinal fluid). This pumping action supplies nutrition and critical signals to the nervous system.
If anything gets stuck, it becomes a “fixation,” and creates a situation that amounts to a type of gridlock, interfering with or completely halting the pumping action of the cranium. Obviously, information and healing signals can no longer reach the nervous system and organs. The sad result is poor health.
The Role of The Dura Mater
The dura mater, or dura (as in durable), is a thick membrane that is the outermost of the three layers of the meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord. It is derived from mesoderm.
The dura surrounds the brain and the spinal cord and is responsible for keeping in the cerebrospinal fluid.
Among its many functions, the dura protects the brain and carries blood from the brain toward the heart.
The dura mater extends into the skull cavity as the falx cerebri and tentorium cerebelli etc.
It is attached to the bones of the skull, as well as the spine’s top two neck vertebrae, and extends all the way down to the tailbone.
When balanced from top to bottom, the dura is designed for optimal functioning.
But What if Something Goes Wrong?
What if injury, trauma or illness, or even daily stress, compromise the functioning of the brain and nervous system?
Injuries, misalignments or distortions can cause scarring, shrinking and uneven pulling which, in turn, cause distortions (twisting) of the skull, the spine and the entire body.
Add fixations to that (don’t forget that 80% of the nervous system is located right there in the brain) and sooner or later, the situation results in health consequences, including neck pain and back pain… and in some cases, debilitating diseases.
Simply put, if the brain’s function is compromised, so is your health.
Can’t Chiropractic Treat This?
Ordinary chiropractic does not address the brain or the dura, only how the skull sits on the spine. And while that’s very important, what goes on inside the brain is critical.
What is the Answer?
We already know that drugs aren’t always the answer, and can often create complications.
Is there a way to ‘reach into the head’ and set things right – a way to affect the brain, the dura, and the central nervous system to encourage natural healing?
Yes, there is!
Neuro Cranial Integration (NCi) is a revolutionary technique that actually balances the dura – relieving pressure in the brain and nervous system by aligning the cranial bones, releasing “kinks” in the dura, and brain hemispheres at the same time.
The re-alignment takes tension off the nervous system, releases cranial, fascial and muscle tissue fixations, allows the left and right brain hemispheres (and other areas of the brain) to profoundly re-balance and reintegrate, and returns proper cerebrospinal fluid flow throughout the spinal chord and entire body.
Why can’t any chiropractor do this?
As wonderful as getting a chiropractic adjustment is, this is not something ordinary chiropractic can do. Ordinary chiropractic simply doesn’t have the “reach.” Neither do most other kinds of cranial or cranial-sacral work.
In fact, one of the most significant aspects of NCi is how effectively it releases the contracted dura, restoring function and improving health.
Who Can Benefit From NCi?
NCi is so gentle, it can be safely performed on patients of any age, from infants to the elderly.
NCi is holistic, and it improves the brain and body as a whole rather than targeting specific conditions. However, many specific and/or chronic conditions benefit greatly from NCi, such as:
- Headaches, including migraines
- Fibromyalgia and the many accompanying symptoms
- Parkinson’s (especially with the stiffness associated with this disease)
- Cerebral Palsy (patients have reported increased flexibility)
- ADD, ADHD and Autism
- Mild traumatic brain injuries
- Sinus conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Back pain, neck pain, slipped disc, sciatica, and other acute conditions
- Sports performance
- Balance and coordination problems
So the next time someone tells you, “It’s all in your head,” you might have to agree with them.