What is Neuro Cranial Integration (NCI)?
"If you're trying to restore your health, doesn't it make more sense to start at the place where everything else is regulated — the brain.
Your brain regulates every one of your body's functions to the minute detail... without exception. No lasting healing can take place until the brain is balanced and functioning optimally."
- Dr. Craig Ross
Neuro Cranial Integration (NCi) is a revolutionary technique that aligns the cranial bones and brain hemispheres from the inside out and from the top down. The re-alignment takes tension off the nervous system, releases cranial, fascial and muscle tissue fixations, and returns proper cerebrospinal fluid flow throughout the spine and entire body.
When pressure is taken off the brain, it can do its job more efficiently and allow the body to function at a higher level.
NCi is different from other chiropractic cranial techniques because it reaches deeper into the cranium and the muscles, dura mater and tissue behind it, providing a profound release and balancing effect. It is often followed by a healing rush of blood, oxygen, cerebrospinal fluid and neurological activity... which is why most people find it exhilirating.
The Neuro Cranial Integration procedure lasts only two to three minutes and does not includes any of the normal chiropractic jerking, "popping" or "cracking." Instead, it feels like a profound stretch inside the back of the head.
Specific conditions, diseases or symptoms are not treated. Instead, the treatment addresses the body's top mastermind organ, the brain, and everything it connects to.
How does treating the brain affect the rest of my body?
"...the nervous system controls and coordinates all the
functions of the body and relates it to its environment..."
- Gray's Anatomy
Because Neuro Cranial Integration treatment allows the left and right brain hemispheres to rebalance and reintegrate in a profound way, the functioning of the central nervous system automatically improves.
The brain is the master regulator of every organ and hormone in the body. It communicates to the organs through the nerves. In fact, 80 percent of the nerves in your body originate in the base of the brain. These nerves extend down the spine and to all your organs. The job of your nervous system is to carry critical signals to your organs and back. If this function is compromised, so is your health.
Neuro Cranial Integration restores optimal signal transfer and function to your nerves and brain. With signal transfer and optimal functioning back on track, the body is then able to restore health and balance in all its aspects - structural/physical, mental and emotional.
It is often said that Neuro Cranial Integration "Triggers the Body's Reset Button.®" What this means is that it releases (in some cases, restarts) the natural healing ability of the body.
How does the brain affect my back pain?
Research shows that the spinal alignment follows the alignment of the cranial bones. When there is a mis-alignment of the cranial bones, this results in distortion of the spinal bones or vertebra.
The major portion of the nervous system is protected by the cranium (the 22 bones of the skull) and the vertebral bones. In addition, the brain and the spinal cord are covered in a tough material called the dura mater (translated from the Latin to mean, "tough mother"). It's a membrane which acts as a durable sheath holding the brain hemispheres together and extending down the spine and body. It is attached at the base of the skull at the occiput bone; to the spine at the first two neck vertebra and to the sacrum or tailbone.
When the bones of the skull are misaligned/distorted it causes an uneven pull on the dura mater, causing distortions (twisting) of the spine or Subluxations. These subluxations tend to cause pain and interfere with normal nervous system flow and the enjoyment of life.
How does it feel?
Neuro Cranial Integration takes contractions out of the body, rebalances the cranial bones, brain hemispheres and vertebrae, and leaves the patient with a feeling of release.
The treatment lasts only two to three minutes. There is no jerking, thrusting or popping. Most people feel a stretching sensation or release, and an immediate sense of change.
The procedure can be performed on infants to geriatrics. Note: many cranial problems occur at birth, so corrections early on can prevent years of suffering.
The History Of Neuro Cranial Integration (NCi)
The history of cranial treatment goes back to the beginning of the century. In the 1920's, a chiropractor named Dr. Nephi Cottam discovered that cranial bone misalignment affected health. Several years later a Doctor of Osteopathy, Dr. Sutherland, discovered that cranial bones had a rhythmic motion which "pumped" the fluid. This pumping action supplied nutrition and critical signals to the nervous system. The cerebrospinal fluid travels from the cranium to the sacral area (between the dura mater and the brain/spinal cord).
In other words, the brain carries healing information down the nerve pathways to the organs. If there is a "fixation" or "stuck" area in the cranium, it creates a situation that can be termed a "healing information gridlock." This halts or interferes with the pumping action of the cranium, preventing healing signals from reaching the nervous system and organs. Invariably, poor health follows.
Over the years, a variety of cranial techniques have been developed, such as cranial sacral, cranial release and many others. But none reach the dura mater that is directly responsible for brain and nervous system balance and health. Neuro Cranial Integration, however, is able to release the "fixation" or "stuck" area in the cranium and take tension off the brain hemispheres, the spine and the entire nervous system in a way that is simply not possible through spinal manipulation or soft tissue techniques.
Neuro Cranial Integration, the cranial work practiced by Dr. Jeffrey is one technique he considers to have considerable benefits for his patients due to what he has seen when applying the technique. He loves the simplicity and yet powerful effects that it has on his patients.