Cranial adjusting is a chiropractic technique involving gently adjusting the myo-fascial connections of the head and jaw to "balance" the cranial mechanism. Cranial Technique involves gentle pressure applied to the skull in specific ways and over specific areas to release tension and improve function. The amount of pressure is similar to what you might tolerate on your closed eye. Often during pregnancy or the birth process, the cranial bones can become stressed and not return to their normal shape after the baby is born. The normal cranial mechanism expands and contracts around 8 times a minute. In other words, your head expands and contracts much like your rib cage during breathing cycles. The cranio-sacral rhythms are vital to the circulation of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain and down the spinal column. This mechanism of cranial motion is present at birth and the birthing process is essential to set up its rhythm. The bones of the skull literally compress and relax as the child is going through the birth canal. If the forces of labor, for whatever reason, overwhelm one part of the cranium, this might cause a flattening on one side. This in turn can create a bulging on a different bone on the opposite side. Some of these changes can be quite noticeable; you might be able to show your chiropractor the problem areas. Other malposition's can be very subtle and only detected by a trained chiropractor. We work to restore the normal movement of the cranial bones by providing a very gentle pressure to specific points on the head. This allows the sutures and cranial bones to re-align and allow the cerebral spinal fluid to flow normally.