Cranial Manipulation and Osteopathy
Cranial manipulation and osteopathy (sometimes called cranial osteopathy) are connected to dentistry in a number of ways. As a holistic dentist with extensive experience in a number of medical disciplines, we do not only treat the teeth, gums, and mouth. We recognize the direct connection between the teeth and gums and the balanced movement of the entire cranial (skull) structure, as well as all systems of the body.
Neck and spinal problems can cause tooth problems and vice versa. Contrary to popular belief, the bones and tissues in the cranium actually do move slightly. Cranial manipulation and osteopathy can correct issues that cause a variety of symptoms from TMJ disorders to headaches to sinus infections, ear problems, and more. This manipulation is done with the hands to make adjustments that are sometimes minute but which can have a significant impact. We refer to a number of therapists to aid in employing these techniques to aid in treatment.
How do Cranial Manipulation and Osteopathy Work?
Osteopathy is based on the theory that the central nervous system involves pulsations that affect our health. Some physicians do not adhere to this theory, but the team at DC Smiles has found that osteopathy is enormously effective. It seeks to restore balance, harmonious functioning, and full range of motion to the body. When the osteopath or osteopathic dentist manipulates the bones, soft tissue, and spinal fluid through gentle hand movements, restrictions are released so that the body can return to its naturally balanced state.
This balance affects more than just the structure of the cranium. Since the skull is attached to the spine, it affects the entire skeleton and connective tissue. If the skeleton and connective tissue are out of alignment or strained, all other systems of the body are bound to be affected in some way.
This type of treatment may be recommended before, during and after your dental work. Concurrent with dental/oral therapies, cranial manipulation and osteopathy are often desirable because dental work itself can put a strain on the bone structures and soft tissue of the face, mouth, jaw, and neck (which, if left untreated, can have a domino effect throughout the body). After the bite has been corrected and teeth have been restored, cranial structures and soft tissue may need further assistance through cranial manipulation and osteopathy to adjust to the new placement.
These treatments are not usually painful and they complement other treatments such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture as well as other modalities.