Cranial distortions occur when the body is subjected to stresses to which it cannot adapt. These stresses can take the form of physical stress (birth trauma, sports injuries, car accidents, poor working posture), chemical stress (food additives, drugs), environmental pollution and emotional stress. Because of the close relationship between the cranium, the spine and the pelvis, craniopathy is very useful in the treatment of the range of conditions usually seen by chiropractors such as low back pain and neck pain, but it can also be effective for the treatment of migraine headaches. There is also a variety of so-called specific techniques, which can be used to treat specific conditions. In combination with organ system treatments, craniopathy can relieve stress on important nerve pathways descending from the brain down to the organ systems, helping to relieve these conditions.
As mentioned before, birth trauma can have a profound effect on the newborn. Even an apparently normal delivery can have trauma associated with it, for example, if the baby’s presentation is not ideal. But birth trauma can seriously affect cranial health, causing problems for the baby. Plagiocephaly is thought to be a factor in educational problems in later life.