The Sphenoid Bone is located behind the eyes, forming part of the eye socket. It is shaped somewhat like a butterfly, and connects with all the other bones in the head. The sphenoid bone’s importance as it pertains to one’s health is widely recognized by CranioSacral Therapists and those involved in Osteopathic Medicine. Based on its location, the sphenoid bone can have an influence on the hormones, the glandular system via the pituitary gland, the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the brain, and the entire nervous system.
One of the bones with which the sphenoid bone connects is the Occiput. The occiput forms part of the floor of the skull at the back of the head, just above where the head meets the neck. The Sphenoid bone, together with the Occiput, form the SphenoBasilar Joint or “SBJ”. The rhythmic movement of the SBJ is considered integral to health, as it is the SphenoBasilar Joint that supports the movement of fluids, nutrients, and information to and from the brain and spinal cord.
The SBJ can become dysfunctional from a variety of life experiences, such as head trauma (even minor bumps on the head can throw the SBJ functioning off), jaw imbalances, braces, tmj dysfunction, tooth malocclusion, falls, sports injuries, and accidents.
When there is a dysfunction of the SphenoBasilar Joint (SBJ), a variety of symptoms can arise, including:
● Neck Pain
● Back Pain
● Pain Syndromes
● Sensory issues (imbalances related to vision, hearing, touch, speech, taste, or smell)
● Sinus issues
● TMJ Dysfunction (Jaw Issues and Pain)
● Endocrine and Hormonal Imbalances (thyroid, adrenals, reproductive organs)
● Learning Disabilities
● Reading Problems
● Personality Disorders
● OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
● Emotional Imbalances
● Memory Issues
● Tremors, tics
● Insomnia and other Sleep Imbalances
In some cases, after an accident, one could have a vague sense that “something isn’t quite right”, yet scans and tests by your doctor come back inconclusive. This vague feeling that defies detection and diagnosis of the underlying problem, could very well be related to a SphenoBasilar Joint dysfunction.
Addressing and releasing dysfunctions of the Sphenoid and SphenoBasilar Joint is gentle, non-invasive, and relaxing. If you are experiencing any of the above health concerns, and your current method of treatment(s) is not helping as much as you’d like, CranioSacral Therapy may be of benefit to you.
Live Life Fully,
Sandy Schell, ACST, LWC