The Frontal Bone – Your Brain’s Protector

frontal boneThe Frontal Bone is a part of your skull’s cranium, extending from the top of your forehead to the tops of your eyes.  As a part of your skull’s cranial bones, the frontal bone gives your face the shape that you see in the mirror and present to the world.  The frontal bone also protects your body’s most valuable asset – your brain.  It connects to the parietal bone and occipital bone to provide full protective coverage of the brain.  Based on its location, the frontal bone can have an influence on Continue reading

your body’s energy and emotions, as well as your sinuses and vision.  Because the sensitive organ the frontal bone protects, it can also influence the development of mental disorders. CranioSacral Therapists recognize the importance of the frontal bone as it relates to one’s mental and physical well-being

 

When you are born, your frontal bone is not completely developed.  It takes almost two years before the frontal bone is fully ossified. The birth process is known to sometimes cause injury to a baby’s frontal membranes and cartilage in this fragile area, and this can manifest into a number of health issues if not addressed.   Studies have shown that even young children respond well to CranioSacral Therapy, which can help to reshape the frontal bone and act as a preventative measure from future health issues. If you did not have CranioSacral Therapy to repair any maternal injury when you were a baby, it is not too late to seek healing treatment.

 

When your Frontal Bone is misaligned or dysfunctional, a number of mental and physical symptoms can develop, including but not limited to:

 

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Balance and Coordination Problems
  • Immune System Issues
  • Bladder Problems
  • Stomach Pain
  • Sinus Issues
  • Anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Frequent Frustration
  • Inability to Focus
  • Insomnia
  • Autism (rare but increasing)
  • Seizures (rare but increasing)
  • Sensory Processing Disorders

 

You may have suffered from these issues for a very long time and not known that damage to your frontal bone during your birth could explain your symptoms.  Damage to your frontal bone may not have been recorded into your medical record during birth.  A CranioSacral Therapist will be able to assess any dysfunction of your frontal bone. Managing and possibly eliminating the dysfunctions of the frontal bone involve gentle pressure using CranioSacral Therapy.  If you are experiencing any of the above health issues, and your current plan of treatment is not helping as much as you’d like, consider CranioSacral Therapy as a complimentary healing alternative.

 

The Sphenoid Bone, A Cornerstone of Health

sphenoid boneThe 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 Continue reading

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:

● Headaches
● Migraines
● Neck Pain
● Back Pain
● Pain Syndromes
● Sensory issues (imbalances related to vision, hearing, touch, speech, taste, or smell)
● Allergies
● 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)
● ADHD
● Emotional Imbalances
● Memory Issues
● Tremors, tics
● Tinnitus
● Scoliosis
● Depression
● Anxiety
● 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

Tips For Insomnia

SleepingInsomnia:  Tips on Getting Restful Sleep

Do you find it difficult to go to sleep at night?

Or do you find yourself lying awake in the middle of the night, not being able to go back to sleep?

Rest assured (no pun intended) that you are not alone.  It is estimated that upwards of 70% of us suffer with occasional to chronic insomnia.

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types of insomnia, these are some easy steps that you can take to support getting a restful night’s sleep:

  • Eat your last meal of the day at least 3 hours before bedtime, so that you’re not going to bed on a full stomach.
  • Avoid consuming liquids before bedtime.  This includes alcohol, which tends to disturb the deeper levels of sleep.
  • Limit your caffeine consumption to the morning hours.  Keep in mind that many sodas have high levels of caffeine.
  • Don’t exercise within 2-3 hours of your bedtime.
  • Make sure to urinate before going to bed, so to avoid midnight trips to the bathroom.
  • Maintain a relatively regular sleep schedule.  Having a routine of going to bed and rising the same time each day, including weekends, will help your body turn itself “off” each night.
  • Watching TV can actually disturb your sleep cycles.  Try reading, meditating, deep breathing, or prayer for ½ hour before bed to help your mind slow down.
  • Soak in a warm bath.  For added relaxation, add 6 drops of lavender essential oil and ½ cup Epsom Salts.  Turn off the phone, ask the family to give you 20 minutes of no interruptions, and enjoy the time to yourself.
  • Adjust the thermostat and make sure you have a comfortable atmosphere and bed to sleep in.
  • Many people have trouble sleeping due to stress.  Keep a journal, in which to write down all your thoughts and worries before going to sleep.  And if you are a list-maker, jot those down in your journal as well.
  • End your day with gratitude.  List at least 3 things you are grateful for, even if it’s something as simple as the day is now over.

By following these simple tips in supporting our minds and bodies, restful sleep may become a welcomed friend once again.

Live Life Fully,

Sandy

Delegate For Your Health

List To DoBeing in business isn’t getting any easier for those of us who own small businesses.  Some days the many hats we wear can leave us feeling like we’ve been juggling bowling balls all day.

And with all we’re trying to manage, it’s no wonder we’re not sleeping, and consequently feeling exhausted and suffering from a variety of ailments, whether headaches and back pain or repetitive strain and digestive issues.  All this in the name of ‘getting it all done’.

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get more done in a day without cloning yourself.

The first and easiest way to shorten the list of responsibilities you face is to delegate tasks and projects to others – either at home or on the job.

Consider the following:

 

At Home

1.  Get all the family members together, including your spouse and the kids.  Put together a list of all the chores and responsibilities that need managing in a given week and divide it up amongst the group.  For example, many kids 12years old and up are capable of sorting and doing simple loads of laundry.

2.  Keep a list on the fridge with each family member’s name and their responsibilities, which can be checked off as their done.  Rewards for attention to detail and such are a great way to keep the family motivated.

3.  Do you have pets?  Give the responsibility of feeding and refreshing the water to the kids.  When it comes time for their baths and haircuts, hire a pet-sitter to take your pet to and from the groomer.  It’s just one more thing on your “to-do” list that you can cross-off.

4.  For Birthday, Holiday, or other party-planning needs, simplify your life by hiring a party-planner to coordinate and manage the details.

5.  When you’re traveling, hire a sitter to bring in your mail, check on the house, and care for your pets, so you can really relax and enjoy your time away.

 

At Work

1.  Get the kids involved in small tasks at work.  I know of one small business owner who has his 12-yo daughter enter all his invoices into Quickbooks one day after school each week, for his review afterwards.  She gets extra allowance and it saves him time to do more important things in building his business.

2.  Hire an outside service to take care of planning trips and such.  Give the planner your itinerary with a list of your priorities, which saves your precious time for more important tasks and decisions.

3.   We all have information that can easily fall through the cracks, whether it’s license renewals, taxes, thank-you cards, or customer birthdays.  Use Microsoft Outlook, or some other management program to keep track of information and dates for projects, contacts, tasks, and “to-do” lists.

 

With a bit of planning, and being persistent in delegating, you can drastically reduce your own load, so you can sleep at night, take better care of yourself and your health, and get more enjoyment out of each day.