In my Kiso Method manual 2, I explain about the fact that the sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system will be influenced by alignment of the cranium and the atlas. As mentioned in my manual, the dura-mater is attached to the spine at the second sacral tubercle and the posterior aspect of C3, C2 and the Atlas. Basically if you are trying to influence the cranio-sacral system, this is the area that will influence the nervous system the most, without question!
For practitioners who are interested in doing cranio-sacral work, I dare say that the Kiso Method cranio-sacral work is the most powerful and astounding. Doing cranio-sacral work by moving the cranial bones is tedious and requires a lot of time. The sutures are connected very tightly and there movement does influence the cranio-sacral system, but if you were to couple their adjustment with work done to the cranium and atlas, it would be so much more powerful. In the Kiso Seminars, part 2, we teach you how to quickly and easily influence the cranium and atlas, the first step is to determine what adjustment needs to be made to the atlas and the cranium. As stated in the manual, the cranium is a counter force to the atlas, C2 and C3. When the cranium moves in one direction the atlas or the C2 and possibly the C3 move in a “counter” direction. So in general chiropractic adjusting, chiropractors adjust the atlas vertebra by its self. There is an error in this, because of the nature of the cranium and atlas having a counter relationship with each other. Adjusting only one, either the cranium or the atlas by itself, does not do the job. It will not influence the nervous system in this way because of the following explanation. A scissoring of the cranium and atlas occurs when the patient has a problem in this area. The scissoring puts a pressure on the dura-mater and this pressure is fed back to the cranio-sacral system.
The cranio-sacral system senses this disturbance and this causes a defense mechanism to ensue. The defense mechanism makes the individual do into a fight or flight response. In the Kiso Method, we call this sympathetic over-ride. Sure enough, the patient will feel the effects of sympathetic over-ride in many ways. Just to name a few, panic attacks, the patient may be unable to take a deep breath, light sensitivity, sweating, heart palpitations, and anxiety for no reason. There is no other place in the physical body where the cranio-sacral system can be influenced other than the cranium/atlas area. Once you motion palpate the patient and observe where the subluxations are, you may adjust the mal position.
Adjusting can be done with force for chiropractors or the gentle non force method can be used for acupuncturists and cranio-sacral therapists. I say in my manual, that even one adjustment can positively influence the patient for up to one year or more. Think about it, if a patient is having a fight or flight response for pressure on the dura-mater in the foramen magnum or in other words, the cranium/atlas area, there is no other treatment or adjustment that will rid this pressure. Adjusting the cranial bones won’t help. Adjusting only the atlas will only help a bit. But adjusting both the cranium and the atlas as well as possibly C2 and C3 will, in effect, rid the patient of this undue pressure, causing a “relaxation” of the fight or flight response initiated by the bodies defense mechanism.
We have testimonials from numerous people attesting to the fact that after being adjusted in the Kiso Method (KM) way, they experienced a profound parasympathetic balancing in their lives. Some patients have quickly gotten off mind altering anti-depression drugs and prozac. Patients report that there anxiety levels and panic attacks have disappeared after one adjustment! There is no substitute! All I can say is try to come to a seminar, buy the manuals and DVD’s and see for yourself.