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NCR Treatable Conditions
Treatable Conditions are in alphabetical. Refer to table to locate your condition.
Alzheimer's disease is
unfortunately associated with poor functioning of the brain. Brain function is dependent
on several factors: the health of the brain tissue, the circulation of the blood through
the brain tissue, and the cerebrospinal fluid flow. Without proper flow of blood and
cerebrospinal fluid, the brain cannot function at all, and if this flow is impeded or
compressed in any way, function slowly begins to deteriorate. So it is so very important
to insure that the fluid flow characteristics of the brain are optimized.
This is where NCR can help. By improving the shape of the head, fluid flow patterns of the
blood and cerebrospinal fluid can be improved, allowing the brain tissue to function at
the peak of its capabilities. Granted, with Alzheimer's disease, this will still be
sub-optimal performance, but it will be a distinct improvement over the non-treated
It is possible to reverse two or three years of Alzheimer's symptoms in each four-day
sequence. NCR is an important part of a treatment protocol for Alzheimer's patients.
Clinically, it has
been found that many NCR patients have reported major improvements
in the levels of their anxiety, indicating greater levels of calm and poise and
heightened feelings of optimism and cheerfulness. This is very gratifying to not
only the patient, but their families as well.
The underlying cause of anxiety is a functional problem of the brain, so its
treatment addresses brain functioning.
The problem with anxiety is associated with the levels of neurotransmitters in the
brain. However, it is rarely a simple situation of under- or over- production, but
instead a problem of the distribution of the neurotransmitters. Some areas of the
brain have too low a level of some neurotransmitters, or some areas of the brain
have too many neurotransmitters, or both situations are occurring at the same
time in different areas of the brain. This situation makes it difficult to give
medications that are effective, and most importantly, without side effects.
The flow of cerebrospinal fluid and the flow of blood are actually what governs the
distribution of neurotransmitters. The shape of the skull determines this! With
NCR, the skull shape changes, altering the patterns of the flow of cerebrospinal
fluid and blood. As the fluid flow characteristics change, the patterns of
distribution of neurotransmitters are changed as well. With NCR, the distribution
patterns of blood and cerebrospinal fluid can be normalized, ensuring normal
levels of neurotransmitters throughout the brain.
As skull shape is optimized, then, the functioning of the brain becomes more
optimal also. This creates a lasting change in conditions like anxiety and
Excellent results with
arthritis conditions using NCR therapy have been realized.
One patient of Dr. Odmark, a male in his sixties, had been having great difficulty with
chronic back and leg pain and an arthritic hip. His body exhibited a severe lean both
forward and left and he walked with a pronounced limp. He had consulted with many doctors
prior to seeing Dr. Odmark and even Dr. Odmark was not able to correct his condition after
5 months of standard chiropractic care.
The patient finally agreed to a sequence of NCR treatments, and following the second
treatment he stood upright for the first time in 18 months. The patient said immediately
after the series was completed, "Doc, why did you wait 'til now to do this?"
Needless to say, he's been very pleased with his results.
Arthritis and rheumatism are conditions of the joints. NCR can change joint function in
two major ways: through its ability to change:
1. The positions of the bones of the spine and pelvis, and
2. The nervous system.
Have you ever noticed that people who have these conditions usually have poor posture?
With NCR, the postural patterns change, and, the areas of pain and stiffness in the spine
and pelvis begin to disappear. When the weight - bearing patterns of the spine and pelvis
are changed, the weight - bearing patterns of the hips, knees and feet change too. This
means that the position of the feet during walking will not be the same. This can make
incredible changes in a person's pain pattern!
The nervous system controls everything in the body, including the immune system. With
conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune arthritides, optimizing immune
function can make a great change in levels of inflammation, and this can be achieved
People with bursitis many times are wrongly diagnosed with it. Fortunately, with these
shoulder conditions, there is room for great improvement. Often the problem with a
chronically frozen shoulder or other painful shoulder condition is both postural and
muscular. The muscular problems are often caused by the joint dysfunction created from the
postural pattern, which triggers chronic spasms of the muscles to guard the body from
performing painful joint movements.
This occurs especially after whiplash injuries. It can make performing everyday
activities, such as washing the hair, reaching toward the ceiling or zipping up the back
of a dress almost impossible. Great success dealing with this syndrome by combining NCR
with specific trigger point therapy and specific shoulder manipulation has been achieved.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia and other Learning
are frequently treated with prescriptions of Ritalin, a nervous system stimulant. The
prevailing theory is that neurotransmitter deficiency in the brain leads to malfunctioning
of the brain. The immediate solution is to increase neurotransmitter levels throughout the
brain with Ritalin to correct the deficiency. This medication often helps, but it does not
cure. It increases the levels of some neurotransmitters throughout the brain.
The effectiveness of Ritalin shows that learning disabilities are not psychological but
are, instead, conditions created by problems with nervous system function. A nervous
system stimulant like Ritalin works by changing levels of neurotransmitters in the
cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. This means that inappropriate levels of
neurotransmitters in specialized areas of the brain cause learning disabilities. When the
brain lacks neurotransmitters in some areas, concentration or interpretation of visual or
auditory phenomena is impaired. So increasing the level of these neurotransmitters helps
to temporarily get rid of the problem.
Then why doesn't everybody with learning disabilities take Ritalin or some similar
medication? The problem with administration of Ritalin is the side effects, which
are generally symptoms associated with other areas of the brain becoming overdosed with
neurotransmitters. If some areas of the brain improve function by increasing levels of
neurotransmitters and if other areas of the brain get side effects by increasing the same,
there is a problem of DISTRIBUTION, not a deficiency of neurotransmitters. So the
symptomatic treatment of learning disabilities with medication that increases the level of
neurotransmitters can never cure the problem because it doesn't address the situation
A cure of learning disabilities must include optimization of fluid flow characteristics in
the brain. With optimal flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid, learning disabilities
improve or cease.
The approach of NCR is to improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by changing the
shape of the skull. As the cranium optimizes, the flow of CSF becomes more and more
uniform, removing the problem of poor distribution of the fluids in the brain.
This seems like such a simple solution to an aggravating problem, and it is. But
clinically it provides better results than the medications. There must be more truth to
this model than the Ritalin deficiency model outlined above. Trust results!
Autism is not
understood and there is no predictable, effective treatment. It is believed they
all have problems with brain function, similar to those discussed with ADHD and
hyperactivity. With autism, there is no simplified model that allows medications to
control the symptoms, and people who come out of their autistic state can shed little
light on it's cause.
Doctors practicing NCR have reported definite improvement, but it is slower and less
predictable than with learning disabilities.
An important part of the effective treatment of autism is to optimize the structures of
the head and spine in order to optimize the functioning of the brain. This can be done
After brain surgery,
NCR is very important.
When the network of bone and connective tissue in the brain is changed through surgical
intervention, there are great implications for the functioning of the brain and body. The
structures of the head are changed dramatically with surgery, and there are usually no
efforts to return the head to its normal mechanical function.
NCR can actually remove surgically induced dent and depression in the skull, optimizing
the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid and thereby influencing the overall function of the
brain in a positive, life-enhancing direction.
Cranial therapy has
been used for many years to treat persons with cerebral palsy. People generally fall into
two classes with this disorder: those with excessive muscle tone (they used to be called
"spastics") and those with too little muscle tone (it has been known as
Both of these conditions are related to the level of functioning of the cerebellum, a part
of the brain in the back of the skull that controls muscle tone and the ability to stop
movement once it has begun. One patient may have a hyper-functioning cerebellum and the
other a hypo-functioning one. With NCR, once movement of the back of the head has been
accomplished, the function of the cerebellum can be optimized.
like depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and
manic-depression (bi-polar disorder) are rarely effectively treated with counseling.
Most of the time, psychiatric drugs are used, with the hope of changing the levels
of the neurotransmitters in the brain. There are two problems with this: side
effects, and the eventual uneven distribution of the neurotransmitters throughout
The chemicals of the brain flow in liquid (blood and cerebrospinal fluid.) The flow
of fluid is determined partially by the shape of the vessel. The brain resembles a
sponge in ways. A round sponge can be put into a cubical container, but it won't
hold as much water in the areas that are squished to fit in the box. Bottom line:
you will have optimized brain function if you optimize the SHAPE of your skull!
With NCR, the shape of the skull gradually moves closer and closer to its optimal
design. As the skull optimizes, the fluid flow characteristics of the skull, and the
brain functions that are controlled by the fluid dynamics, optimize as well.
NCR is a must for anyone suffering with these conditions.
Dramatic results using
NCR on patients who have had previous
concussions, from the head injuries associated with boxers to the auto accident
victim whose head crashes through the windshield have been realized.
A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary loss of consciousness.
This does not imply that there is significant, long-term damage to the brain.
Concussion and other head injuries are the product of trauma. The normal
medical procedure is to use X-rays or CAT scans to diagnose skull fractures and
then watch to see if there is any indication of cerebral hemorrhage. Beyond that,
there is no medical treatment. However, even with no measurable brain damage,
there are long-term problems caused by concussions, and people should receive
treatment for them.
The head trauma involves some sort of blow or fall on the head, and the cranial
bones will move because of this. This upsets the normal structural pattern that
exists between the interlocking bones of the head, and it is unlikely or impossible
for the head to resume its original position without treatment.
This is a wonderful time to use NCR. I have treated many people after
concussions, sometimes years later. The improvement that they experience is
remarkable and routine. An NCR doctor should be on call in every hospital
emergency room to treat all head injuries that do not have fractures or cerebral
These patients have
many skull-related problems: poor vision, chronic infections of the sinuses and middle
ear, nasal breathing difficulties, poor balance and posture, difficult speech, poor
thinking and headaches.
Down's Syndrome is very treatable with NCR. Even with some of the old cranial therapies,
there was dramatic improvement. As the nervous system functioning optimizes, improvements
in speech balance, vision and coordination are obvious. They seem smarter as well.
Many doctors practicing NCR have received very encouraging reports from colleagues who
have, and I believe it dramatically improves not only the patient's function but the
cosmetic appearance as well.
Dystonia is a
condition affecting the brain stem - a part of the brain found low in the back of the
skull. Symptoms include spasms of the eyelids, uncontrollable closing of the eyes, chronic
and uncontrollable closure of the mouth, spasms of the muscles of the anterior throat,
muscle tension headaches and uncontrollable writhing movements of the head/neck. There is
no medical cure or even understanding of where the condition comes from.
Standard therapy revolves around two treatments: 1) injections of botulism toxin to
temporarily alleviate the annoyingly recurrent, uncontrollable muscle spasms and 2)
prescriptions of tranquilizers and sedatives to calm these anxious, upset people.
Dr. Dean Howell, has, and one particular patient of his is now almost symptom free and has
resumed her normal life. She no longer lives the life of a recluse, shunned by her family
because of the stigma of a disease that distorts the persons appearance. It has taken
thirty-six treatments (nine treatment clusters) to get her this far.
Ear Infection and Deafness
When a person
undergoes NCR treatment, the bones of the head gradually move into more optimal positions.
This means that the position of the auditory nerve gradually moves into a more ideal
location over time, and the drainage of the Eustachian tube becomes better and better.
This has immediate impact on acute and chronic ear infection (otitis media). When
the Eustachian tubes are ready to drain, the infection has no ability to develop
pressure in the middle ear.
Deafness is a condition with multiple causes, some of them mechanical in origin,
which are amenable to treatment with NCR. Overall, the people who experience
improvement in their hearing have hearing loss from two causes:
1. Impingement of the auditory nerve, and
2. Chronic mucous congestion of the middle ear and Eustachian tube.
Many middle aged and senior adults have improvement in their hearing after
receiving NCR, except those who lost their hearing from exposure to loud sounds.
Many of these individuals have congestion of the Eustachian tubes.
NCR therapy changes the relative position of the cranial bones, resulting in better
drainage of the middle ear. This decreases the pressure of the mucus against the
eardrum, resulting in greater sensitivity of hearing.
I have worked with many patients who have reported significant hearing
Glaucoma, Double vision, Vision Problems, Macular
Glaucoma, an increase
in the pressure inside the eyeball, is generally controlled with toxic medicated eyedrops.
The fear is that blindness will occur if the pressure in the eye gets too high. Most
patients treated through NCR for this condition have improved enough that they either
decreased or discontinued their glaucoma medication. The movement of the cranial bones
into a more optimal position allows the fluid pressure in the eye to be relieved before
the pressure gets too high.
Double vision is a condition in which the person is
unable to focus their eyes without tremendous strain. Their comfortable eye position
causes them to see two disparate images, hence the name double vision. The ability of the
eyes to focus on a single image depends on the muscles of the eye working together. Double
vision occurs when the eyes are unable to aim the visual field at the same image at the
same time. When the images cannot superimpose, double vision results. There is no medical
treatment of double vision besides prism installation in the glasses (to bend the visual
image into an alignment in which the double vision is improved) or surgery for people who
have one eye turned in or out.
The muscles of the eye work together in a simple fashion: they have common nerve
enervation. The brain sends out one signal, and matching muscles in each eye receive the
signal. The muscles contract the same amount (because there is only one muscle contraction
command), and normally the eyes move the same distance in the desired direction. But with
asymmetrical eye sockets, the eyes move different distances with the same amount of muscle
contraction. This makes visual focusing problematic and, in severe situations, it leads to
double vision. NCR technique addresses this problem by changing the shapes of the orbits
of the eyes. As the skull is optimized, the orbits
of the eyes achieve their ideal shapes, and the visual focusing mechanism operates as it
There have been excellent results treating double vision with NCR. In severe cases,
though, it could require twenty or thirty treatments to resolve.
Many people with visual problems like near - and far- sightedness will report improvement
in their vision with NCR. Athletes report that they are able to see moving objects more
clearly. This may be so because of the same mechanism I just described for double vision.
Headaches, Head Pressure and Migraines
pressure and migraines are treated very successfully with NCR. These conditions have many
causes such as past head trauma, chronic sinus infections, allergic sinusitis,
constipation, TMJ, stress, eye strain, glaucoma, and chronic misalignment of cervical
The head encases the brain and meninges. The head is held up by the spine, and its first
bone (C-1) is known as the atlas, which surrounds the spinal cord ( the continuation of
the brain) and meninges. The stabilization pattern necessary to hold the head steady is
created by the positions of the skull bones and the muscle tension patterns, which
determine where the atlas is found. Many people find relief from their headaches
through treatments that move the atlas into a central position beneath the skull. These
treatments are sometimes temporary because the body may need the atlas not to be centered
to uphold the skull in the most stable way. The body will always choose to maintain the
most stable structure even if it creates pain in the head. The priority is not to be
pain-free but to be stable. So the painful position of the atlas may be the best position
for the atlas, in terms of overall bodily function.
Most people with head pressure have not found any relief from conventional treatment. The
head pressure is from meningeal tension, and the manipulation of the atlas is usually not
effective in relieving meningeal tension.
Many patients with headaches, head pressure and migraines have a tilted occiput. (But
there are people with a tilted occiput who do not complain of pain.) The tilted occiput
causes instability in head balance that is best stabilized by moving the atlas out of a
centralized position. The tilted occiput is the cause of the head pain. In theory,
effective pain relief should be found by correcting the painful stabilization pattern of
the skull/spine. And it is with NCR.
NCR is a wonderful therapy for head pain. It is the best treatment for headaches,
head pressure and migraines that NCR doctors have found during many years of practice.
People with heart
conditions are safely treated with NCR. However, this is not
addressing the cause(s) of the heart condition itself.
Insomnia is a
condition that is difficult to treat. The many causes, and conditions to rule out are:
hormonal problems, allergies, heavy metal poisoning, mineral imbalances, stress and poor
A leading cause of insomnia can be stress, which is often considered to be a psychological
condition, but is very mechanical as well, regardless of its causation. Once present,
stress can be relieved very effectively with NCR. Often times the stress can be relieved
long-term by the NCR. (See anxiety)
Treatment of insomnia is generally biochemical. Sometimes changing nervous system balance
with the mineral magnesium or pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) can be effective. The use of
tranquilizers and sleeping pills is usually of symptomatic help, and botanicals such as
valerian, skullcap and hops are just a little better. Melatonin, (a pineal hormone),
tryptophan (now a prescription item) and 5-HTP (a tryptophan precursor) can be
symptomatically corrective too.
NCR can help to balance the body's hormonal patterns by optimizing nervous system
function. Thus adrenal problems like high cortisol levels (a cause of insomnia) can be
corrected. Similarly, low estrogen levels, which can lead to insomnia and hot flashes, can
sometimes be treated with NCR.
syndrome (CFS) and the related condition fibromyalgia, as well as the general term
"low energy" are closely related problems, and part of the condition seems to be
structural in nature.
There are many biochemical parameters associated with fibromyalgia and CFS, and they are
an important component in a patient's recovery. In CFS and fibromyalgia, treatment of
allergies, chronic and acute infections (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites),
detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals and the correction of problems in the home
environment are all important. Treatment of poor sleep, sleep apnea and insomnia is
an important consideration as well.
But these are not enough. It is important to realize that there is an additional element
to health besides diet and lifestyle, detoxification and treatment of infection, and that
is the body's structure. Without proper STRUCTURE, the brain and nervous system cannot
This is why NCR is an integral component for recovery from low energy conditions. With
fibromyalgia, the major complaint is the aching of the muscles. The muscles primary job is
to assist the skeleton in supporting the body. When there is chronic aching of the
muscles, the obvious assumption is that the muscles are overworked because the skeleton is
not positioned to support the weight. This is an obvious situation in which to use NCR.
The lymphatic system
is part of the body's fluid circulating networks, returning the larger protein and waste
products from the cells and tissues. It empties into the circulation at the vena cava near
the heart. (The smaller, more watery waste products from the tissue and cells are in the
venous blood already.) Lymphatic fluids circulate through the lymphatic system by the
contraction and relaxation of the skeletal muscles, moving by muscle actions like
toothpaste squeezed through a pastry tube.
With less skeletal muscle action, there is less movement of the lymphatic fluids. Proper
lymphatic function is especially crucial during periods of detoxification from illness,
dieting or cleansing programs. When the lymphatic system is not working right, the body
can get toxic rapidly. It is sluggish lymphatic functioning that makes the muscles sore,
the bowel movements especially foul, the breath smelly, the skin greasy and the
temperament sensitive during these times because toxins are backing up in the lymphatic
The role of NCR for lymphatic circulation is small. There will be a difference in
lymphatic functioning, but it will be indirect. The skeletal muscular tone will be
different as a result of the postural pattern changes from NCR. This makes chronically
tight muscles shorter and more flexible, which promotes lymphatic fluid movement where
there would normally be little. There are also changes in nervous system functioning with
NCR that could make a difference in the nervous system's response to the toxic situation.
TMJ (Mouth, head and jaw pains)
Joint (TMJ) Syndrome is a condition involving pain in
the muscles of the jaw used for chewing and/or the temporomandibular
joint, which connects the lower jaw with the skull. There are limitations in
the use of the jaw and joint sounds (clicking, popping or grating noises)
when the jaw is used. However, many people normally have such joint
sounds in the absence of pain. Pain can spread to the muscles of the
shoulders and neck. More rarely, TMJ can cause disturbances of vision
These symptoms are created from the overall position of the bones in the
head. Why would TMJ occur? The main reason is the position of the
temporomandibular joints. When the temporal bones are not positioned
symmetrically, the mandible has difficulty making smooth contact with the
skull. The temporomandibular joints are then stressed separately and
uniquely. When the jaw joint binds, there are joint sounds and often, but
not always, pain. The cranial balancing pattern, obviously asymmetrical
with the TMJ, requires a painful position of the neck bones and
musculature to maintain stability. This results in headaches, neck and
shoulder pain, jaw pain and even problems with vision. The lop-sided,
uneven positions of the temporal bones can lead to balance problems.
Repeated, great results using NCR to treat TMJ have been experienced. The
correction for TMJ must address the problems of the entire skull, not just the local
symptoms. When NCR treatment has progressed and the pain decreases
from improved function of the entire head, the patterns of chewing are
different. Usually it will be better, but sometimes it can seem worse,
especially with bridges, crowns and fillings that are shaped for the mouth
of a crooked head.
When poor occlusion occurs, it is important to see a dentist for fine-tuning
of the shape of the biting surfaces of the teeth. Continued chewing with a
poor bite can traumatize the skull and move the bones of the skeleton into
a different, undesirable pattern of stabilization. Rarely dental orthopedics
or even orthodontia will be required.
Muscle Spasms; Neck Pain and Shoulder Pain
Muscle spasms and neck
and shoulder pain are obvious conditions to treat
with NCR, and wonderful results have been achieved.
Muscles assist the skeleton to support the body, helping to oppose the
actions of gravity. Muscles are tight and painful when the skeleton fails to
support the body adequately. Generally, when the neck and shoulder
muscles are painful, they are actually working perfectly! It is the skeletal
structure that is so out of position that the muscles have to be painfully
tight to help the skeleton hold up the body.
In many ways the muscles and bones "working relationship" resembles
the use of cables to hold up crooked trees in an orchard. The tree would
fall over without the support of the cable. No one blames the cable for
being tight. Similarly, the muscles need to be tight to support the body
because of the skeleton's lack of support.
Blaming the muscles for pain from tightness makes no sense.
To correct the muscle spasms or the pain in the neck or shoulder, the
structural problems of the body must be corrected. Without correction, the
problems of pain and spasms will reoccur. Traditional physical medicine
treatment modalities have been shown to be ineffective. NCR is the only
treatment technique that has the ability to address the CAUSE of the
problem: the poor structural relationship of the body to gravity.
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This section courtesy of Dr. Odmark
Dr. Charles Musich
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