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For years one of the greatest challenges in Cranial Osteopathy has been ongoing scientific research—studies that document the benefits of Cranial Osteopathy. Research is expensive, and research funds must be replenished continuously. Your contribution could make a difference in the future of Osteopathy.
The OCAF has chosen to highlight these particular abstracts because of their Cranial concept relevance. These abstracts convey the direction of research the OCAF would be interested in receiving as future grant proposals.
Abstract Introduction Central to the osteopathic cranial field, and at the same time controversial, is the concept of a unique rhythmic movement believed to originate from a primary respiratory mechanism (PRM). Further, the PRM is reported to manifest as a cranial...
In the late 1990s and early 2000s NASA researchers seeking to make sure astronauts would survive safely in extended space flights conducted research that demonstrated cranial bone motion. The work of Toshiaki Ueno, MD, PhD led to Dr. Ueno presently at a special 2004 Cranial Academy Conference on cranial bone motion. Dr. Ueno’s images of the heads of the astronauts immediately before “blast off” and upon return, showed visual proof of cranial bone expansion.
A 2009 study done by Wm. Thomas Crow, DO and Hollis King, DO, PhD, using state of the art MRI imagery analysis from NIH studied cranial bone motion in 20 health subjects. We found that the area within the skull at exactly the same coronal plane of the calvarium changed and was significantly different over 8 separate images.