cranial concept

cranial concept,

n in osteopathic medicine, a diagnostic and therapeutic approach associated with the application of osteopathic medicine principles to the skull or cranium; based on the structural studies and clinical observations conducted by William Garner Sutherland, D.O. Dr. Sutherland claimed that a palpable motion within the human body takes place in concurrence with the movement of the bones called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism, or PRM, within the head. The cranial concept is considered an extension of osteopathic philosophy.
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The cranial concept comes from the osteopathic profession.
With an understanding of the cranial concept, current thinking about temporomandibular joint dysfunction is no longer sufficient.
However, it is well worthwhile trying to find someone with whom to work both to benefit our patients and to gain a perspective of the cranial concept from the viewpoint of another discipline.
As with diagnosis, an understanding of the cranial concept leads to a radically different approach to treatment.
Our application of the cranial concept extends beyond this viewpoint and offers a logical, inclusive and comprehensive basis for understanding the dental variations which Kernott identified.