Is Your Sphenoid in the Right Place?

So what is a sphenoid anyway?  The sphenoid is a butterfly shaped bone in the middle of your skull.  It is considered the most important of the cranial bones because it touches (directly or indirectly) every other bone in the skull.  If the sphenoid is out of proper alignment

(subluxated), the entire skull, spinal column and even the brain may be affected.  The sphenoid joins at the bottom of the skull with the occipital bone to form the sphenobasilar (SB) junction or joint.  This junction acts like a pump to move a special fluid known as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) throughout your nervous system.  CSF delivers nutrients to your brain, spinal cord, and nerves and removes wastes.  Its chemistry affects the proper functioning of your immune system as well as your nervous system.

So what happens is your sphenoid is out of place?  If the sphenoid is subluxated it can cause many different physical and mental problems.  The list of these conditions is long and includes depression, endocrine disturbances, migraine, headache, impairment of taste, smell, hearing, and speech, disturbances of movement and trembling, disturbance of temperature regulation, increased intracranial pressure, memory disturbances, impairment of brain function, “brain fog,” insomnia, disturbance of lacrimal and nasal glands, problems with drainage of nasal cavities, double vision, strabismus, deviation of the eyeball, ptosis of the eyelid, vision problems, tinnitus, deafness, disturbances of the vagus nerve (nausea and vomiting) and other conditions.

As one researcher, Dr. M.B. Jeanette, writes:  “The list of symptoms involved in this subluxation is practically endless….nothing can disturb as many cranial nerves as can the sphenobasilar subluxation. The sphenobasilar must always involve the occiput and the sphenoid.”

Also the sphenoid bone makes up a portion of the eye socket.  That may be one reason sphenoid subluxations cause vision, nasal, and related problems.  Migraine or headache coming from the eye may be an indication of a sphenoid  subluxation.  The wing of the sphenoid is felt behind each eye.  The wing most commonly subluxates (goes out of place) forward or backward and, less commonly, inferior or superior.

Since both bones join and affect each other’s movements, there is rarely a sphenoid subluxation without an occipital subluxation.  The occipital bone is located at the back of the skull and makes up the bottom (or base) of the skull.  Fixing the sphenoid pattern using the Koren Specific Technique is really quite simple.  The cranial bones are first analyzed to see if they are out of position or not moving properly (subluxated).  If analysis reveals a subluxation, KST doctors usually use an adjusting instrument to correct the subluxation.  After the sphenoid pattern is corrected, patients often report feeling a sense of expansion or lightness.  Sometimes they may remark that their vision is clearer or sharper.  Headaches, even migraines, may decrease and chronic problems may begin to go into remission.  In addition, mood and depression improve and a sense of calm and relaxation is often reported.

Koren Specific Technique was developed to easily and quickly analyze and correct the entire structural system, including the cranial bones.  It is a gentle low-force technique that, because of the specficity, keeps patients subluxation free for longer periods, promoting greater health, healing and well-being.

About Dr. Marina Zaré

I am a Chiropractic Wellness Consultant in NW Portland, OR, in the heart of the Pearl district in Portland. I focus on prevention and am extremely passionate about taking care of the young before damage occurs. I utilize numerous technologies in the field of Chiropractic such as Thermography, Electromyography, Heart Rate Variability, B.E.S.T. KST which enable me to help people with chronic pain, learning disorders, ADHD, allergies, injuries, depression, anxiety and other ailments that are caused by having vertebral subluxation
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4 Responses to Is Your Sphenoid in the Right Place?

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  2. Joanna Rose says:

    Can the sphenoid bone move back to its original position when the body is in a healing state?
    An NCR question!!! After finishing an NCR treatment will it need to be on-going? Does the bone more back or is it fixed there permanently?

  3. Don L. says:

    Are all chiropractors familiar with this subluxation? The article doesn’t mention making an adjustment to the bone. Can it be adjusted and put into it’s proper place? Can All chiropractors make the proper adjustment?

    • I am not sure if all chiropractors are familiar with sphenoid subluxation. It definitely can be adjusted. I can not speak for all chiropractors and know whether they can make the proper adjustments. I do this adjustment using my fingertips, or an Arthrostim utilizing KST (Koren Specific Technique), or an integrator.

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