Title: CSF-2: Sphenobasilar Releases for the 10 Patterns & Advanced Sutural Releases
March 14-15th 2021, Opole, Poland
September 12-13th, 2020, Horseheads Comprehensive Physical Therapy, P.C., 2758 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, NY 14845
Instructors: Michal Niedzielski, PT, PRC (US and Poland Courses); Flo Barber-Hancock, LMT, PhD (US Courses)
Total CE hours: 16
Prerequisites: CSF-1
Program Description:

The primary focus of this second CranioSomatic workshop is on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to identify and correct the ten sphenobasilar (SB) patterns described in osteopathic literature. These patterns are treated using traditional direct and indirect cranial range-of-motion (ROM) procedures. Applied Kinesiology (AK) procedures are used to identify SB patterns and confirm their correction.

Each SB pattern produces a characteristic arrangement of peripheral cranial bones (internal versus external rotation). This results in a unique pattern of sutural restrictions and a unique compensatory pattern of facilitated (strong) and inhibited (weak) muscles. The AK techniques presented in CSF-1are used to confirm sutural restrictions and the status of muscle function.

This workshop also includes more advanced vault and facial sutural release techniques. Clinical experience applying the SB pattern releases will be essential for treatment techniques taught in the CranioStructural Integration workshop.

Program Objectives:
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the difference between SB movements and SB patterns.
  2. Describe the differences between Direct and Indirect cranial treatment techniques.
  3. Name the three types of SB axes.
  4. Name the 10 SB patterns.
  5. Use their hands to demonstrate with gestures the coordinated movements of the sphenoid and occiput around the 3 types of SB axes.
  6. Initiate one SB pattern on another person, confirmed by a third person using MMT.
  7. Describe how SB patterns affect cranial midline and peripheral bones.
  8. Demonstrate the use of MMT as a way to identify an SB pattern.
  9. Demonstrate a cranial SB technique to release related musculoskeletal inhibitions.
  10. Describe how integrating SB pattern releases into their practice could improve outcomes.

Program Topics:

  • Sphenobasilar patterns as alterations in the position and function of cranial structures
  • The axes about which cranial SB movements are described
  • Cranial characteristics (rotations / positions) of the 10 named SB patterns
  • How spinal and pelvic patterns result in SB patterns, and vise versa
  • The pattern of muscle function / dysfunction associated with each SB pattern
  • The unique pattern of sutural restrictions associated with each SB pattern
  • How to correct SB patterns using cranial ROM procedures
  • How SB ROM can be used as ‘stand-alone’ treatment procedures

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