Neuro Cranial Integration  "Miracles on Monday"


What is Neuro Cranial Integration?

Neuro Cranial Integration (NCi)

“effective fusion of history, research and clinical innovation in the cranial field.”

          Historically, cranial techniques have been used by people all over the world since antiquities. Hippocrates described the Macrocephales, known for their custom of cranial deformation. The ancient Egyptians favored an elongated head and pointed chins as did some Europeans. Lewis and Clark in their transcontinental crossing of North America described their encounter with the Chinook tribe, a people that molded the cranium of their children to avoid social stigma.

In the modern era, cranial molding for salutary purpose – the improvement of health - begins with Nephi Cottam, DC and his life’s work of Craniopathy.  William Garner Sutherland’s work with Cranial Osteopathy shortly followed.  It is from these two Giants of the cranial field that provides the beginnings of NCi. Cottam’s chiropractic influence on NCi is noteworthy for his contributions on the causes of dis-ease in terms of “traumas, thoughts and toxins” within a cranial framework. Sutherland’s Primary Respiratory Mechanism and Reciprocal Membrane Tension System provides one of the avenues from which NCi achieves the restoration of health. Alfred Breig, MD, and Allan Terrett, DC with their research on the biomechanics of the spine and dura provides for irrefutable changes in the cranium and spine with NCi. Fred Mitchell, Sr. (Muscle Energy Technique), David G. Simmons, MD ( myofascial trigger points) and Nick Spano, DC (muscle palpation) bridges the intimate relationship between the cranium and the spine within the framework of NCi. Although there are many more names to add to the above list in contributing to the art, science and philosophy of NCi, we want to give credit to Red Adams. His pioneering work on athletes provides in no small part to the unique hands-on approach of NCi.

Why is Neuro Cranial Integration Treatment Different?

As you can surmise from the influence of many individuals mentioned above, there is no doubt that NCi is different from other techniques in terms of its theoretical/philosophical underpinning and in the application and hands-on approach of NCi.

Using a Heart Rate Variability instrument (a technology that allows for the measurement of the Autonomic Nervous System), we are able to demonstrate the effects of NCi in two ways: (1) there is innate intelligence in the body and (2) positive changes occur on the Autonomic Nervous System that is conducive to health. NCi is able to affect the Central and Peripheral Nervous System by "Unleashing the Brain's Healing Power" if you will. We dare say that NCi provides the practitioner a way to achieve this in a unique way that may not be accessible with spinal manipulation or soft tissue techniques. We do not minimize the miraculous effects of the adjustment or the benefits of other forms of manual therapy. We wish to emphasize that NCi is unique in its approach and may augment what you currently provide for your patients. There is an emphasis by some “cranial techniques” to work on the cranium to affect the rest of the body. NCi works on the dura to affect not only the cranium but also the rest of the Nervous System. Through the dura’s connection with the cranial bones and the spine, a craniospinal balance can be achieved with NCi. Research shows that the cranial bones align in direct relationship to “tension” on the dura. As an example, consider the practitioners that care for children with plagiocephally. Direct manual work upon the sutures and the fontanelles to influence cranial molding may be augmented by affecting the dura through NCi.

What of the unique hands-on approach/application of NCi?  We train the individual practitioner to perform NCi according to their physical attributes and adapt the technique to the uniqueness of every patient’s anatomy and clinical presentation. There is no “one-way” of doing NCi. Furthermore, NCi has been designed for the practitioner to easily modify and adapt to their office and with different patients. We can draw upon our clinical experience and those of our practitioners that many different types of patients have benefited from NCi. Acute or chronic, young or old, musculoskeletal or non-musculoskeletal complaints, pain or non-pain complaints – all have benefited from NCi.

How Long Does A Treatment Last?

The NCi procedure lasts only two to three minutes. Not only is it easy on the patient, it is also easy on the doctor to perform. For those of you who have attended our preview seminars, DO NOT let the purposeful simplicity of NCi allow you to ignore the powerful results you experienced in the Previews. For all, we invite you to attend this powerful training. NCi may be a “stand alone technique” or be integrated in your existing practice.


 "Cuts the learning curve to being effective in the office with dural/cranial work"

                                                                - Stuart Marmorstein, DC  Houston, TX 


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