Treatment of the brain is a gentle, noninvasive, hands on manual therapy that directly addresses specific structures of the brain and spinal cord. The spinal cord and each of the internal structures of the brain have small amounts of motion available that are very important for optimal health. Through head injuries, surgery, birth and other traumas, that small amount of motion can become restricted or stopped altogether. Additionally, the brain is continually bathed in lymph fluid, (called glymph in the brain), cerebrospinal fluid and blood. The free-flowing motion of these fluids is also crucial for a well-functioning brain and spinal cord. Brain therapy can be useful for treating a variety of conditions, such as concussion, whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, headaches, chronic environmental allergies, cerebral palsy and other birth traumas. During a treatment, the therapist touches the head, feeling through the bones and joints of the skull to determine what structures of the brain (such as the brainstem or cerebellum) are not moving as well as they could, or are not optimally hydrated.
This therapeutic modality was developed by Bruno Chikly, DO and is taught all over the world to Rolfers ®, bodyworkers, PTs, osteopaths and other hands on manual therapists.