OMT Minute  |   December 2019
Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine: Frontal and Parietal Lift Techniques
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  • From the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA in Vallejo. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported 
  • Support: This video was produced by Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Nicole Peña, DO, 1310 Club Dr, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592-1187. Email: nicole.pena@tu.edu
     
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Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders
OMT Minute   |   December 2019
Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine: Frontal and Parietal Lift Techniques
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2019, Vol. 119, e44-e45. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.139
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2019, Vol. 119, e44-e45. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.139
Osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine (OCMM) is a treatment modality that focuses on optimizing motion of the primary respiratory mechanism (PRM). This mechanism includes the anatomic and physiologic components of inherent motility of the central nervous system, fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid, articular mobility of the cranial bones, mobility of the cranial membranes, including the dura, and mobility of the sacrum between the ilia.1 Dysfunction of the PRM can occur antepartum, during childbirth, or be caused or compounded by traumatic injuries later in life.2 
Many conditions may be helped by osteopathic manipulative treatment, including OCMM. These conditions include headache; orofacial pain; cranial nerve entrapment; vertigo; tinnitus; closed head trauma and concussion; temporomandibular joint dysfunction; ocular dysfunction, such as strabismus and astigmatism; various otolaryngologic complaints, such as eustachian tube dysfunction, otitis media, and chronic pharyngitis; dental pain and malocclusion; and plagiocephaly and feeding difficulties in children.1,3 Small pilot studies have also shown that OCMM and related craniosacral techniques may reduce symptoms associated with more severe neurologic and psychiatric disorders, such as cerebral palsy, posttraumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.4-6 

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