Cranial Mobilization I

September 17-19, 2021
21 Contact Hours
Limited to 12 students
Manual Edge Physiotherapy |
6189 Lehman Dr #202 | Colorado Springs, CO 80918
6189 Lehman Dr #202
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Friday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
$725 if registered by August 1st*
$775 if registered after August 1st

This class will consist of the specific evaluation and treatment of the cranial complex that is important for the function of the local cranial environment, as well as the systemic interactions related to the spinal dura and its associated levels, sacrum and pelvis, cranial nerves, interplay with the visceral system and the influence upon the musculoskeletal system as a whole. The cranial approach is based on the work of William Sutherland D.O. This approach is indispensable if you treat patients with pain syndromes of the head, neck, TMJ, spine, abdomen and pelvis.

This 1st Cranial Mobilization class will cover the theoretical and practical-lab application of the following topics: principles of Osteopathy; components of the primary respiratory mechanism; anatomy of the cranial articulations, membranous and fluid systems; anatomy of the sacral and pelvic portions of the cranial dural system; mobility of the cranial and sacral systems; components of palpatory evaluation; palpation of the primary respiratory mechanism; types of cranial lesions; balanced membranous tension; still point; cervical compactions; sacral intra-osseous compactions; intracranial membrane release; frontals, temporals, and parietals; sphenobasilar compaction, torsion, side bending-rotation, vertical and lateral shears; tentorium cerebelli release; equilibration of spinal dura; de-translation of C1; basilar expansion.


  • Understand the basic history of Osteopathy and its’ 4 principles as a paradigm for the body
  • Understand the history of Osteopathic cranial technique and how it fits into the evaluation and treatment of the patient
  • Understand the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM) and its role in diagnosis and treatment
  • Explain the goals and purpose of cranial treatment, and the interactions with the systems of the body
  • Know contraindications to treatment
  • Understand basic cranial mechanics, effects of dysfunction, and when cranial treatment is appropriate for the patient
  • Have an introductory level proficiency in the utilization of drift, dialogue, and motion testing as a means of evaluation
  • Perform a basic evaluation of the cranial vault and base using palpatory assessment, and formulate a specific diagnosis
  • Provide an appropriate level of treatment, according to the specific diagnostic findings and immediate tissue response of the patient, to create a positive therapeutic response
  • Perform a re-evaluation of the specific diagnostic findings to determine the effectiveness of your treatment
  • Appropriately plan for the next treatment using the results of your re-evaluation and the response of the patient

The Cranial Mobilization Level I class is recommended as an initial exposure to the manual proprioceptive ‘feel’ of tissue release and will be a requirement for taking successive Cranial Mobilization classes as well as the Visceral Mobilization and Functional Indirect Technique classes. A continuing series of more advanced Cranial Mobilization classes is planned with ultimate certification in Cranial Mobilization. This is an excellent opportunity for ongoing training and further development of your palpation and treatment skills over time.

Classes will be taught by Tim Bonack PT, DOMP (C), Physical Therapist and Canadian Trained Osteopath. Tim has 38 years of experience as a Physical Therapist and 18 years as a Canadian Trained Osteopath. He holds an Adjunct Clinical Faculty position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Additionally, he has served on the International Jury of the Canadian College of Osteopathy and as a Clinical Preceptor for the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tim has experience teaching numerous classes in Osteopathic Manual Therapy and specializes in the treatment of complex pain syndromes utilizing Osteopathic Manual Techniques applied to his Physical Therapy practice. Tim is the owner of Manual Edge Physiotherapy, a private practice in Colorado Springs, CO.

Questions about this class or the series of classes can be directed to Tim Bonack PT, DOMP(C) at:
Phone: (719) 694-8342 • E-mail:

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