Cranial Mobilization I

Cranial Mobilization I

May 14-16, 2020
22 Contact Hours
Limited to 10 students
The Chen Center |
6490 S. McCarran Blvd Suite 41 | Reno, NV 89509
6490 S. McCarran Blvd Suite 41
Reno, NV 89509
Friday and Saturday 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:00-6:00,
Sunday 8:00-6:00
Tuition: $725

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 will be planned for students. This is an excellent opportunity for ongoing training and further development of your palpation skills over time.

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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