Cranio facial disorder, jaw misalignments, speech problems and plagiocephaly cranio sacral therapy case history

        Cranio Sacral Therapy

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  Cranio facial disorder, Jaw misalignments, Speech problems and Plagiocephaly

For patients who wished to remain anonymous a pseudonym system is in place. All male patients are called Jack and all female patients are called Jill. Surnames are colours.

Miss Jill Orange
– Cranio facial disorder, headaches, jaw misalignments, speech problems, plagiocephaly.

Birth year & month 1992 November

Date of first treatment 4/10/1997       Age 5 yrs

Therapist John Dalton

By the time she was 3 years old she was under the care of 13 specialists connected with the Cranio Facial Unit at the Mater Children’s hospital in Brisbane. These included cranio facial surgeons, an orthodontist, a speech therapist and an ophthalmologist.

Jill had a cranio facial disorder causing the right side of her face to have a squashed in appearance around her right eye while the right side of her forehead bulged in comparison to the left side.

She was getting headaches that would last for as long as 4 days, there was some concern regarding potential damage to Jill's hearing and the pressure that was being put on her brain and right eye. Her jaw development was inhibited and this was affecting her speech, she had developing a noticeable lisp. Her mental functioning was unaffected though there was concern that this would become affected in time.

Jill was facing the prospect of having extensive cranio facial surgery once she had reached a viable age for such procedures. These would involve separating the skin from the underlying tissue, and rolling it away from her face so that the bones could be accessed. It would then be necessary to break certain facial bones in order to start the reconstruction process. In Jill’s case, her jaw would have had to be broken also.

I have a great respect for Mothers, for their intuition regarding their children and their determination to help them, no mater what. Jill’s mum was exceptional in this regard. She felt there must be a better way for Jill. When three different people mentioned my name to her, in the same day, she made the phone call.

Treatment progress
It felt to me like Jill had got stuck in her mum’s womb in an awkward position that put a lot of pressure on her head and imprinted a pattern of restriction in her soft head that the forming bones grew into.


I saw Jill every week for 8 weeks. The difference from week to week was utterly . . . tiny. Often in a treatment program, I will feel changes internally though nothing is apparent on the outside. With Jill the amount of movement from week to week was 1 or 2 microns at best. I knew those 2 microns would accumulate over time but it was slow going. Those little bones were stuck good.

Did I mention that Jill’s mother was a legend. She brought Jill week after week even though there was no sign of improvement, for nearly 2 months. Finally, on the 8th week there was an extensive release, right at the centre of the restriction pattern that was holding the bones tight.

Jill and her mother had to go upstate for 12 weeks so I didn’t get to see the effect of this release until they returned.

It was remarkable.
There was a huge improvement in her face and head. There was still a lot of consolidation work to be done after that.

Jill had 23 treatments over the next year. In some of the sessions she released the trauma of getting stuck in her mum’s womb, spontaneously roaring, ‘'Let me go. Let me out of here.'

Jill’s mum worked as a receptionist for 2 doctors. They were open to non-mainstream treatments and had watched Jill’s progress since she had begun treatment. Jill’s mum told me they were astounded at the transformation. They weren’t the only ones. The orthodontist was absolutely bowled over by the improvement. He said, and I quote, 'Wow. – Mrs Orange, what have you done to Jill's face!’ The speech therapist was amazed, too. Jill's bite had improved, and her speech had changed - the lisp was not nearly so noticeable. Even the ophthalmologist was very pleased with the right eye. He was impressed by her improvement - but cautiously so, preferring not to comment on the method of treatment.

Cranio what?

By March 1999 I felt we had done enough for the time being.

They returned in June 1999.
Jill had gone for her assessment with the cranio facial team at the Mater. The chief surgeon decided she had, ‘Grown out of it.’ and cancelled the major cranio facial surgery. He was concerned about her internal mouth shape and jaw alignment and said they would go ahead with the jaw surgery in a year if it didn’t improve.

Jill had 9 more treatments over the next 8 months. Finishing in February 2000.
At Jill’s next assessment with the cranio facial team the jaw surgery was also cancelled.

Follow up
I contacted Jill’s mum in 2002. Jill’s face continues to remain symmetrical and she has developed none of the symptoms she was threatened with.

Patient's comment
On that initial 8 week period with little apparent improvement. "I know there are no "quick fixes" in natural therapies, that there are always times during treatment when you hit a brick wall. It was a combination of that knowledge, plus an instinct that told me we just had to keep on with it."
On Jill releasing "Jill experienced three extraordinary emotional releases. The first time, she was just lying there, with her hands loose by her sides, but with her jaw clenched. She started yelling: 'Let me go. Let me out of here.' I believe she regressed to her time in the womb when her hands and feet were caught, and she was crying out in frustration. Afterwards, she had no memory of what had happened, and she wasn't upset with John in any way."

My Patients Say This:

'When I first came to see John in early 2006 I was feeling so down and totally out of hope for recovery.

I had been sick for more than two years with almost no sign of recovery whatsoever. I had seen all kinds of doctors (mostly neurologists) and I had even had my head scanned.

Further, I had seen a lot of chiropractors and therapists, including other cranio sacral therapists.

I suffered heavily from dizziness, head aches, lack of ability to concentrate and a general fatigue which made it impossible for me to do anything without getting tired and feeling totally worn out.

However, all of this changed radically when I went to see John. Already after the first session I felt significantly better the following week. I was amazed and my condition just kept getting better and better over the next 4-5 months until I was almost 100% okay.

Today, I experience only very insignificant fatigue when I work extremely hard. But I guess that’s even pretty normal, so I think it is fair to say that I have fully recovered.

Thank you very much for this, John!! And to all you guys out there of course there are no guarantees when it comes to illness, but you have also got a chance!

And John’s way of doing things may very well work for you!

My case is a very good example of that.'

A. E. -
Lawyer - Denmark.

'Dear John,
This is a letter to say thank you. When I came to see you I can't say I had any great trust in you or cranio sacral therapy either. But I knew that my bi-polar disorder was quite literally threatening my life and I needed help. You gave me that help and I can only say how grateful I am to you.

I never thought I could ever live a 'normal' life, but now I do, and it's thanks to you. (Hey, that's poetry!)
Thanks, John.'

Carla Read -
Brisbane, Australia.

Just a few lines to thank you for the help and treatment you have given me throughout my illness. You not only helped me but you gave me encouragement.

The medical profession gave up on me whereas you didn't.

You saved me from going for an operation and for that I am truly greatful.
Best wishes for the future. '

Heather Mitrovic - Brisbane, Australia.

'I first came across John's healing sessions while recovering from major brain surgery. Thankfully I am now fully recovered and I know that John was a key in that recovery providing a fundamental building block of support and healing strength.

The beauty of John's healing is that it encompasses the whole person, not just the physical and he works with an amazing sense of humour, lightness and love.'

C. Delaney, Risk analyst - London.

'The quality of my life in many areas has improved immensely and the layers of healing that John helped me through continue to have a beneficial effect on my health and my life.'

D. Crowley. - Pharmacist - Cork, Ireland.

'I had Cranio Sacral Therapy for severe pain in my neck and shoulders. During the treatment I experienced a state of deep relaxation and wonderful healing.

My neck and shoulder pain is gone and many other little complaints disappeared. My health has improved greatly, I am feeling more secure and my energy level has increased beyond my wildest dreams.'

M.T. Marsh. Secretary - Galway, Ireland.

'When I first attended John Dalton I was suffering from high blood pressure, irregular heart beat and had not slept properly for approximately two months. Although initially sceptical, after the first session I was quite convinced that it was effective.

My sleep pattern immediately improved and my chest pressures eased.

The power of this treatment has been that it did not just cure the physical and most obvious symptoms but continued on to help me cure the emotional and more subtle problems which lay at the core of everything.'

Tony Gallery, Computer Analyst - Geneva, Switzeraland.

'I was in a car accident, receiving serious head injuries and was in a coma for three days. When I first saw John I couldn't co-ordinate my eyes and had double vision. I had memory loss and poor concentration.

I was amazed by John's sensitivity. A few days after my first treatment my eyes came back into line and have been perfect ever since, my mental abilities and my energy steadily improved.'

Kathy Kennedy, Acupuncturist - Cork, Ireland.

'I experienced Cranio Sacral Therapy as a powerful way of accessing the wisdom of the body. It brought me in touch with areas of myself that analytical work could not reach.'

B. Moylan, Psychotherapist - Galway, Ireland.

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