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Dr. Nicole Gopaul is one of the only practitioners with Atlas Orthogonal experience who is also trained in the Cranial Manipulation protocol in the Chicagoland area. She has studied this technique extensively in the United States and has worked in tandem with dental professionals to successfully treat TMJ issues and their related symptoms for over 20 years.

What Is Cranial Manipulation?

Cranial manipulation is a form of osseous movement work. Through subtle and very specific movements of cranial sutures in the skull, proper alignment of the jaw and relief of pain can be experienced. Cranial manipulation involves applying gentle pressure and manipulation of the joints of the skull with the aim of achieving therapeutic results to normalize the body's natural response to pain, pain management, and pain relief. A doctor can palpate the skull to detect and manipulate rhythmic movements in the bones to achieve a therapeutic result. A trained professional can read the cranial movement and then unlock any cranial distortions by gently moving the bones in the skull.

What is Cranial Manipulation Used For?

Cranial manipulation is a new, innovative approach to treating certain diseases, various cranial and spine-related conditions, and dysfunctions. Cranial manipulation can be helpful if there is an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system, which is common in many diseases. 


Cranial manipulation allows practitioners to identify and sometimes eliminate the root causes or contributing structural factors of symptoms in TMJ, migraine, multiple sclerosis, headache, Meiner's disease, malocclusion, MDDS, vertigo, low back pain, neck pain, and postural distortions, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, scoliosis and many others..

Conditions Cranial Manipulation Can Treat:​

  • Cranial dysfunction

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Forward head posture

  • Headaches

  • Pain in the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders

  • Difficulty chewing

  • Facial swelling

  • Postural distorions and scoliosis

TMJ/TMD Cranial & Spinal Corrections

Your neck is vital and complex. It deserves a dedicated practitioner. Cranial manipulation has proven to help those who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD).


This condition causes pain in the muscles and joints that control the movement of the jaw. Additionally, the surrounding structures of the neck, upper back, shoulders, mid-back, and lower back into the pelvis, even down the legs to the knees and ankles, may have symptoms. 

"People who suffer from severe TMJ disorders think surgery is their only option, however, Atlas Orthogonal combined with Cranial Manipulation and spinal adjustments are noninvasive techniques that have been proven to have a positive effect on this type of disorder."


The Benefits and Therapeutic Effects of Atlas Orthogonal

Proper functioning of the upper neck

Ensuring a healthy and functioning body free from pain is fundamental to human health.


Balanced posture

Protecting your spine and maintaining good posture is a key component of optimal human health.


Correct Upper Cervical Subluxations

Subluxations can hamper optimal brain-to-body communication making you more susceptible to diseases.


Proper brain-to-body communication

You can optimize the body's capability to self-heal if the body's nervous system is properly sending messages throughout the body.Many in our world are suffering needlessly without the knowledge of a potential solution. Collaboration with other structural providers is crucial to enhance the ability of an individual chiropractor to make a significant impact on a patient's health.


How Does Cranial Manipulation Work?

Cranial sutures do not generally completely fuse as we age. Cranial sutures maintain some degree of flexibility, possibly due to their morphology. Meningeal tissue has extracranial and endocranial (inner and outer) connections whose tension patterns might affect neural tissue, vascular structures, and Cerebrospinal fluid During cranial manipulation, the skull bones are involved as handles with which the doctor accesses and influences the membrane system attached to the bone. While cranial osteopaths focus on the bones in the skull, some practitioners focus more on the dura, a membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It is believed that it is this membrane that creates the cranial rhythm and that this rhythm affects every cell in our body. Central to the practice of cranial manipulation in this area of skull malformations is the understanding of how this movement is reflected in the rest of our body. Working with the sphenoid and dura directly influences the "cranial rhythm" and the movement of bones and skulls, as well as the way they interact with each other.


I began working with Natural Care Chiropractic several months ago regarding a case of debilitating TMJ. They use an innovative technique on the skull, Cranial Suture Release, which has provided me with significant relief. They are relentless in finding a solution for their patients. I have been particularly impressed that the octors continually seek out further education and knowledge in their respective fields. I cannot recommend their work enough!

- Carly P., Skokie, IL

Natural Care Chiropractic is outstanding. I went there for help with daily migraines and haven't had one since my Atlas Orthogonal adjustment. They are some of the few doctors in the area trained to do this very precise adjustment of the atlas bone. Not only are my migraines gone, but so is my neck, shoulder, knee, and sciatic pain. That's not even the best part. All of my symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis have quickly disappeared as well. It's amazing what happens when you reconnect your nervous system.

- Nina K., IL

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