The Cranial Concept | NOW

Data that is currently being gathered in science
 is beginning to validate the inspiration and genius of William Garner Sutherland’s
anatomical wonderings and insight of 1899. 

The first half of the 20th century saw the birth and the teaching of the Cranial Concept
within the osteopathic community. 

The concept and its practice spread worldwide in the second half of the 20th century.

What will the first half of the 21st century reveal?

Anatomy textbooks state
that cranial sutures
 are fused
…and unable to move.


Are we living in the century that will acknowledge Sutherland’s insight
as one of the most important discoveries
 in human anatomy and physiology?

William Garner Sutherland learned well from the founder of Osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still,
who stated that every structure existed because it performed a specific function.
Sutherland’s fascination with a disarticulated skull led to his marveling 
at the complexity of the skull’s architecture. 

His insightful understanding of anatomical structure and function
led to his inspirational ‘aha’ moment when he observed the sutures in the human skull were
“beveled like the gills of a fish,
indicating respiratory motion for an articular mechanism.”

Finding it impossible to prove that the bones of the cranium did not move,
Sutherland discovered that all the articular surfaces in the cranial joints were designed for movement;
furthermore, the basic patterns of sutures were the same in every living human. 
(Sutherland, 1967)

His discovery, referred to as Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF),
was the result of these observations and wonderings
while a student at the American School of Osteopathy in 1899.


Parietal Bones

Every cell in the human body has movement. 
The delicate detail of interlocking cranial sutures is exceptional. 
There are 8 cranial bones and 14 facial bones.

Why would there be lack of motion between
22 interlocking bones
exhibiting such astounding and singular articulations?


Let’s take a look at some amazing discoveries

 of the 21st century

….a la Sutherland and the Cranial Connection


A Cranial Osteopathic Functional Perspective

New Perspectives on the
Functional Swallow and Intelligent Palpation

“Paired Partners” in Posture: 
The Temporomandibular Joint and the Sacroiliac Joint

The Temporomandibular Joint

The Sacroiliac Joint
Ken Hub Anatomy   |

Effects and Analogies and Applications

Tasha Turzo, DO, an internationally recognized expert in the integration of osteopathy and functional dentistry, combines three principles of the evolving contemporary Cranial Concept in her book:
 The ALF Approach: Changing the Face of Orthodontics

Oobleck and the “Cornstarch” Effect

Tensegrity and Biotensegrity
Tension and Compression

Fascial Flexibility
“Gumby Awareness”