What is the Spheno-Basilar Junction??

The spheno-basilar junction, also known as SBJ, is the cartilaginous junction (that resembles the shape of a butterfly), of the sphenoid bone and the basilar portion of the occipital bone at the base of the skull.

There are common signs when the SBJ is locked into place and not moving freely. Have you experienced any of these?

*Migraines and Headaches/tension
*Digestive Disorders
*Sinus issues
*Head, neck and back pain
*Hormonal Imbalance
*Lack of Mental Clarity
*Improper organ function

Many have asked, why would it be locked into place and not moving freely? From the time we are born til we notice these symptoms, there can be a variety of factors that affect the SBJ.

The vast majority of us can say that we have played contact sports, given birth, fell on our tailbone, hit our heads on something or have had the wind knocked out of us, emotional startles, excessive coughing and the process of being born. Usually we can say we have experienced the majority of those things before the age of 10.

It can take a long time for symptoms to appear in relation to the SBJ, when we start experiencing physical discomfort, it is usually years upon years of other influences, not what you did yesterday or even last week.

How the SBJ moves and its function:

The SBJ moves in rhythm with our breathing cycle- it moves up and down in synchronicity. Even this slight exchange and movement influences the distribution of the cerebrospinal fluid, the fluids in the brain, the function of the pituitary gland and the rocking motion of the breathing cycle as well as the cranial pulse.

If this movement is compromised in any way, say a blow to the head or having the wind knocked out of you, it will have major effects on the brain because every cranial bone has a relationship with the sphenoid bone.

If it stops moving, all other bones in the skull become restricted in movements as well.

As stated above, when the SBJ is moving appropriately, it helps the pituitary gland of the endocrine system do its job with hormone distribution.
It helps with the movement of  the cerebrospinal fluid and allows the other cranial bones to move how they should.

If the CSF isn’t flowing, that is where you will experience foggy head, poor memory, depression or tension headaches. It also affects how neurons function in the brain which can influence organ function.

It can put pressure behind the sinuses and also behind the eyes which can affect eyesight and chronic sinus problems.

The SBJ can greatly affect the breathing cycle of anyone if it is imbalanced. It will create an inefficiency in breathing and it will be more difficult to breathe. There is more to breathing than just our diaphragm and how our body uses the breath. If you can only breathe in a shallow manner, the body will not get enough oxygen. It will also have an emotional effect, by not being able to deal with how you’re feeling and “living life” shallowly. We can also under function big time and feel like we are dragging ourselves around throughout the day and feel “out of it”.

In BodyTalk, we balance the SBJ by using two contact points and tapping on the head and the sternum. After the balancing technique, you may notice your breathing patterns change, and in a few days may notice a big difference with foggy head/headaches and lack of energy.

It is important to acknowledge the profound influence the SBJ has on the body and is commonly talked about in osteopathic treatments.

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Information gathered from “BodyTalk Fundamentals” 8th Edition and through repeated sessions with clients using the SBJ.