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The Sphenoid Bone

10 February 2020

The very beautiful Sphenoid bone.

Known as the cranial keystone, the sphenoid bone is one of the most mysterious parts of our anatomy. Associated with many common health problems, a restricted sphenoid can be freed by craniosacral therapy.

Located in the very center of the skull, the sphenoid bone is in a unique and influential position.

This single bone runs through the mid-sagittal plane and helps connect the cranial skeleton to the facial skeleton. It articulates posteriorly with the occipital bone, laterally with the temporal and parietal bones, and anteriorly with the frontal and ethmoid bones.

The sphenoid bone is one of the seven bones that articulate to form the orbit. Its shape somewhat resembles that of a butterfly or bat with its wings extended.

It is the only bone that connects to all the other bones of the cranium and its movement is responsible for “milking” the pituitary gland to secrete hormones.

I think it’s one of my favourite cranial bones to both study and work with because of its form and structure.

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