Stuttering

The movie “The King’s Speech” has put the spot light on the challenges of growing up with a stutter. The reasons for stuttering are many and not well defined.

Stuttering can be caused by many things.

Emotional trauma, physical injuries to the head, biochemical imbalances, as well as differences in the amount of white matter (myelin covering of the nerves, that speeds up nerve conduction) in the speech centers of the brain’s left hemisphere (see article), are suspect. Stuttering often resolves, spontaneously or with the help of therapy, by the end of childhood, but may stay with a person for life.

Irritated cranial nerves may affect voice production.

The major structures are the mouth, tongue, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), and vocal cords.  Although it appears that the body structures involved in speaking show no dysfunction, they are governed by the cranial nerves which exit the brain through the skull and innervate these structures.

These nerves leave the brain stem and find their way to the various structures that contribute to the ability to speak.  When a child experiences head or spinal trauma, the head bones may shift and become locked into an off position.  This may irritate the cranial nerves and cause erratic nerve conduction.  Hence the stutter.

Other structures equally important in voice production are the diaphragm (for breath control), the trachea (air tube), and even the neck vertebrae. They are often ignored and yet so important.

The connective tissue can restrict any of these structures.

Any slight misalignment (subluxation) of the spine, especially the vertebrae of the neck, will create tension on the connective tissue (fascia) that envelops the many structures of the throat and chest. Such tension may interfere with proper breathing, voice production, and coordination of the many muscles ( of the tongue, jaw, larynx, and diaphragm) involved in speech. Any of these disturbances may cause stuttering.

The connective tissue is often ignored but can over time put a strangle hold on any part of the body.

It holds the billions of cells together to form tissues, the tissues together to form organs, and muscles and bones together to form the musculoskeletal system. Moreover, through the connective tissue run the nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels, and meridians.

Hence, any tension (restriction, “gunking up”) of the connective tissue interferes with the blood supply, nerve conduction, immune system (via the lymph system), and energy flow (meridians), and thus with the healthy functioning of the body. Wherever there is a restriction in the connective tissue, there’s the potential for dysfunction.

Craniosacral therapy helps to release restrictions in the connective tissue.

There are many different types of therapies that help to reduce stuttering with varying success.

There’s yet another type of therapy — craniosacral therapy — that has vast potential but hasn’t appeared on people’s (and therapists’) radar screens. Craniosacral therapy helps the body to release the tension in the connective tissue, and thus open up the space for all the structures embedded in it, in this case the structures involved in voice production and speech.

The theory behind craniosacral therapy is somewhat complex. Suffice it to say, that this therapy helps the body to recover from the many shocks, whether small, large, or anything in between, of living life, by reducing the restrictions in the connective tissue.

For more in depth information on craniosacral therapy, see my health blog on this subject on my website : whitetigernaturalmedicine.com.

Until the next natural healing perspectives blog…

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