France’s magic balls



Take four tennis balls, 1 sock and flat surface and a brilliantly eccentric osteopath and what do you get? A homemade recipe for the relief of accumulated stress and tension in the body. If it sounds too crazy for words then I recommend you read on and find out a little more about this kooky, but brilliant and effective device.

The blue peter-esq homemade thingy ma-jig works as a pressure relieving device that accesses something called the still point, a rather simple name for what is a rather complicated concept to explain. Basically it is a point in the energy vibration of the body that a cranial osteopath tries to locate and then extend to increase well-being. So while this cheap and easy device is not a patch on a treatment with France, it does provide some of the benefits associated with a cranial osteopathic treatment. Can’t say fairer than that!

Before we get on to the balls let us first question what on earth is cranial osteopathy is. To put it simply, it is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of tension and stresses throughout the body. It aims to do this by subtle manipulation of the cerebro-spinal fluid (CFS), which is a clear, colourless bodily fluid found surrounding the brain and spine.

CFS is produced in the ventricles and passed rhythmically around the brain, down to the spine, to be reabsorbed through the spinal nerves and the lymphatic system. Within this fluid there is a pulsation and wave pattern that can be detected and palpated, this is what France is monitoring and manipulating.

We all experience physical or emotional stresses, but what many people do not realise, is our body tissues tend to tighten up under this pressure, and while the body can adapt to short periods of tension, if it is prolonged it leaves a lasting strain. Theses tensions can restrict the body’s free movement and gradually build up to create noticeable physical symptoms..

The terror of stress does not end there however, it goes beyond the skeletal and muscular system and actually disrupts the fluidity and rhythm of the CFS fluid as it mobilizes through your body. Through analysis of this varying rhythm and pulsation wave forms France can identify what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also provides him with an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.

This pretty impressive therapy has a strong representation within the profession and a loyal following among the patient population who have observed great changes in the musculoskeletal system and received great therapeutic benefit. France has practiced this technique for over 16 years and found it to be very effective in conditions such as; headaches, sacroiliac pain, stress, babies with colic, chronic fatigue syndrome, sinusitis, neck pain and post birth trauma.

So if you fancy having a bit of homemade relief from your sock draw, to help alleviate some of this built up tension in your body, follow these simple steps……..

1- Find a sock and four tennis balls.

2-  Place two balls in a sock and tie a knot at the end, thus keeping the two balls tightly together.

3- Lie down on a flat surface and place the sock just under the base of the skull, at the location where it joins the neck.

4- The spare two balls are optional and can be placed at the back of the sock, resting around the top of the shoulders (see photo). All though not necessary, we found them most useful for keeping the sock in place.

Happy de-stressing Spinal Solution friends, please ask us any questions you have and do let us know how you get on.