Cranial compliance is a measure of the degree to which brain fluids – blood and cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF)- are able to move around within the cranium and so do their work of activating neurons and washing out toxins. The Beckley Foundation has initiated and supported a five-year long programme of research into the subtle interplay of these fluids by the eminent Russian physicist Yuri Moskalenko
The Foundation’s collaboration with Professor Moskalenko originated with Amanda Feilding’s interest in cerebral circulation and trepanation – the ancient practice of opening a hole in the skull . Amanda hypothesised that trepanation allows blood and CSF to flow more freely around the brain, and the work on cranial compliance suggests that this can be the case.
The work shows how brain fluid dynamics change with age and how these changes relate to alterations in cognition and the health of the brain. It has particular relevance to vascular forms of dementia (mini-strokes) and also to normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition which is marked by dementia-like symptoms. So far the findings of the work on cranial compliance have been presented in 18 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Our work has led to the publication of a monograph entitled ‘Non-Invasive Evaluation of Human Brain Fluid Dynamics and Skull Biomechanics in Relation to Cognitive Functioning’, published through Beckley Foundation Press which is available for download here!