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How Fascia Can Help Us Unravel Deeply Held Tension
(May 25th, 2018)
By: Jessica Humphries
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How Fascia Can Help Us Unravel Deeply Held Tension

Guts, Wits, Microbiome, and the Vagus Nerve
(January 21st, 2019)
By: Christopher Bergland
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Specific gut microbiome may influence social behaviors via the vagus nerve. 

Ventral Vagus Healing & Craniosacral Therapy
(November 8th, 2018)
By: Craniosacralsydney.com
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), is the conductor of the inner orchestra in our body, responsible for the control of our bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, blood pressure, sweating and digestive processes. The ANS is always humming at a certain beat and how well it operates, determines our physical, mental and emotional health. 

Traumatic Brain Injury Causes Intestinal Damage
(December 8th, 2017)
By: University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Researchers have identified a link between traumatic brain injury and intestinal changes. A new study reports the intestinal changes may contribute to increased risk of developing infections and could worsen brain damage in TBI patients.

Visceral Lymphatic Balancing A Combination of Osteopathic Techniques to Improve Patient Outcomes
(December 9th, 2018)
By: Kerry D’Ambrogio, DOM, AP, PT, DO-MTP
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, Lymphatic Balancing / Total Body Balancing / Muscle Balancing / Fascial Balancing,

Visceral Lymphatic Balancing A Combination of Osteopathic Techniques to Improve Patient Outcomes

Meghan King Edmonds Claims Chiropractor Helped Correct Her 7-Month-Old Son's Vision Problems
(January 29th, 2019)
By: Dave Quinn
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Meghan King Edmonds Claims Chiropractor Helped Correct Her 7-Month-Old Son's Vision Problems

Often overlooked glial cell is key to learning and memory
(June 18th, 2018)
By: Iqbal Pittalwala
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Glial cells surround neurons and provide support -- not unlike hospital staff and nurses supporting doctors to keep operations running smoothly. These often-overlooked cells, which include oligodendrocytes and astrocytes, are the most abundant cell types in the central nervous system. But these cells do more than support neurons. 

New Research Shows tVNS deactivates Tinnitus related brain regions
(February 11th, 2019)
By: Parasym
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Article about New Research Shows tVNS deactivates Tinnitus related brain regions

How Craniosacral Therapy Helped Me Deal With Anxiety
(July 19th, 2018)
By: Jenna Igneri
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

How Craniosacral Therapy Helped Me Deal With Anxiety-The lightest touch can make the biggest difference.

How Tapping into ‘‘Energy’’ Can Trigger a Paradigm Shift in Biomedicine
(November 6th, 2018)
By: Eric Leskowitz, MD
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How Tapping into ‘‘Energy’’ Can Trigger a Paradigm Shift in Biomedicine

Fascia: Why this body tissue may hold health clues
(January 29th, 2019)
By: Rachel Damiani and Ted Spiker
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Americans, who spend about $8 billion a year in massage and chiropractic treatments to relieve pain, may have no idea that they’re all probably experiencing the same thing — a manipulation of their fascia, a three-tiered layer of tissue that encases tissues and organs.

EVERYTHING Is Connected: What is Visceral Manipulation and How Does it Relate to the Pelvic Floor?
(November 21st, 2018)
By: Nicole Davis
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Article about how Everything Is Connected: What is Visceral Manipulation and How Does it Relate to the Pelvic Floor?

Defective glial cells can push neurons toward Parkinson's disease
(January 1st, 2019)
By: ScienceDaily.com
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

A team of scientists have discovered that astrocytes are linked to the buildup of a toxic protein that is one the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease. The work suggests an important role for glial cells in Parkinson's disease and offers potential new targets for developing therapies.

Visceral Manipulation: The Organ Massage That Heals Pain, Digestion and Other Problems
(January 1st, 2019)
By: Dave Asprey
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

  • Your organs are soft and need to move inside your body to do their jobs.
  • Visceral mobility is how well your organs can contract and release as needed.
  • Overburdened or damaged organs can develop adhesions and scar tissue that makes them less pliable.
  • Visceral manipulation involves abdominal massage that combines pressing, deep strokes, and friction to strip away the adhesions.
  • Read on to find out what’s involved, and how to do visceral manipulation yourself at home. 

Osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) in treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
(January 1st, 2019)
By: Kjell E Bjørnæs, Geir Elvbakken, Bård Dalhøi, Tor Harald Garberg, Joachim Kaufmann, Espen Glomsrød, Ola Reiertsen, Stig Larsen
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Abstract

Background: Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT) is a non-pharmaceutical and none-invasive treatment, designed to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The aims were to determine a Minimum Efficacy Dose (MED) and the longterm effect of OMT in the treatment of GERD.

Materials and method: The study was performed as a two-dimensional, between-patient Response Surface Pathway (RSP) designed multicenter study with “Number of OMTs” and “Treatment Interval” as interventional variables. The main response variable was the percent reduction in the sum of the five GERD-scores from baseline. Three patients on the first design level received six OMT with five days’ interval. The number of OMTs and treatment interval in the second (n=5) and third design levels (n=7) were based on the results of the previous design level. The mean age and duration of GERD were 50.2 and 10.9 years, ranging from 25.7 to 75.7 years and 0.2 to 36.3 years, respectively.

Results: The percent reduction in GERD-score increased with increasing number of OMTs and time intervals, but flattered out after four OMTs and three to four days treatment interval. The estimated MED of OsMT was three treatments with two days interval resulting in a GERD-score reduction of 62.2% (95% CI: 50.3-80.1%). All the five GERD-symptoms and consequently the mean GERD-score were significantly reduced after the first two OMTs, one week, three and 12 months after the last treatment (p<<0.01). One week after last OMT, the GERD-score reduced with 75% and 33% symptoms free patients. At one-year follow-up, the reduction was 63.3% with 46.7% had no GERD-symptoms.

Conclusion: Anti-reflux OMT significantly decreases the GERD-symptoms and the use of PPI. 46.7 percent of the patents had no GERD symptoms one year after treatment. The estimated MED of OMT was three treatments with two days (48 hours) interval. 

Visceral and Neural Manipulation in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Chronic Constipation: Five Case Reports
(February 1st, 2019)
By: Jean Anne Zollars, PT, DPT, MA, BI-D, Margaret Armstrong, MD, Sandra Whisler, MD, MS, and Susan Williamson, MD
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

The purpose of this case study series was to assess improvement in the quality of life, function, and colonic motility before and after visceral and neural manipulation in five children with cerebral palsy and chronic constipation who had Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels of IV and V. Quality of life and function were assessed using the CPCHILD and the WeeFIM respectively. Bowel movement number and quality were assessed through family diaries. All subjects showed some degree of improved quality of life and function on the CPCHILD and WeeFIM at the end of the intervention. Colonic motility assessed radiographically before and after treatment was not statistically significant due to the small number of participants; however, the number of bowel movements increased during the study for 100% of the participants. Visceral and neural manipulation modalities may provide clinicians and families with an alternative to medications and/or other more invasive interventions.

The Top 15 Techniques To Learn Now
(January 3rd, 2019)
By: Technique Articles
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release, Healing from the Core,

This article explains the top 15 techniques of massage to learn now. Specialization helps you stand out from other massage therapists - and in order to specialize, you must obtain advanced education. Your knowledge will help your practice be seen as one that helps clients feel their best, while your professional reputation will blossom.

How Craniosacral Therapy Helped Me Deal With Anxiety
(July 19th, 2018)
By: Jenna Igneri
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

This article explains Jenna Igneri's story how the lightest touch of Craniosacral Therapy can make a big difference, and how it helped her with anxiety.

PT Classroom - Visceral Lymphatic Balancing A Combination of Osteopathic Techniques to Improve Patient Outcomes
(December 9th, 2018)
By: Kerry D'Ambrogio, DOM, AP, PT, DO-MTP
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, Lymphatic Balancing / Total Body Balancing / Muscle Balancing / Fascial Balancing, Lymph Balancing Therapy,

This article explains the 6 step treatment approach for Visceral Lymphatic Balancing.

A Comprehensive Physical Therapy Approach Including Visceral Manipulation After Failed Biofeedback Therapy for Constipation
(June 24th, 2016)
By: L.Archambault-Azenwa, J.Brewer, A.Markowski
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Introduction: 

Pelvic floor rehabilitation encompasses the application of specific therapeutic treatments aimed to improve muscle strength, relaxation, and coordination, promotes circulation, and restores the mobility of the fascial, ligamentous, nervous, vascular, and visceral systems, to foster pelvic health and biomechanics. The following case study will illustrate the importance of this approach to pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Effect of Visceral Manipulation on Liver Enzymes on a Child with Cerebral Palsy
(December 10th, 2018)
By: Yousef Salah Salem
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Abstract:

Background: Children with cerebral palsy often suffer from seizures so anticonvulsants drugs is a treatment choice and others using them as aprophylaxis if there is suspicion about Increasing possibility for having one and commonly those list of drugs have an impact on liver function if there is long term of them of huge doses due to mal-abuse or any other cause here come the need for liver enzymes monitoring.

Objective: Reducing the liver enzymes for those children who suffered from abnormal ratio using an osteopathic approach.

Methods: The study was done on two children aiming to reduce their liver enzymes as they were on abnormal value as a cause of anti-epileptic drug we use visceral manipulation techniques especially liver technique investigation using liver enzymes as Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) and Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST).

Results: We found dropping with their value to normal ratio after 15 min with the visceral manipulation techniques the approach is done for three times a week for three month.

Visceral Manipulation: Fact and Fantasy
(October 22nd, 2018)
By: Ramona C. Horton PT, MPT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

This article discusses:

  • The history of visceral mobilization (VM) as a foundational technique within the realm of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT).
  • The anatomy of the visceral fascia, its attachment to and effect on the somatic frame.
  • Efficacy for the treatment of the fascial network throughout the body as a component of manual physical therapy.
  • Evidence as it exists for VM and the scientific rational that would support the manual treatment of internal organs within the scope of physical therapy

The effect of a six-week osteopathic visceral manipulation in patents with non-specific chronic low back pain and functional constipation: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
(October 23rd, 2018)
By: Walkyria Vilas Boas Fernandes, Cleofás Rodríguez Blanco, Fabiano Politti, Fernanda de Cordoba Lanza, Paulo Roberto Garcia Lucareli, and João Carlos Ferrari Corrêa
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

The proposed study is to analyze the effect of a six-week osteopathic visceral manipulation (OVM) program on the flexion-relaxation phenomenon in individuals with non-specific chronic low back pain and functional constipation. 

Helping to Relieve the Pain of Post-Surgical Breast Cancer with Myofascial/Craniosacral Techniques
(March 25th, 2005)
By: Aaron Dalton
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Health Practitioners can provide significant pain relief for post-surgical breast cancer patients by using a technique called myofascial release and craniosacral therapy. So said Meryle Richman, PT, MS, CST, owner of two Physical Therapy clinics in New York, speaking at a breast cancer rehabilitation seminar at Beth Israel Medical Center. The techniques consist of a series of hand positions with the therapist applying pressure in opposite directions with each hand - so while one hand applies gentle pressure toward the head, the other applies pressure toward the feet, to release tension and soften the facial tissues.   

The Role of the Vagus Nerve in Cancer Prognosis: A Systematic and a Comprehensive Review
(October 11th, 2018)
By: Marijke De Couck, Ralf Caers, David Spiegel, and Yori Gidron
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

This article reviews the role of the vagus nerve in tumor modulation and cancer prognosis.