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New cause of chronic stress identified in the brain
(September 13th, 2018)
By: Johannes Angerer, Medical University of Vienna
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

In an International collaboration between MedUni Vienna, Semmelweis University in Budapest, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and ale University, researchers have identified a new process in the brain that is responsible for the delayed stress response on the long-term effects of stress: with a delay of 10 minutes after the "danger", the area of the brain that reacts to stress and responsible for further action is activated via the cerebral fluid. The findings could open up new perspectives for understanding the neuronal processes at play in post- traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress and burnout.  

Researchers unearth secret tunnels between the skull and the brain
(August 27th, 2018)
By: Herisson F
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

NIH- funded study suggests immune cells rush through channels to get to injured tissue quickly. Bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside most of our bones, produces red blood cells as well as immune cells that help fight off infections and heal injuries. According to a new study of mice and humans, tiny tunnels run from skull bone marrow to the ling of the brain and may provide a direct route for immune cells responding to injuries causes by stroke and other brain disorders.

Stress: It's Not in Your Head, it's in your Nervous System
(July 28th, 2018)
By: Melody Walford
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Have you ever been told when you are stressed to stop worrying and just relax? That it's all in your head? It would be nice if it were that simple. But it's not. Physiology research shows that the stress response memory lives in your nervous system. This article discusses Traumatic Memory and How to Heal it. 

Provide more relief from pain with CranioSacral Therapy
(February 1st, 2017)
By: John Matthew Upledger
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

John Matthew Upledger (1960-2017) wrote this article for the MASSAGE Magazine's February 2012 issue, and we are republishing it here to honor his memory- and to educate massage therapists about the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy, the technique John Matthew's father, John E. Upledger. D.O., created. John Matthew Upldeger passed away on May 21, 2017. He had been involved in the Upledger Institute International for more than 30 years, in areas including clinical services and education.

Like massage therapy, CranioSacral Therapy is a gently end effective tool to have in a therapist's set of skills for pain relief. CranioSacral and massage both create more space in the body, increase flexibility and decrease pain. 

Manual Therapy for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
(April 19th, 2017)
By: Michael DeSocio Terry Pratchett
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

DO you know somebody affected by Alzheimer's disease? I hope you don't. But with 5 million Alzheimer's patients in the United States alone, chances are somebody in your close circle is affected. You likely know how difficult it is to live with this illness. Alzheimer's may start with forgetfulness or the same questions repeated a little too frequently. This disease, the most common cause of dementia among other adults, first eats away memory, then thinking ability and eventually basic everyday skills like brushing your hair. Later, even the ability to recognize a loved one withers away. Over time, the person forgets to eat, drink or even breather. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America. Manual therapy is a cost effective, noninvasive, side-effect free therapeutic modality with a light touch which has many Physical, and mental benefits. 

Visceral Influences on Brain and Behavior
(February 20th, 2018)
By: Hugo D. Critchley and Neil A. Harrison
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Mental processes and their neural substrates are intimately linked to the homeostatic control on internal bodily state. There are a set of distinct interoceptive pathways that directly and indirectly influence brain functions. The anatomical organization of these pathways and the psychological/behavioral expressions of their influence appear along discrete, evolutionarily conserved dimensions that are tractable to a mechanistic understanding. Here, we review the role of these pathways as sources of biases to perception, cognition, emotion, and behavior and arguably the dynamic basis to the concept of self. 

The vagus nerve and cancer
(August 14th, 2018)
By: David R. Hamilton
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

This article reviews 12 scientific studies, involving 1822 patients, and suggests a link between high vagus nerve activity and better cancer prognosis. The effect, the authors wrote, was most likely due to an anti-inflammatory effect created by the vagus nerve. 

Generally, the paper found that the higher a persons HRV, or vagus nerve activity (also known as vagal tone), the slower the progression of cancer, and this was true for all cancers studied. The effect was especially pronounced in late stage, metastatic cancers. 

CranioSacral Therapy and Autism: Observations, Experiences, and Concepts
(April 6th, 2000)
By: Dr. John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M.
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

This is the transcript of Dr. Upledger's presentation on CranioSacral therapy and Autism, with his observations, Experiences, and Concepts that was presented at a Committee Meeting on Topic of Autism before the Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, 106th Congress (1999-2000). Dr Upledger testified in the day long session which features testimonies from leaders in autism research and treatment, as well as from the parents of the autistic children.



PT Classroom - Sports Injury and Visceral Manipulation
(August 20th, 2018)
By: Lorrie Harper MSPT, CVTP
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Many athletes suffer from recurrent injuries and persistent muscle and joint discomfort. As a hands-on therapists we know that much of it is related to structural misalignment. We have numerous skills to address muscles and joints to help our active clients; however, when they return time and time again with the same alignment problems we addressed in previous visits do we ever wonder "What am I missing?" The organs (viscera) may be the answer to that question. According to French osteopath John Pierre Barral, 90% of musculoskeletal problems have a visceral component. So how do we treat the organs? Visceral Manipulation often referred to as the missing link in manual techniques, is the answer.

The Real Couse Of Depression Is About Way More Than Just Serotonin
(August 30th, 2018)
By: Ella Vora, M.D. Holistic Psychiatrist
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

If you're feeling sad or blue or suffering from mild to moderate depression, dysthymia, seasonal effective disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, bipolar II, or anxiety, Dr. Ellen Vora has the tips and tools you need to help manage symptoms and feel vibrantly healthy.Many of us have been taught that depression is the result of a genetic chemical imbalance. And while there is certainly a genetic component to depression, and, yes, neurotransmitters like serotonin do play a role in mood, depression, actually has many potential root causes. 



"Got touch?" Mayo Clinic researchers discover importnat trigger for serotonin release
(August 21st, 2018)
By: Advancing the Science Contributor
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered an important mechanical trigger in the gut for releasing serotonin in the body. Serotonin in an important hormone and neurotransmitter in the human body, believed to help regulate digestion, appetite, mood, social behavior, sleep and other important functions. The researchers' findings were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academics of Science.

Scientists Have Found Secret Tunnels Between The Skull And The Brain
(August 28th, 2018)
By: Michelle Starr
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Did you know you have tiny tunnels in your head? That's OK, no one else did either until recently! But that's exactly what a team of medical researchers have just found in mice and humans - tiny channels that connect skull bone marrow to the lining of the brain. The research shows they may provide a direct route for immune cells to rush from the marrow into the brain in the event of damage.

Visceral/Neural Manipulation Case Study - Widespread Chronic Pain
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Ben Katz, LMT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral/Neural Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Morning Sickness from Pregnancy
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Dee Ahern, PT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Thoracic Tightness and Pain
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Dawn-Marie Ickes, PT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Testicular and Hepatic Flexure Pain
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Anne Hammel, Movement Therapist
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Stress Incontinence
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Sarah Labrecque PT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Sleep Apnea, Mental Health
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Melody Rudolph HHP, CST, COTA
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Shoulder Pain
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Dora Franco, DO
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Shoulder Pain
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Dawn-Marie Ickes, PT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Severe Reflux
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Jennifer Neta, PT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Scoliosis and Back Pain
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Gugi Decher, LMT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Neck and Shoulder Pain; Decreased ROM
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Arty Clark, L.M.T.
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study

Visceral/Neural Manipulation Case Study - Mid-back & Neck Pain
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Barbara LeVan, P.T.
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral/Neural Manipulation Case Study

Visceral Manipulation Case Study - Leg Pain
(July 17th, 2018)
By: Nancy Redlich, PT
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Visceral Manipulation Case Study