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11 Most Commonly Requested CST Research Articles

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PT Classroom-Energetic balancing WE ARE MADE OF ENERGY
(May 6th, 2021)
By: Kerry D'Ambrogio, DOM, AP,PT,DO-MTP
Curriculum/s: Lymphatic Balancing / Total Body Balancing / Muscle Balancing / Fascial Balancing,

We are made of energy. Over time our bodies collect tension from physical tension, additionally, unresolved mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual issues. Energy can come in waves.

The physical body comes from forms to shift the particles form to observe (the energy worker) the client to transform back to a wave of possibility to improve energy flow and promote health!!!  

CranioSacral Therapy & Autism
(May 6th, 2021)
By: Rebecca Flowers, OTR, BCP,CST-D
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Rebecca Flowers has worked with hundreds of children with Autism.

She can help them with the stress levels with CST and could make 80 % gains with most of these children. 

Mikey age 2yrs and 9 months was told they should institutionalize him. He graduated from high school, he spoke at his commencement.

The CranioSacral Still Point
(November 2nd, 2020)
By: Karen Axelrod
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Still Point refers to gradual slowing down and eventual waning of the CranSacral  Rhythm (CSR).

 Andrew  Taylor Still, MD the father of osteopathy on whose work CST is based, described CSF as one of the highest known elements.... contained in the body. It's important to ensure good CSF flow inflow and outflow, the body has devised a regenerative, self corrective mechanism where by this rhythmic flow where it comes to a standstill. The inducer opens up the flow while laying on it for  about 20 minutes.

Effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Techniques on Conditions Affecting the Musculoskeletal System: A Systematic Review
(April 8th, 2021)
By: David Doubblestein, PT, PhD(ABD), OCS, CLT-LANA, Cert. MDT Sandy Sublett, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT Min Huang, PT, PhD, NCS
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, Lymphatic Balancing / Total Body Balancing / Muscle Balancing / Fascial Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Lymphatic Drainage have received interest in the efficacy in orthopedic and sports medicine.

There is moderate support for those using Lymphatic Drainage affecting the musculoskeletal System as effective interventions to reduce pain and improve patient reports to more functionality in activities and quality of life! Evidence was observed supporting the LD in with conventional rehab interventions for the treatment of the musculoskeletal system.

Activation of the cholinergic antiinflammatory reflex by occipitoatlantal decompression and transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation
(April 8th, 2021)
By: Adrienne M. Kania, DO, Kailee N. Weiler, OMS III, Angeline P. Kurian, OMS III, Marielle L. Opena, DO, Jennifer N. Orellana, OMS III and Harald M. Stauss, MD, PhD
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

The study was conducted in healthy adults. The subjects of both genders. Exclusion criteria included: pregnancy, any meds that interferes with the autonomic nervous system or the immune system of both genders, (e.g.., beta blockers, steroids, TNF inhibitors); any medical condition that affect the autonomic nervous system or immune system.
The subjects were lying in the supine position on an OMT examination table, while the investigator cradled the subjects heads with their hand and finger pads  along the inferior of inion. The subjects were palpated for at least five minutes.

 

Promote CranioSacral Therapy in your Community
(April 1st, 2021)
By: Upledger Institute International
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

April is CranioSacral Therapy Awareness Month!

Ideas to Promote CranioSacral Therapy in your Community.

We hope that these suggestions will help you to raise awareness in your own communities.

Effect of Visceral Manipulation on Forward Head Posture in Subjects with Chronic non-specific Neck Pain- A Pilot Study
(February 11th, 2021)
By: Sonam Yangdol, Balaji Karunanithi Gandhi,
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Forward head posture  (FHP) is defined as the protrusion of the head in the sagital plane so the the head is placed  anterior to the trunk. Forward head posture is one of the reasons that the changes in biochemical stress around the cervical spine leading to neck pain, headache, temporomandibular, and muscular dysfunction.

The prevalence of neck pain varies and is more common in females and high income countries. Patients without a well identified source for their neck pain are labeled as having idiopathic, mechanical or non specific neck pain.

Jean Pierre Barral developed Visceral Manipulation the French Osteopath.                                                  

The use and benefits of Craniosacral Therapy in primary health care: a prospective cohort study
(March 18th, 2021)
By: Heidemarie Haller,Gustav Dobos, and Heidemarie Haller
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

The use and benefits of Craniosacral Therapy in primary health care: a prospective cohort study - 
Patients frequently use treatments complementary to standard primary care. This prospective cohort-study examined the use, benefits, and safety of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) .  Conclusions: In primary care, patients and parents of underage children use CST for preventive and therapeutic purposes. Considering the design limitations, CST appears to be overall effective and safe in infants, children, and adults.

Gut-brain Axis and migraine headache: a comprehensive review
(March 3rd, 2020)
By: Mahsa Arzani , Soodeh Razeghi Jahromi , Zeinab Ghorbani , Fahimeh Vahabizad, Paolo Martelletti , Amir Ghaemi , Simona Sacco, Mansoureh Togha
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Gut-brain Axis and migraine headache: a comprehensive review - 
The terminology “gut-brain axis “points out a bidirectional relationship between the GI system and the central nervous system (CNS) .  The present review article aims to discuss the direct and indirect evidence suggesting relationships between migraine and the gut-brain axis. 

The effect of visceral manipulation on Diastasis Recti Abdominis(DRA): A case series
(June 7th, 2020)
By: Brandi Kirk , Teresa Elliott-Burke
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Four treatments of Visceral Manipulation appear to be effective in decreasing DRA measurements in 3 of women. Patients presented chief complaints of low back pain, abdominal pain, and vulvar burning and itching.  After having 4 Treatments of VM.

These changes remained stable for 6 months to 16 months.

Lymphatic Balancing for the orthopedic patient
(February 25th, 2021)
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, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Lymphatic balancing builds on the principle based concepts of Dr. Still, while incorporating the use of gentle rythmi-cal pumping techniques to encourage a healthy flow of the lymph system.

The lymphatic system is made up of thin tubes that run through our system and organs that collect and filter the lymph. One of the basic tenets of osteopathic medicine in the hierarchy of healing is the principle that the fluids of movement are essential to maintain health.



 


Behandlung der viszeralen Gefäße aus osteopathischer Sicht
(February 9th, 2021)
By: Rene Assink, DO, PT, BI-D
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

Treatment of the Visceral Vascular Structures from a Manual Osteopathic Viewpoint.

Fascia Focused Manual Therapy Interventions-Proposed Treatment for Post-COVID Syndrome
(August 1st, 2020)
By: John Sharkey
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

The Covid Virus has surpassed 57 million globally and numbers are exponentially increasing weekly.

Based on current research this short report proposes that appropriate actions are being taken with the fascia> Expieriencing  on-going related pain annd a wide range of functional issues!

Case Report: Manual therapies promote resolution of persistent post-concussion symptoms in a 24- year- old athlete
(July 30th, 2020)
By: Susan Vaghn Kratz
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach,

This case report illustrates treatment outcomes of athletes with an 18 month history of post concussion syndrome who received a series of mixed therapies. they had persistant symptoms  that were debilitating from school work and leisure activities.

Post Covid -19 Syndrome
(July 6th, 2020)
By: Robert J Hedaya MD, DLFAPA,ABPN,CFM
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, Lymphatic Balancing / Total Body Balancing / Muscle Balancing / Fascial Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Some people more women than men are experiencing from acute Covid-19 illness.

The symptoms are similar to Dysautonomia, chronic fatigue syndrome, severe fatigue, brain fog, exercise intolerance, rapid heart rate, and inflammation. There are so many different illnesses Dr's are upside down on the  Post Covid-19 Syndrome.

Did you know that many Covid-19 patients may develop Dysautonomia after they contract the virus?

This article discusses how Dysautonomia may be lingering symptom from Covid-19.

Redefining Covid-19: Months after infection, patients report breathing difficulty, excessive fatigue
(September 13th, 2020)
By: Ryan Prior
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Did you know that many Covid-19 patients may develop Dysautonomia after they contract the virus?

The Dysautonomia Project (TDP- non-profit group) advocates that CranioSacral Therapy/Manual Therapy is one of the top 10 non-pharmacological treatments for this disorder.

This article discusses how dysautonomia may be lingering symptom from Covid-19.

It's been five months since Lucy Gahan contracted Covid-19, and her life still hasn't turn back to normal.  This disease causes what she call "storms" disabling periods when she feels shortness of breath, numbness in her hands and feet and her heart rate shoots up from simple tasks. Many hospitalized Covid patients are at risk to become long haulers.


Polyvagal Theory and How it Relates to Social Cues
(January 19th, 2021)
By: Jodi Clarke, MA, LPC/MHSP Medically reviewed by Steven Gans, MD
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, Lymphatic Balancing / Total Body Balancing / Muscle Balancing / Fascial Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,


You may not realize it , but you are walking around in the world each day reading thousands of social cues in movement in your environment. In our interacting with others, we pick up different expressions, tones, bodily movement, and more.

We are constantly busy observing and interacting with the world and others as apart of the human experience. Our nervous system helps control things like heart rate, digestion, and salivation. 

Signs You've Already Had Covid, Warns Dr Fauci
(January 19th, 2021)
By: Leah Growth
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, Lymphatic Balancing / Total Body Balancing / Muscle Balancing / Fascial Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

While fatigue is one of the initial symptoms signaling an infection, the majority of long haulers continue to experience overwhelming exhaustion long after the virus is gone. The Dysautonomia Project (TDP- a non profit group) advocates that CranioSacral Therapy/ Manual Therapy is one of the top ten non-pharmacological treatments for this disorder.

Do you know that many Covid -19 patients may develop Dysautonimia after they contract the virus

This article discusses how Dysautonomia may be lingering symptom from Covid-19

Ask the Expert: Patricia Rogers of Body to Brain
(January 11th, 2021)
By: Patricia Rogers
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Many approaches to addiction recovery incorporate a variety of practices that improve body awareness, including yoga, meditation, mindfulness-based interventions and CranioSacral therapy. These help to stimulate the nervous system and improve substance abuse disorder. Body Awareness practices have been shown to decrease the stress level and reduce substance cravings.

The Cross-Talk Between Gut Microbiota and Lungs in Common Lung Diseases
(February 25th, 2020)
By: Zhang D, Li S, Wang N, Tan H-Y, Zhang Z and Feng Y (2020)
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

An emerging area of intense interest is the role of gut–lung
axis in the pathogenesis of lung diseases.
Increasing studies indicated that alterations in the gut microbial
species and metabolites have been linked to changes in immune
responses and inflammation as well as the disease development
in the lungs.

Craniosacral Therapy 101 with Dr. Charles T. Ortiz
(December 21st, 2020)
By: Giselle Natasha B. Buhia
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

  Dr. Charles is a practicing dentist and has been in the profession for over 24 years. He practices therapy for TMJ , arthritis and related stress. In 2014  who was finding out that a patient was having a difficult time with his TMJ condition. Dr. Charles felt he had to find a new way to help patients so he enrolled in Upledger Institute International, and took core classes in CranioSacral Therapy(CST).


Effect of visceral manipulation on pain, mobility and functional disability in subjects with right shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis
(September 19th, 2020)
By: Aarti Ghillodia and Balaji Karunanithi Gandhi
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, Lymphatic Balancing / Total Body Balancing / Muscle Balancing / Fascial Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

 This research article explores the effect of organ specific visceral manipulation on adhesive capsulitis, in subjects with right shoulder  capsulitis. Visceral manipulation of liver has shown to increase right shoulder or called frozen shoulder. It seems to peak at the age of 56 yrs. It is believed that inflammation in the rotator interval, results in painful motion and subsequent fibrosis, and stiffness that limits movements.

Visceral Manipulation of liver has shown to increases in right shoulder range of motions. Adhesive Capsulitis is a common  painful and debilitating condition .

    


Top 10 Non-Pharmacological Treatments
(December 1st, 2020)
By: A 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization aimed at speeding the time to diagnosis through local education
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

Cranio-Sacral/Manual Therapy

Increasing relaxation and reducing stress with a light touch therapy in regions of the spinal cord associated with parasympathetic nerves.

Some evidence that heart rate variability may improve. More research is needed.

The Body Tells Our Story
(July 1st, 2020)
By: Susan Steiner
Curriculum/s: Visceral Manipulation / Neural Manipulation / New Manual Articular Approach, CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

This is an article about research on Epigenetics.

Science is in the infancy of epigenetic research, the first step is to upgrade our inner environment. Lifestyle choices will effect epigenetics. With these changes we heal in a cellular level.

Our electromagnetic field affect our beliefs and emotions, which affects our biology. 

Dr. John Upledger taught us to include the dimensions beyond biochemistry

CranioSacral Therapy for Newborns
(April 2nd, 2019)
By: Dr. Colleen Hart, ND
Curriculum/s: CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release,

 Dr. John Upledger and CranioSacral Therapy for Newborns has been around for years. It can heal infants with all kinds of issues including Colic,  Constipation, Tongue tie, Torticollis, Hip Dysplasia.

The light touch help babies to relax and leads to an unwinding of restriction patterns.