Craniosacral Therapy: Keeping the Brain Healthy
by Terrence B. Grywinski, Advanced Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) has been helping people eliminate pain, headaches and TMJ, while increasing flexibility and mobility, improving energy levels and organ function, and enhancing overall physical and mental health since 1985 when Dr. John Upledger started to teach practitioners this incredible modality.
Tad Wanveer, LMBT, CST-D, author of Brain Stars and long-time teacher of Craniosacral Therapy for the Upledger Institute and Dr. John Upledger, researcher, Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon and the developer of CST, have expanded this modality to correct dysfunctions in the brain and the spinal cord. Wanveer’s Brain Stars is a definitive description of the glial cells which form the different areas and functions in the brain and spinal cord. Glial cells support, protect and nourish both neural cells and neural networks, allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. These glial cells form areas of the brain that produce Craniosacral Fluid (CS Fluid) which nourishes each cell in the brain and spinal cord.
For our brains to remain healthy, we need a dynamic production CS Fluid which performs the important job of cleansing each cell of metabolic wastes. It also cleanses anything else that enters the brain and the spinal cord from infections, viruses and toxic substances from the blood that penetrate the blood brain barrier. Strokes, concussions, sports injuries and trauma are the most common ways blood gets into the brain.
Blood is toxic to both the brain and spinal cord tissue. Immune cells in the brain, astrocytes and microglia, are spurred into action to repair brain bleeds and other traumas, as well as fighting infections and viruses. For the brain to remain healthy, CS Fluid needs to cleanse all the debris. Recent research has found that, while we sleep, CS Fluid also cleanses amyloid plaques that form during waking hours, and are implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s.
We know that sports like football and soccer can be injurious to the brain. Most of us have played these sports, and can be walking around unknowingly with some brain injury. Most of us have also experienced some type of trauma to the head or spine. Many of these traumas, over a long period of time, can be injurious to the health of our brains, resulting in serious conditions such as foggy brain, migraines and eventually senile dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, or other brain dysfunctions.
The next important function is the drainage of the CS Fluid, carrying the metabolic wastes and any other debris into the lymph system. There are three areas of the brain that function as drainage sites and multiple sites in the spinal cord. Over 50% of the CS Fluid is drained through the nerve roots that come out into the body between the spinal vertebrae.
If these nerve root drainage ports are functioning poorly or have a blockage, the brain and spinal cord is bathed in a toxic slurry. Years of poor drainage might explain the development foggy brain, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as other brain dysfunctions. In children, ADD, learning disabilities and possibly some forms of autism can be a result of poor drainage.
Craniosacral Therapists, with specialized training, can access the different functions within the brain. This is achieved in the same way we access other traumas in the body–– through fascia (strong connective tissue) which intersperses and envelopes our muscles, attaches our muscles to the bones, and encases all our organs, spinal cord and brain. That fascia extends into the cellular level, and in the case of the brain and spinal cord, into the glia. All the functions of the brain and spinal cord are formed from glial cells.
Releasing the fascial stress to the different glial cells helps the brain repair dysfunctions. A Craniosacral Therapist is able to access these glial cells through fascia (connective tissue) to engage the body’s innate ability to correct, reorganize and heal itself and reverse many of these dysfunctions affecting the brain and the spinal cord that seriously affect our state of health and quality of life.
The following are some dysfunctions of the brain and the spinal cord, over a period of years, can seriously impair our health. Poor production of CS Fluid impairs the necessary cellular cleansing. Through the glial cells, a Craniosacral Therapist can release the stress on the ventricles within the brain to increase and enhance the production of CS Fluid. By releasing stress in the glial cells, the flow of CS Fluid can be improved throughout the brain and spinal cord, improving the cleansing process.
When the drainage ports in the spine become blocked, the nerves that exit into the body to the muscles and organs become irritated from the metabolic waste products and, in turn, refer pain to muscles and organs, often becoming a chronic pain syndrome few therapies seem to help. A specialty trained Craniosacral Therapist can release the stress on the meninges, the outer lining of the spinal cord and stress on the immune repair cells that can be blocking these nerve root drainage ports.
In conjunction with working on a couple of other dysfunctions, these drainage ports can be opened. Freeing the nerve roots from the irritation of metabolic wastes and debris will often relieve chronic pain. Good production and free-flow of CS Fluid, along with proper drainage into the lymph system, will improve brain functioning and keep the brain healthier. In fact, clients usually experience an immediate functioning of their brain and a decrease in their chronic pain.
Terrence Grywinski has specialized in Craniosacral Therapy since 1994 when he received training at the Upledger Institute. He received specialized training in working with dysfunctions in the brain and the spinal cord earlier this year. Grywinski has seen incredible changes in clients who have very difficult problems since integrating this new training into his therapy providing quick and lasting relief from injury, pain and restriction in the body's network of connective tissues. His practice Advanced Craniosacral Therapy is located at 1188 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-321-8757 or visit ADVCST.com.