1: a light-touch, whole-body treatment technique developed by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM; works with the body’s craniosacral system to support and nourish the central nervous system — improving overall health and well-being.
2: a complementary method of hands-on bodywork; works with the natural and unique rhythms of the different body systems to pinpoint and address problem sources.
3: helps to alleviate the aches, pains and strains of life; improves coping mechanisms to allow for better management of stress.
4: improves the body’s ability to self-care; can produce profound, positive changes.
NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system, is a sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. The motor control center stores these patterns and directs their completion through the spinal cord and the muscles. The motor control center learns through failure.
A good example is a baby learning to stand. Each time the baby tries to stand and falls the motor control center stores the successful aspects of each attempt. When that program contains enough successful information the baby is finally able to stand. Conversely, a dysfunctional movement program can be created by injury. For example, in a whiplash, the posterior neck muscles become very tight and painful. No matter how much they are manipulated or stretched they stubbornly remain that way. Why? Because the anterior neck muscles are weak and inhibited.
Loosening the posterior neck muscles followed by strengthening the anterior neck muscles will reprogram the motor control center. How do we know that the anterior neck muscles are weak or inhibited? Manual muscle testing is employed to assess whether or not a muscle is strong/ facilitated or weak/inhibited. When a muscle tests weak the motor control center perceives this as a failure and is opened to new learning. This presents an opportunity to use the NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system protocol of test-release-retest to reprogram the motor control center. Correcting these dysfunctional movement patterns is an essential component of rehabilitative therapy.
Cupping involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. I use the KangZhu Vacuum Cupping system.
Therapeutic cupping helps increase qi and blood flow to improve nourishment of an affected area. It works well in loosing up tight muscles, releasing adhesion and tension within a muscle.
The primary physiological responses include:
1. Negative pressure:
- cups create a pulling action which allows for the separation of fused or adhered tissue
- this pulling action could potentially draw out any interstitial debris that may be trapped within the soft tissues
- cups stimulate a local response within the underlying tissue structures. This vascular dilation allows for fluids to rush into or through an area.
3. Enhanced fluid exchange
- cups act as a vacuum, drawing fluids into previously deficient areas (dehydrated, malnourished or ischemic tissues)
- cups encourage fluids through their respective exchange processes (capillary exchange, lymph drainage)
Due to these physiological responses, cupping can:
- encourage circulation
- alleviate adhesions
- help clear congestion and stagnation, potentially releasing interstitial debris
- lift, rehydrate and manipulate fascia
- cause microtrauma in tissues (helping break up scar tissue, not tissue damaging nor bruising)
- encourage neovascularization
- alleviate excessive pressure on sensory organs in soft tissue, which leads to a reduction in pain
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the veins and capillaries of the circulatory system. The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.
Plasma leaves the body's cells once it has delivered its nutrients and removed debris. Most of this fluid returns to the venous circulation through tiny blood vessels called venules and continues as venous blood. The remainder becomes lymph, which is a clear and colorless fluid.
Unlike blood, which flows throughout the body in a continue loop, lymph flows in only one direction — upward toward the neck. Lymphatic vessels connect to two subclavian veins, which are located on either sides of the neck near the collarbones, and the fluid re-enters the circulatory system.
Lymphatic drainage treatments accelerate the absorption and transportation of lymphatic fluids which contain toxins, bacteria, viruses, and proteins. It can even help to reduce swelling after surgery or an injury. Lymphatic drainage is also helpful for conditions such as acne, eczema, and digestive disorders. It is also very soothing to the nervous system because of the rythmic movements and can help reduce stress and anxiety.