Stasis & Flexes

19 May

CEREBROSPINAL FLUID STASIS AND ITS CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE

James M. Whedon, DC; Donald Glassey, MSW, DC,

We hypothesize that stasis of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) occurs commonly and is detrimental to health. Physiologic factors affecting the normal circulation of CSF include cardiovascular, respiratory, and vasomotor influences. The CSF maintains the electrolytic environment of the central nervous system (CNS), influences systemic acid-base balance, serves as a medium for the supply of nutrients to neuronal and glial cells, functions as a lymphatic system for the CNS by removing the waste products of cellular metabolism, and transports hormones, neurotransmitters, releasing factors, and other neuropeptides throughout the CNS. Physiologic impedance or cessation of CSF flow may occur commonly in the absence of degenerative changes or pathology and may compromise the normal physiologic functions of the CSF. CSF appears to be particularly prone to stasis within the spinal canal. CSF stasis may be associated with adverse mechanical cord tension, vertebral subluxation syndrome, reduced cranial rhythmic impulse, and restricted respiratory function. Increased sympathetic tone, facilitated spinal segments, dural tension, and decreased CSF flow have been described as closely related aspects of an overall pattern of structural and energetic dysfunction in the axial skeleton and CNS. Therapies directed at affecting CSF flow include osteopathic care (especially cranial manipulation), craniosacral therapy, chiropractic adjustment of the spine and cranium, Network Care (formerly Network Chiropractic), massage therapy (including lymphatic drainage techniques), yoga, therapeutic breathwork, and cerebrospinal fluid technique. Further investigation into the nature and causation of CSF stasis, its potential effects upon human health, and effective therapies for its correction is warranted. (Altern Ther Health Med. 2009;15(3):54-60.)

Autonomic Tone

“Disorder of the tone and irregularity in the rhythm are the principal causes of every illness.”

Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan51

Due to their close association with THM waves, we would expect that enhanced Lundberg C waves would also be a sign of autonomic balance. Balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems may result in frequency entrainment of multiple biological oscillators.52 This state of optimal autonomic balance is consistent with increased heart rate variability, enhanced THM waves, and a strong palpable CRI.53

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