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Recent Study: Manual Therapy Is an Effective Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A clinical study conducted in 2014 and 2015 by Wetzler, et al and published in the refereed journal Medical Acupuncture showed that a combination of CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Neural Manipulation produced immediate and lasting improvements on patients suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBIs) and Post-Concussinve Syndrome. Read More...

The Brain

Until very recently neurologists and brain scientists largely ignored glial cells, even though they outnumber neurons nine to one.  Glial cells were believed to be mostly involved in protecting neurons and general housekeeping.   Recent research suggests that glial cells are involved in imagination and may actually do the thinking while neurons are mostly involved in reflexes.  To learn more, click on this link to a Scientific American interview with Daniel Kloob, the author of a new book on glial cells, The Root of Thought, which offers insights and new hope for those suffering from diseases of the brain.  


The traditional CSF (cerebro-spinal fluid) model is being increasingly challenged in view of recent scientific evidences. The established model presumes that CSF is (1) primarily produced in the choroid plexuses, (2) then flows from the ventricles to the subarachnoid spaces, and (3) is mainly reabsorbed into lymph vessels or arachnoid villi. This model is seemingly based on hundred years of faulty research and misinterpretations. The consequences of this complete reformulation of CSF hydro-dynamics can influence applications in manual treatments.

Click link below to read the peer-reviewed journal article: Reassessing Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF) Hydrodynamics A Literature Review Presenting a Novel Hypothesis for CSF Physiology, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), 2013

The Brain: Recommended Readings

Interested in knowing more about the brain and how it heals? Here are a few recommendations from Mike Macy

Brain Healing Resources

Childhood PTSD and How To Heal It: The Body Keeps The Score, Bessel A. van der Cook, M.D. Google for his many talks. www.KSKA.org Line One: Your Health Connection archives 3/27/15

The Gifts of Imperfection: The Secrets to Living a Wholehearted Life,
Daring Greatly ; You too? I Thought it Was Only Me! Brene’ Brown, PhD Google Brene’s website for links to her TED talks, etc.

Self-Compassion, Kristin Neff, PhD Google her website for talks, guided meditation and trailer for the movie The Horse Boy about her autistic son.

The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge, M.D. How to put neuroplasticity and other insights to work for you. Goggle for his Ted Talks

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. Director of Mindsight Institute at UCLA School of Medicine. Creator of the Wheel of Awareness, associated mediations, and numerous books on using neuroplasticity and new insights about the brain for physical, emotional, behavioral growth and healing. Search Google for DanSiegel.com or go to

The Wizard of Oz

Recommended Films about trauma, healing, and recognition:
  • Buck: A Horse Whisperer’s Horse Whisperer –the story of Buck Brannaman
  • The Horse Boy
  • The Kings Speech
  • Buena Visa Social Club
  • Searching for Sugarman
  • The Sapphires