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Book Review: A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy-Cranial Intelligence

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A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy-Cranial Intelligence explains how Cranio-Sacral Therapy exploits the primary respiratory mechanism, bodily relational fields and the relational touch to manage patients with chronic pain and stiffness issues. 1)

Sumner and Haines explain the primary respiratory mechanism in considerable detail. The mechanism deals with the fluctuation and fluid forces of cerebrospinal fluid, the functioning of reciprocal tension membranes, the motility (movement) of the neural tube and the involuntary movement of the sacrum. The sacrum is the portion of the vertebral column that is directly connected with or forms a part of the pelvis. In humans, the sacrum consists of five united vertebrae.

Cranio Sacral Therapy focuses on relation fields. These fields include optimal posture (GAIT) , balanced awareness, orientation to the midline, tissues fluidity, primary respiration and a still presence. The cranial rhythm of this therapy is the movement of cerebral spinal fluid throughout the body . This movement can be compared to the ebb and flow of an ocean wave or feel like a pulse. As the body unwinds from restrictions and balancing, a maximal cranial rhythmic impulse can be felt by the Cranio Sacral Therapist.

The relational touch of a Cranio Sacral Therapist involves a 3 stage process of work on the patient. The first part deals with movement and migration of tissue. The second part seeks to achieve optimal balance. The last part is reorganization and symmetry to the continuing motion of bodily tissue.

People benefit from Cranio Sacral Therapy if they have had severe trauma, bad sprains, broken or deformed bones, surgery or great falls. People who have myasthenia gravis or facial drooping may benefit from Cranio Sacral Therapy to the extent the massage relaxes them and provides relief unavailable elsewhere.

Sumner and Haines teach how to assess connective tissue health, feeling whole body patterns, the differentiation between longitudinal and transverse strains in the body and recognition of the quality of dural tissue. The dura surrounds the brain and the spinal cord and is responsible for keeping in the cerebrospinal fluid. The dura has been described as both inflexible and tough.

A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy-Cranial Intelligence is a valuable resource for patients seeking relief through manipulation of the body, deep massage and related modalities. The presentation is very readable with ample explanation of the scientific language utilized in this allied area to Chiropractic and Massage. Sumner and Haines describe how to listen and respond properly to each patient’s system, how to create a safe working space for treating different kinds of trauma, and how to address specific states of imbalance to achieve pain or rigidity relief- even if it is only temporary.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy should be coordinated with other medical providers, the nutritionist and physical therapist. In addition, the blood chemistry should shed light on internal markers which help to identify causality for inflammations. An ultrasound of the carotid artery may be performed to detect potential dangers in manipulating the head/neck due to narrowing or blockages in the blood flow.

There are contraindications for Cranial Sacro Therapy. These include patients that have had an acute aneurysm, acute traumatic head injuries, cerebral hemorrhage, or a history of severe bleeding disorders. Such persons should avoid this treatment modality or at least be aware of the risks.

1. http://nccam.nih.gov/news/events/Manual-Therapy/overview_US.html

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.