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The Glymphatic System

By Jeannie Miranda and Dr. Barry Gillespie

The following text is taken directly from the Abstract of The Glymphatic System: A Beginner’s Guide from Neurochem Research, December 2015.

“The glymphatic system is a recently discovered macroscopic waste clearance system that utilizes perivascular tunnels, formed by astroglial cells, to promote efficient elimination of soluble proteins and metabolites from the central nervous system. Besides waste elimination, the glymphatic system also facilitates brain-wide distribution of several compounds, including glucose, lipids, amino acids, growth factors, and neuromodulators. Intriguingly, the glymphatic system functions mainly during sleep and is largely disengaged during wakefulness. The biological need for sleep across all species may therefore reflect that the brain must enter a state of activity eliminating potentially neurotoxic waste products, including β-amyloid.”

I am creating a hypothetical model discussing this system and our brain cycle concept.

When a patient presents with a zero-second brain cycle, I cannot feel any brain expansion or contraction. Since the pumping action of the brain is significantly diminished, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid may become more stagnant.

With the Gillespie approach, freeing the soft tissue restrictions throughout the craniosacral fascial system may restore a calm extended brain motion. Thus the flow of cerebrospinal fluid can possibly be more open around the cranium and entire system.

I am suggesting that our patients with an extended relaxed brain cycle may possibly have a better functioning glymphatic system than those untreated people with a restricted brain cycle. I am also theorizing that the work at birth may optimize the glymphatic system and be another factor in our happy babies. This concept would be an excellent avenue for research scientists to explore.

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Dr. Barry Gillespie founded Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy, which provides patients with a freely moving brain, spinal cord and fascial web, all critical to optimal health. Dr. Barry Gillespie also created the Baby Brain Score and discovered effective therapeutic techniques for newborns and infants. Read more about Dr. Barry Gillespie.

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