Primary Respiratory Mechanism Essay

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he later called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM). In 1900, G.Sutherland then found the school of Cranial Osteopathy (Brooks, 2000). Sutherland then began to study in specific the bony articulations of the skull which he described as the “cranial bowl”, offering the premise that Articular mobility at the cranial base was attributed to the cartilaginous origin of the bones. The “interossous membrane” unites the cranial bones and the sacrum; therefore he believed that if any part of the system moved, all parts would synchronously move because of the fibrous link between the two. The Primary Respiratory mechanism comprises of the brain, cerebrospinal fluid, intracranial and intraspinal membranes, cranial bones, spinal cord and sacrum. Involuntary rhythmic movements are produced within the skull; this circulatory activity causes reciprocal tension between the membranes thus transmitting motion between them (Downey, 2004). Sutherland describes dilation of lateral ventricles as inhalation; it occurs in the third and forth ventricle which causes the spinal cord to be pulled upwards resulting in fluctuation of cerebrospinal fluid. On a similar…show more content…
He explains the case of Margret Smith where Bev Johnson performs the therapy. Smith had a fall three years ago and suffered from chronic pain, she visited several doctors and also went under physiotherapy sessions, she reported that the heat produced during physiotherapy only cased her more pain. Later, she became aware of Craniosacral Therapy and decided to try the same. Her accounted experience during the therapy is as follows: “Johnson started with my feet, and then began “arching” upwards, checking for irregular vibrations along the craniosacral system. She quickly detected the pain I’d been experiencing recently with my hip. She moved around my body, placing her hands on either

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