Many patients with chronic pain complaints have a delayed healing response due to the inability of the body to clean itself up. In order to have proper healing, oxygen and nutrients need to be delivered via the arteries to the irritated tissues and the waste products and inflammatory chemicals need to be returned to the heart via the venous and lymphatic systems. During our recent session – Manual Therapy to Re-establish Proper Fluid Dynamics To Improve Aberrant Physiology, Chronic Mechanical Dysfunction, and Health – we discussed how various dysfunctions can affect the ability of the body’s fluid systems to promote healing.

This class, held at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Greenspring Campus, on October 26-27, 2019 reviewed the Fluid Dynamics systems that the body uses to heal from injury and inflammation. We reviewed the relevant anatomical systems – including musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and neurological systems that are involved. We also discussed the physiology involving the how the lungs oxygenate the arterial blood, how the tissues deliver carbon dioxide and other waste products to the venous and lymphatic systems, and how the lymphatic system interacts with the immune system to fight antigens that invade the body. During the lab portion of the class, we emphasized how to do a proper layer palpation to ensure the appropriate tissue was being treated.

Looking forward to our 4th year of classes. We will begin with further discussion of the lymphatic and autonomic systems with Incorporating Chapman’s Neurolymphatic Reflexes Into A Manual Therapy Practice.

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