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Pushing and shoving blood, and cerebrospinal fluid circulation 

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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I published some updates to my article about the effect of massage on circulation this morning, on two sub-topics:

I added more detail about hemodynamics and blood pressure. I also referenced “rheology,” just so you know I’m smart and how deep the rabbit hole goes, but mostly this is about how “blood has to be continuously shoved through trillions of these teensy bottlenecks, and so it all comes down to the variables that affect that constant pushing and shoving.”

And I discussed the “the belief that cerebrospinal fluid circulation can be stimulated or manipulated” which “is one of the classic tropes of the massage world, and specifically it is the central claim of craniosacral therapy. It is not what massage therapists generally mean when they say that they can ‘increase circulation,’ but it is an additional feather that many like to put in their cap.” I also enjoyed making the point that “craniosacral therapy is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.” No doubt I will be getting some email about that statement.

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