A very tangible example of the important relationship between CSF flow and brain function can be observed in the pathological processes seen in individuals with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown up to a 75% reduction in CSF flow compared to normal adults in individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In individuals with Alzheimer’s, the flow of fluid into the brain essentially dries up as a result of plaque formation. This results in damage to neuronal and vascular structures necessary for cognitive function and a clogging of the glymphatic structures that are essential for waste clearance in the central nervous system.
Additionally, our goal as physical therapists is to promote longevity and optimal quality of life. To us, that encompasses brain function, organ mobility, and physical functioning. Our skills as visceral manipulation providers and physical therapists can help to improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s in addition to their loved ones and caretakers.
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