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Saturday, April 23

  1. page Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) edited ... the re-experiencing of an overwhelming traumatic event, causing intense fear, helplessness, ho…
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    the re-experiencing of an overwhelming traumatic event, causing intense fear, helplessness, horror, and avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma
    Signs & Symptoms
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    traumatic event:
    ---nightmares
    ---flashbacks
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    1. SSRI’s
    2. psychotherapy
    -Joe Chang—acu/researcher at the Integrative PTSD Treatment Program at Ft. Bliss Restoration & Resilience Center.
    -Many, many presentations with PTSD, but he feels the most common involve XS patterns, esp.. in H and LV. Most common sx: anger, frequent
    panic attacks, anxiety, left arm numbness, heaviness in chest, dream disturbed sleep. ANS.
    -Underlying Xu (usually (Sp/K) pattern emerges after balancing XS. Sx: fatigue, loss of interest in everyday activity, memory loss, poor digestion/appetite, low back pain. Adrenals.
    -He strongly believes an integrative approach is best.
    -Focus on patient AND environment/social relationships.
    HOW ACUPUNCTURE CREATES COHERENCE
    -REDIRECTS BLOOD FLOW FROM THE LIMBIC SYSTEM TO THE PFC
    -BALANCE PARA/SYMPATHETHIC RESPONSE, thus restoring coherence
    -INHIBITS AMYGDALA, thus alleviating hyper vigilance
    -REDUCES EPINEHPRINE PRODUCTION, thus facilitating a return to optimal state
    -SECRETES ENDORPHINS, thus reducing pain
    Liver Qi Stagnation
    S/S : Hyperarousal aggravated by suppressed emotions (anxiety, overthinking,anger, sorrow), depression, irritability, labile mood, distending
    pain in chest/hypochondria, hiccups/sighing, poor appetite, insomnia,globus hystericus, possible abdominal masses. Women irregularmenses, dysmenorrhea, distending breast pain.
    Tongue: red, thin white coat
    Pulse:wiry or slippery
    Pathomechanism: extreme emotions disrupt LV function of regulating Qi. Branches through hypochondria region. Dysregulation of Qi dysregulation of fluids phlegm and/or blood stasis. LV governs Chong-Ren women’s issues.
    Tx Approach: Soothe Liver, regulate Qi.
    Herbs: Chai Hu Su Gan San
    Points: GB 34 (hypochondria), LV 3 (throat/head), SJ 6 (sides), P6 (esp.
    good for emotional constraint) all move Qi. LV 13 (Sp) and 14 (St)
    regulate Qi in Middle Jiao.
    Liver Qi Stagnation -> Fire
    S/S : Hyperarousal, irritability, severe headaches, dizziness, red eyes/complexion, tinnitus, bitter taste, dry throat, thirst (cold), burning
    pain hypochondria, insomnia, nightmares, dry stools, dark urine
    Tongue: red,yellow coat
    Pulse: wiry, rapid
    Pathomechanism: If extreme emotions disrupt LV function of regulating Qi not treated swiftly fire. LV eyes and vertex. Ascending LV fire
    disturb Spirit. LV/GB (ears). Branches through hypochondria region. Heat sx.
    TX Approach: Clear liver fire, move liver qi
    Herbs: Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San
    Points: GB 34 (hypochondria), LV 2 (LV heat), SJ 6 (sides), P6 (esp. good for emotional constraint) all move Qi. LV 13 (Sp) and 14 (St)
    regulate Qi in Middle Jiao.
    Heart Fire
    S/S : Hyper vigilance, irritability, vexation, insomnia (falling asleep), 5 center heat,. Dizziness, tinnitus, lower back pain, seminal emission, red
    complexion, mouth/tongue ulcers, dry mouth, delirious speech, mania, dry stools, painful (dark yellow) urination
    Tongue: red, dry coat
    Pulse: thready, rapid
    Pathomechanism: Prolonged anxiety -> qi stag -> heat rises up to disquiet the heart -> Spirit. Heat reduces fluids. Branches of heart
    channel to chest/face/tongue. H/SI relationship transfers heat to SI -> painful urination. H fire -> H/K disharmony.
    Tx Approach: Clear heat, calm spirit
    Herbs: Modified Dao Chi San
    Points: H9 and 8 (clear H fire), H7 (calm mind), Ren 15 (Calm mind, clears heat), Sp6 and K6 (cool fire, promote yin), LI11 (heat), Du 24, 19 (Calm Mind)
    Phlegm Fire Rising to Heart and Gallbladder
    S/S : Hyperarousal, insomnia, intrusive images/disturbing dreams of the traumatic event, easily frightened, frequent nightmares, dizziness, stuffiness and fullness in abdomen, bitter taste, v/n, excessive and random speech, excessive exercising, aggression, poor appetite, sticky/greasy sensation in mouth, sputum
    Tongue: red, yellow greasy, coat
    Pulse: wiry or rapid, slippery
    Pathomechanism: Prolonged extreme emotion -> qi stag -> LV/GB and GB governs decision, sound judgment. Fright esp. damages GB. Qi stag->phlegm -> fire -> rises up to H, disquiets Spirit. Phlegm fire -> H and GB, as well as Stomach Phlegm -> Mind and Heart Spirit. Qi stag and phlegm impair t/t
    Tx Approach: Clear heat, resolve phlegm, calm spirit
    Herbs: Modified Wen Dan Tang
    Points: P5 (H phlegm, clear orifices), H7 (clear H, calm mind), H8,9 (clear H fire, restore consciousness), P7 (calm mind, clear H fire), Ren 15 (pacify mind), Ren12 (restore Sp), St40 (phlegm), Sp6 (resolve phlegm, calm mind), UB20, (Sp), Du 20 (restore consciousness), GB13 with Du24 (calm Mind), GB (open mind orifices)
    Can also do 13 Ghost points. I generally do not use Ghost points
    Heart and Spleen Deficiency
    S/S : Hyper vigilance, insomnia, emotional disturbance, dizziness, mental fatigue, palpitation, timidity, poor memory, poor appetite, pale lips/complexion
    Tongue: pale, thin white coat
    Pulse: thready weak
    Pathomechanism: Damage from the 7 emotions -> consume Sp qi and H blood -> disquiets Spirit
    Tx Approach: Nourish H blood, Tonify Sp qi
    Herbs: Modified Gui Pi Tang
    Points: H7 (Nourishes H blood, calm mind), P6 (calm mind, tonify H qi, esp. good for sadness), Ren 14 and 15 (tonify H blood, pacify mind, great for anxiety), [Ren4, UB 17 and 20] (all tonify blood), [St36, Ren12, Sp3, Sp 6] (all tonify Sp qi).
    Moxa at St36/Sp6 terrific for boosting energy.
    Heart and Gallbladder Deficiency
    S/S : Palpitations, timidity, difficulty falling asleep, frequent nightmares, fear of experiencing traumatic event, difficulty making decisions, dizziness, blurred vision, SOB, fatigue
    Tongue: pale, white coat
    Pulse: thready wiry
    Pathomechanism: Fright-> qi dysfunction -> H cannot govern Spirit. GB qi xu -> St -> vomiting, nausea, SOB
    Tx Approach: Tranquilize the mind, calm the Spirit
    Herbs: Modified AN Shen Ding Zhi Wan
    Points: H7 (Nourishes H blood, calm mind), Sp6 (tonify Sp) GB40 (Source point GB, calm mind), P6 (calm mind, tonify H qi, esp. good for sadness),Anmian, UB15, 18, 19, UB47 (regulates Ethereal Soul), Ren 17 (Gathering point Qi, esp. good for sadness as it tonifies Lu qi too), Ren 6 (Tonify Qi)
    Timidity, lack of initiative, and indecision are enough to Dx GB qi xu.
    Auricular Protocols
    NADA: Shenmen, Sympathetic, Liver, Kidney, Lung
    Battlefield Acupuncture: Shenmen, Point Zero, Omega 2, Thalamus, Cingulate Gyrus
    Auricular Trauma Protocol: Shenmen, Point Zero, Hypothalamus, Hippocampus, Amygdada, Master Cerebral
    1. Sympathetic- balance ANS
    2. Shen Men – Settle Spirit, comfort Heart and Shen
    3. Kidney- warm freeze response, find safety in self, restore vitality/reserves
    4. LV- soften anger/hyper-vigilance, freeze fight response
    5. Hippocampus-ease mind’s grip on traumatic memory, bring relief to hyperarousal/intrusive images
    1. Hypothalamus-stimulate PNS, triggers HPA axis, imp for attention/vigilance/arousal
    2. Amygdala-modulates expression of anger/fear/aggression/irritability
    3. Hippocampus-memory encoding/emotional experiences. Imp for memory/concentration
    4. Master Cerebral-psychoemotional/psychosomatic disorders, emotions around chronic pain, pain. Zones for Limbic system (memory, emotions, compulsive behavior, and PFC (concentration, decision making, initiating action).
    5. Point Zero-mind/body/emotions -> homeostasis
    6. Shen Men-psychospiritual vitality, balance to H channel, hypersensitivity to needles

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    IBIS:
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Sunday, July 26

  1. page Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder edited Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which is characterized by recurrent, un…
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which is characterized by recurrent, unwanted, intrusive ideas, images or impulses that seem weird, silly, nasty or horrible (obsessions) and by urges to do something that will lessen the discomfort due to those obsessions (compulsions).
    neurobiology:
    http://scitechconnect.elsevier.com/neurobiology-basis-of-ocd/

    Relevant TCM Diseases:
    Vexation & agitation (Fan Zao), Depression condition (Yu Zheng), Impaired memory (Jian Wang), Abject demeaner (Bie Die)
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Sunday, July 19

  1. page Epilepsy edited ... Chronic epilepsy patterns are often complicated by Qi stagnation and Blood stasis; therefore, …
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    Chronic epilepsy patterns are often complicated by Qi stagnation and Blood stasis; therefore, treatments often includes methods to rectify Qi, quicken the Blood, and eliminate stagnation. The addition of medicinal such as Quan Xie and Wu Gong have been found to be effective at extinguishing Wind and relieving spasms, thus increasing the therapeutic effect for all epilepsy patterns. They are generally administered in powdered form that a dose of 1g bid; if administered together the dosage of each is reduced to 0.5g bid.
    {Epilepsy.pdf}
    http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1497-acupuncture-suppresses-epilepsy
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    Potential Contributing Factors
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Monday, June 15

  1. page Fascial Bands edited ... Parts of the strap exist as "V" shape thickening in inside of the legs, along the pu…
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    Parts of the strap exist as "V" shape thickening in inside of the legs, along the pubic ramus. Part goes around and part goes between the legs.
    Pelvis and urogenital diaphragms are cross structures and internal extension of the strap is continuous with connective tissue of both and by extension musculature of the rectum, urethra and vagina.
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    sacrum/spine. Spine comensatescompensates with flexion,
    The inguinal band
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    pad normally onsacrum.on sacrum. Continues down to tailbone. BootomBottom part extends
    Connective tissue of the psoas extends from inside lower back to lesser trochanter. The superficial and deep fascial planes balance eachother. Tightness in one is reflected in the other.
    In men both sexual function and feelings about castration are connected to this band.
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Wednesday, June 10

  1. page Fascial Bands edited ... How? 1) challenges of growing up - we grow successive connective tissue layers to cushion and…
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    How?
    1) challenges of growing up - we grow successive connective tissue layers to cushion and protect ourselves from the irritation. May be physical or emotional in origin. Desire to hide, hold down or CONTROL.
    The pubic band
    In front can be seen in dense pad of connective tissue on surface of the pubic bone. Continues sideways around the body crossing the groin
    The inguinal ligament (diagonal) connects ASIS to lateral pubic bone which is crossed by the groin band. Continues over greater trochanter mixing with fat buildup and fibrous tissue often found here.
    Posteriorly runs deep to lower border of glut maximus ending at junction of sacrum and coccyx. Contributes and sometimes forms the gluteal fold. Blends into the heavy pad found in the ischeal tuberosities (sit bone)
    Strong cross pulls are assoc. with this band. In center front there is vertical band between ribcage and pubic crest (rectus abdominus & connective tissue). Obliques also cross pulls.
    Some fibers run deep to hip joint rather than across outer surface and can alter how femur fits in hip socket.
    Parts of the strap exist as "V" shape thickening in inside of the legs, along the pubic ramus. Part goes around and part goes between the legs.
    Pelvis and urogenital diaphragms are cross structures and internal extension of the strap is continuous with connective tissue of both and by extension musculature of the rectum, urethra and vagina.
    Injury to tailbone can have significant effects on the body as it is the end of the support of the pelvic floor and guides direction of the sacrum/spine. Spine comensates with flexion, extension, rotation. Where the pubic strap tightens down it reduces flexibility and fixes coccyx in place

    The inguinal band
    - the "chastity belt". Connection between the ASIS'. The strap crossed the lower rectus abdominis. Broadens across the lower abdomen and in many people also includes fat deposits that extend deep into the pelvis, filling the pelvic bowl. The belly that won't go away often has little to do with diet and is rather a constriction between the chest and inguinal/groin band. Continues around side of the hips, seems to cross just below the iliac crest. Pulls across the back of the upper pelvis and sacrum giving rise to tendon-like structures along the lower back (feels like ropes or cables) Assoc. with want/need to control pelvic movement. Blends into fascial or fatty pad normally onsacrum. Continues down to tailbone. Bootom part extends down between legs to V-shaped bony base of pelvis
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    Two movement patterns reinforce tightness - compressing armpits (because of ticklishness, habitual anxiety, protecting breasts, etc.) and hunching the shoulders(d/t perpetual anxiety, "carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders"
    Sometimes can not be very visible but feels like a very tight band almost at the bone level
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    chin straps.
    Can affect voice, singing, ability to play wind instruments
    Interacts with the chest strap via the pectoralis major
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    The topmost band relates to the lambda (at posterior fontanelle) while not an obvious flexure of the body, embryologiccally it is the first flexure of the body.
    The sphenoid and the pelvis move in concert and reciprocally. If one doesn't move the other is inhibited. The pituitary lies in the center indention.
    From "The Endless Web - Fascial anatomy and physical realty" By R. Louis Shultz, PhD
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  2. page Fascial Bands edited ... 1) lower belly is held in - back becomes taut and upper belly bulges. 2) person who tightens …
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    1) lower belly is held in - back becomes taut and upper belly bulges.
    2) person who tightens area between lower margin of rib cage and the belly button - upper abdomen become tight and area below belly button protrudes.
    The umbilical band
    Variable in its position relative to the navel. Can run just under the small cartilage at bottom of the sternum/xiphoid process; directly across the navel or across the abdomen an inch or so below the navel.
    Continues toward the sides, usually a little below the arch of the ribs bothinside and outside the ribs usually pulling the free ends of the ribs deep inside he body.
    May press on lateral diaphragm.
    Continues to back via 12th rib into the lumbro-dorsal junction often immobilizing the free tips of ribs 10 & 11
    Ribs 10, 11, 12 attache to the diaphragm and establish width and range of movement. Tightness results in a diaphragm that is functionally and structurally too narrow and thus overworked. Breathing is more labored and diaphragm begins to act as a retaining shelf across the body.
    Extreme version is known as "pigeon breast"

    The chest band
    - horizontal depression in mid chest, just below the nipples. junction of the upper insertion of the rectus abdominus and lower insertion of the pectoralis major. Back extension is slightly higher and seems to be the dorsal hinge between T5 and T6 or T6 and T7. In front starts about an inch above the lower tip of the sternum. shoulders get raised as chest sinks down, head comes forward
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    Continues to acromiun over the topmost part of the humerus. When there is a heavy pad on top of the acromion any movement is inhibited between the clavicle and scapula and acts as a brake to lateral movement of the arm.
    Continues toward the back along inner and outer margin of the scapula and spreads out over the area of dowager's hump (upper medial tip of scapula to cervicothoracic junction.
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    of socket. Fibers go into armpit to close armpit and compress upper ribs. Goes deep as well to create a shelf through the body that can be seen - Crosses over the often hollow spot on the base of neck w/ scalenes. Underside of the scalenes often has fascial connections to tip of the lungs
    Two movement patterns reinforce tightness - compressing armpits (because of ticklishness, habitual anxiety, protecting breasts, etc.) and hunching the shoulders(d/t perpetual anxiety, "carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders"
    Sometimes can not be very visible but feels like a very tight band almost at the bone level
    SCM acts as a vertical connection between collar and chin straps.
    Can affect voice, singing, ability to play wind instruments
    Interacts with the chest strap via the pectoralis major

    The chin band
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    and axis.
    Surrounds and binds down the hyoid which is the keystone between the sternum and angle of the jaw.
    When the strap muscles of the throat are overly tense it tugs the hyoid downward and is seen as a double chin.
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Tuesday, June 9

  1. page Fascial Bands edited ... are relatively indiependent independent of the The telltale sign of the presence of a str…
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    are relatively indiependentindependent of the
    The telltale sign of the presence of a strap is a flattening or depression running horizontally through the body surface. It may be continuous or interrupted - like a dotted line. It is not a structure per se. It is a local change in the balance between fiber and matrix organizaion within the total connective tissue bed
    How?
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    superficially - rectus abdominis, pectoralis major (their connective tissue forms a continuous, segmented web, allowing the movement of one muscles to be reflected into the other), upper margin of latissimus dorsi (adjacent insertion to pec major and control openness of the armpit), crosses lower tip of scapula. Forms a "Y" in the front (rectus abd -> pect. major) and a "V" in the back (inferior lat. dorsi)
    Deep- underlying ribs and intercostal muscles
    The collar band
    Involves primarily the base of the throat, upper tip of the lungs and upper margin of the shoulders.
    When very tight it's most striking as tightness under the Adam's apple there the clavicles meet the sternum. Most common result is compression around base of the neck. Deep hollows at the base of the neck just behind the clavicle are evidence this is too tight.
    In front encloses the length of the clavicle and the upper 2 ribs as well as the subclavius. This conects the middle of the clavicle to the top ribs and continues as ligaments to the sternum and coracoid process. When the fascia covering of subcalvius is thickened it immobilizes between the bones inhibiting respiration.
    Continues to acromiun over the topmost part of the humerus. When there is a heavy pad on top of the acromion any movement is inhibited between the clavicle and scapula and acts as a brake to lateral movement of the arm.
    Continues toward the back along inner and outer margin of the scapula and spreads out over the area of dowager's hump (upper medial tip of scapula to cervicothoracic junction.
    Tightest part binds the clavicle and upper scapula. Looser extensions broaden it's influence out into the upper part of the arm pulling it closer to the body and rotating it slightly out of socket.
    The chin band
    Related to the junction of the head with the first two vertebrae of the neck. Junction of the occiput with the atlas and axis.
    Surrounds and binds down the hyoid which is the keystone between the sternum and angle of the jaw.
    When the strap muscles of the throat are overly tense it tugs the hyoid downward and is seen as a double chin.
    Continues from the hyoid and under chin in upward path across angle of the jaw just below the ear. when really tense can immobilize the jaw.
    Continuation of band thickens around the mastoid process behind and below the ear and goes to restrict the junction between the occiput, atlas and axis. Nodding becomes and effort.
    Junction of the skull and first 2 vertebrae is covered by heavy fascial pad about an inch thick.
    Extreme tension at back of the head pushes the skull bones too far forward over the neck bones, giving appearance of a very flat back of the head.
    Band contracts and distorts the position of the hyoid which generalizes tension into the back of the tongue. The condition of the esophagus and trachea is under the influence of these tensions. Voice students try to release these.

    The eye band
    Goes right across the eyes like a mask. Tension of the strap generalizes to the small bones centering at the eyes and back through the skull at eye level. Areas indirectly affected: brainstem, limbic system, pituitary and pineal gland.
    ...
    to the jaw
    Muscles:
    superficially
    jaw.
    Composed of several bones: upper portion
    - rectus abdominis, pectoralis major (their connective tissue forms a continuous, segmented web, allowingfrontal bone; medial portion - lacrimal and ethmoid bones; lower portion - maxilla; laterally - zygomatic bone; posteriorly - sphenoid bone. Tension across the movementeye orbit can result in narrowing of one musclesthe entire facial region.
    The topmost band relates
    to be reflected into the other), upper margin of latissimus dorsi (adjacent insertion to pec major and control opennesslambda (at posterior fontanelle) while not an obvious flexure of the armpit), crosses lower tipbody, embryologiccally it is the first flexure of scapula. Forms a "Y" in the front (rectus abd -> pect. major)body.
    The sphenoid
    and a "V" in the back (inferior lat. dorsi)
    Deep- underlying ribs
    pelvis move in concert and intercostal musclesreciprocally. If one doesn't move the other is inhibited. The pituitary lies in the center indention.
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  2. page Fascial Bands edited ... How? 1) challenges of growing up - we grow successive connective tissue layers to cushion and…
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    How?
    1) challenges of growing up - we grow successive connective tissue layers to cushion and protect ourselves from the irritation. May be physical or emotional in origin. Desire to hide, hold down or CONTROL.
    The inguinal band
    - the "chastity belt". Connection between the ASIS'. The strap crossed the lower rectus abdominis. Broadens across the lower abdomen and in many people also includes fat deposits that extend deep into the pelvis, filling the pelvic bowl. The belly that won't go away often has little to do with diet and is rather a constriction between the chest and inguinal/groin band. Continues around side of the hips, seems to cross just below the iliac crest. Pulls across the back of the upper pelvis and sacrum giving rise to tendon-like structures along the lower back (feels like ropes or cables) Assoc. with want/need to control pelvic movement. Blends into fascial or fatty pad normally onsacrum. Continues down to tailbone. Bootom part extends down between legs to V-shaped bony base of pelvis
    Connective tissue of the psoas extends from inside lower back to lesser trochanter. The superficial and deep fascial planes balance eachother. Tightness in one is reflected in the other.
    In men both sexual function and feelings about castration are connected to this band.
    In women often located deeper in lower abdomen, shelving under ovaries and functionally separating ovaries from genitals.
    Rises in back sometimes as high as 12th rib where it meshes with fascia along the spine
    Often shows up in the breathing pattern - breath only goes down as far as the band rather than to bottom of pelvis
    Two patterns:
    1) lower belly is held in - back becomes taut and upper belly bulges.
    2) person who tightens area between lower margin of rib cage and the belly button - upper abdomen become tight and area below belly button protrudes.

    The chest band
    - horizontal depression in mid chest, just below the nipples. junction of the upper insertion of the rectus abdominus and lower insertion of the pectoralis major. Back extension is slightly higher and seems to be the dorsal hinge between T5 and T6 or T6 and T7. In front starts about an inch above the lower tip of the sternum. shoulders get raised as chest sinks down, head comes forward
    Muscles:
    ...
    tip of scapulascapula. Forms a "Y" in the front (rectus abd -> pect. major) and a "V" in the back (inferior lat. dorsi)
    Deep- underlying ribs and intercostal muscles
    The eye band
    Goes right across the eyes like a mask. Tension of the strap generalizes to the small bones centering at the eyes and back through the skull at eye level. Areas indirectly affected: brainstem, limbic system, pituitary and pineal gland.
    Roughly across the eyes and above the ears. In back at about the main junction of bones of the skull. Starting at front midline crosses muscles of the bridge of the nose, circular muscles around the eye sockets, upper muscles that let you wiggle your ears, temporalis muscle and it's fascia connecting to the jaw
    Muscles:
    superficially - rectus abdominis, pectoralis major (their connective tissue forms a continuous, segmented web, allowing the movement of one muscles to be reflected into the other), upper margin of latissimus dorsi (adjacent insertion to pec major and control openness of the armpit), crosses lower tip of scapula. Forms a "Y" in the front (rectus abd -> pect. major) and a "V" in the back (inferior lat. dorsi)

    Deep- underlying ribs and intercostal muscles
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Sunday, June 7

  1. page Fascial Bands edited "besides individual variations in contour, there are also patterns that are more or less comm…
    "besides individual variations in contour, there are also patterns that are more or less common to all bodies. These patterns appear as straps - bands that we see running horizontally around the body, almost like retaining belts holding in the soft tissue. These are relatively indiependent of the muscle anatomy of the body. They are unexpected and unexplained, but they are visible soft tissue structures"
    The telltale sign of the presence of a strap is a flattening or depression running horizontally through the body surface. It may be continuous or interrupted - like a dotted line. It is not a structure per se. It is a local change in the balance between fiber and matrix organizaion within the total connective tissue bed
    How?
    1) challenges of growing up - we grow successive connective tissue layers to cushion and protect ourselves from the irritation. May be physical or emotional in origin. Desire to hide, hold down or CONTROL.
    The chest band
    - horizontal depression in mid chest, just below the nipples. junction of the upper insertion of the rectus abdominus and lower insertion of the pectoralis major. Back extension is slightly higher and seems to be the dorsal hinge between T5 and T6 or T6 and T7. In front starts about an inch above the lower tip of the sternum. shoulders get raised as chest sinks down, head comes forward
    Muscles:
    superficially - rectus abdominis, pectoralis major (their connective tissue forms a continuous, segmented web, allowing the movement of one muscles to be reflected into the other), upper margin of latissimus dorsi (adjacent insertion to pec major and control openness of the armpit), crosses lower tip of scapula
    Deep- underlying ribs and intercostal muscles

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  2. page Reich's 7 Body Segments edited ... Lower Abdomen - massage Pelvis - allow for feeling and full release See also Fascial Bands …
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    Lower Abdomen - massage
    Pelvis - allow for feeling and full release
    See also Fascial Bands according to R. Louis Schultz, PhD
    Link w/ Excercises
    {pic4.gif} Map of Armor Segments
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