I’d had a number of requests for a summary of our Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which I’ve outlined below:
Summary of our research
Published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing in 2008
Title of the Study: Craniosacral Still Point Technique:
Exploring its Effects in Individuals with Dementia
A pilot group of individuals with moderate to severe Dementia and Alzheimer’s were administered the Craniosacral Still Point Technique at the same time every day for 5-10 minutes.
Individuals in rest homes in Iowa and Minneapolis were the study candidates.
One of the key variables that were studied was agitation-a key behavior in patients with this condition. An improvement in just this one behavior would be seen as a positive by administration and staff.
Therapists trained by the Upledger Institute were utilized in this study.
Premise of the study:
It was felt that the Craniosacral Still Point-an easily administered and learned technique-would increase the
volume and production of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) in the brain. It has been documented that a normal adult
produces about 800ml a day of CSF, and over time, as aging occurs the production drops to half of that, or 400ml a day. In individuals with senile dementia or Alzheimer’s, the production could be as low as 200ml a day, or 75% less than that of normal adult production.
The suspected consequences of this decreased CSF flow this that there is a decrease in the ability of the brain to chelate, or wash away, heavy metals in the brain. Secondarily, immune system factors which prevent inflammation from occurring in the brain are diminished. Regular application of the Craniosacral still point on a daily basis is thought to increase the flow of CSF and aid in the removal of metabolic waste and toxicity in the brain.
Results of the study:
There were both clinical and statistical results that were of significance.
1. A decrease in agitation-both during and after the study. After the intervention stopped, the patients still experienced a decrease in agitation which was monitored before, during and after the project.
2. It was reported that clients were more interactive and could remember names of caregivers and children previously forgotten, as well as displaying increased cooperation with staff.
3. At about week 3 of the intervention, it was noticed that these results and changes in behavior begin to be exhibited.
4. It was generally concluded that ‘further investigation is warranted’ into this technique.
A proposal for a more expanded study is now in process.
For more information or a copy of the original study contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org