blossom wrote:...since you were talking about the thalamus the hypothalamus i remembered those were brought up a lot. also the cerebullem...i do recall that...the basal ganglia was brought up a lot too.
any way, when i had ccsvi treatment the only thing that i recall a little for the good was that that ach that starts at the base of my skull kinda off to the right a tad and radiates up my skull when i'm sleeping bad enough to wake me "at times bad enough i feared a stroke or something"and i'd have to position and it would let up. that did subside for quite a while but gradually is back at times. that also is where i got whacked in the 70's traction took the hand and foot tingles away that i had after that-then the fall in 90 brought this mess on.
would or could the spurs and stenosis be pressing on anything your last post is about? i know it will give me better flow.
Good observation and questions Blossom.
The basal ganglia are part of the Deep Grey Matter of the brain similar to the thalamus. The basal ganglia are located in the lobes of the brain surrounding the thalamus. There are others DGMs also. The cerebellum is sometimes referred to as the mini brain because it is. The DGMs are complex and involved in just about everything. The cerebellum is likewise complex. There is nothing magical about massage. A touch in the right place can be healing. Mechanical stimulation of autonomic receptors such as the carotid sinus has physiological effects such as lowering blood pressure and pulse rate. There are ANS receptors all over the body. The mechanical benefits of massage are that it stretches muscles and connective tissues and helps move blood and lymph. It is also very relaxing for the body and mind. I think all the masseuse talk was more fiction than fact. I use a craniosacral approach to target and work on specific structures in the cranial vault and spinal canal. It's not easy. It takes a much higher level of understanding and sensitive experienced hands.
I suspect you have problems in the suboccipital cavernous sinus area between the skull and atlas. The suboccipital cavernous sinus is a connective tissue tunnel. The vertebral arteries pass through it on their way to the brain. As I have mentioned previously on this site, in certain cases and susceptible individuals, extension of the head and neck backwards can cause Beauty Parlor Syndrome. Beauty Parlor Syndrome is a transient ischemic attack or mini stroke that occassionally would happen when females got their hair washed while tilting their neck back over the lip of a hard sink which compressed the sinus and arteries thus decreasing blood flow to the brain.
Cervical traction can be helpful in decompression and rehabilitation of the area in cases like yours. Most traction tables, however, aren't that specific or effective for tough cases. They have poor purchase for pull and too much play when they do pull. Most of the energy is wasted. I preferred a hand method I used in conjunction with a moving table top for tough cases. It allowed me to eliminate play, focus the traction on the specific segment and control the force much better than any machine could. My machine is guided by a much more sophisticated computer coordinated by the thalamus intergrating signals from very fine higher order mechanoreceptors from my experienced fingers and the knowledge, memories and programs stored in my lobes they send their signals to for guidance.