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De-facilitating facilitated Segments (inspired from Dr. John Upledger DO)

13733_104434982904969_100000154023316_129732_966244_nUsually, the word “facilitated” has a positive connotation, implying that some process is made easier or more efficient. Yet in the case of a “facilitated” segment, it means that the stimulus that the resistance to the conduction of an electrical impulse in a particular “segment” of the spinal cord has been reduced. This means that the facilitated segment of the spinal cord is excitable and a smaller stimulus will trigger impulses that will fire and activate the segment.

This hypersensitivity may be detrimental to the body as a whole, depending on the tissues involved. For example, if the segment that provides nerves to the liver become facilitated, the liver may become hypersensitive. The person who has this problem may be presenting toxicity to the liver,  nausea, depression, headaches, irritability, etc. The symptoms will disappear once the facilitation has been corrected.

A facilitated segment will produce palpable changes in the tissue texture. The muscles along the spine and related fascia will have a “shoddy” feel and the joints in the area will be less mobile. The tissues are usually painful, tender to the touch and irritable. There are also changes in the skin texture, sweat gland activity, and capillary supply to the skin.

Facilitated segments seem to occur at areas of focus for postural stress, sites of trauma, and segments of the spinal cord related to visceral problems. Once it is there, a facilitated segment can continue for years, even ultimately contribute to illness and death. A facilitated segment at the fourth thoracic vertebra may cause decreased vitality of the heart, leading to blockage of the coronary arteries and heart attack.

Therapeutically any approach that interrupts the self-perpetuating activity of the facilitated segment will be helpful. Osteopathy, CranioSacral Therapy and Medical Qigong are helpful in that they reduce the activity of the nervous system, reduce general stress, help endocrine function, assist in postural balancing and improve fluid exchange. An advanced therapist is able to first locate these “facilitated segments” and work with the body’s intelligence to facilitate the normalizing of the flow of Qi and neurological conduction and de-facilitate the “facilitated segments”.

“Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.” Benjamin Franklin.


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  • Suzanne Dricot

    Always interesting : langage clair, à la portée de tous. Merci! Je te souhaite une très belle journée <3

  • Thank you Suzanne. Une belle journee a toi aussi. Cloe'.

  • Excellent explanation, merci. Did you mean to repeat it twice?

  • Thank you Suzanne. Une belle journee a toi aussi. Cloe'.

  • Excellent explanation, merci. Did you mean to repeat it twice?

  • Ms

    I wish a College Whood!?!?!?