Structural Integration

Structural integration can affect the neural, fascial, musculo and skeletal system balance that aligns the body in the gravitational field to reduce pain and decrease anxiety. Structural practitioners are trained in functional, biomechanical and kinesiological analysis to change structure.

Structural integration was first developed by Ida Rolf in the 1930’s and evolved from sources like osteopathy, chiropractic, yoga, etc. The work is based on the premise that each segment of the body should relate properly to the others. The focus is on the connective tissue matrix of the body to bring all parts into balance.

Chronic structural problems can cause a fixation in the spinal column and nerve pain that are benefitted greatly from spinal cord release in order to facilitate freedom from pain in muscles, tendons, bones, etc. The therapist who performs these release techniqes calls the work structural integration, myofascial release and somato release or sometimes deep tissue massage. The trained therapist can determine quickly where the stress is coming from to release the constricted area.

In the case of muscle constriction, the sarcomeres between muscles are usually stuck and need to be released by stimulation to the part of the brain sending the constricting message to the golgi tendon or flower spray messaging of the muscle. In this case, there is often an emotional memory that was painful and releases as well.

Some of this release work can be done by phone and is better in person.

Anterior Cingulate Gyrus and Goal Directed Behavior

The anterior cingulate gyrus seems to decide which behavior is appropriate and what we should be paying attention to by monitoring conflict, pain, problems, errors, etc.

Neural pathways have been identified for reintepretation of frontal lobe lesions with visceral & endocrine involvement in the hippocampus, amygdala, caudate nucleus. parietal lobe and temporal regions of the cortex. When there is not permanent impairment in the frontal lobe, scientists have found fronto-hypothalamic connections of feedback association with multimodal processing areas of the parietal lobe in and near the frontal eye field. This can be seen in spatial delayed alternation tests. Also seen is the capacity to integrate auditory, visual, & kinesthetic information impaired by lesions in the general area of the frontal eye field.

Anterior cingulate has a role in premotor function and some cognitively demanding processes which are associated with affect. The anterior cingulate cortex is involved in skeletal & visceromotor systems & response selection. It is also part of the limbic system that are engaged in initiating behaviors related to motivational significance of sensory stimuli, & cognitively demanding processing not requiring movement and retrieving short term memory.

The cingulate provides a mechanism by which affect and intellect can be joined. A select group of forebrain structures including anterior cingulate cortex are involved in affect and regulating context relevant motor behaviors.

A PET study showed transient sadness or happiness are associated with elevated blood flow in the anterior cingulate gyrus.