Researchers at the University of Virginia have made a startling new discovery that has generated a great a deal of buzz and hope, in the scientific and medical communities. While studying the brain coverings of mice, researcher Antoine Louveau, PhD. discovered lymphatic vessels where they have supposedly never existed. Until now, it has been widely accepted that the lymphatic system ends at the base of the skull and has no direct connection to the central nervous system. These newly found vessels contradict this “fact” and basically blow the doors off the old paradigm that refutes a direct link between the immune and central nervous systems. In fact, this new research “rewrites the textbooks”, essentially redrawing the anatomical charts of the lymphatic system to include expansion into the brain. Up to this point there has been no clear answer to the question of why neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, MS and Autism are often accompanied by a compromised immune system. Some have speculated that certain lifestyle choices lead to both, such as in the case of an elevated occurrence of Alzheimer’s among diabetics. But now, in light of this new research, scientists must consider the possibility of a more direct cause and effect relationship. To follow the breadcrumbs: The lymphatic system plays a major role in healthy immunity. Neurological disorders are often accompanied by immune dysfunction. The existence of a lymphatic system in the brain and central nervous system points to a direct correlation between impaired immunity and neurological diseases. These lymphatic vessels in the brain, which have been hidden by their close proximity to blood vessels, are the first major discovery in the map of the human body in decades, and open up hundreds of new questions, avenues of research and possibilities for the prevention and treatment of countless neurological disorders. Speculation has already been raised about the accumulation of protein chunks found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Researchers believe that these large protein particles cause the disease but have not been able to determine their cause. Now they might surmise that healthy lymphatic vessels flush excess protein from the brain, but when these vessels are impaired they are unable to perform this function, and the proteins collect. This shines a brighter light on anecdotal studies where manual lymphatic drainage has led to a reduction of some Alzheimer’s symptoms. This research also has excited parents clambering to discover if nutrition and supplementation used to buoy the lymphatic system might be employed to treat autism. For patients who suffer from neurological diseases, there is hope that the same techniques used to improve lymphatic function might provide some relief from or protection against continued neurological dysfunction, and lymphatic specialists may soon find an entirely new population on their plates as patients respond to the implications suggested by these findings. Explore these studies as well as learn practical applications of cranial-lymphatic therapy for the purposes of tissue and CNS detoxification to assist in decreasing clinical manifestations of neurological and autoimmune disease.
About the Instructor
Class Instructor Bio: Carmen (Thompson) Recupero, BS, LPTA, CMT, CLT, is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Massage Therapist, with a specialty certification in lymphatic therapy. She has over 25 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient lymphatic therapy to clients with a variety of diagnoses through her practice Lymphatic Care Specialists, LLC. She has taught continuing education and leadership courses since 2008. Mrs. Recupero has worked in a variety of healthcare settings over the last 24 years, both as a clinician and in administration.
She served as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Tandem Health Care in Floyd, Virginia, and Facility/Area Administrator of Rehabilitation at Prism Rehab Systems, overseeing therapists, program development and patient care for orthopedic and neurological patients. Mrs. Recupero has conducted state and national presentations on a variety of clinical programs and then coaches the C-suite on the implementation process and change management around those clinical initiatives.
Carmen is an MBA candidate at UVA/Darden School of Business and earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from California College of Health Sciences, National City, California, and an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy (Magna Cum Laude) from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, Virginia. She completed a 140-hour certification course in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy through the Upledger Institute. She is also a WCC certified wound care specialist through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. She is an executive business coach as well, specializing in healthcare corporation team development and strategic planning/program implementation.
Mrs. Recupero continues to further her education annually by attending national and international seminars to stay current with the latest research findings on lymphedema. Carmen studied at the Vodder School in Austria in July of 2014 to advance her skills.
Her training program, recognized by the National Lymphedema Network in 2010, is a sponsor of the Lymphology Association of North America and she looks forward to the continued development of her programs to educate and train medical professionals in order that they might better help people with lymphatic disorders.
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