The “Release & Balance® Method” is a ‘hands on’ physical modality that enhances and restores the integrity of the muscles, joints, spine and nervous system.The Release & Balance® Method is a “Meningeal Release Technique” developed by Dr. Gangemi. The meninges are the covering of the brain and spinal cord that can become entangled from stress.
Since the meninges actually cover the brain, cranial hormonal glands, cranial nerves and attach to the vertebrae in the neck, releasing restrictions in the meninges is a vital component of health.
Releasing meningeal pressure can eliminate pain, improve posture & range of motion, and can improve many associated symptoms.
If you have injury, pain, stress, incorrect posture, tight muscles, incorrect range of motion, the Release & Balance® Method can assist you.
• Neuropathy • Neuralgia • Trigeminal Neuralgia • Pain Relief • Inflammation • Difficulty Sleeping • Improving Range of Motion • Injuries • Herniated Disc • Relaxation • TMJ • Soft Tissue Injuries • Sciatica • Fibromyalgia Fatigue • Tight Muscles • Post Traumatic Stress • Incorrect Posture and More!
How it works:
The healthy intelligence of the body is expressed primarily through the hormones and other informational chemicals controlled by the nervous system. The nervous system influences every cell, tissue and organ of your body. The motion and alignment of your spinal posture or spinal integrity is intimately related to the health of your nervous system. The Release and Balance® Method can restore your spinal integrity, resetting and balancing the nervous system by releasing tension stored in the spine. Using specific corrections to the meninges (membranes that cover the brain, spinal cord), holding patterns of spinal tension are released and spinal integrity restored.
When an individual is under physical, mental or emotional stress, it can lock the nervous system in “stress mode” or what is called “sympathetic dominant”.
Most people are in stress mode throughout most of the day. Normally sleep is a restorative process however bodies subject to continual stress do not recover during sleep due to the excess stress hormone produced.
Functioning in stress mode for an extended period of time creates a wide variety of symptoms such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, headaches, chronic fatigue, neck and/or back pain, tight muscles, reduced range of motion, anxiety, lack of focus and the overall feeling that you are out of balance.
The Mayo Clinic has stated when the nervous system is out of balance and producing an excess of stress hormones, it can disrupt almost all the body’s processes, weaken the immune system and the body’s ability to heal. This increases the risk of numerous health problems including (but not limited to):
Anxiety ∙ Depression ∙ Digestive Problems ∙ Heart Disease ∙ Sleep Problems ∙ Weight Gain ∙ Memory & Concentration ∙ Impairment
When an individual is under stress for a long period of time their autonomic nervous system shifts into a state of “sympathetic dominant” also known as the fight or flight mechanism and produces excessive amounts of stress hormone. As I mentioned before, high levels of stress hormone weaken the body and can lead to a wide variety of symptoms and health issues.
The autonomic nervous system is what controls the automatic functions of the body such as blood pressure, heart rate, hormonal flow, organ functions, digestion, and so on… it is called autonomic because it works automatically and we really do not think about performing these functions. The autonomic nervous system is very sensitive to stress! It is controlled by a part of your brain we call the limbic, which is associated with pain, pleasure and emotions.
When a person experiences prolonged stress the limbic portion of your brain will trigger the flight or flight mechanism to respond and release stress hormones into the blood steam. This is a great short term strategy, however if the ANS gets stuck in this cycle it will produce excessive amounts of stress hormones. Stress can come from many sources such as physical (like a car accident), emotional (caught up in cycle of emotions), mental (thinking too much), chemical and environmental toxins.
Stress hormones enter the blood stream and eventually cross the blood / brain barrier into the cerebral spinal fluid. Cerebral spinal fluid is manufactured in the ventricles of the brain and flows through the middle layer of the meninges called the arachnoid layer. The acidity of the stress hormone will cause the spinal chord and spinal muscles to tighten, creating a pulling of the spinal chord. Since the layers of the meninges attach to the brain, spinal chord and the spinal bones…that is not a good situation. Tension in the meninges translates to pulling and twisting, increasing cranial tension of the spinal chord, brain and central nervous system and surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments and facial bones. High cranial and spinal tension can produce neck and back pain, headaches, TMJ , neuropathy trigeminal neuralgia and more.…
The cranial nerves pass through the meninges of the cranium and meningeal tension can create symptoms such as trigeminal neuralgia, headaches, anxiety, depression, pain, sleeping problems and more. As I mentioned before, the Mayo Clinic has listed a variety of serious health issues that may develop from functioning in a sympathetic dominate state. Meningeal tension often is misdiagnosed as other health issues and then treated with drugs or surgery. This often does not correct the underlying issues of the dysfunction within the nervous system and very often the pain and other symptoms return. The meninges are a very important component of your health as tension on the meninges translates to high spinal and cranial tension, and poor spinal integrity. It also correlates to poor mental and emotional health and compromised immune system such as chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, and sleep issues.
The meninges is a three layered membrane that covers the brain, spinal chord and central nervous system. The inner layer, called the pia mater, covers the brain and spinal chord. Yes, tension on the pia mater can pull on the brain. The middle layer of the meninges is called the arachnoid layer and is the layer that contains the cerebral spinal fluid. The outer layer is called the dura mater and attaches to the cranial bones and attaches the spinal chord to the spinal bones. Yes, tension on the spinal bones can translate to tension on the brain via the meninges.
Car accidents and falls can create tension in the meninges and this translates to tension on the cerebral cortex and all structures of the brain and cranial nerves. Through evaluating a patient’s symptoms, vital signs, case history, observing spinal posture, palpating for tension in the spine, cranium and spinal bones, as well as observing the breathing patterns, we can determine spinal integrity and have a good idea how the ANS is performing. A healthy ANS will shift between sympathetic and para sympathetic modes. The para sympathetic mode activates the healing processes of the body, assisting the body to heal and rebuild. Many people are stuck in sympathetic dominate most of the time, even when they’re sleeping, preventing the body to recover and fully heal.
Releasing meningeal tension on the spinal system can reduce the pulling and twisting of the spinal chord, reducing pressure on the cranium and central nervous system. Think of this as an unwinding process. The meninges can be released by applying specific pressure and movements to the dura mater of the spinal bones and cranium, as well as positioning the patient to access the meninges and focused breathing exercises.
How it was developed
When I was a student in chiropractic school, I often wondered why it was necessary to adjust the same regions of the spine over and over again; why an adjustment would not hold.I began to explore and research other techniques and modalities. I realized that dysfunctional spinal patterns of tension can be caused by restrictions in the meninges and often associated with excessive stress hormone.
The autonomic nervous system actually becomes locked in a hyperactive cycle called sympathetic dominant, producing excessive stress hormones. Excessive stress hormone becomes problematic as it disrupts the integrity of the body leading to tension and the decline of health.
I found that years of accumulated tension can be released by applying pressure on key areas of the meninges and the spinal cranial network.
When I started releasing cervical, and cranial meningeal tension, Patients started to relax and feel better. I also noted that their range of motion and symptoms greatly improved.
Release & Balance is a perfect name as it is exactly what is happening. Tension is being released and the patient’s nervous system is returning to balance.