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Marino, AM., Petrova, S., Sweiss, R., Duong, J., Miulli, ED. (2022) 'A Review of Glymphatics and the Impact of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Alzheimer's Disease, Concussions, and Beyond ', Cureus. 2022 Mar 29;14(3):e23620.


Cureus. 2022 Mar 29;14(3):e23620.

A Review of Glymphatics and the Impact of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Alzheimer's Disease, Concussions, and Beyond

Maxwell A Marino  , Sarah Petrova  , Raed Sweiss  , Jason Duong  , Dan E Miulli

Abstract:

Glymph is a fluid that circulates in the brain interstitium and, under pathological conditions, unusually accumulates and enhances the buildup of other noxious molecules. The study of this process of circulation, accumulation, and clearance is called glymphatics. We review the physiology of glymphatics and then dive into recent innovative research surrounding this neurological field of study and how it has applied to mainstream pathological processes, including Alzheimer's disease and spectrums of traumatic brain injury that range from a concussion to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Furthermore, we explore the implications of glymphatics and a new and developing frontier of healthcare in space travel; with the advent of a Space Force and the introduction of space travel to consumer markets, this is an exciting time to develop novel techniques in enhancing its safety and optimizing human physiology for best outcomes. Therefore, we also propose that osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) plays an intuitive role in the treatment of abnormal glymphatics, as adjunctive therapy in Alzheimer's and CTE, and as a future staple before, during, and after space travel for the benefit of both enhancing healthcare in chronic conditions and advancing the capabilities of the human race in its shining new endeavor.

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