What’s All the Hype About Glial Cells?

Glial cells have been in the health press quite a bit these days and for good reason. Here’s a breakdown of what they are, why you should care and when to get support for your glial cells.

What are Glial cells?

There are two types of cells that make up your central nervous system (CNS): neurons and glia. Neurons comprise 10% of cells, while glia comprise 90%. Glia are much smaller than neurons so they each take up about 50% in volume.

Neurons form circuits with electrochemical signals to coordinate complex body/mind processes– we couldn’t function without them and when they get damaged you are very aware of it, like for instance after a concussion.

Glial cells do not send signals across the body like neurons but they do communicate among themselves and with the neurons. One of their main jobs is to support the neurons in maintaining function, health and healing. They are the caretakers of the central nervous system.

Why should I care?

Let’s say you have damage to your central nervous system, like for example, from a concussion or an auto-immune disease. Without a healthy glial network to nurture the neurons back to health, well that would be like a sick child without a mother or father there to give them the support needed to recover and get back to life. Glial cells are also there working hard 24/7 to deliver nutrients, help remove toxins and provide general maintenance to our CNS so we can enjoy optimal health.

When would I need extra support for my Glial network?

Any disorder that impairs the neurons from firing properly is a good time to get support for Glial cells. For example, get help if you are having issues with traumatic brain injury, seizures, Parkinson’s, memory loss, eye health, nerve damage, stress, para/sympathetic response, immune system, gut and liver issues, glymphatic issues, post-concussion recovery, brain cancer or gliosis (scarring & inflammation of glial cells from injury or disease). Glial cells are everywhere in the brain and spinal canal and they can affect a lot!

What to expect?

Glial work is performed by a specially trained CranioSacral Therapist. Since it is not possible to directly touch glial cells, Glial work is done through gentle “Therapeutic Intention” (visualizing, dialoguing and using energy). Average of 4+ sessions recommended.