What is TST - The Scotson Technique?
TST is a response to recent research in neurobiology which shows that:
- Little children produce more new brain cells than they need.
- Therefore during early development a growing brain takes 50% of the
oxygen made available by breathing (which is approximately twice as
much as an adult!).
- Even in adults brain cells in the areas of learning and memory continue to be produced into old age. Moreover brain cell production can be increased if oxygen to the nerves and to the brain is increased by stronger breathing.
This is why The Scotson Technique points out and addresses the frequently ignored complex weaknesses that affect the respiratory muscles and lungs after a brain injury.
These weaknesses are caused by the effect of cerebral stress and poor or abnormal motor activity on the respiratory organs. They are also a hidden cause of the brain injured child's structural and functional abnormalities as well as the broad range of symptoms associated with brain injuries.
TST therefore develops the potential of the uninjured brain by enhancing the respiratory and circulatory systems to deliver oxygen to the body tissues. This is achieved by the gentle manual delivery of breath and pulse-like pressures which copy the effects of breathing on the body tissues and circulatory systems.
No matter whether the children are mildly, moderately or severely affected, as The Scotson Technique is applied and the children's breathing improves their development steadily becomes more normal. Posture improves. Body shape fills out. Arms and legs move more usefully. Hands open. Children begin to sit independently. Children beginning to walk, walk more easily. Speech, vision, digestion, understanding and social maturity all steadily improve and epileptic seizures begin to reduce. Children transform and become brighter, healthier, happier and more able.