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Reflux
Category: Babies, Common Conditions

acid-reflux-and-gerd-in-babies Reflux is often associated with babies, but adults too, can suffer from that rush up the throat of stomach acid and partly digested food. Many of those who experience heartburn will, at some stage, feel the burning in the oesophagus, and if it happens while sleeping, in the trachea also as the acid finds it's way towards the lungs.

The stomach has a lining that is constantly being replaced that prevents the dilute hydrochloric acid from burning it's way through. But the oesophagus and the trachea do not and can suffer from scarring if the problem goes unresolved and/or happens regularly.

In both babies and adults the cause is much the same. The nerves that supply the stomach, particularly the vagus nerve, are squeezed or impinged in some way. In babies, the birthing process can often result in the head being hyper extended, i.e. being tilted too far back. Sometimes this can result in the joint between the head and the first vertebra being locked putting the surrounding tissue into spasm, and in the process, squeezing the vagus nerve. This can occur even in c-section deliveries.reflux

Adults can experience a similar effect if the head is shot backwards as in a violent tackle from behind in sport or being rear-ended in a car accident, or indeed a nasty fall.

The solution lies in finding where the tissue is in spasm and helping the body to gently release it. With babies this can mostly be accomplished in one or two sessions. With adults, depending on the severity and the length of time the problem has been present, it can take several sessions to resolve.

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Vertigo:
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Vertigo is a type of dizziness which can be accompanied by nausea and visual disturbance.vertigo dizziness
There are several types of vertigo characterized by the symptoms experienced.

BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is usually brief sensations of movement which last from a few seconds to a few minutes. It can be brought on by sudden movement of the head, such as rolling over in bed.

Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuritis is a type of vertigo that can occur suddenly and can be associated with hearing loss and can last for several days.

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Emotional release | SomatoEmotional Release
Category: Common Conditions

SomatoEmotional Release is the name given to a therapeutic process of releasing from the mind and body emotions that are associated with past trauma and negative experience. If a strong emotion(s) cannot be expressed at the time of the trauma it can be held in the tissue.

Emotional Release

Emotional Release

Dr John Upledger, an osteopath and professor of bio-mechanics, and bio-physicist Dr Svi Karni carried out research at Michigan State University between 1975-1983, where they found that the energy of physical force and the emotion generated by psychological, physiological or spiritual trauma could become absorbed by the body, rather than discharged.  In an effort to limit its disruptive influence on the normal bio-electric activity performing vital tasks, the body walled it off into as small an area as possible. This walled off area became known as an “energy cyst”.

While the body can and does adapt to the forces it is not able to release, this creates extra work for the body, and eventually it will become tired and weakened. Then there comes a time when it is unable to do any more adapting, and pain and dysfunction present as symptoms, sometimes years after the event that caused them.

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Sciatica Treatment
Category: Common Conditions

Sciatic Nerve

 

Sciatica is a common condition that, typically, produces pain across the buttocks on one side and down the back of the leg. Sometimes there is numbness and/or tingling in addition to the pain.  It follows the line of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. This nerve has to pass through or around several muscles in the pelvic cavity, one of which is the piriformis muscle.  Sometimes it passes through the piriformis and sometimes underneath, and sometimes it splits and one part goes through and the other underneath. Either way the piriformis muscle can cause quite a lot of trouble for the sciatic nerve. The reason for this is that this muscle can and does go into spasm quite regularly, particularly in active people in general and sports people in particular.

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Pelvic Pain – Postnatal and in Pregnancy
Category: Babies, Common Conditions

untitledPain anywhere in the pelvis, hips or lower back tends to be classed as pelvic girdle pain. There is also a disorder specific to women, known as  Symphysis Pubis Disorder. SPD typically comes on during pregnancy and can be anywhere from mild to severe, sometimes demanding complete bed rest. Mums are told it will clear up after the baby is born, and mostly it does, but not always. In fact, it may be worse, needing crutches or, in some extreme cases, a wheel-chair. Fortunately mid-wives are well informed now and often refer patients for further treatment  on leaving hospital.  G.P.'s, too, are much more understanding of pelvic girdle pain, particularly after child-birth, and are happy to refer on their patients to people like me for corrective treatment. (more…)

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Whiplash Neck Pain
Category: Common Conditions

 

Whiplash is the name giwhiplashven to a particular form of neck injury that is quite often, but not always, associated with Road Traffic Accidents or RTA's as they tend to be called. It can occur anytime the head is shot backward then forward again, in the action of a whip being cracked, hence the name. (more…)

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Migraine or Headache ?
Category: Common Conditions

When does a headache become a migraine? Or do headaches migrate into something that is more severe?  Well, we all know when we have a headache; take a couple of paracetomol and it goes away. But headache pills won't usually have much effect on migraines. That is because the causes are quite different and so are the symptoms.migraine_headaches (more…)

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IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Category: Common Conditions

The chances are that if you suffer from constipation or diarrhoea, you don’t talk about it. The state of your bowels is not a IBS - block nerves?subject you would casually drop into a lull in the conversation. This is probably the reason why nobody knows for sure just how many people suffer from recurrent bowel problems.  It is thought to range from 20-30 per cent of the population, affecting twice as many women as men. Most people will experience the odd bout of “dickey” tummy; the cause can usually be put down to over indulgence in food that the stomach is not accustomed to. These occurrences quite often happen on foreign holidays, sometimes at home too, but at least the reason is known. If it happens on a regular basis, with a normal diet, it tends to be known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. (A syndrome is a group of symptoms connected with a particular disease or condition.) (more…)

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Craniosacral and Babies
Category: Babies, Common Conditions

The task of putting in an appearance in this world is not always easy from the baby's perspective. Think about it; there you Happy Babyare, warm, comfortable with all your needs met, when suddenly you are being projected down a very tight tube, your head a battering ram, with forces of up to twenty-six pounds per square inch pushing you further into the unknown. Used to floating around at will, you are now held fast in a vice-like grip and there is a lot of screaming going on. You could be in this position for several hours; panic sets in, what’s going on? (more…)

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