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Osteopathic treatment for Enuresis Nocturna in early childhood

Definition of Enuresis Nocturna:Wetting in sleep at least two nights a month at the age of 5 without daytime symtoms or urinary tract infections”

Bed wetting in children is the most common urological symptom: 15-20% of 5-year-olds suffer from this condition and it is very often observed in children over the age of 5 years.

The urinary system has many roles such as cleansing the blood and ridding the body of metabolic waste products, regulation of PH, regulation of blood pressure and more. The final filtration of the blood by kidneys called urine. The kidneys filter about 200 litres of filtrate every day but the urine, the final waste content is about 2 litres per day. The capacity of the bladder can be from 1 – up to 2 litres. The minimum amount of 150-500ml is needed to trigger the micturition reflex or Bladder Stretch Reflex. The stretch receptors in the bladder wall transmit nerve impulse to the sacral region of the spinal cord to generate a spinal reflex. The parasympathetic neural outflow causes contraction of the detrusor muscle and relaxation of the involuntary internal urethral sphincter. At the same time, the spinal cord inhibits somatic motor neurons, resulting in the relaxation of the skeletal muscle of the external urethral shincter. The micturition reflex is active in infants and disappears with maturity. Children learn to override the reflex by controlling the external shincter by will. This reflex may be preserved after spinal cord injuries that results in paraplegia or quadriplegia. Voluntary micurition requires an intact spinal cord and functional pudendal nerve, arising from the sacral plexus which is the main nerve of the perineum. This nerve can be damaged, most commonly by childbirth or injuries.

The urine passes through the ureter and is propelled by waves of peristalsis into the bladder. The quality and quantity of the urine depends on how much water is intake, exercise, outside temperature, sweating and other factors. Read More

Osteopathy treatment for colic babies, sleeping and feeding problems, crying babies

KISS Syndrom is not a disease but a dysfunction or blockage in the upper cervical spine in the atlanto-occipital junction in children and newborn. The definition of KISS in English is: Kinematic Imbalance due to Suboccipital Stress. KISS-Syndrom is also referred to : Torticollis, wry neck, stiff neck, head tilt, caput obstipum, twisted neck, crooked neck or collum distortum. A German doctor, Heinder Biedermann, who invented the term KISS in the early 1990th, was practicing in Dortmund, and is now based in Cologne is using a manual medicine on the atlanto-occipital joints. Read More

 

 

Osteopathy is a philosophy of health not just a series of techniques the osteopath are using. This philosophy acknowledges that, in health, the body should be able to automatically adapt to different issues and to heal itself in a state of balance and harmony.  The body is always doing its best to maintain a state of balance and can recover from, or adapt to, many traumatic events. However, the body`s resources for coping are not endless and sometimes events occur that are too much for the body to correct without assistance. This is where osteopathy can help. Read More

During your initial consultation, an osteopath will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. They may also ask questions about your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your medical condition changes during the course of your osteopathic treatment, you should tell your osteopath. Your osteopath may ask about any recent X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to wear loose pants or bring some loose clothes to change into. Read More

An incredibly powerful treatment style that requires subtlety and extensive practical application, biodynamic cranial osteopathy achieves profound clinical results.

By using light touch biodynamic osteopaths are able to get a picture of how the body is functioning as a whole, rather than a collection of individual systems (eg musculo-skeletal, respiratory, digestive etc).  Honing in on an area of pain directly can mean that pressure is placed on that area of the body, muffling more subtle clues that the body is expressing about the deeper maintaining factors that cause a chronic, repetitive problem.  Instead, Biodynamic Osteopathy communicates with the sense of health within the patient, a space where the system feels calm and neutral.  This space is then supported and maintained as the tissues and systems re-organise around this balanced point. Read More

This is actually a more difficult question to answer than you might imagine.

In the first place, one goes to chiropractic college while the other goes to osteopathy college. The main difference, however, is in how they are introduced to their particular specialism. Chiropractors and osteopaths spend between four and five years practising treatment methods and techniques, studying anatomy and medical subjects, working through conditions and then developing their clinical reasoning skills and management protocols under supervision. Read More

Osteopaths view the body as a unique, interconnected, self-healing system. Osteopathic treatment focuses on correcting disturbances with this system, whether caused (by among many things) muscle weakness/imbalance and/or tension, restricted joint movements, poor posture or working practices. Given that each body is viewed as being unique, treatment is tailored to the individual not the symptom(s). Read More

Atlas Therapy

The ‘Atlas’ is your first cervical (neck) vertebra, which is just under the head which allows movement of the head forward and backward. When you turn your head left and right, the head and atlas rotate on the second cervical vertebra axis. It is named ‘Atlas’ after the Greek god who supported the world on his shoulders. The axis is the second cervical vertebra; it has what is called the odontoid process about which the atlas rotates. The joint between the atlas and axis is a pivot type of joint. It allows the head turn from side to side. It is also called the atloaxoid joint. The ligaments that serve to support and strengthen this joint are called the capsular; anterior and posterior atlantoaxial; and transverse ligaments.

Dislocated Atlas and its consequences

A misaligned Atlas can compress the Central and Peripheral nervous Systems causing significant adverse effects throughout the body.

Dislocated positioning of Atlas causes three basic types of problems: Read More

CranioSacral therapy

CranioSacral therapy is so gentle that it is suitable for babies, children, the elderly, as well as adults. Treatment can aid almost any condition, raising vitality and improving the body’s capacity for self-repair. You may experience states of deep relaxation, heat, tingling sensations and energy releases. CST is so gentle that it is safe and suitable for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, and also people in fragile or acutely painful conditions. It is safe to do during the second and third trimester in pregnancy, after an operation, accident, fall or injury, and for young babies.

What can I expect from a CranioSacral Therapy treatment?

A CranioSacral Therapy treatment takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, treatment table. Your therapist begins by gently touching usually the feet to evaluate the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. Read More

Visceral Osteopathy

Visceral Dysfunction

Visceral Osteopathic manipulation of the viscera began with Dr Still. He described treating many different digestive, respiratory and urogenital complaints . For Dr Still, almost all medical conditions had an osteopathic treatment, in some cases curative, in some cases supportive.

Dr Still palpated for organs that were” out of place”, specifically ptosis of the liver, kidneys, bladder and uterus. He mostly treated the organs by lifting them superiorly. In general, Dr. Still’s approach for visceral problems was to treat the spine, then lift the organs. Read More

Want to lose weight? New study says reducing calories not the answer

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.

But a new study, published this week in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods – without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes – lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year. Read More