You might ask how on earth can an osteopath – who treats bones and joints (right?) – help with your digestion?
Well, it’s all about a really cool technique known as ‘visceral osteopathy.’
As you know, I advocate a holistic approach to improving wellness, and this is especially the case for digestive health.
I don’t believe I have all the answers, and it’s important for me to consider all the possible reasons why you may be feeling under the weather.
I consider three main areas when it comes to symptoms, which I call the ‘Triad of Wellness or Health’:
1. Biochemical health – nutrition, nutrients, toxins, infections and hormones
2. Emotional and spiritual wellness – stress, perception, etc.
3. Structural and mechanical health – skeletal problems, posture, blockages, etc.
Symptoms and illness can be caused by imbalances in any or all of the three areas, and they can all affect each other.
In this article, let’s look at #3 for a moment and put it in the context of digestive health.
You may think osteopaths just work with bones, but this isn’t the case at all.
In London and Cambridge (UK), I refer many of my clients to osteopath Dr. Teddy Brooks, and I’m also a patient of his.
Teddy possesses a wonderful and rare skill called visceral osteopathy, in which he gently investigates where physical blockages might be in the gut and associated organs.
These physical blocks can stop you from feeling better even when you’re eating the very best diet and taking the finest supplements.
A tight diaphragm muscle, blocked gallbladder, sticky colon and other structural problems can cause significant digestive problems, place stress on your body and make you feel tired.
Once a good visceral osteopath detects imbalances, he or she gently adjusts the abdominal musculature and internal organs to improve function
For example, a tight diaphragm, or hiatal hernia, can cause heartburn and acid reflux.
My client, Trevor, found immediately relief once Teddy had freed up his diaphragm.
A blocked gallbladder can cause pain in the right hand side of your torso and shoulder, as well as any number of digestive symptoms.
Jatinder, another client, immediately felt better when his gallbladder was gently manipulated to release a blockage.
I found that my bowel movements improved after I’d had some gentle manipulation to release some sticky points in my colon.
It’s important to note that not all osteopaths practice visceral osteopathy, and that osteopaths are not the only practitioners who can help.
I recommend you do some searching in your local area and ask around friends and colleagues to see if you can find suitable clinician.
Dr. Teddy Brooks, who I mentioned earlier, operates mainly in Cambridge, and can also be seen in London (per his busy schedule).
Jack and I always welcome the opportunity to assist if you’re having difficulty or confusion with your digestive health, energy, mood, aches and pains, or hormones.
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Remember that we’re also able to consult with you by phone or Skype if you’re outside the UK, or if you’re in the UK and don’t want to travel.