baby suffer from reflux or silent reflux resulting in colic?
Senior Osteopathic practitioner Iain McGregor at WeaverHouse
talks about his 30 years of practical experience in treating this distressing
condition for both baby and parent.
Iain explains that his
Osteopathic approach goes back to principles of “structure governs functions”,
when the foetus is “in utero” it is in a flexed-up position, as it develops
this flexed position is exaggerated as there is little space to extend and stretch
out. This position causes contracture in the diaphragm, the large important
muscle that divides the abdomen to the chest. The stomach, and the oesophagus
that passes through the diaphragm can get compressed causing narrowing and
constriction of the oesophagus causing the stomach contents to regurgitate at
force, reflux or slide up and down the oesophagus causing irritation in the
lining, by the acid in the milk – silent reflux.
Both these conditions are
distressing for the baby as it still is unable to sit up for itself so causes
stomach and abdominal cramps – colic. And screaming sleepless nights. Iain’s
Osteopathic approach firstly is to explain to the parents the basic anatomy of
how the digestive tract works and what anatomical structures they pass through.
His approach is to get the infant to change that chronic flexed position they
assumed in the womb, to a more upright and extended position thus restoring the
diaphragm to function more effectively, so that he can massage the abdominal
organs and reduce stasis and wind in the digestive tract. Also, by improving
diaphragm function he encourages the infant to breath more effectively using
both its upper and lower ribs.
Ultimately the reflux disappears,
and harmony is restored for both baby and parent. Also, Iain is able to offer
practical advice to the parent in the form of feeding techniques and basic
exercises for the child. So, if your baby or family member or friend suffers
from reflux or silent reflux and have not thought about a natural osteopathic
approach to this condition, call one of our friendly team of receptionists here
at WeaveHouse to make an appointment on 01270 629933
Ah fall, how I love you. The sweaters, the apple cider, the crunching
leaves ( I will go out of my way to step on them, just to feel like a little
kid again ). The football, the pumpkins, the yard work.
The yard work? leaf raking is one of the typical fall activities, and it’s
right up there with other activities, that fall in that category of ‘top ways to
hurt your back’ which leave you on a Saturday or Sunday lying on your sofa with
shockingly sharp back pain. All because you didn’t protect your back when you
went out leaf raking.
To avoid that fate, follow these easy tips the next time you head out to
You should think especially about stretching the muscles that support the
lower back and of course, any muscle involved in the actual raking (eg. arms,
shoulders) Here are some easy stretches you can do for your lower back to
prepare, this doesn’t have to be extensive, just take 5 minutes and get your
·Posture: staying hunched over is simply not good for your
back. Your spine has a natural curve and you should try to maintain those
spinal curves while raking, try to avoid that hunched over posture with this
pattern. Rake, straighten up. Rake, straighten up. So many people rake with
this pattern: rake, rake, rake, rake, rake, rake… look I went super fast and
made a huge pile! Whoa, my back!
·Twist: There are leaves all around you, so what's the most
effective way to reach them all? Well, if you twist more with your lower back –
leaving your feet more or less planted – you’re relying too much on your spine.
Let you feet and hips do some of the work! When raking, you should rotate by
moving from your hips and shuffling your feet.
·Relax: You do not have to do the entire yard in 15 minutes.
In fact, you really should make leaf raking a leisurely activity. Rake for 10
to 15 minutes, and that take a break. On your brake, make sure you hydrate –
Come and visit one of our highly trained osteopaths
Exercise and being active is often the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, most of us just want to curl up on the sofa or go to bed. Does that sound about right?
Whilst this may be okay in the short term, in the long term it's not such a good idea.
Exercise is essential for your overall health and wellbeing. It helps keep your muscles, bones and joints strong so that you can keep moving as well as reducing your risk of developing other conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.
It also boosts your mood, benefits your mental health, aids weight control and improves sleep.
When you exercise your body releases chemicals such as endorphins into your bloodstream. These are sometimes called ‘feel-good’ chemicals because they boost your mood and make you feel good. They also interact with receptors in your brain and ‘turn down the volume’ on your pain system.
So, exercise can help you feel better, reduce your risk of many health issues and help you manage your pain.
For exercise to be most effective it needs to be regular and should include the following:
flexibility exercises – stretching and range of movement exercises help maintain or improve the flexibility of your joints and nearby muscles and will help keep you moving properly and ease joint stiffness
strengthening exercises – these build muscle strength, provide stability to your joints and improve your ability to perform daily tasks
cardiovascular or aerobic exercises – these are exercises that gets you moving and increase your heart rate helping improve the health of your heart and lungs (cardiovascular system) and can also help with endurance, weight control and prevention of other health problems (e.g. diabetes).
swimming or water exercise classes
tai chi, yoga, Pilates
Start slowly and gradually increase the amount of exercise you do.
Set yourself goals - they’ll help keep you focused and motivated.
Remember that it may be some time since you last had an exercise routine, so set goals that are appropriate for the new you, not the old you!
Choose exercises and activities that you enjoy and try to be active on most, preferably all, days of the week.
Exercise with friends or family – this will make it more enjoyable and will also help motivate you.
Warm up and cool down properly before and after exercising.
Know the difference between the muscle pain you feel after exercise, and the pain you may feel as a result of overdoing it.
Talk with your doctor, osteopath or physiotherapist for information and advice before starting an exercise regime.
We are more than happy to assist you with your exercise goals. Give us a call today to make your appointment and we’ll even give you a free 15 minute osteopathic back and health assessment check.
Headaches and migraines can be very debilitating and affect most people at some stage of their lives. There are more than 200 types of headaches ranging from simple strains to more complex ones.
Headaches often arise from tension, muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper back. Other causes can include eyestrain, sinus problems, whiplash injury, stress, poor posture, teeth grinding, infection or allergies. If the presentation appears to be a more serious problem, we will refer as necessary. When not serious, we can help diagnose the cause and assist in alleviating the headache through improving mobility and reducing muscular tension in the back, ribcage, head and jaw as well as advising you on posture, diet and exercises.
A migraine is different from other headaches because it may cause symptoms including: Nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, or smells. Migraineattacks are experienced as a headache of at least moderate severity usually on one side of the head and occurring with the symptoms above. The headache is usually made worse by physical activity. Migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours and in most cases there is complete freedom from symptoms between attacks. Certain factors are involved in triggering an attack in those predisposed to migraine. These are usually calledtrigger factorsand can include lifestyle, and hormonal changes.
We will take a thorough case history as well as performing an osteopathic examination and endeavour to identify the cause of the pain (i.e. muscle, joint, ligament), we will also aim to understand why that area of your body is under strain. Osteopathy and massage are a safe alternative to medication for headache. By reducing muscle tension, restoring healthy blood supply to nerves and promoting good movement through the joints, we are able to significantly reduce the presence of nerve irritation and muscle tension helping to alleviate the cause of your headaches.
We will further support your journey back to health by advising on posture, ergonomics, exercises and stretching. If required, we will also communicate with your GP.
IMPORTANT: If the headache you are having is accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding/fluid from ears or nose, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, numbness, tingling or paralysis. This is especially important if this is the first time you are experiencing this headache. Seek urgent medical advice from your GP
The average mobile ‘phone user spends 90 minutes on average on their ‘phones each day. This doesn’t sound like a lot, maybe the same time you spend watching TV, however this adds up to 10.5 hours each week that you look at your phone!
This means less time to exercise, more stress on your body, not to mention the time it takes away from the people around you. You are disengaged from all of those.
The (tongue-in-cheek) term ‘iposture’ is quickly gaining recognition as the ideal description for the way we hunch over our mobile phones, but it’s no laughing matter as this is one of the main causes of poor posture and lower back pain.
Try scheduling designated time to handle your emails and social media from your computer where you can set up your ergonomics to support good body positioning as you type.
If your phone has a voice dictation feature, learn how to use it and talk your text messages, social media posts, and emails. This may take a little time to get accustomed to, but your neck, shoulders, and back will thank you.
Avoiding the mobile phone slump is simple and anyone can do it. It just requires a little self-discipline and awareness. But it’s worth doing for the difference it will make in your neck, back, and the rest of your body, too!
If you feel that you are suffering from the effects of poor posture give us a call and schedule a free 15-minute osteopathic back and health assessment check