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ADHD and Rhythmic Movement Training - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

ADHD and Rhythmic Movement Training

Rhythmic Movement Training is a movement based, primitive (infant or neonatal) reflex integration program that may help reduce ADHD symptoms.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterised by symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. These symptoms are associated with learning, behavioural and emotional problems. ADHD affects mostly children and some adults. 

Symptoms of ADHD

1. Inattention 

An individual who: wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganised. These problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.

2. Hyperactivity 

An individual who seems to move about constantly, even in situations where this behaviour is not appropriate. For example excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or need for constant activity.

3. Impulsivity 

An individual who can be reckless and appear impatient, and often disinhibited in social situations. They may find it difficult to wait, intruding on or interrupting others’ activities and blurting out answers to a question before it has been completed.

Primitive reflexes are automatic stereotypic movements directed from the brain stem. They are needed for survival and development in the womb and the early months of life. As a child transitions frequently into adulthood these reflexes disappear due to the development of the frontal lobes.

Rhythmic Movement Training

Rhythmic movement training involves gentle rocking and reflex integration movements that stimulate neural pathways and promote learning, emotional development, balance and ease of movement. A pilot study published in the journal of Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery showed that rhythmic therapy may be helpful in reducing some symptoms of ADHD.

Osteopathic Approach

Osteopathic treatment is a precise, gentle and restorative manipulative therapy that can incorporate rhythmic movement training and may assist with ADHD.  

For best results, osteopathic treatment should be carried out at as young an age as possible, while the body is still very malleable and ongoing growth can be influenced, and thus symptoms can be significantly improved. The younger the child, the quicker birth stresses may be resolved with treatment.

Disclaimer

This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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How an osteopath can help constipation - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

How an Osteopath can help constipation

For constipation, a medical treatment typically consists of dietary modification, increased fluid intake and exercise frequency, but many people do not respond to these interventions. Osteopathy may be a solution for you!

Osteopathic treatment is claimed to restore normal function to the digestive system and related somatic structures and may provide an effective treatment for constipation

Instead of just masking the problem, it’s better to find the cause of the problem and work towards correcting it. Two main factors must be mentioned to explain the phenomenon of constipation:

Nutrition

Constipation often happens because of a low-fiber or high-fat diet, lack of exercise, and not drinking enough fluids. Certain medications, not going when you feel the urge, laxative abuse, and pregnancy can also lead to constipation.

Dietary advice to help constipation:

  • Drink regularly;
  • Avoid refined foods (white sugar, alcohol, fries, fats, etc.);
  • Focus on whole foods including: Black bread, Whole cereals such as oat bran and psyllium; Eat fruits such as apple, cherry, prune; Eat, in general, foods containing fibres.

Emotional situation

The emotional factor and stress shouldn’t be forgotten in the treatment of constipation.

Overall, people who have constipation have experienced a significant event; an emotional shock, a stress and there might be a birth defect as a result of a breach.

In any case, it will be important for the patient to talk about the problem. Moreover, by performing a work of osteopathy cranial one can manage to reduce the stress that often plays a role in the phenomenon of constipation.

How Osteopathy can help constipation

Osteopathy can have a significant result in the treatment and management of your constipation. An osteopath will view the patient as a whole rather than just the symptoms to determine the most appropriate course of action.

The key to treatment is to use visceral manipulation (hands-on technique) to:

  • Restore mobility to the small and large intestine;
  • Restart the motility to the small and large intestine;
  • Decongest and remove adhesions;
  • Harmonise the fascia around intestine;
  • Promote good abdominal vasculature.

The osteopath can add Cranial Osteopathy at the end to regulate the innervation of the intestine and ensure its proper functioning, in harmony with the primary respiration.

Most of our patients report an improvement in the overall severity of constipation, symptoms and quality of life.

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Headaches - When to see your doctor

Headaches: When to see your doctor

A headache; pain in the cranium or head.

Who has not had a headache at one time or another? Such is the range and variety of these aches that they need to be qualified and quantified to determine cause and treatment.

  • Are they occasional or chronic?
  • How long do they last?
  • What is their intensity?
  • What seems to initiate them?
  • Where are they located?
  • Are they accompanied by other signs or symptoms?
  • What if anything brings relief?
  • Is there psychological or emotional stress involved?

Structure of the head

The cranium (skull) is composed of bone, muscle, fascia, blood vessels and nerves, as is the rest of the body. It has the added components of the cerebrospinal fluid in which floats the brain, and the special senses of sight, taste, smell and sound.

Do you need to see a doctor?

If a headache is the result of a pathological/medical problem then, undoubtedly a physician needs to be consulted.

Depending on the biochemical imbalance involved, another type of alternative practitioner such as a naturopath or homeopath might be consulted.

An osteopath can of course work in tandem with any of the above practitioners especially if the causes are complicated.

Osteopathy is a complete system of manual therapy medicine which always attempts to get past a symptom, such as a headache, to an underlying cause.

With an assessment, the osteopath will determine if a headache is a biomechanical or biochemical problem or a mixture of both. A structural assessment will help to determine if the cause is mechanical.

An evaluation of the viscera (the organs) will assist in determining if there is a body chemistry problem, and a craniosacral assessment will help in determining if the problem is related to the central nervous system.

Tension headaches

These seem to be most common and result from misalignment of the structure(s) of the body. This then creates stress, tension or pull on any tissue level; bone, muscle, circulation, fascia and nerve either in or outside the central nervous system.

Remember, nerves are always involved – if we didn’t have nerves we wouldn’t feel anything. The question is whether it is the neural tissue itself or an agent acting on it.

Common causes of structural headaches are tension and stress, poor posture, misalignment and, in today’s world, the repeated strain of sitting incorrectly at a computer all day.

Migraines

Migraines are also fairly common and can be quite incapacitating and complicated. With migraines, there is a biochemical component involved in addition to which, neurological and biomechanical factors can be part of the profile. Hormonal contributions are not infrequent.

Head trauma

Then there is just hitting your head and ending up with a painful bump. More serious are concussions and damage to the brain or its circulatory system, all of which must be checked medically.

If you would like to know more about when to seek medical advice for headaches, book a complimentary meet and greet with me.

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Allergies: How Does Osteopathy Help?

Allergies: How Does Osteopathy Help?

The common symptoms of allergies may include a runny nose, eye irritation, sneezing, and are collectively called “allergic rhinitis”.

People who are suffering from allergies will have hypersensitivity of the mucous membrane in the nose. As soon as an allergen contacts this mucous membrane, there is irritation, and the tissues will become inflamed.

As a result, they experience the symptoms of a runny nose and congestion, and possibly a sensation of breathless.

Eye irritation, sneezing, headaches or migraines are also possible.

Osteopathy to treat allergies

Cranial osteopathy is a very subtle, gentle technique. It will bring more mobility to the facial bones, releasing some of the tightness in the muscles, and improving mobility in the neck.

However, the whole body is compensating for these restrictions, so the osteopath will also make sure that there is no limitation in the ribcage, diaphragm and pelvis.

A whole body approach

In fact, in osteopathy, an allergy is considered more an imbalance in the neuro-vegetative system.

It originates from other systems that related to each other; the vertebral, cranial, and visceral systems. It causes some stress in the body and disturbs the whole. The goal of the osteopath will be to find where the stress is focusing: it could be a joint, an organ, teeth, feet, jaw, ribs, diaphragm.

Parasympathetic and sympathetic systems are not balanced. The sympathetic system is not inhibiting the parasympathetic. This has several consequences such as digestive spasms, fatigue, hypersecretion from mucus glands, depression and more.

Treatment by the osteopath will be focussed on rebalancing both sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, allowing the body to function correctly and as a whole.

Come for a complete check-up and let’s try osteopathy!

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Reference: Cottonwood Dental.

 

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Treatment Options for Fatigue - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

Treatment Options for Fatigue

There are many reasons why we experience fatigue.

A physiological issue may cause fatigue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others. Emotional stresses and past traumas can also trigger fatigue.

A physiological issue may cause fatigue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others. Emotional stresses and past traumas can also trigger fatigue.

Whether the reason is physiological or psychological, we can all benefit from some help to identify and resolve the underlying issues.

Physiological Issues

The first step might be to investigate any physiological issues.

Family doctors and Western medicine. Your family physician can order various tests to rule out certain diseases and to identify nutritional deficiencies such as Vit D or B12 deficiency and anaemia (low iron). They also have access to pharmaceuticals which can address symptoms and bring relief. They are not always able to get to the cause of your fatigue but can help to alleviate it.

Naturopathic or Functional Medicine. These doctors work with your family doctor. They look deeper, at root causes of ill health, and address issues such as lifestyle, diet, hormone imbalance, insomnia, allergies, celiac disease and digestive health. They use natural healing methods including diet, nutrition, lifestyle modification, acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal remedies.

Emotional reasons for fatigue

Once physiological causes have been dealt with or ruled out, you may wish to consider psychological causes for your fatigue. Whether it is from past traumas, genetic memories from previous generations or current stresses in your life, we all need some help to release these.
Some modalities to consider are as follows:

Counselling and psychotherapy can approach these emotions from the conscious mind. Make sure to choose someone that you are completely comfortable with, and has suitably experience in your type of issue.

Hypnotherapy works with your subconscious mind. During a session, you collaborate to access the subconscious, let go of the restrictions and limitations provided by the conscious mind, and bring about the release and shift of those trapped emotions. The majority of people will remain aware of their surroundings to some degree.

CranioSacral therapy accesses these traumas and emotions from the body level. A good CS therapist will sense the shock and trauma resonating in your body even after your conscious mind thinks it has been resolved. They work extremely gently, facilitating the release of these emotions and bringing the body back into balance.

Reiki, Chakra balancing and energy healing all work with your body’s energy to rebalance, release trapped emotions, bring calm and profound relaxation. During a healing session the body enters a parasympathetic state, also called the rest and digest state, which is responsible for long-term health, improved digestion, conservation of energy, and maintenance of a healthy balance in your body’s systems

Physical Treatments

Misalignment and imbalance in your body will upset the correct functioning of many of the body’s systems.

Chiropractic, Massage and Osteopathy all work with the physical body including the muscles, ligaments, spine, joints and organs, releasing these tensions and bringing balance to your structure. Working on your physical body will allow your body to work in the most optimal way and healing to take place.

These therapies also address physical pain. Relief from chronic pain can go a long way towards improving energy levels.

Acupuncture is one modality that can help both physiological and emotional issues. It is an ancient method that rebalances the body, allowing the correct function of all your body’s symptoms and healing to take place. It can be used initially for symptom relief and longer term to bring lasting healing.

Want to know what’s best for you? Book for a free, no obligation introductory health coach session to discuss your needs.

Disclaimer

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Osteopathy to Treat Fatigue - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

Osteopathy to Treat Fatigue

You are tired; you suffer from insomnia, your digestion is slow?

It’s hard to get up in the morning, or you are looking forward being back home in the evening?

Did you know that osteopathy could help you?

In fact, the syndrome of fatigue may include different symptoms and could originate from anywhere in your whole body as every system is related to each other.

The body’s systems

You explain fatigue as a disturbance of your neuro-vegetative system.

Parasympathetic and sympathetic systems are not balanced. Some areas in your body could be overstimulated, and some others could be under stimulated. It could explain why you are having pain, tightness and also fatigue.

These two different systems (parasympathetic and sympathetic) are responsible for the unconscious activities in your body including heartbeat, muscle contraction, breathing and digestion.

Tension and tightness

If your body is experiencing some tension and tightness, you can easily imagine that the right signals don’t get to your digestive system or any other system in the body, limiting their mobility. The body works as a hole, integrated unit with each part connecting with and impacting the others.

For that reason, during an osteopathic session, every area in your body that could be related to this loss of mobility is assessed.

For example, the spine has a close relation with the nervous system, so treatment works to bring more movement to your spine, occasionally with adjustments, but more commonly with a range of other techniques.

Spinal mobility, along with visceral work, will relax and mobilise your digestive system, which in return could also have an influence on your nervous system and, as a result, your spine.

Toxins in the body

One cause for fatigue is the presence of toxins in the body. By working on different tissues in your body; the muscles, bones, viscera and fascia, along with the vascular (blood) and lymphatic systems, osteopathy will assist in the elimination of these toxins.

Optimal health will take time, and more than one session, but often you can feel some benefits after just one visit.

Feel better today, book your appointment now!

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Osteopathy as a treatment for Anxiety and Depression

Osteopathy as a treatment for Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

Typical symptoms may include apprehension, compulsive behaviour, panic attacks, sweat, a sense of suffocation, palpitations, dizziness, shaking, dry mouth and irritability.

Many of digestive issues including ulcers, heartburn, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn disease can either be triggered by anxiety or made worse by it.

Tension, stiffness or tightness in the whole body may also be part of the symptoms. Anxiety affects the nervous system which then triggers this stiffness and muscle pain.

Very often patients will mention sleep issues as well.

In short, the whole body is overrun by stress and its consequences.

How can osteopathy help people suffering from anxiety?

In osteopathy, we are working with the entire body and the fact that all systems are related to each other.

The osteopathic practitioner will have some different approaches which they can use:

Cranial osteopathy works with the vegetative nervous system, especially the parasympathetic system which then brings calm and healing

Visceral osteopathy works with the organs and the membranes surrounding them. It is useful to treat digestive issues

Fascial and musculoskeletal techniques work on the soft tissues of your body and will help to relieve tension, stiffness and pain in the whole body.

How many sessions will I need?

Healing is a process, one session is very rarely enough, however, it is impossible to tell how many sessions you will need. It depends on how your body reacts and integrates the treatment.

It is often beneficial to combine osteopathy with other therapies such as hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, relaxation.

Including some exercise in your life is also part of the treatment and will help you to manage your stress.

Depression and Osteopathy

The symptoms above that relate to anxiety can also be part of depression.

By relieving tightness and decreasing pain in the body osteopathy can help resolve depression.

Cranial osteopathy is especially useful for symptoms like migraines, and sleeping issue. Other approaches in osteopathy will contribute to relieve muscle pain and digestive problems.

Whiplash and concussion commonly cause anxiety, depression and gastrointestinal complaints. In this case, osteopathy can address the underlying trauma as well as the symptoms.

Don’t suffer anymore, try osteopathy!

Simple Ways to be Stronger During Winter

Simple Ways to be Stronger During Winter

Do you feel you are struggling with the cold temperatures, catching a sniffle or maybe even the flu or are you coughing?

This is the moment to help your body to get better, and as naturally as possible! A few natural additions to your diet.

Thyme, lemon and honey herbal tea

  1. Place a few sprigs of dried or fresh thyme in boiling water and steep for about 5 minutes Remove the thyme
  2. Add the juice of a lemon
  3. Add a teaspoon of honey, or to taste

Enjoy!

You can drink this several times throughout the day, and it is especially good the morning and in the evening.

Thyme is very helpful for the respiratory tract, and lemon and honey have many virtues! Honey has been known for a long time to contain anti-bacterial properties, help to soothe sore throats is antitussive (prevent and relieve coughs) and strengthen the immune system.

Lemon is antiseptic, a natural antibiotic and is antiviral. It helps to protect your digestive system, especially your liver, kidneys, bladder and pancreas. It improves your cardiovascular system to get better as well. It’s a huge help to hydrate your body (80% of water). It boosts your immune system, detoxifies the body.

Lemon cleanse

After the Christmas and New Year festivities, it’s an excellent idea to do a lemon cleanse. This process involves fasting for a week so you should always seek advice from your naturopathic doctor or holistic nutritionist before starting.

During the week be sure to drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres per day. You drink the juice of one lemon on day one, two lemons on day two, three on day three and four on each of days five to seven.

If you find the taste too strong, you can mix the juice with a little tepid water.

This will help to clean your liver!

Osteopathy to boost your immune system

Osteopathy can boost your immune system with a range of different techniques. In particular, it will address any pain or tension that could impact the optimal functioning of all your body’s systems.

During this season of bronchitis, sinusitis, colds and flu osteopathy incorporates methods that can help eliminate some virus.

Be prepared for the outdoors. It’s time for outdoor activities, especially skating, snowshoeing,

It’s time for outdoor activities, especially skating, snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, come for a check-up before starting the season!

Your body will start stronger, and we can help prevent injuries. And if you do get injured, perhaps after falling on ice, osteopathy is an excellent treatment.

Come and gain pain relief and avoid other symptoms such as numbness, weakness and headaches. Osteopathy’s goal is to get return you to proper balance in all ways.

Care for yourself this new year and this website for more information.