Vagal Organization

December 30, 2010 by  
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It is important to guard against an overly simplistic view of things, as several past experiences have shown us how complex vagal organization is.  It is interesting to note some disappointing results following vagal neurotomies.

Ulcer Surgery
Very popular in the past, ulcer surgery is now performed less frequently due to the progress made by the pharmaceutical industry and also because of its lack of positive long-term results.

The vagus nerves were more or less resected at the level of the cardia to obtain a decrease in hydrochloric acid. Even if the effect on the pain was very rapid, such resection caused considerable digestive problems. In addition, do to the interaction of nerve filament anastomoses, the hyperacidity gradually reappeared.

In any case, surgical resection of the vagus nerve does not resolve the psycho-emotional conflicts experienced by the patient; nor does it erase the cortical representation of the organ.

Helicobacter Pylori
Two Australian researches received the Nobel Prize for proving the role of Helicobacter pylori in stomach ailments (2005).  For a long time, physicians had been noticing a reduction in gastric pain following courses of antibiotics prescribed for other reasons.

Without denying the role of Helicobacter, we might still ask the following question: Why do these bacteria appear and proliferate in certain individuals?  Simplistically, we know that some mushrooms grow in certain parts of the forest and others grow nearby.  It is certainly the same for pathogenic germs that require a particular genetic, metabolic, hormonal and emotional terrain.

We do not deny the value of medical treatment, but it is certainly not the only approach to the problem. The issue therein lies in considering the pathetic and parasympathetic systems into a stimulating or calming category.  This simplistic division is not possible, as, interestingly enough, their actions are often opposing.  For example, the sympathetic system stimulates the heart and relaxes the stomach, whereas the vagus nerve does the opposite.  However, it is through the balance of their actions that the organism is able to function harmoniously.  When one system dominates or is dominated by the other, dysfunction and sometime illness appear.

The role of DOM is not to try to have a precise effect on one or the other, but to provide information to the nervous system in order that it may self-regulator.  Doctors of Oriental Medicine turn to Andrew Taylor Still’s concept, according to which the organism is well able to care for itself.  DOMs first responsibility is to free the organism of all mechanical constraints, whether these be in the skull, the neck, the thorax, or the abdomen.  It is through the central nervous system and the reflexes which follow our treatment that our actions have an effect.

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Shopping At The Dollar Stores

December 29, 2010 by  
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The cheap and everybody’s favorite variety stores of olden days are sadly a thing of the past. Some will surely recall with fondness the five and dime or dime stores that sell anything and everything for a nickel or a dime. These kind of store however seemed to have become impractical because of inflation. And remember, five cents back in those days would be worth over a dollar today.

What we have now are the dollar stores that really are deceptive because not everything sells for less than a dollar. These stores offer diverse products like cleaning items, toys, pet food, laundry and gardening supplies, and canned foods.

While most products are priced lower than at a general retain store, still it will do no harm to be familiar with the prevailing prices. You will find that there are generic or private label products exclusive for the company. Other items are acquired from the excess inventory of other stores or from closing out sales. You will also find items that were made for special occasions and are now considered passe, or items that do not sell anymore but still occupies precious space in stockrooms.

Wouldn’t it be nice if a dollar store sold fresh food? Enter the 99 cents only stores where nothing is over 99 cents – ever. Well, that’s what they say. This chain was founded in 1982 and now boasts more than 260 stores in California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas. Gross sales for 2006 is estimated at about a billion dollars.

They maintain that their single price retail chain stores started the introduction of mostly unknown brands at very large discounts. The good news is some of their sales include fresh produce, a deli, frozen foods and occasionally fresh meat.

The deli offers mainly cold cuts. This is in addition to canned goods and other basic grocery items, plus health and beauty aids. The inventory varies and not everything is name brand.

The latest promotions include cantaloupe, pound and a half plums, dozen eggs, 32 ounce milks, and five pounds of potatoes each for 99 cents. Even a large watermelon for, yes, 99 cents. By the way, the ad didn’t say what size the eggs were. And, some wine snobs are enjoying their 99 cent wine.
 
These kinds of stores, until recently, were thought of as being in low income areas and shopped by low income people who didn’t mind some off brand merchandise if they could save money. Even conceding that that is correct, it no longer holds water due to the high cost of necessities. Today all except perhaps the very rich are price conscious.

The 99 cents only stores pride themselves on having a clean store with friendly, personal service. The stores are stacked high with merchandise, the place is spacious and the atmosphere genial.

You can even get a 99 cent cookbook: gourmet recipes at discounted prices. If you are in Arizona or in the other three states and is conscious of your food budget, then by all means go to the stores and look at the items that you can have for 99 cents.

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Visceral Movement, Posture, Tension Receptors

December 20, 2010 by  
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Fascia surrounds and embeds the viscera, and the organs are simply a part of the movement continuum within the body cavities.  Mobility of the organs will help promote serious fluid movement between peritoneal, dural, pericardial, and pleural membranes, as well as within the muscular and mucosal alyers of the organs themselves. As the movement passes through thte organs, the mesenteries will be slightly distorted and will stretch and accommodate this movement, as well as the shifting pressures and stretches caused by changing volumes in the hollow organs as well as respiratory movements.

The mesenteries, peritoneal ligaments and muscle walls of the organs have various receptors that are sensitive to a range of stimuli both physical and chemical.  It seems that the fascial attachments of the organs can act as tension monitors, detecting the amount and possibly direction of forces acting upon the organs.  Factors that stimulate these receptors are not completely understood but it is being recognized that they might play a role in whole-body balance mechanisms through potential links with the vestibular system.  This takes the concept of visceral movement to a level beyond mere nutrition and into general body functioning and balance.

Osteopaths incorporate these concepts into their general biomechanical assessment of the body and these theories partly underpin their approach to three- dimensional movement disorders, where asymptomatic visceral restrictions are related to musculosketal system restrictions, strains and symptoms.

Poor visceral support can lead to viscera-ptosis or organ prolapsed.  This commonly affects the pelvic organs, as it is a result of pelvic floor weakness, or the gastrointestinal organs through a weakened lower abdominal wall (herniation).

Generalized changes in body posture seem to be related to alteration in visceral support mechanisms.  Body cavity alignment and organ position do seem to change as people age, usually with the result that organs shift inferiorly over time.  A number of changes have been noted through research. Hyoid position lowers as people age, which leads to changes in position of the mandible and descent of oropharyngeal structures.  The diaphragm descends slightly, which is related to decrease in thoracic cage diameters.  Spinal changes, especially loss of lumbar lordosis, are related to pelvic organ prolapsed, and the pelvic floor lowers with age.  Organ prolapsed is known to be multifactorial, with debate about the role of collagen and the smooth muscle content of local tissues, for example.

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What is Manual Manipulation Therapy?

December 20, 2010 by  
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Manual Manipulation is best described as a cross between physical therapy, massage, chiropractic-osteo therapy, and other hands-on approaches. This hands on treatment helps to restore health and function based on a thorough evaluation of the restriction patterns present in the body. The treatment is gentle and the process allows the patient to remain fully clothed. Over eight million Americans have incorporated such techniques as a primary part of their health care.

Who Can Benefit from Manual Therapy?

Everyone from infants to adults can benefit from Manual Therapy. It is beneficial in cases of emotional or physical trauma, or chemical disturbances since these factors can weaken the body and influence the body’s overall health and well-being. Manual Therapy releases restrictions and blockages within the body which in turn helps to improve posture, circulation, and range of motion.

Manual Medicine can include rib and chest maneuveurs such as the thoracic pump to help improve respiratory function and the body’s immune response. It is useful for situations such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. Lymphatic techniques move fluids when disease causes fluid stagnation such as in the flu, a cold, the hangover or congestive heart failure. It helps gets the toxins out of the cellular areas into circulation and out the excretory system. Removing toxins at the cellular level improves how those tissues work and encourages the inherent healing power of the body to do a better job of bringing the person back to health. Splenic pump techniques get the white blood cells into circulation so they can, in larger numbers, search and destroy the bacterial and viral enemy. This immune protection process is a normal one, we just speed it up a bit.

What Can Manual Therapy Treat?

Manual Therapy helps with imbalances an pain caused from:

  • Physical Trauma– accidents, sports injuries, bike falls, musculoskeletal dysfunctions, rehab, physical accidents, stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, whip lash, edmena, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, neck pain, lower pack pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, breathing challenges associated with allergies, pre and post surgery and more!  Manual therapy has also been an eff3ective way to treat scoliosis and ankylosing spondylitis.  Degree of difficulty may vary.
  • Emotional trauma – stress, depression
  • Weakened Immune System, from chemical disturbances, viral and bacterial infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.

How Many Treatments Will it Take Before I feel a Change in my Body?

As each persons situation is different, the number of visits will vary.  Many people experience significant improvement within three to five therapy sessions.  Others, however, may require additional treatment. You and your practitioner will develop a plan based on your individual needs and how your body responds to treatment.

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What is Osteopathy?

December 20, 2010 by  
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The body is composed of interdependent structures functioning as a whole. The slightest of misalignments– as little as 100 microns thick, the width of a sheet of paper– can cause resistance and dysfunctions within the body which in turn can accumulate over time preventing optimal function, balance, and health. It can be compared to a tiny drop of water that causes a huge ripple effect throughout a body of water. If one part of the human body is affected, it automatically influences other parts. Correcting these disturbances can alleviate illness and dysfunction. Osteopathic treatment involves a hands-on-care approach to locate and dissipate the sources of stress or misalignment. These stressors or restrictions within the body may result from physical or emotional traumas, illness, disease, toxicity, or inflammation.

Osteopaths understand that the body is always seeking to restore balance and is self correcting. Osteopathic Manual Therapy is hands-on care. It involves moving your muscles and joints using techniques such as stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

Osteopathic Manual Therapy can help people of all ages and backgrounds. It can:

  • ease pain
  • promote healing
  • increase mobility

Osteopathic Manual Therapy is often used to treat muscle pain. But it can also help patients with a number of other health problems such as:

  •  asthma
  • sinus disorder
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • migraines
  • menstrual pain

When appropriate, Osteopathic Manual Treatment can complement––and even replace––drugs or surgery. In this way, it brings an important dimension to standard medical care.

 Does Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or OMT Work?

Consider the results of a study published in a 2003 issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers observed the effects of OMT as an added treatment for children suffering from frequent ear infections. Patients were divided into two groups. One group received routine care for the infections while the other received routine care plus OMT.

The results found a potential benefit of using OMT as an added treatment by possibly preventing or decreasing the need for surgical interventions or the overuse of antibiotics.

In addition, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in November 1999. In the study, researchers looked at how well OMT works to treat low-back pain.

Patients were divided into two groups. One group got standard treatments, such as hot and cold packs, physical therapy, and drugs. The other group received standard care plus OMT.

Twelve weeks later, patients in both groups felt better. But those in the OMT group used less medication and less physical therapy. That meant they had fewer side effects and lower health care costs.

How Many Treatments Will it Take Before I feel a Change in my Body?

As each person’s situation is unique, the number of visits may vary. Many people experience a significant improvement within three to five therapy sessions, while others may require additional treatment.  Work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan specific to your individual needs.

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Land Trip Or Cruise?

December 18, 2010 by  
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Families greatly enjoy sitting down to plan their next vacation. Things get really tough on the day before the vacation. There’s so much preparation involved when you vacation by land.

You drive around looking for a place to stay since the hotel you planned on staying at is full. Isn’t that fun? At this point, you’d all be relaxing or having fun if you’d been on a cruise.

Land trips give you many options to visit. Go with the cruise if you want to rest and have fun on your vacation.

You get a whole new experience on a cruise. Everything you need is on the ship.

Checking in a cheap hotel won’t guarantee you the best service. You get personal services on a cruise.

Not only do you have clean towels, but you find the towels arranged in the most creative shapes – a new one every day. The celebrity treatment is for everybody onboard.

On land, you have to negotiate with the family or travel group about where to go and what to see. Not everything can be catered. On a cruise, everyone is free to do what they want at their own time.

Just remember to leave your wallet in the cabin. The daily goings-on are free, too. On land, nothing is for free. New passengers are shocked to know that they pay the same amount of money whether they eat gourmet food or hot dogs.

From breakfast on the pool deck to lunch buffet and dinner, you can eat 24/7. Cruises are known for lavish Midnight Buffets if you have room to eat after ordering your choice among four to five courses at dinner.

But in case you danced past the late buffet, call for cabin service to bring pizza and sandwiches to your cabin. Cruises are big on mealtimes.

Remember, you don’t have to bring your wallet with you when you dine. Cruising is the ultimate all-you-can-eat experience and every delicious bite is part of the total per person cost. So you can order and enjoy the most expensive dish on the menu.

The entire cruise fee you pay for your family’s vacation would be equal to the amount of money you have to spend on food alone if you have a land vacation. If you want to see new places, you have the chance to do so during the stops the ship makes.

The cruise director will give you information before you dock at a certain port. Cruise travel has it all – food, fun, pampering and the chance to visit exotic ports.

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