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Alternative Health

March Newsletter

Hello,

So this edition is a little late! It has been such a busy month here at the centre, with the launch of the new website and a hugh increase in bookings. Spring has certainly arrived as people are looking for some rest and rejuvenation. We have met some wonderful clients and look forward to welcoming more through our doors during April.
I hope everyone is smiling on this beautiful Saturday.  We have a full house today, Lorraine is over teaching her course on how to teach children meditation and mindfulness, Barbara is on her way in to teach about all things nutrition and boosting energy, Anna, Zuleika, Ruth and Katie are here looking after some lovely clients and me, well I’m writing this looking out at the sunshine and smiling.
As always, we have some amazing workshops and classes coming up in April, which you will find more information below.
Just a little reminder that it is Mother’s day tomorrow and there is a handy link below to buy your mothers day voucher.

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New to the Clinic: Facial Reflexology

Facial Reflexology

Imagine that deeply calming and satisfying feeling that you get in your body after an intense workout, where your mind and cells hums with contentment. Now transfer that feeling to your face! The first benefit of Facial Reflexology (which includes deep tissue facial massage) is total relaxation. Facial reflexology can produce a natural Botox effect by relaxing facial muscles; it can tighten the skin by improving muscle tone; and it can give you a healthy radiant glow that makes you look as good as you feel, and feel as good as you look.

How does facial reflexology work?

You may have heard of foot or hand Reflexology. Facial Reflexology works on the same principles, but the treatment takes place on your face and head. This non-invasive treatment is based on the theory that areas on your face are connected to areas of your body, and stimulating them improves underlying energy imbalances which promotes wellbeing. The proximity of the face to the brain is key to the effectiveness of this original therapy.

feel good…and look good!

Facial Reflexology is not a beauty treatment. However, it does have rather lovely beautifying side effects, quite literally ‘lifting’ the face to make your face feel and look smoother and more toned. It also encourages lymphatic drainage, stimulates the facial nerves, increases blood flow and muscle tone, helps to build up new skin tissue and improves skin tone.

Facial Reflexology aims to help reduce the symptoms and effects of many common ailments including stress, IBS, back pain, arthritis, depression, MS, menstrual and hormonal ailments and sleep disorders. Facial reflexology treatments are very popular during pregnancy and are often used to help promote a shorter and natural labour.

Contact Claire on 0879304412 or email claire@riverholistic.ie

Antacids and Reflux an Osteopaths Approach

Antacids and Reflux

By: Neil Rooney Osteopath

There is a gaping big hole in the theory that taking antacid tablets will combat acid reflux or oesophageal reflux. When you look at the mechanism behind the compounds involves you will see that there is a contradictory affect. This means that the problem you are trying to solve is actually made worse by your actions.

So when you take an anti acid tablet the result is a neutralisation of the acid in your stomach which means the pH is raised or your stomach is becoming more alkaline. The stomach is a dark acidic hostile environment. The majority of nutrients which are broken down in the stomach are proteins. This is achieved by an enzyme called pepsinogen being activated by hydrochloric acid to become pepsin which breaks the protein into amino acids. If you don’t have adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid the pepsinogen is not converted into pepsin and you will struggle to digest any amount of protein. So taking antacids will decrease protein metabolism or slow it down. Slowing protein metabolism down or prolonging it means it will be in the stomach for longer.

On reaching the stomach carbohydrates have all ready begun the breakdown process, an enzyme (amylase) in your saliva has started this process. The stomachs low pH environment is like finishing school for carbohydrates. If the carbohydrates exiting the stomach have not completed the breakdown process they cannot be absorbed or assimilated through the gut wall. These carbohydrates will go on to ferment in the gut. Fermenting carbohydrates in the gut will cause an explosion in bacteria, both the good and bad types. The bad arrive in the gut after successfully making it through an in hostile stomach. All bacteria release methane gas as they feed on the fermenting carbohydrates. This will cause flatulence at the far end and a back pressure towards the stomach, which is probably still full of protein. The back pressure will push the stomach contents up towards the oesophageal sphincter and its acid juices that are trying to breakdown protein will burn the oesophagus which is heart burn.

 

The pH of the stomach is around 4, if this level increases due to a reduction in hydrochloric acid (a result of antacids) nutrient absorption will quickly decrease. The nutrients that will be affected first are amino acids and vitamin B12.

Amino acid deficiency will cause a plethora of pathological and mechanical problems. Some of these conditions include high blood pressure, poor immune function or sickness, neurological disorders, hormone deficiency, mood swings and pain to name just a few.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause numerous neurological symptoms but most notably it will cause macrocytic normochromic (pernicious) anaemia. Presenting as; pale skin, slow but bounding pulse, breathlessness, dizzy spells and lethargy or tiredness.

 

Prolonged use of these antacids will almost always cause increased sickness by bacterial infection. The most common one seem to be gastric (stomach) ulcers as a result of the helicobactor pylori bacteria taking a strong hold in the stomach.

 

Alternative or more healthy measures that you can choose instead of antacid tablets include; taking digestive enzymes before meals to aid metabolism, taking hydrochloric acid supplements to restore ability to digest protein and empty stomach quicker, taking a course of probiotics to replace or increase good bacteria in the gut.

 

Osteopathic treatment aimed at increasing digestion may help too. Manual techniques to restore diaphragmatic function will be very useful at preventing the stomach contents raising into the oesophagus, the oesophageal sphincter is after all a piercing in the diaphragm muscle. Visceral techniques will aid mobility and motility in the gut which will aid nutrient absorption and passage of waste. Cranio-Sacral techniques can be used to aid the parasympathetic side of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. The parasympathetic system is also known as the “rest and digest” system and therefore these techniques will aid all aspects of digestion and will combat stress.

Neil Rooney is available for appointments at the centre on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and at his Malahide clinic on Wednesday’s