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Are you at risk for falling?
Osteopathic Considerations in Stomach Dysfunction
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March 2013

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Are you at risk for falling?

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyFalling can cause serious injury to the body - but perhaps worse is the loss of independence and feelings of fear. One of the best ways to reduce your risk of falling is to work on your strength and balance. Strengthening your leg muscles can be done through a variety of physical activities such as brisk walking, swimming, dancing, biking and other simple and inexpensive exercises.

Make sure that you take care of your health. It's important to get your vision and hearing checked, and ensure that your medication types and dosages are correct. Talk to your pharmacist or medical doctor and disclose all prescription and over the counter medications as well as herbal supplements. Talk to your chiropractor, physiotherapist and massage therapist about stretches and exercises to help improve your balance and strengthen your body.

Are you at risk for falling? Take this simple Falls Prevention Quiz:

  • Are you over the age of 65?
  • Do you take prescription medication?
  • Do you take pills to help you sleep?
  • Have you slipped, tripped, or fallen in the last year?
  • Has it been more than a year since you had your eyes checked?
  • Has it been more than a year since you had your hearing checked?
  • Do you ever feel dizzy, lightheaded or weak?
  • Do you have stiff joints, foot problems or weak muscles?
  • Do you lose your balance or feel unsteady when reaching or getting out of a chair?
  • Are you afraid of falling?

f you answered yes to any of these questions, you have some risk factors for falling. Your health care providers can give you advice and treatment to help reduce your risk.

For older adults, the public health agency of Canada has a great online resource for physical activity http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/08paap-eng.php.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association also has a great online resource on falls prevention and reducing your risks http://www.chiropracticcanada.ca/en-us/backs-and-health/falls-prevention.aspx

Be safe and stay active!

 

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Osteopathic Considerations in Stomach Dysfunction

Lisa Marie Foreman, B.Sc, RMT, C.Ac
Registered Massage Therapist & Apprentice of Osteopathy

Lisa Marie Foreman RMTOsteopathic manual manipulation strives to assess the pelvis, spine and all other joints of the body to find the areas of most restriction and asymmetry. These areas of asymmetry will have an impact on the vessels that exit/innervate these areas as well as altering the physiology. Abnormal structure affects function, a primary principle in Osteopathy. In this article we will explore the areas of asymmetry that could affect the function of the stomach, i.e. ulcers, stomach migraine, food sensitivities, etc.

The area of the spinal cord that innervates the stomach is D5-9, or from near the bottom of your shoulder blade and down a few inches. If the nerve activity from these segments is irritated, the muscles around these segments become tight and alter all the physiology coming from that part of the cord to your stomach. The result is a decrease in the mucosal defenses against digestive acids and enzymes and an alteration in the buffer systems. This can lead to ulceration, inflammation, or hypersensitivity in the stomach.

There is another major nerve supply to your stomach called the Vagus nerve that exits your skull near the exit of your spinal cord. Stimulation of this nerve will increase the secretion rate of most of your digestive glands. This nerve also has connections with the top of your neck, which may explain why headaches are often associated with digestive disorders. This connection may also help to explain the nausea and vomiting that accompanies certain types of headaches.

These are just a couple of examples of how your anatomy affects your physiology and can result in stomach disorders, or headaches for that matter! Osteopathic Manual Manipulation can assist in finding and treating the areas of spinal dysfunction that may cause some of those stomach disorders.

 

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