Osteopathy for the internal organs – part 2

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Visceral Osteopathy

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So, here we are again trying to discover a few very common issues between us.
If you recognize any of the them it would be worth visiting our visceral osteopath here at the Living Centre Clinic, who will surely help.

Reflux or heartburn

Suffering from Heart burn?

Acid reflux is much more common that you think, affecting 14 to 20% of the population.

Which are the more frequent symptoms?

  • Heartburn, a burning feeling in your chest, usually appears after meals, and might be worse at night, in the lying down position
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or liquid without vomiting
  • Burping or bloating feeling
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Chronic cough or laryngitis

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn occurs when stomach acid frequently goes back into the long tube connecting your mouth and stomach (oesophagus). The stomach content, or acid reflux, can irritate the inner skin (mucosa) of your oesophagus.

So how can we help?

GERD is a visceral pathology that can greatly benefit from visceral osteopathy, that has proven to be effective in the reduction of the symptoms.

Osteopathy will work on postural elements, acting on the spine, rib cage and the muscle diaphragm. The last one in particular play an important role in the pathology, when for certain reason its holding action on the cardias valve is compromised.

Your osteopath will most likely work on the other abdominal organs, and will improve the mobility of the nerves that go to the stomach and that control its function (have you ever heard about the vagal nerve?).



Suffering from constipation?

Constipation is a common issue affecting about 14% of people worldwide. Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass. The stool is often hard and dry. Other symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Feeling as if one has not completely passed the bowel movement

So how can we help?

The osteopathic treatment is aimed to reduce the potential abdominal tension. The osteopath will work directly the bowel and on its connection to the spine and to the other abdominal structures. Visceral techniques are also used to improve its vascularization and innervation coming from the lower spine and from the head (again the vagus nerve).
The osteopath usually will also advise you on lifestyle adjustments that you could benefit from.


Chronic pelvic pain

Suffering from pelvic pain

We may have a chronic pelvic pain syndrome when there is a pain in the pelvic area that lasts for 6 months or longer. It is a condition that mainly affects women, but also men can be affected.  Chronic pain can come and go, or it can be constant. Sometimes chronic pelvic pain follows a regular cycle. For example, it may occur during menstruation in women.

Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, that may be related to the reproductive organs, or to the urinary tract or bowel. Some women have more than one condition that might be the cause of their pain. For some women with chronic pelvic pain, unfortunately no cause is found.

It is very important to not self-diagnose, it’s fundamental to see the GP to get its medical opinion, and to maybe be referred to a gynaecologist or another specialist.

Nevertheless, visceral osteopathy may help along the medical approach.


The osteopath usually will evaluate and treat:

  • Pelvic and abdominal organs
  • Pelvis and lower spine, for biomechanical, fascial and neurologic connections
  • The pelvic floor muscles (a group of muscles that runs from the pubic bone to the tailbone). They are involved in almost every functional body movement we make. Because we can’t see, and often can’t feel, this muscle, it is fundamental to have a specialist identify which muscles are weak or tight and how they are functioning. The osteopath will assess how the pelvic floor is working and the loading that it is experiencing.



Scar tissue

All around your body there is a particular type of tissue, called connective tissue or fascia. It surrounds the other structures in the body, and it can be found everywhere.
When a cut or a wound occurs on any type of superficial tissue, whether this is of traumatic onset (an injury, accident), or it occurs after a disease or a surgery, the affected tissue needs to heal, and this is when scarring also happens.

But sometimes the healing mechanism doesn’t work properly, and what we call adhesions can be created, causing pulling to the surrounding tissue (fascia). These restrictions can affect the viscera around, but also joints and muscles in the surrounding area and/or very far from it in the body. With its evaluation, the osteopath will be able to help releasing this particular kind of tensions, harmonizing the entire area with gentle fascial and visceral techniques.



For all the previous conditions here at the Living Centre Clinic you will find Marta Vacca, Registered Osteopath specialized in Visceral and Cranial osteopathy, who is going to help you to solve the problem. Each session will consist in an assessment and an osteopathic treatment, plus valid advice about your posture and lifestyle.

Call us today 02089462331 to book an appointment at the Living Centre Clinic.

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Osteopathy for the internal organs – part 1

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Visceral Osteopathy

This is part 1 of 2. Click here for part 2

London is a wonderful and exciting city! Every day is a new day, full of new opportunities. Nevertheless, in the long term, this hectic lifestyle can be a source of stress.

Working all day, just enough time to grab and eat a sandwich and then back to the office…
Staying in the same sitting position for far too long, with your muscle and joints getting tighter and tighter …
Going late to bed and then getting up too early, with not enough time to rest…

Many have stated how this stressful lifestyle can affect your mind, but what about your body?
How will it respond to all this stress?

In this article I am going to explore the link between the spine and internal organs, known as visceral osteopathy and how visceral osteopathy can help with various stomach, digestive & breathing problems.


Visceral Osteopathy: Connections between organs and body

Visceral Osteopathy for organs of the human body

The internal organs of your body, among the others are the stomach, the liver, the lungs and the bladder, are called viscera.

We know that they are linked to the rest of your body through physical connections (ligaments, fascia), through which they are anchored to the spine, the pelvis and the chest. Because of these connections, when we move the spine the viscera will follow it.

Also, between the chest and the stomach (abdomen), there is a very important muscle called diaphragm. We can imagine it like a dome, that divides the rib cage from our abdomen. During every inspiration the diaphragm pushes the organs down, causing a “pump effect” that sucks them back up at the following expiration.

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If there is not a good mobility of the body, either in the joint and muscle, or in the viscera, we will have two possible situations:

  • The body won’t be able to move properly. Bending, sitting down, even lying down can bring pain and discomfort in this case.
  • The viscera may not perform their tasks at their best.

Maintained and repeated bad posture, physical traumas, lifestyle pressures or wrong diet can expose our body to stress and lead to a building up of tension in certain areas.

For example,

–› if you have a sedentary life and you tend to maintain always the same sitting position at work, it’s possible that your spine and your abdomen have been “adapting” to that particular posture.

–› if you are forced to adopt a wrong diet because of lack of time, your digestive system could start to suffer from it;

If one of your organs is suffering because of a temporary or chronic irritation, the rest of the body will tend to lean on that area almost to protect it.
So, the starting point could be either the visceral or the muscle/joint, but as a result we will very likely have both systems involved.

Visceral osteopathy: what is it and how can it help?

Visceral osteopathy is used to locate and solve functional and structural imbalances throughout your body. It evaluates and improves the quality and the quantity of motion in relation to the organs, to their nerve and blood supply, and to their relationship with the system of the spine and of the pelvis.  In this way it just encourages your body’s own healing mechanism.
Visceral osteopathy harmonises the tissues using gentle and soothing techniques, thereby it is suitable for every age.

Stay tuned for a description of a few pathologies that you may already know, due to be published in a week’s time. These are to include:

  • Reflux or heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • The role of scars
Female Osteopath in Wimbledon

Visceral Osteopath

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Healing Through Breathing

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Healing through breathing

Transformational Breathing®

What’s the no 1 most important thing you can do for your health?

As a nation, we spend a fortune in the quest for gaining better health and wellbeing. We try the new ‘best diet ever’, the new exercise fad, the ‘miracle’ supplement or treatment. All of these things can often be very well helpful in supporting our health and recovery but misses the one thing that underpins everything. If you do this properly everything else you do for your health will work dramatically better. So what is this magic thing, that is so important?

Your Breathing of course!

We can go months without food, days without water but only minutes without breathing. Our breathing powers every function in our body, breathe more and our whole organism instantly functions much better. Most people will only be using around 30% of their breathing capacity and many clients I see use even less than this. Is it any wonder that people are all so tired and stressed, when they are hardly breathing? Because of the enormous benefits of TB, it has gained quite a celebrity following with people like Goldie Hawn and is exploding in popularity.

“But my breathing is fine!”

I hear some of you say. This is what I thought right up until I attended my first ‘Transformational Breathing’ (TB) workshop. After 15 years of training in a very traditional form of martial arts and 8 years as a senior instructor, I believed I was a breathing expert. Within about 7 minutes of doing the TB breathing exercises I realised that as useful as all my breath training was, it had been teaching me a form of breath ‘control’ rather than the free, natural and totally invigorating breath used in TB. All these years I had missed out on the most important benefits of breathing. TB is about re-establishing our natural breathing rhythm we had as infants and undoing the unhealthy restricted patterns we learnt growing up. The way we breathe reveals a great deal about the automatic behaviours we live by. For instance, if you can only breathe into the upper chest, this represents a person that is open emotionally but not rooted in their power, like a tree with no roots or if you only breathe into the belly and the chest is not moving this reflects a certain disconnect from feeling and expressing emotions. A pause before the in breath reflects fear of stepping forward and we might expect that this person will often have some hesitation or over thinking before taking action. Pausing on the out breath reflects holding on to the past. There are many other subtle things in the breath that are observed and adjusted resulting in permanent improvements in your breathing pattern and any unconscious restricted behaviour patterns.  A TB session lasts 1 1/2hrs with 1 hr of this being the facilitated breathing session. This done lying down, the breathing starts deep in the belly (diaphragmatic breath) and comes all the way up to the throat, each breath is connected, so no pausing between the in and out breath and we focus on the out breath being totally relaxed. To facilitate opening the breath, certain places are pressed during the session, this help to relax the muscles and release that part of the body. We also use music to help give the person a faster rhythm to breathe to.

Jonathan is one of only 26 certified practitioners in the UK today and has found this to be one of the simplest and most empowering therapies he has experienced. A single session will permanently change the way you breathe and give you the tools to practise and to continue to improve all by yourself. Sessions are usually £120 but for any booking made this month (can be booked in until the end of May) there is a £40 discount making it only £80. Give yourself the greatest gift by discovering and unlocking the power of your breathing today!

Free Advice

If you would like to learn more why not book a free 15 minute face-to-face consultation with Jonathan Orchard. Alternatively you can contact Jonathan by email, click here. Jonathan has a special interest in health and wellbeing.  Call the Living Centre Clinic today to discover how Transformational Breathing® can help you create a better life for yourself, 02089462331.

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Transformational Breath® – what’s the research evidence?

Approximately 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dysfunctional breathing (Thomas 2005) but we all have negative experiences and these can affect our breathing patterns (Upton 2012)

Dysfunctional breathing is related to :

  • decreased emotional wellbeing (Hagman et al. 2008)
  • poorer asthma control (Upton et al 2012)
  • decreased heart rate variability (HRV) (Courtney et al, 2011) a measure of the ability to adapt to stress and environmental demands.

Transformational Breath encourages a conscious connected diaphragmatic breath. Diaphragmatic breathing may:

  • be employed as an effective therapy in reducing the oxidative stress which is implicated in the cause of many diseases (Martarelli et al, 2011)
  • improve gastroesophageal reflux disease (Eherer et al, 2012)
  • decrease pre-surgical mood-disturbance and increased immune functioning of cancer patients after surgery (Cohen et al, 2011)
  • improve the level of reported symptoms, quality of life and psychological impact of asthma (Bruton et al, 2011)
  • significantly improve HRV with a favourable prognostic picture in ischemic heart disease patients who have diabetes (Kulur et al, 2009)
  • be useful in migraine and had significantly better long-term prophylactic effect than propranolol in migraine (Kaushik et al, 2009)

Diaphragmatic breathing can also improve our well-being. It has been found to:

An adapted form of Transformational Breath has been found to increase creativity (Colzato LS et al, 2012)





A Gut Feeling

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Doyou suffer from stomach cramps, pain or bloating



Symptoms include pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, gas, acid reflux.

Causes are varied, but the most obvious cause is eating a food to which you are intolerant, or which contains substances that are difficult to break down. The most common offenders are gluten, grains (due to gluten or other substances in them), and dairy (often due to its casein or lactose), but any food can cause problems if you are sensitive – even foods which would usually be regarded as healthy, such as fruit and vegetables.

Causes of Pain

Often the cause if less obvious, but inflammation is usually the significant underlying factor. This can interfere with the production of digestive enzymes, which means that foods don’t get broken down properly, and therefore either remain in the gut, causing pain, bloating and constipation, or pass through too quickly causing diarrhea. Another significant problem caused by low digestive enzymes is that nutrients do not get fully extracted from the foods, which can lead to other health problems, and ultimately further inflammation.

If stomach acid is too low, this will also reduce the breakdown of foods. Furthermore, it can lead to bacterial overgrowth in the digestive tract, as one of the important functions of stomach acid is to kill off pathogens.

The Small Intestine

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, along with candida and yeast activity is a very common cause of pain, bloating and IBS symptoms, A healthy gut microbiome is necessary for maintaining optimal health, but gut dysbiosis occurs when harmful organisms outnumber the healthy bacteria. Poor motility in the large intestine, causing constipation, can exacerbate the increase in pathogens. An inflamed small intestine or bowel provides a hospitable environment for unhealthy bacteria, yeasts and parasites, and they will flourish if there are insufficient numbers and types of healthy flora. Inflammation can cause damage to the intestinal lining, which can lead to increased sensitivities to foods, and poor nutrient absorption, especially of vitamin B12. Unfortunately this is becoming a very common problem, due to the increase in inflammatory diets and stressful lifestyles.


Candid and Yeast

Candida and yeast infections are becoming particularly common, mainly due to high sugar diets, which feeds the organisms, and frequent antibiotic use, which as well as getting rid of the bad bacteria, also wipe out the good bacteria needed to keep pathogens under control. If the problem spreads from the digestive system, via the bloodstream, it can lead to other systems becoming affected, and many skin problems are due to yeast infections.


The liver is vital for processing and eliminating toxins, and constipation can result when it is sluggish. Poor liver function causes many imbalances, as toxic substances and excess hormones will return to the bloodstream. Symptoms after eating fatty foods can indicate issues in the gallbladder, as this organ produces bile, which is necessary for the breakdown of fats.

It is necessary for all the organs of the digestive tract, including the microbiome, to work in harmony. Indeed it is becoming increasingly well known that the gut is the starting point of many disorders, affecting a wide variety of physical and emotional symptoms, and that a healthy gut microbiome is vital for a healthy immune system.

Free Advice

If you would like to learn more about a specific symptom or complaint why not book a free 15 minute face-to-face consultation with Meg Robertson (free this month only, March 2017). However you can contact her free, anytime on email, click here. Meg has a special interest in bowel symptoms and is a highly qualified therapist, with internationally recognised  qualifications. She is a qualified NAET® practitioner and registered Homeopath as well as a respected Nutritional Advisor.  Call the Living Centre Clinic today to discover how NAET® testing can help you create a better life for yourself., 02089462331.

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