2505, 2015

Tech-No? How technology is affecting our health.

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Technology is pretty cool isn’t it? You want to take a four-minute clip of your kitten playing in a box? No problem. You want to watch Miley twerking 21 times in a row on YouTube? Go wild. You want to make a confession on Twitter? Go on then, embrace those 140 characters.

Despite the convenience of technology, though, research is showing that the gadgets we use every day are doing us a fair amount of harm, both physically and emotionally.


It’s messing with your sleep.

Gone are the days when the setting sun meant that it was time for bed. Now, when it gets dark out, TV’s, computers and cellphones light up our lives, and people are awake until all ours browsing the internet or streaming series. But, according to the Harvard Health letter, this is not good news at all, as bright lights at night throw off your body’s biological clock and your sleep cycle suffers as a result.

In a study published in the Applied Ergonomics Journal, research showed that exposure to light from computers and phones can lower levels of the hormone melatonin. This is important, as melatonin regulates your internal clock and plays a roll in your sleep. When precious shut-eye time is affected, general health and well-being decreases.


It’s hurting your eyes.

Although it is not specifically  the bright screens that cause, eye trouble, staring at your computer all day can have a negative effect on your vision.

According to optometrist Jacqui Bauer, it’s the shorter distance that the eyes are having to work at that is the real problem.

‘Short distance causes the eyes to focus three times as much and if the visual system isn’t adequate in that regard, it will cause strain, resulting in headaches, […]

2907, 2014

It happened to me: Osteopathy worked wonders for my son

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Osteopathy worked wonders for my son. Since complications during his birth, Caleb Sedeman (12) of Cape Town has always struggled with low muscle tone, a speech impediment, epilepsy and ADHD. He also has a very high pain threshold which means he doesn’t always realise when he hurts himself. But his mom, Celestia, says osteopathy has worked wonders for her son.

Caleb’s story

“Hours after Caleb and I were released from the hospital following his birth, we were readmitted to the ICU unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital,” recalls Celestia. “He was treated for apnoea [temporary inability to breathe] and acute tubular necrosis [damaged kidney tissue caused by lack of oxygen], and he was struggling to feed like a newborn or pass any urine. We stayed there for three weeks and the doctors were amazed that he was still alive.”

Today Celestia and Caleb’s lives consist of a range of regular therapies in order for Caleb to be able to function normally. These include occupational therapy, speech therapy and regular visits to a neurologist. Celestia’s mom helps her with this busy schedule. “My mom is always reading up and trying to find new ways of helping him – that’s when she came across a book on women who had difficult births, and they suggested cranial osteopathy for helping children recover from traumatic births.”

Caleb has received four therapy sessions by Cape Town osteopath Dr Guy Ashburner in the past six weeks. Celestia recalls their first visit: “We had no idea what to expect! He asked a lot of questions relating to Caleb’s birth, his milestones and development. Then he started by slowly massaging Caleb’s head, neck, back and arms. It looked like the usual massage therapy but […]

2110, 2013

Osteopathy can treat Attention Deficit Disorder

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Osteopathy can treat Attention Deficit Disorder – Hyperactivity Disorder(ADD/ADHD) is characterised by poor attention span, impulsive behaviours, and hyperactivity. To be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, you or your child must display a combination of strong ADD/ADHD hallmark symptoms, namely hyperactivity, impulsivity, or inattention. It is recommended getting diagnosed by a mental health professional if you suspect that you or your child may be ADHD.

Possible causes of ADD/ADHD include adverse responses to chemicals and additives in processed or chemically tainted food, sensitivities to environmental chemicals, exposures to neurodevelopmental toxins, such as heavy metals and history of a traumatic birth.

Osteopaths seek to resolve structural issues in the body. Problems of labour and delivery that may have compromised the structural integrity of the head and spine and thus disturb the nervous system within, which may interfere with its physiological development.

After birth, there is still much growth and development yet to occur in the brain, and this can be delayed or impaired by restriction within the skull.

Physical stresses respond more readily to treatment when the child is very young. Osteopaths feel that early treatment to ease birth stresses to the head and body can help remove physical restrictions to the growth and development of the brain.

Learning difficulties do not suddenly happen. Usually there are indications that a problem may be present from birth onwards. Early on the child may be able to overcome these difficulties, and seems to be reaching milestones. However, as demands are placed on them at school, it may become increasingly difficult for them to keep up with their peers. Eventually they fall behind, and a learning difficulty is identified.

An osteopathic assessment of the child can be useful to ensure that there is no undue strain in the body that […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy helps Behavioural and Learning Difficulties

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Osteopathy helps Behavioural and Learning Difficulties and can often help a child settle down, improve their sleep, sit still for longer periods and therefore develop better concentration and learning.

The onset began as a baby with a need for frequent changes of position due to discomfort. Unfortunately their restlessness may build to difficulty concentrating and sitting still, which will affect school work later on.
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309, 2011

Babies and Children benefiting from Osteopathy

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Despite the common belief that children are young and flexible enough to have no musculoskeletal imbalances in their body, this is not necessarily true. The reality of this can only be ascertained on professional analysis of the birth history and on clinical observation and examination. In virtually every condition there is a mechanical component which contributes, either as a cause or a consequence, to physical and physiological dysfunction. Osteopathy is the science of discovering these factors and the art of manually assisting the body in adjusting to them. At Osteopathy Cape Town we are able to offer experience and understanding of treating babies and children.


Cranial Osteopathy is a very subtle and gentle approach to the treatment of the whole body (not just the head as the name implies). Cranial Osteopathy examines the complex structure of the head in detail and its considerable influence on the health of the whole body via its connection to the spine.

The skull is formed of 23 separate bones and in an adult these bones are intricately joined to allow very slight movement to accommodate fluid motion within and around the brain.

A baby’s skull is quite different and is more like a membranous bag with bony stiffening within it. The cranial vault bones (top of the head) allow enormous shape change while still protecting the delicate brain on route through the birth canal. At the same time the bones of the cranial base (bottom of the head) are stronger as they take maximum compression during birth and need to protect the most vulnerable parts of the brain.

The anatomy of the skull is complex and therefore a cranial Osteopath requires considerable post graduate training. Guy has benefited from years of experience and study at […]