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, […]

2411, 2014

The Effects of Backpacks on School-Aged Children

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The Effects of Backpacks on School-Aged Children

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”

William Garner Sutherland (1873 – 1954) Founder of Cranial Osteopathy

Most children are required to carry heavy school bags to and from school each day, and the load increases as they reach higher grades. Sports clothing and equipment often adds another bag to their load. Your child’s spine could be in for a tough time coping with all the increased stress, and when you add poor posture, lack of exercise and hours of computer time each day into the mix. According to a study published in the journal ‘Spine’, daily backpack carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for school children. School backpacks were felt to be heavy by 79.1% of children, to cause fatigue by 65.7%, and to cause back pain by 46.1. Studies show children should not carry any more than 10 per cent of their body weight and that anything over 15 per cent can be damaging.

If the child has to lean forward when walking with a loaded pack, it is too heavy. A heavy backpack has a number of undesirable effects to your child’s spine. It distorts the natural curves in the middle and lower back, causing muscle strain, headaches, irritation to the spine joints and the rib cage, reduced breathing capacity and may hamper his/her overall growth. Spinal dysfunction that results from these poor habits, may affect your child’s ability to study or participate in sport; setting a poor foundation for spinal health that may carry through into adulthood.

The posture that a child habitually assumes will affect the shape of the bones and the way in which the end plates harden and form. This is particularly evident […]

910, 2014

Sleep disorders and sleep problems in childhood – Toddlers – Babies

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Sleep disorders and sleep problems in childhood

When I had my second child, I never expected it to be even harder than my firstborn. But Jason didn’t just cry all night – he SCREAMED and thrashed about, arching his back to escape as us we tried to comfort him – as though we were torturing him. It went on for a year and a half. The only time he ever slept more than his maximum of 2 hours (even at 18 months of age), was when we had dosed him with Ponstan or other pain meds. It simply couldn’t continue.

We had tried all other methods – we had him on reflux meds and changed his diet to be dairy free. But when his throat was scanned for scarring, they could find no sign of reflux.

We had his ears checked and were informed that he had glue ear, but after having grommets put in the only change in his behaviour was a fear of simple noises, the night time screaming sessions did not stop.

We had him assessed by an Occupational Therapist who told us he had Sensory Processing Disorder and instructed us to brush him every two hours. Whilst he showed a minor improvement with the brushing, he was still waking and screaming at least 3 to 4 times a night.

Eventually a friend at the office recommended that I try and find a cranial osteopath. I had never heard of this but was willing to try, especially as this (out of all the other treatment methods) was non-evasive and painfree. She found an article that Dr Ashburner had written and brought it to me.

I took Jason to see Dr Ashburner, and whilst he is not an easy […]

1408, 2014

Posture and your child

By |August 14th, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Posture and your child.

 “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”  William Garner Sutherland (1873 – 1954) Founder of Cranial Osteopathy

A growing body of evidence shows that poor posture in childhood can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain, fatigue, and low self­ esteem. Children naturally imitate the behaviour of adults around them. If you care about your posture, so will your children. But that isn’t the only reason to take care of your own posture, you will be a more energetic and pain­-free parent as a result.

“School age children spend a growing amount of their free time watching TV or playing with hand­held devices. Many people have unsupportive furniture in their living rooms, leaving children mould their spines to the shape of the sofa and reinforcing their bad habits. In most cases, kids often hunch over when they are executing a task, walking, or even seated. This is compounded by sitting all day and carrying weighty backpacks at school. With time, the adverse effects add up to severe problems later in life.

Good posture is when your child’s back has the least amount of strain placed on it through keeping bones and joints aligned properly, allowing muscles to be used properly as well. Good posture naturally happens when the upper body’s muscles are balanced in strength and used uniformly. Bad posture can result in stress on the spine at certain levels. For instance the slouched position can put a lot of unnecessary loading on the middle back spinal region, which can lead to jutting forward of the head and jaw. This then leads to headaches and the inability to concentrate. This slumped posture can also effect the efficiency of breathing and gut motility. Poor posture also can […]

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 […]

2110, 2013

Osteopathic treatment for bad circulation

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Osteopathic treatment for bad circulation. Circulation is essential in order for the body to get proper nutrients, and for the removal of waste products. Lack of movement leads to the development of stasis, congestion of bodily fluids and pain and other problems appear. The movement may get restricted due to distortion of a tissue after an injury or due to the pull from some other tight structure that did not heal properly after an old injury.

Osteopathy embraces the philosophy that the body has an innate or natural ability to self-regulate and to heal itself. The key factor that permits this process to proceed unimpeded is the ability of the body to circulate all of its fluids and liquids. These fluids include the blood, lymph, synovial fluid, digestive juices, and other fluids of the body. These liquids carry many of the body’s life-sustaining compounds, such as hormones, enzymes and their secretions, immune and anti-inflammatory factors, neural impulses, nutrition, and dissolved gases such as oxygen.

Any obstruction that impedes the circulation of fluids within the body is the focus of osteopathic assessment and treatment. Structural impediments include twists, curves or pulls within the body structure and organs as well stress and its effect on the nervous system .These faults may either affect the control of a system that controls fluid circulation, or affect the circulation of liquids along with the life sustaining and regulatory products that they carry.

Over time, the body gradually loses its ability to efficiently self-regulate and to self-heal. Some of this loss may be due to the aging process, the prolonged influence of posture, accidents, illness, surgical scarring, childbirth, repetitive activity, or the effects of mental and physical stress.

If allowed, the body is able to heal itself. But sometimes, as an injury heals, it may create a scar that may pull […]

2110, 2013

Osteopathic treatment for infertility

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Osteopathic treatment for infertility which is when a woman is unable to conceive a child and can have numerous causes. Investigations do not always find the reason of this dysfunction. A basic principle of osteopathy is that structure and function are interrelated. In order to treat the conditions and diseases of the reproductive organs that may be causing infertility, it is important to completely understand the anatomy and physiology involved.

Osteopathic treatment for infertility helps improve function of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, nervous and hormonal systems, as well as the release of emotional stress. The main causes for infertility are problems connected to the pelvic region, hormonal imbalances, emotional stress and other associated ailments. Faulty body mechanics, incorrect body posture or misalignment of the organs will lead to abnormal blood flow and nerve function, which are vital for optimal reproductive system function.

Osteopathy helps to increase fertility by releasing tensions in and around the pelvic anatomy and the spine by use a variety of osteopathic techniques to increase joint mobility, improve spinal and soft tissue health, and improve circulation. Osteopathy techniques can be applied to an area that has influence over other areas of the body thus achieving the desired outcome. According to research in Osteopathy about infertility done by Mme Kermorgant D.O (Osteopath in France) many women manage to get pregnant after osteopathic treatments. An Osteopath’s aim is to help your body perform the most natural and normal processes of conception and pregnancy. In particular osteopathy has been shown to be successful in the treatment of stress which can be a key factor in reduced fertility.

We also offer advice on your health and life-style with the aim of achieving a positive outcome. Osteopaths work holistically to help your body find good structural balance and to allow it to function at its best.

2405, 2013

How to stay healthy – What is a Cold – What is the Flu – Immune system

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How to stay healthy during the chilly months. Winter wellness toolkit.

Feeling under the weather and don’t know what to do? Whether you go the natural route or opt for a medical solution, this toolkit will give you all you need to know to survive colds, and flu this winter.
What’s the difference between colds and flu?
Pharmacist Yogin Pillay and GP Yesheen Singh of, dig into the nitty gritty about colds and flu.
Symptoms start within one to four days of catching the virus.
Symptoms can include aches, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, fatigue,  and slight cough.
Colds should only last a few days.
Symptoms start very suddenly.
Symptoms can include fever, aches and muscle pain (can be severe), coughing, fatigue and weakness, nasal congestion, sneezing and sore throat, nausea and vomiting.
Flu can last a few weeks.
There is no cure for colds and flu, but symptoms can be managed.
Why a fever can be good for you
Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that a higher body temperature can help our immune systems to work better and harder against infections. The finding was published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. Cape Town Osteopath Dr Guy Ashburner agrees with this study and explains that even though having a fever may be uncomfortable, it is part of the body’s natural defence mechanism. “A fever creates a hostile environment for germs to thrive in and when your temperature rises the physiological cascade brings in a gradually stronger immune response as required. Always consult your GP on how high you should let the fever run (especially concerning children or the elderly) before reaching for cold and flu products containing paracetamol etc. I would suggest drinking a lot of water and sweating it out overnight. Allopathic medical treatment for patients with influenza […]

1804, 2013

Advice for fathers with a new born baby – New Dad Tips – New Father Tips

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Advice for fathers with a new born baby
Becoming a father can be an exciting and overwhelming experience..Take care of yourself. Keep an eye on your lifestyle, driving and your risk-taking. Your baby needs you for a long time. Being a healthy and happy dad is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your kids.

Sleep is essential: Newborns challenge their parents’ ability to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation can quickly take a toll on new moms and dads.

The good news is that by 3 to 6 months lots of babies develop regular sleep patterns and sleep until morning.

The human body has incredible recuperative powers but this can only be ensured when you enough sleep. Reduced sleep equals less ability to deal with physical and mental stress.

Work out a night-time schedule with your partner that allows both of you to rest and care for the baby.

If your baby does not settle into a normal newborn sleep pattern you may want to consider cranial osteopathy. Pressure in the baby’s head and neck not only makes them more uncomfortable and hence unsettled, but may irritate the nervous system, making it difficult for them to wind down. This makes settling and deep, restful sleep, difficult to achieve. Cranial osteopathy is incredibly gentle and helps to release any compression or tightness from the birth. This makes the baby more comfortable and helps them to settle more easily and sleep better.

If you have a medical question about your baby, call your paediatrician or midwife.

Exercise is essential for normal function and improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep. So whenever the opportunity arises try and make a plan once a week to go to the gym or participate in […]