Emotional Tension

401, 2015

Emotional Tension

By |January 4th, 2015|Uncategorised|0 Comments

The word emotional tension refers to positive or negative feelings that are produced by particular situations.One way in which the body protects itself from emotional intensity is the development of chronic musculartension. Our emotional life has an enormous impact on our structure. Every thought and feeling registers inour muscles and joints, and our emotional structure and physical structure blend to make up who we are,and how we act and react. For example, think a happy thought, then look at your posture. Now comparethis with the effect of a sad thought.

Too much muscular tension impairs health because it constricts and inhibits normal physiology. Nervoussystem (feelings and thoughts), breathing, and the venous and lymphatic circulation, which are responsiblefor clearing the body of toxins. Stress (anger and anxiety) repressed inner turmoil translates in the body astension at every level (visceral/muscular/autonomic), and contributes to many health conditions.Psychological and emotional attitudes are always represented in the body structure. Fear, grief, and angereach have a characteristic posture and pattern of movement. An emotional response immediatelyprecipitates contraction of muscles and movement away from structural balance. Then gravity pulls thestructure downward, making the body compressed resulting in imbalance and compensation in other partsof the body. Altered structural tension always results in and altered physiological function.

While physical patterns can become solidified from psychological attitudes, the converse is also true. Aphysical trauma, for example a childhood fall off a horse, a slip from a bicycle, or a motor crash, caninfluence the emotional state. A relatively simple accident which nevertheless leaves the body misalignedand out of balance can affect the psychological sense of the individual. Chronic and severe pain is verydebilitating and can itself cause mental stress.

Recovery from an emotional shock requires adaptability of movement of […]

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 […]

2110, 2013

Fatigue or Low energy, osteopathy has a solution

By |October 21st, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Fatigue or Low energy, osteopathy has a solution

Fatigue or Low energy, osteopathy has a solution for feeling tired, drained, exhausted, and depressed. These are symptoms commonly known as fatigue. Fatigue is a sign that your body is feeling physical or emotional stress. Thinking that it will just go away is a common mistake that many people make.

Fatigue may result from: An unhealthy lifestyle, poor dietary choices, lack of exercise, emotional stress, poor spinal/musculoskeletal health, overwork, depression, trauma, sleep deprivation, use or abuse of alcohol, caffeine, or illegal drugs. Fatigue is a symptom that may be caused by illness or adverse effects of medication. A visit to a doctor usually is needed when fatigue occurs along with more serious symptoms or if fatigue lasts longer than 2 weeks. Fatigue can present itself in myriad ways, which is why it can be difficult for doctors to make an accurate diagnosis.

A common cause of fatigue is an unbalanced body framework. Structure is the main reason for energy expenditure and, conversely structure has a remarkable influence on energy levels. Static tension and immobility within the body uses more energy in movement. Muscles must work to cause movement but their opposing muscles must also release sufficiently to allow ease of movement. Where excessive tension exists, extra energy is used doing anything and everything from walking, to playing sport, to simply sitting and giving something your full attention, even to sleeping. Blocked, wasted and depleted energy can lead to fatigue. Your posture is a good indicator of fatigue levels. People with poor posture use more physical and neurological energy to maintain that state.

Osteopathy is a natural medicine – and science – based on the principle that the structure of the body affects how it will function, and that it functions as a unified whole. On a practical level, this means that problems in any one […]

2110, 2013

Osteopathic treatment for infertility

By |October 21st, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Osteopathic treatment for infertility

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.

810, 2013

Massage – Sports Massage – Therapeutic Osteopathic Massage

By |October 8th, 2013|common complaints, media|Comments Off on Massage – Sports Massage – Therapeutic Osteopathic Massage

Osteopathic Massage

Massage techniques are used to induce relaxation, reduce muscle spasm, relieve tension and tightness from muscles, helps clear muscles of lactic acid that builds up during exercise, increases range of motion, stimulates the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph drainage which aids in the repair of painful, tense, damaged muscles and tendons. Benefits of massage also include improving muscle tone and delaying muscle atrophy resulting from inactivity. Deep massage can separate fascial fibres, and prevent the formation of adhesions and helps reduction of inflammation and oedema in joints and soft tissue.

Osteopaths use massage techniques which works through the connective tissue layers from skin through to deep muscle, the Osteopath will be able to judge the depth required to achieve the greatest effect. Osteopaths combine cross fibre stretching with massage techniques to achieve greater effectiveness. Sometimes the techniques can be uncomfortable if the tissues are very tight or there is scar tissue present, but the patient usually experiences relief as the tissue relaxes.

There are a wide variety of soft tissue techniques that osteopaths use, including massage (light or firm pressure), cross-fibre muscle kneading and myo-fascial release.  What these techniques all have in common is the aim to relax or stretch out the muscles and tendons and ligaments (the soft tissues).  This can be a very important part of the treatment process with tension in the muscles contributing significantly to pain and stiffness in many patients.

Osteopaths also use fascial release techniques. Fascia is a continuous sheet of connective tissue from our head to our toes. It wraps around muscles, bones, viscera (organs), nerves and blood vessels .  It offers support and spaces for all fluids of the body and the nerves to travel through. […]

1707, 2013

The Use of Osteopathy in Dependency Rehabilitation

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The Use of Osteopathy in Dependency Rehabilitation

We know that any substance dependency has more than just a physical aspect and that it is important to treat any drug dependency holistically. The American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine has been promoting the inclusion of addiction in training programs for osteopathy. This movement is gaining momentum as recognition of the role osteopathy has to play in medicine generally and the field of addiction medicine particularly, as part of a multi-disciplinary core, offering support and healing to the patient, continues to grow.

Hands-on healing has long played a positive role in achieving relaxation and the release of tension and stress. Osteopathy specifically is able to target imbalances caused by drug or alcohol abuse in the body through the stimulation of neurotransmitters to bring about more effective function of both body and mind. In circumstances where the dependency has come about through over use of habit-forming pain relief, the use of osteopathic healing is able to provide viable, non-addictive and natural alternatives to pain management. Osteopathic care comes under the umbrella of therapeutic care, alongside therapies such as acupuncture and massage.

Restoring the Body’s Natural Balance

The presence of absence of particular chemicals which occur naturally in the body, such as dopamine and serotonin, can have an effect on our mental and emotional state. The presence of these and other neurotransmitters results in a feeling of wellbeing and balance, while their absence leads to dis-ease. The use of osteopathy in re-aligning the spine, for example, assists the body to return to its natural balance, helping to restore normal levels of these “happy” chemicals. Muscle energy techniques, for example, have been shown to be effective in breaking down barriers to motility. It is known that somatic dysfunction (impaired or altered […]

2606, 2013


By |June 26th, 2013|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Good 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, […]

1906, 2012

Say Goodbye to Neck and Back pain for Good

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Say goodbye to neck and back pain for good

Our backs and necks are perhaps two of the most neglected areas of our bodies. Statistics show that more than 80% of people will suffer from back and neck pain at some point in their lives – a number too high to ignore. Charlene Yared-West talks to the experts about what to do about
it and how to avoid it. […]

803, 2012

Pain pain go away – and don’t come back another day …

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Pain, pain go away – and don’t come back another day …

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It’s often caused by swelling of tissue, which creates pressure on nerves and leads to discomfort. Pain is a useful mechanism to alert you to a problem, and stops you from damaging your body further. It should therefore always be taken seriously. […]

803, 2012

Better sleep, better energy

By |March 8th, 2012|common complaints, media|Comments Off on Better sleep, better energy

Better sleep, better energy

It’s amazing how little value we attach to a good night’s sleep. Rather than investing in a new bed or high quality natural bedding, we spend our money on fancy household goods, often neglecting our bedroom environment. However, statistics show that back pain affects almost 80% of South Africans at some point in their lives and the major cause for this is sleeping in discomfort. […]