1311, 2014

Chronic sinusitis – Poor Posture

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Posture and Chronic sinusitis issues – not a good combination until…
You meet Dr Guy Ashburner. 
I was about to register to have a sinus operation when my wife suggested I try Dr Ashburner. I had received treatment from him a couple of years ago for poor posture. 
I have had 3 appointments with Dr Ashburner over the past few weeks and already after the first treatment I could feel that my sinuses were draining. Osteopathy is medicine free and it really feels like you and your body are fighting the problems you have, as opposed to medicine ‘doing it for you’. Dr Ashburner recommends preventative exercises along with his therapy and these have helped me make dramatic, CONSCIOUS improvements to my posture which in turn are helping my sinuses drain. 
Dr Ashburner takes the time to explain how one’s posture is linked to poor drainage of the sinuses so I feel like I understand what is happening. Having had 4 cases of sinusitis in the past year I now feel positive about the way forward…
Dr Ashburner also gives valuable advice on dietary issues and sticks to his philosophy of “if it’s bad for you and going in, it will lead to consequences!” He’s also well researched and not afraid to challenge ‘norms’. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Tony Romer-Lee
November 2014

1405, 2014

Chronic sinusitis treatment

By |May 14th, 2014|testimonials|Comments Off on Chronic sinusitis treatment

Chronic sinusitis
After suffering from chronic sinusitis for 5 years. Trying various remedies including a sinus wash out and Acupuncture neither of which have helped I was feeling incredibly despondent.

Dr Guy Ashburner Osteopath was recommended by a friend who also suffered from sinus related issues.

I’ve been to him 4 times now and my symptoms are greatly improved. He uses stretching and massage to alter my posture which is allowing my sinuses to drain more effectively.

It is such a relief literally to not feel blocked up and energy sapped continuously and I would recommend Guy to others who are suffering from sinus related symptoms.

Sandi Bellairs

2405, 2013

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

By |May 24th, 2013|media|Comments Off on How to stay healthy – What is a Cold – What is the Flu – Immune system

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 […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Sinusitis

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

“Normal physiological movement between the bones of the face and skull is important in maintaining drainage of the sinuses, and permitting the free passage of air through the nose.”

Sinuses are cavities within the bones of the face. These cavities humidify the air before it enters the lungs. They are also lined with a membrane that produces mucus to trap bacteria which the body then removes from the sinuses by swallowing it or pushing it out the nasal cavity.

Sinusitis occurs when the mucous membranes that line the sinuses become inflamed by bacterial, viral, fungal, allergenic factors, or as a result of medication side-effects.

Trauma to the face may restrict the normal movement between the bones, and can have very wide reaching effects in the whole body. Causes include birth compression, head trauma and dental treatment. If draining mucus becomes restricted, it can lead to infection.

When your sinuses are inflamed and mucus stops draining properly, you may feel headache upon waking in the morning. Tenderness of the forehead may indicate inflammation of the frontal sinuses. Infection in the maxillary sinuses can cause cheek, jaw and tooth sensitivity.

Ethmoid inflammation often causes swelling of the tissues around the eyes and pain between the eyes as well as tenderness when touching the sides of the nose, a loss of smell, and a stuffy nose.

Drainage of mucus from the sphenoid sinuses down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) can cause a sore throat. Nasal polyps grow in inflamed tissue of the nasal mucosa.

Medications can be used to dry up the sinuses or to reduce swelling, which can provide temporary relief. But as soon as the medication wears off, the swelling returns and so does the backup of fluids.

The walls of the sinuses […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy treats Headaches

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

Osteopathy treats Headaches which are one of the most common medical complaints.

Common Causes of Headache

Headache originating from the neck is the most common type of headache. Other varied causes are eyestrain, sinus disease, neck injury (eg. Whiplash), tension headache from stress, poor posture, etc, migraines, jaw misalignment (eg. Following dental work).

There are other more serious causes such as infection, haemorrhage and brain tumour.

Osteopaths, as primary health care practitioners, are trained to differentiate between headaches with common causes and those due to serious pathology.

Mechanism of Tension Headaches

A common presentation with headache is an increase in the muscular tension at the base of the skull with pain locally and possibly referred to the forehead and eye area. The tightened muscles and joint restrictions (from poor posture, stress, injury etc) in the upper neck, contribute to reduced mobility, and irritation of the local nerves and blood vessels.

How Can Osteopathy Help Someone With Headache?

An osteopath is a primary health care practitioner with appropriate skill and knowledge to assess your complaint and decide the most effective course of action.

Osteopaths assess structural changes that may lead to immobility and dysfunction. They do thorough physical examination, including observation and palpation, to form a diagnosis.

An Osteopath will Work Gently With Your Body to:

Improve joint mobility (especially in the spine).
Reduce muscular tension.
Reduce nerve irritation.
Improve blood supply and drainage to and from the head and neck.
Help prevent future headaches with advice on posture, exercises and stretching.
Provide advice on improved ergonomic environment.

Research Stating The Benefit Of Osteopathic Treatment In The Management Of Headache Symptoms
Anderson, R. E., Seniscal, C., (2006), A Comparison of Selected Osteopathic Treatment and Relaxation for Tension-Type Headaches. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain Vol. 46, […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Sinus Problems and Mouth Breathing

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

Osteopathy Treats Sinus Problems and Mouth Breathing – Sinuses are air hollow spaces inside the bones of the skull which permit drainage of mucous via intricate movement of the skull bones. When the movement of these bones becomes restricted, due to birth compression or an accident to the front of the head, a build up of mucous within the sinuses may develop. These children tend to have a persistently blocked-up or runny nose.

Children’s faces begin a phase of rapid development at 5 years of age, therefore Osteopathy is recommended prior to this for best results. Osteopathic treatment to improve the mechanical drainage of the sinuses frequently reduces the severity and persistence of allergies.

309, 2011

Adults benefiting from Osteopathy

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

Adults benefiting from Osteopathy
Osteopathy is most commonly known for assisting in the treatment of ‘bad backs’, however, it is much broader than this and can help with a wide range of conditions including those such as arthritis and sciatica. At Osteopathy Cape Town we offer a holistic approach to assist in many conditions. Please visit our contact page for details and directions to our clinic.

The Following Conditions May All Benefit From Osteopathic Treatment:

Ankle Sprain
Autonomic Nervous System
Calf Strain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Costochondritis – Tietze’s syndrome – Musculoskeletal chest pain
Disc Prolapse (Lumbar)
Dizziness (of spinal origin)
Emotional Tension
Fatigue or low energy
Forward Head Posture
Frozen Shoulder
Groin Strain/Injury
Heel Pain
Hip Bursitis
Hip Pain
Iliotibial band syndrome
Influenza or Flu
Jaw Pain
Knee Pain
Low Back Pain
Muscle Imbalance
Neck Pain
Plantar Fasciitis
Pregnancy & Back Pain
Psoas Pain & Dysfunction
Repetitive Strain
Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Shin Splints
Shoulder Pain
Spinal Misalignment
Sports Injuries
Tennis Elbow

101, 2009

I Suffer From Sinusitis

By |January 1st, 2009|common complaints, media|Comments Off on I Suffer From Sinusitis

Q: I suffer from sinusitis. Are there any practical and natural ways of helping this condition? Place each middle finger in the centre of your forehead above the eyebrow line. Pressure should be gradually increased and released in a gentle rhythmic motion, never hard enough to cause severe pain. Repeat several times. Then, with gentle pressure, sweep the fingers sideways towards the temples. Repeat several times. […]

304, 2008

What Is Osteopathy?

By |April 3rd, 2008|media|Comments Off on What Is Osteopathy?

‘What Is Osteopathy? The mechanical principles on which osteopathy are based are as old as the universe. (Dr Andrew Taylor Still, 1874)

Osteopathy is an established system of complete medical practice, diagnosis and treatment, as recognised by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa and the British Medical Association. It is a ‘hands-on therapy (no surgery, medication, tablets or gimmicks) that restores the normal structure of the musculoskeletal system, which in turn improves the function of the nervous, circulatory and immune systems and allows faster healing, reducing pain, congestion and restriction within the body. […]