Digestive Disturbance ranges from specific organic disease right through the spectrum to minor functional irritation. Symptoms such as halitosis, indigestion or heartburn, eructation, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, mucous production and flatulence are all extremely common place as well as painful and embarrassing.
Osteopathic treatment may be of assistance because of its ability to improve spinal mobility and balance organic neurological input. It is normal both during treatment and soon afterwards for the symptoms experienced to change or marginally increase but usually once your body has adapted to the treatment applied benefit becomes evident.
Self-help methods are invaluable in such cases as supplements, stress management and dietary changes often reduce symptoms further. Please ask your Osteopathy for case specific advice.
Supplements such as prebiotics/probiotics may improve the bacterial balance of the gut and therefore help to go some way towards normalising function and reducing symptoms.
Stress, although not always a causative factor, will usually heighten symptoms so any healthy activity or technique that helps to combat stress and anxiety has to be of benefit. Some patient’s find quality family time, walking the dog, taking exercise especially in the great outdoors, pursuing one’s hobbies or just having some ‘me’ time can really help but regular stress management classes, meditation and relaxing treatments can be invaluable.
Dietary Changes may increase the chances of a successful outcome in the management of Digestive Disturbance. The modern diet is high in processed food and low in fibre which can encourage a sluggish and irritable system. Reducing or removing unnatural substances from our diet along with introducing more healthy fluids and vegetables may be all that is required to make significant improvement but sometimes we need to consider eliminating specific allergens and poor food combinations from our diet by following a practitioner prescribed regim. Please ask your Osteopath for a diet sheet to suit your specific circumstances.