As an osteopath with a special interest in female care an all too common phenomenon with female health is living with unnecessary discomfort, pain, irritation and irregularities the can come along unwelcome with fluctuations in hormone levels and the structural changes to our anatomy from puberty throughout and beyond menopause.
As an osteopathic manual practitioner, I’m working with the structure of the body to impact any restrictions in motion from superficial skin and fascia, to deep visceral tissues of the body. This with aim to relieve any obstruction to blood flow, naval supply and lymphatic drainage which may be hindering the functioning of the endocrine, nervous, and cardiovascular systems, which all contribute in management of hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle. As the body works through this cycle for many years of the female life, compromising habits to compensate for the pain and discomfort can arise, leading to a lasting effect on the structure of the body due to the irritation within the deeper organ systems. As the two are so deeply interrelated, I work to impact the structural causes or resultants to give the body a better chance of maintaining homeostasis even throughout the trialling phases of menstruation. Ensuring the reproductive system is under the least amount of physical stress by improving the structural integrity of the overall body structure, not only provides a greater chance for a decrease in unpleasant symptomology throughout the menstrual and menopausal cycles, but also allows the body a better chance at maintaining a fertile environment. Allowing yourself momentary relief during these cycles with temporary aids is second nature in the western world, but there is potential to feel better all month long when allowing osteopathy to be a part of your care plan.
As your osteopathic manual practitioner, I work to find the root cause of your unpleasant symptoms, and work with the body to help relieve the structure, to then allow your body to function at it’s best potential.
If you have any questions about female health and accompanying symptoms and how I may be able to help your body as a manual osteopathic practitioner, book in at Dalhousie Health & Wellness and lets get your journey started on reclaiming your health.
Danielle Stark, Osteopathic Manual Provider
In our society today, many people struggle with their gastrointestinal health on a chronic scale. With a wide variety of symptoms ranging from gastric reflux, heartburn, poor digestion, bloating, constipation, irregular stools, etc. limiting their day to day lives. As an osteopathic manual practitioner, I’m looking at the structure of the body in relation to the function, and vice versa. The relationship between structure and function in gastrointestinal health involves the integrity of the spinal health, as the spinal nerves throughout the entirety of the spine serve some level of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as involves the integrity of the intestinal mucosa and its role in nutrient absorption and peristalsis throughout the gastro tract.
A trend in our western society is to rush, to be sedentary for long periods, and active in intense bursts. With this trend, the structure of the body can start to see some impacts through chronic compensatory patterns; whether compensating for an injury, old or new, compensating for a cluster of symptoms, or just compensating through a common postural or gait pattern - making up for asymmetries in sports, or simply your walking pattern. The purpose of your body attempting to compensate is to alleviate irritation, but often this can lead to additional irritations in different regions of the body. This theme within the spine can lead to asymmetries of the functional mechanics of the spinal column, then irritating nerves serving the gastro tract, as well as the surrounding blood vessels, venous and lymphatic pathways, all of which must have the capacity to flow through their designated pathways to avoid any congestion, which quickly leads to unpleasant symptomatology.
As your osteopathic manual practitioner, I work to find the cause of discomforts, unpleasant symptomology and pain, and work with the body to help return the structure to a more neutral, comfortable and healthy state.
If you have any questions about troubling digestive and elimination symptoms and how I may be able to help your body, book an osteopathic appointment and let’s get your journey started on reclaiming your health at Dalhousie Health & Wellness!
Danielle, Osteopathic Manual Provider