Natural Balance Therapy has a team of therapists that has been providing therapeutic treatments to residents, in all stages of life, in southeast Wisconsin for the past ten years, helping them return to a pain-free, active lifestyle. We seek to help people understand their bodies and what is causing their pain and discomfort, as well as teach them what they can do to help themselves heal. Natural Balance Therapy is known for giving people in chronic pain hope and long-lasting results.
Over the last six months or so, much of this blog has been dedicated to the physical body. It only makes sense – we are, after all, therapists, so much of our attention is naturally given to all things structural.
Are you in your body? What does the phrase 'being in your body' mean to you?
Many adults suffer from chronic acid reflux (commonly called heartburn), also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD is a disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter which is a muscle connecting the esophagus with the stomach. Most of my clients describe their pain as under the middle of the chest and as a burning that occurs after meals and often worsens when lying down.
During an attack of GERD the contents of the stomach 'reflux' back up into the esophagus. According to WebMD, “Normally, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter opens to allow food into the stomach (or to permit belching); then it closes again. Next, the stomach releases strong acids to help break down the food. If the lower esophageal sphincter opens too often or does not close tight enough, stomach acid can reflux, or seep back into the esophagus, damaging it and causing the burning sensation we know as heartburn.” Other symptoms of GERD may also include hoarseness, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, unexplained lung infections, anemia, coughing, snoring, sore throat and chest pain.
The conventional medical approach to GERD typically includes life-style changes such as changing the diet to avoid foods that may aggravate the symptoms and reducing stress. Additionally, your physician may suggest antacids, non-prescription H2 antagonists, prescription-strength drugs and even surgical intervention. This approach is centered on reducing the amount of acid in the stomach in order to decrease the reflux.
But if the problem is due to a dysfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter due to weakness or perhaps due to strain from surrounding tissues, why not reduce the stress of these tissues on the sphincter?
Myofascial release therapy and visceral manipulation do just that. We have found that it is possible to improve the function of our organs simply by reducing mechanical and structural stress on them. We use these techniques to locate and help solve problems in the body, to encourage your own natural healing mechanisms, to improve the function of your organs, to dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance general health and resistance to disease.
Self-care for people on their feet and on the go
If you’re reading this, you’re doing so on some sort of electronic device, either a computer, smartphone, or tablet. But spend too much time in front of the screen, and you may notice some of the following: dry or watery eyes, difficulty focusing, blurred or double vision, light sensitivity, and/or headaches.
These are signs of common eye strain, which can occur when we are intensely visually focused for long periods of time. Although eye strain can come from many causes, including driving, reading, or writing, it is most often seen with extended use of digital devices. Some studies suggest that we blink less frequently when using electronics, which can exaggerate the irritation by drying out the surface of the eye.