Anyone else using an osteopath?
I had my first visit yesterday and my 'lump in throat' symptom feels much better today. Could just be a coincidence of course, but I felt a definate internal change during the diaphragm-stretching technique. I have another session in a few weeks and will report back here.
The reason I went to see an osteopath was the recent report below. This is an extract, click on the link for the full article.
"Diaphragm muscles show osteopathic training potential
Published on July 10, 2012
By Lucy Piper
Osteopathic manipulative intervention to obtain functional equilibrium of the diaphragm increases lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), researchers have found.
This positive influence on the LES suggests that inspiratory muscles, including the diaphragm, could be trained in the same way that gait muscles are, thereby strengthening them and improving their performance, the team explains.
"Our results demonstrated that there was an increase of 9-27% of the LES pressure in patients who performed the osteopathic maneuvers, while in the group of patients who did not perform the maneuvers, a reduction of that pressure was observed," Tomas Navarro-Rodriguez (University of São Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil) and colleagues report.
A total of 38 patients with GERD participated in the study, 22 of whom received osteopathic manipulation, involving a diaphragm-stretching technique commonly used by osteopathic physicians to obtain functional equilibrium of the muscles. The remaining participants received a sham technique..."