More Healthy People or More Medicines? In his article, ‘Moving from a provider– to a patient–focused health care system: The health reform imperative’ (Dwyer 2004), John Dwyer argues that more emphasis is needed on preventing illness in primary health care and that it needs to be restructured so that doctors can care for people in the community. However, he does not spell out the impl
Bruce harperRegistered : ACC Treatment Provider.
OSTEOPATH, NATUROPATH & HEALTH COACH.
Company Director –Wellness 4 U Clinic Ltd.
GASTRIC REFLUX (Gastroesophageal Reflux)
AND HIATUS HERNIA
This condition is mostly caused by spasm in the valve at the top of the stomach and at the bottom end of the Esophagus (tube from throat to stomach). This valve is known as the cardiac sphincter (or lower esophageal sphincter) and it controls the flow of food and drink into the stomach from the esophagus.
When this valve or cardiac sphincter is in spasm, it al ows some contents of the stomach, wither recently swal owed food/drink or gastric juices (stomach acids) to be regurgitated (or refluxed) back into the esophagus, past the spasming valve up to the throat/mouth causing ghastly “heart burn” symptom and/or sour taste in the mouth and even a congested feeling in the chest.
So why does the valve do this? What happens to this valve when it is in spasm, is that it stays open when it ought to be closed, and closed when it ought to be open; caused by lack of blood flow to the actual valve, hence the gastric reflux from the valve in spasm.
During stressful movements (even before meals or at missed meal times), the stomach can produce digestive gastric juices (acids!!), which are normal y required for the digestion of food. Instead these gastric juices are then refluxed past the valve in spasm, into the esophagus causing the gastroesophageal reflux.
Long term cases, especial y in babies and infants (also teenagers and adults) ongoing reflux can cause esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus). Worse stil , ulcers can form on the mucosal membrane or lining of the esophagus producing what could be termed ulcerative esophagus, as the stomach acids (hydrochloric acid) slowly eats away at the mucosal lining forming the ulcer lesions.
The stomach mucosal lining can normal y cope with these acids provided there is food present for the gastric acids to begin digestion. Without the food contents of the stomach mucosal lining gradual y breaks down in the weakest spots and ulcers are al owed to form as it does in the esophagus and the duodenum (the first section of the smal intestine). The medical approach would be to use medications like Gaviscon, Zantac or Ranitidine to reduce acid levels in the stomach or operate as for hiatus hernia.
Cases of gastroesphageal reflux often occur together with hiatus hernia symptoms most often in adults and much less the case in teenagers.
The osteopathic correction for the gastric reflux and hiatus hernia along with any other organ related problems, are very gentle techniques cal ed VISERAL MANIPULATION. Visceral simply means organs and this gentle technique, in the case of gastric reflux, restores the blood flow to the valve al owing it to return to its undisturbed normal function and eliminating other hiatus hernia symptoms as wel .
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