Womens health

The Vagus Nerve – the self-help key to beating stress

The Vagus nerve is one of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves. Unlike almost all our other nerves that emerge from the spine (hence chiropractic's fascination for spinal manipulation), cranial nerves emerge directly out of the brain to travel to their target tissues. The job of cranial nerves is usually of critical importance to survival. In the case of the Vagus Nerve, we have our primary mechanism for dealing with stress and its long term destructive effects.

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Methylation and Histamine sensitivity

Do you have a sensitivity to pollen in the air at various times of the year? How about skin reactions to certain foods or things you touch that can respond to claritine or other antihistamine medications?  Watery eyes, runny nose or post nasal drip? Do you have a weak stomach? Maybe a history of panic attacks, depression or mental fatigue? If so, you might have a sensitivity to (or build up of) Histamine - a chemical naturally produced by the body, and consumed in foods. The problem is often a genetic limitation in processing and excreting histamine from the body, which is often linked to a process called under methylation. Undermethylation and its many consequences can cause a wide variety of symptoms in different people.

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Treatment during Pregnancy

Pregnancy carries a range of experiences for new mums-to-be. Besides the joy of nurturing a new life, there are also the more uncomfortable experiences of back ache, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, swollen legs and nausea that needs to be endured. As her body changes, a woman will experience a shift in weight bearing position, a change in her posture and greater strain on her back and pelvis. All of these discomforts can be relieved through a range of therapies performed by our practitioners, ranging from acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, manual therapy, spinal manipulation and myofascial therapy.

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Addressing Menopause

Women are increasingly concerned about the potential dangers of fluctuating hormone levels during and following menopause – but synthetic hormone replacement therapy has come under fire for its potential risks.  What’s a woman to do? Consider natural alternatives.   In the past 40 years, menopause, once unmentioned and borne in silence in Western society, has come to be regarded as one of the key life events that can compromise women’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. With the increase in women’s life expectancy and their expectation of retaining vitality and vigor far longer than their mothers, women initially were offered a solution in the form of hormone replacement therapy. However, HRT is a fairly crude attempt to offset the decrease in natural hormone levels occurring at menopause by introducing a variety of synthetic or animal estrogenic compounds and/or progesterone, at various levels, with dosage largely adjusted by a process of trial and error.

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