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Digestive Health

Energy levels, immune function and weight management are directly connected to a healthy gastrointestinal tract.  Various dietary and lifestyle habits can cause gastrointestinal issues to arise.

Symptoms

  • Gas/bloating
  • Heartburn/ Acid Reflux
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Parasites
  • Gallstones
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s/colitis).

Resources

PDF information sheets

Anti Inflammatory Diet (PDF)
Healthy Recipes (PDF)
High Fibre Foods (PDF)
Mindfulness based techniques: The Breath as Medicine (PDF)
Acupuncture (PDF)

Approach

The team of integrated health care professionals at Health Momentum can help identify dietary factors, stressors and even structural problems in the muscles and joints that could be triggering gastrointestinal distress.

Solutions

Naturopathic Medicine

Nutritional Counseling: The anti-inflammatory diet outlines key foods that can help your body return to optimal health. This diet will provide the individual with ample vitamins, essential fatty acids and dietary fibre needed to reduce inflammation and cramping in the intestines.
Acupuncture Acupuncture has been found to help relieve a variety of digestive discomforts.    When acupuncture points along the meridians of the body are stimulated, a cascade of calming hormones within the body is released. These hormones sooth conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s and colitis.
Digestive enzymes and probiotics: Good quality, nutritional supplements is an easy and effective way of relieving gas, bloating and painful spasms in the bowels.
Stress management: Stress is a common cause of gastrointestinal discomfort. 80% of the nerves that come off the spine innervate somewhere along our digestive tract. This direct neurological connection from the brain to the gut makes the stomach and intestines particularly susceptible to discomfort when under stress.

Osteopathy

Muscle Release and Joint Realignment: Maintaining the structural integrity of the body through proper alignment and decreased muscle tension ensures the spinal nerves responsible for innervating the organs of digestion are free of compressions that can cause irritation of the digestive system.
Internal Organ Correction (Visceral Manipulation): By directly evaluating and manipulating the organs of digestion, any stress placed on these organs can be alleviated. This allows for proper drainage and increased functioning of the digestive organs.
Cranial-Sacral Work: Cranial-sacral work can bring an added sense of peace and relaxation to the entire system in order to reduce the mental and physical stress experienced in everyday life as its focus is on allowing the parasympathetic nervous, or “rest and digest”, system to play a leading role in the body.

Registered Massage Therapy

Abdominal massage is an excellent way to naturally and effectively improve the efficiency of the digestive tract. Safe, non-invasive, therapeutic techniques are used to reduce pain, spasm or digestive discomfort such as gas, bloating, constipation or heartburn. These techniques can be used on any age group and are a gentle alternative to more aggressive medications.

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