Treat heartburn naturally with Systematic Kinesiology

 treat heartburn

Heartburn is something that most adults will experience at some time

Heartburn, also known as acid reflex, gives a burning sensation in the chest, just behind or below the breastbone. The sensation of pain or discomfort often rises in the chest and often gets worse on lying down or bending over.

In Systematic Kinesiology we often see clients coming to us suffering from consistent and painful acid reflux and want to treat heartburn. While a painful condition, many clients first try to self treat with antacids without considering the many causes and the important role the stomach plays in our health.  It’s too simple to say that acid reflux is caused by too much acid, and it’s interesting to note that the feeling of pain is the same whether there is too much acid, or indeed too little.  I’ve treated many clients, drinking bottles of well known antacid remedies for a condition that is being caused by too little.

The role of stomach acid (gastric juice)

Stomach acid plays an essential role in both digestion and immunity.  Stomach acid consists of pepsin (essential in the break down of proteins into amino acids – our building blocks) and hydrochloric acid which is primarily involved in digestion. Hydrochloric Acid, as well as aiding digestion, is essential in the absorption of minerals, such as calcium, and vitamins such as B12. It also kills germs, parasites and harmful bacteria such as H. pylori which is associated with ulcers.  It also signals the body to produce specific enzymes needed for the food you’ve just eaten.  When there is dysfunction in this mechanism, such as with too little stomach acid, or regular consumption of antacids, the risk of mal-absorption is higher.

Clients who have been diagnosed with Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, which affects up to 25% of Americans and Europeans, (according to American Family Physician) need further investigation, than simply taking over the counter antacid or stronger medications.

The need to treat heartburn is important, as left untreated, GERD can lead to injury of the lining in the lower part of your esophagus. If not addressed this can contribute to the development of esophageal cancer.

Possible causes of heartburn

It is said that acid reflux can occur when the ring of the muscle that allows food into your stomach relaxes when it shouldn’t. The result is acid from your stomach goes back up your esophagus, which then causes the sensation of acid reflux.  However, this doesn’t address whether the cause is too much acid (commonly assumed), or if there are other causes.  Since stomach acid has a very low pH the burning can cause long term damage, so it is an important condition to address.

Acid reflux and heartburn can be triggered by a number of factors like diet and lifestyle.  What we find in Systematic Kinesiology is that food sensitivities can play a role.  Chronic long term emotional stress, as well as structural causes such as a Hiatus Hernia are also amongst the many areas we consider.  Some of the common causes of heartburn are as follows:

Dietary Habits –

  • Eating large portions of food, ie overeating
  • Eating excessive spicy and oily food                            
  • Drinking caffeinated and carbonated drinks
  • Eating late or just before bedtime

Structural issues

  • Poor posture when eating (such as eating off a low table)
  • Hiatal hernia

Lifestyle Habits –

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol

Change these habits to treat heartburn


What to do when you’re in pain with acid reflux

Watch this video for some natural remedies for when heartburn  acid reflux is causing you pain. And then read below a simple Kinesiology balancing technique to try out.

The symptom of burning and discomfort can be relieved using rubbing the associated lymphatic reflex points to the stomach.  These points will help you get feel better in the short term.

The points associated with the stomach are between the 5-6th ribs. Found on the left hand side of the body, on the front of the body, below the chest.

  • Rub between the rib spaces from the centre out towards the side of the body, along the rib spaces.  Don’t worry about being too specific, you can’t do the body any harm.
  • Under the left breast, if you find the point tender, then it needs treatment.
  • Rub for about 3 minutes, or until the pain level has reduced at least 50%.
  • Also rub between the 5-6th vertebra on the back of the body, rub either side and close to the spine.

And if that helps, look to identify the root cause of this symptom, so you don’t need to suffer again.

The Dynamic Diaphragm

How to Create a Strong Foundation of Health

Strong Foundation of Health Webinar Replay

Health has never been so important. It’s been brought to the fore of our lives with people who’s poor health makes them more vulnerable.  While we all “know” what we should be doing, we can be our own worst enemy. So here Siobhan shows you some ways in with Systematic Kinesiology can offer some solutions to creating a strong foundation of health from our whole person approach. Not just physical health, but mental and chemical and energetic health, and how that can impact on your body’s health, and shows you how you can help family and friends too.



If you’re curious to find out more, have a look at what you can learn on this 3 month course.

Want a strong foundation of health – join a Balanced Health Foundation Course this Autumn

Now is the perfect time to make the most of 2020!  We have 5 venues around the country all starting soon – visit this page for all the info – www.kinesiologyzone.com/training

 

Taking Control of Your Health

The Power of a Simple Kinesiology Balance

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Long term clients, Systematic Kinesiology, and keeping it simple

Yesterday I treated one of my longest standing clients.  She has been coming to me for 26 years!  I have treated her in 4 separate venues over those years & the change of location has not deterred her in any way.

Sometimes she comes every change of season, sometimes monthly, or every couple of months. The choice is entirely hers as to what feels right.  She always leaves saying she feels amazing & never fails to make another appointment.  And in the entire time I have been treating her, she has never been late & only once has she forgotten an appointment with me.

What do I do with her?

And this is the point I want to make – most of the time I simply balance her.  I listen carefully to what she says & then perhaps within the balance target whatever specific problem/issue/preventive concern she would like addressed.  Sometimes it is more advanced material, other times it is literally tools from the Balanced Health level – eg She went through a phase of being vegetarian & wanted her protein levels checked.  I could do that for her.

Other times she may have a stress to deal with, so I can use all the emotional tools that we learn ESR from Balanced Health 1, temporal tap, Bach & meridian work, etc.  Or perhaps it is more of a structural problem; her neck perhaps played up – so that can be worked on within the balance.

The core of my treatment – is to balance her

So whilst I will pull other material out of the bag, the absolute core of my treatment with her – & she has told me she loves this – is to balance her, rub the points & LISTEN to her talking about her various stresses.  Most people are not listened to.  They do not have the time/opportunity nor people who really really listen.  As we say in the TACT Workshop – a lot of people are listening to respond/reply – rather than simply listening with ears, eyes, undivided attention & our hearts.  And we know that balancing someone whilst rubbing their points, giving nutritional reward etc. has a profound impact on their ability to deal with whatever stress they are in the mode of.

“Fix as you go”

A really simple 14 muscle test & balance, fix as you go is a fabulous treatment – the efficacy of which is not to be underestimated.  So, for those of you about to embark on this as a change of career, this is to encourage you to get working on people Immediately – you already have tremendous power in your hands & toolbox.  And for those of you who have completed your training, always remember the potent basics!


Stephanie Mills is a senior member of the KinesiologyZone team.  Her background in Systematic Kinesiology extends back to the years where she worked with Brian Butler in setting up the Academy and Association in the UK.  Stephanie teaches the TACT Workshop and Emotions weekends for the Diploma Course, as well as the Balanced Health Course through the online video library. 

Working yourself to death?

Working yourself to death?

Researchers find that people who work more than this many hours a week, suffer physical and mental health problems. When it comes to your career, there is nothing worse than a job you hate, literally. Employees who worked more than 50 hours in a week suffered from decreased mental and physical health, the research found.Today, the workplace demands mean having to deal with new ways of communication, which did not exist over a decade ago.

  • Workers earning more than ever – but stress levels soared fastest out of 10 EU countries
  • New figures from CSO show average worker’s pay has reached a high point of almost €39,000
  • Workplace stress doubled from 8pc in 2010 to 17pc in 2015, according to the ESRI

According to a University of Manchester study, having a “poor quality” job — a job you hate — is actually worse for your mental health than having no job at all.

In Ireland the majority of workers in every industrial sector claim to be stressed. According to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions 90% of voluntary sector workers consider their job to be stressful. Teachers (88%) and workers in the health service (82%) also report high levels of stress. Construction workers have the lowest levels of stress at 63%.

Sheila our course leader from Cork found herself in a stressful job, overloaded with work and struggling with her health.

Health Road Show - Sheila O'Hanlon

Sheila’s story:

At the age of 25 years old I was working three jobs, working 85 hours a week for a minimum wage. I worked hard in catering and in bars. I thought that I would be able to reduce the workload as I got older. However I managed to continue working an insane number of hours into my 40’s. I was starting to show some signs of what I call my tired legs syndrome. This happens when you are running around in a stressful job while on your feet all day. I remember getting home in the evenings and when I sat down my back would physically spasm from exhaustion. I suffered from restless legs and even more worryingly a restless mind.

I was getting sick of working long hours. I was showing all the signs of adrenal exhaustion. I headaches, back pain, knee pain and palpitations on a daily basis.

I found Systematic Kinesiology Training at a time in my life when I needed it the most. I am convinced I was a prime candidate for a heart attack or a stroke. I smoked, drank, partied, worked crazy hours, had unfulfilling relationships, drank 15 cups of coffee a day and ate junk food.

Then I started to look for something to help me with my excruciating headaches and through kinesiology I found out that they stemmed from adrenal exhaustion. In retrospect I suspect I may have been adrenally exhausted for in excess of 20 years! We are all motivated to heal ourselves and fix our own health problems first and foremost and when we reach that place we feel this irrepressible need to help others suffering like we were.

I used to work 80 hours a week for the same income that I get now from working 16 hours a week. If you are looking for the freedom to be self employed and control of your own destiny and your own longevity, then training as a Systematic Kinesiologist is the most exciting and humbling and joyful career there is!

I used to work hard and now I hardly work, as I love what I do!

You don’t need a medical background or previous experience. You just need
a keen interest and passion for helping others; and a willingness to work towards your goals. I’ve discovered so much about health and how to live in a less stressed state!  I love helping others, and have a busy clinic.  I started my clinic as I was training, so that I got valuable experience, and built my confidence.  In fact, I joke that it was my clients who paid for my diploma fees because I earned as I was learning.  We were encouraged to value our skill set and start charging a small fee, which became a more professional fee as I qualified.  Training also includes business advice as well as practical lessons in client communication. We also get coaching on our own personal development as a caring professional Kinesiology practitioner.

If any of this resonates with you and you feel stuck in a similar pattern or you are looking for a chance to help people with their health, get in touch. Find out more about the Balanced Health training at www.kinesiologyzone.com/training

Sheila runs Talks and has Taster events coming up soon.  To find out more follow her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/kinesiologyROCKS

 

Sheila O'Hanlon Kinesiology Rocks

 

Overcome Weight Loss frustration

Overcome Weight Loss frustration with Kinesiology

Recently on a Sunday morning in Dublin, I was driving to class and was sure it wouldn’t take that long.  The first part of the journey was easy as every light was green.  I was making good progress and even a little pleased that I’d made the right route choice! But then after about 5 minutes of making a good distance, suddenly I hit every red light and frustratingly the journey took me much longer than it should have.

When it comes to getting on the road to weight loss, eating foods to which you’re sensitive can be like meeting red light after red light after red light.  It may even seem like we’re making the right food choices at first, but frustratingly something is making losing weight much longer than it should.

With Irish men scoring the highest body mass index (BMI, a key measure of being overweight), in Europe. Irish women ranking third in this category, and one in four children in Ireland now classified as overweight or obese, concern is growing about the inevitable impact on our hearts.

A person who is overweight is defined as having a BMI of between 25 and 29, while a BMI of over 30 defines obesity. The strong link between being overweight and heart disease is underlined by World Heart Federation statistics which show that 21pc of chronic heart disease cases are actually attributable to having a BMI of over 21, which, for many people would come as a shock. –https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/a-weighty-problem-how-ireland-is-on-course-to-be-the-fattest-nation-in-europe-36909596.html

What we eat every day plays an important role in how we feel every day

If your body is sensitive to that food, means you may experience an unpleasant digestive reaction.  But not always.  Digestive reactions can include bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea and weight gain.  But other systems can be affected too, and could be a cause of pain, joint stiffness, brain fog, learning difficulties, anxiety and low mood.digestive problems helped with Systematic Kinesiology

A food sensitivity is different from an allergy

A sensitivity is generally a reaction by the digestive system rather than the immune system, though other areas of the body can also be affected.  A sensitivity can be hard to detect since symptoms can take many hours to appear.   An allergy is a fast acting reaction by the immune system when it perceives an immediate threat, which can often be life-threatening.  These are more easily spotted, whereas a food sensitivity can often go unnoticed for many years.

If you have symptoms of low energy, digestive issues, bad skin, for longer than 3 months, it is worth investigating your diet to see if there might be some sensitivities.

Everyday foods can develop into sensitivities.

Foods which we rely on and make up the bulk of our diet can unfortunately become the very foods we should avoid.  While it’s all too easy to make a list and simply avoid those foods, this is a simplistic and often leads to restricting your diet unnecessarily.  Everyone is different, and while one food may not suit you, it could very nutritious for someone else.

By giving up foods my diet became more varied not more restricted

Occasionally the foods we eat every day, even 4-5 times a day, will be a food we will develop a sensitivity to.  No one should be eating the same foods every day, as a varied diet is generally accepted as being more healthful.  When I learned I was sensitive to wheat, it was only then that I recognised I was eating it at every meal.  Breakfast was a wheat cereal, lunch was a sandwich, dinner was pasta, and the odd biscuit snack.  I didn’t realise how restricted my diet was.  At first I did worry what I might eat, but that was simply a symptom of not appreciating how many different, tasty and easy non-wheat options were available.

What if I avoid my food sensitivities and nothing changes?

While it won’t come as a shock to you that the food you put in your body is important when it comes to weight, what may be surprising is the role food sensitivities play in making weight loss more difficult.  However, if you’ve been there done that, then there may be other factors at play.  If you’re under a considerable amount of stress, then you could be suffering from adrenal exhaustion.   That in turn could be triggering a thyroid issue which slows down your metabolism.  If food sensitivities aren’t making a difference, either the tests you did didn’t identify them all, or there’s perhaps a nutritional deficiency affecting digestion and or absorption.  Common deficiencies might be digestive enzymes, low stomach acid, or zinc.  And while you may not suffer from indigestion, you may have sub optimal digestion.

These are all questions that can be addressed when you visit a Systematic Kinesiologist who will be able to guide your body back to health, which will allow it to release the extra weight. Healthy body first, weight loss second. There are lots of ways to lose weight, that don’t make you healthy. By working with your body, not against it, peace and calm return, particularly around the area of food, and weight loss will be faster and easier.

If you’d like to learn how to do accurate food sensitivity testing, we cover this topic on our first weekend of training on “Balanced Health”.  This course is suitable if you’re a practitioner wanting to add to the services you provide, or keen to deepen your understanding of how the body works, and want to create a positive health culture in your home.

To learn more about Systematic Kinesiology and for more lifestyle tips enter your name and email. This guide is yours and absolutely FREE when you sign up below.

 


Health Road Show 2018

Health Road Show 2018

Living with eczema: How I helped my daughter

Eczema: How I helped my daughter

Eczema is a very common skin condition due to skin inflammation. It may start at any age but the onset is often in childhood.  According to the Irish Skincare Foundation, eczema affects one in five children in Ireland and about one in 12 adults. Some 65% of children grow out of it by age 7, 75% by age 16. But for a quarter of patients, it continues to adulthood.Eczema

The term ‘atopic’ is used to describe a group of conditions, which include asthma, eczema, hay-fever and food allergy. These conditions are all linked by an increased activity of the allergy side of the body’s immune system.

It can affect any part of the skin, including the face, but the areas that are most commonly affected are the creases in the joints at the elbows and knees, as well as the wrists and neck.

What people don’t realise, for example, is that for 60% of sufferers, itchy, sore skin causes sleep deprivation, leading to poor concentration and poor school or work performance. Often it causes bad mood in children and teenagers with eczema. They can become depressed and have low self esteem. Parents of children with moderate/severe eczema must establish a strict routine of daily baths, applying moisturiser at least three times a day and apply steroids. It’s very tough and parents and eczema suffers. Parents can feel tired, frustrated and hopeless. However there is hope ….

Hear Vashti’s story about eczema …..

I came across Kinesiology by chance. I have a young daughter who suffered very badly from eczema from the time she was born. It was so bad she barely slept at night as the itch was so bad. There were deep gouges in her wrists and ankles where she has scratched so much and they would Exzemanot heal.

She was prevented in nursery from playing the water, sand and paint isolating her from the other kids. The creams prescribed by the doctors were generally not strong enough to make a difference. When we were prescribed something that worked as soon as she had finished the course it came back again within hours.

The day my daughter’s life changed  One day we were at swim lessons and another mother asked me about her skin and suggested I see a Kinesiologist… A what?  I had no idea what this entailed but at this stage I was desperate and eager to try anything at this point. Eczema

After her consultation we found out that ‘whey protein’ was causing a problem, along with other foods.  Two weeks after removing these things from her diet most of her skin cleared up and she was starting to sleep through the night. It was a few months later and some probiotcs that helped heal up the worse affected areas… I WAS HOOKED.  I couldn’t believe the difference.

Then I started to research on the internet about Kinesiology and I came across KinesiologyZone.  I read so much and watched lots of videos and found it could help with so many other things. 

So I decided I wanted to take it further and I have not being disappointed.

I booked my place on “Balanced Health” the course being run in Donegal and couldn’t wait to get started. When I attended my first weekend I felt as if I had come home. The instructors were amazing as were my fellow students. As the weekend progressed I was absolutely amazed at the human body and what it can do. I went home to practise, I know I am only at the beginning of my learning but I have being able to help so many people already. I have being searching for a way to help others for a while now but before this I hadn’t found anything I was comfortable with.

Helping family through stressful house moves and job changes. One family member who always had trouble sleeping, now sleeps soundly every night through my help! I can now help people with digestive problems and stress issues.

I have found it a privilege to be able to help people in this way and I look forward to being able to do it more. One of the main reason that i decided to do this course was to help others the same way my daughter has being helped. I have being able to do this.

I have also felt the benefit of better health in my own life.

During our food testing segment in our first weekend i found that milk did not agree with me. At first i wasn’t going to do anything about the information as I love milk!  But in the end decided to leave milk out of my diet for a couple of days and see what happened.  And I was shocked. I had being suffering stomach problems for years and didn’t think much of it as I thought it was something I would just live with. However once I eliminated the milk, I no longer had the pain. I have also being pleasantly surprised by the fact that I have being feeling better as I treat other people. That was not something I was expecting”.

In Systematic Kinesiology, we have found in many cases that why people have allergies is not addressed. Nothing whatsoever has being done to deal with the causes of their problems. The questions of why they have allergies in the firs places are often not asked. We must remember each person has different nutritional needs and sensitivities. Everyone is different. One man’s meat is (frequently) another man’s or woman’s poison. What suits one person, certainly may not be all the suitable for another.

Thanks to Vashti for sharing her story. If you want to make a difference in your family’s health and life and those around you, sign up and hear more about the benefits of Kinesiology.  Be the first to hear about upcoming free talks, taster events and training courses.

 

Improve Shoulder Mobilization with Kinesiology



Improve Shoulder Mobilization with Kinesiology

The more precise medical term for a frozen shoulder is “adhesive capsulitis”.

It is a condition where normal shoulder ranges of motion are decreased often severely, and there is pain on resting or with even slight movement.
Most cases of it can occur in people between the ages of 40 and 60. The condition is more common in women than men. It is estimated that it could affect up to 1 in 20 people.

Common issues include:
Unable to reach above shoulder height.
Not able to reach above shoulder height.
Can’t to throw a ball.
Unable to quickly reach for something.
Unable to reach behind your back eg. bra or tuck shirt.
Not able to reach out to your side and behind. eg. reach for seat belt.
Just cannot sleep on your side.

What Causes Frozen Shoulder?
In basic terms, it means that your shoulder pain and stiffness is a result of capsule inflammation (capsulitis) and fibrotic adhesions that limit your shoulder movement.

Through Kinesiology it can be resolved either directly by using shoulder mobilisation technique or indirectly by muscle balancing and resetting the muscles that hold the scapula in place. Sometimes the muscles get moved out of place by trauma or whiplash or injury. They become damaged by constantly over working muscles that are switched off. Dehydration or vitamin deficiency can be an underlying cause too or coming from an emotional standpoint a client may be carrying emotional weight and stress.

All muscles in the body are overlapping other muscles. Each muscle has a particular set of skills and a unique and only job, which is to move the body in a certain way. Muscle fibres are usually smooth and slide effortlessly over and past each other without obstructing the nearby muscles from doing their only job too. If the muscles fibres are dehydrated and become frayed and tight or become loose and entangled then the smooth motion becomes erratic, painful and frozen.

We like to imagine muscles are like sea sponges that you use in the bath tub. When they are wet they are luxurious and soft and smooth our muscles need water to work properly because we humans are roughly 67% water. So now imagine that you take the sea sponge out of the bath water and let it dry out. What happens? It dries out and would now hurt your face. Our muscles need water to function so let’s water them!

Kinesiology we look at underlying problem that could be causing pain. We often recommend making changes when it comes to their diet, stress levels, water intake, caffeine intake, poor sleep habits which can all be contributing towards the pain.
Some schools of thought say it can take up to eighteen months to resolve frozen shoulder, but with Kinesiological balancing it is usually helped much quicker.

 
Before and after pictures of the Diploma class working on techniques you can see the results for yourself.

The Power of Systematic Kinesiology

Tom, one of our Diploma students, has being struggling with an injury and unable to move his arm above his shoulder for over 20 years. He suffers constant pain in his shoulder and was happy to volunteer in class. (See the video below – we apologize for the quality, this was a powerful technique captured in class by one of the students)

While frozen shoulder is commonly missed or confused with a rotator cuff injury, it has a distinct pattern of symptoms resulting in severe shoulder pain, loss of shoulder function and eventually stiffness.

If you have pain that limits your range of movement. It is important to get it checked out and you can find a local Kinesiologist here -http://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/ .

Early treatment can help to prevent long-term stiffness in the joint. Make sure you gently stretch the shoulder before exercising and try to maintain good posture.

 

To find out more about training, we have a last chance course coming up – https://www.kinesiologyzone.com/lastchance