PLANTAR FASCIITIS AND OSTEOPATHY

Fascia osteopathy


What is plantar fasciitis?


The foot is made up of 26 bones, 16 joints and 107 ligaments that contain mobility. The heel is made up of the calcaneus bone and the ball of the foot is made up of the metatarsal bones. Between the calcaneus and the metatarsals, there is a plantar fascia (fibrous membrane that surrounds a muscle). This fascia can be palpated at the level of the sole of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this fascia, with more or less painful symptoms and it most commonly occurs in women who wear heels, athletes, people who are overweight, and people with flat feet.


Symptoms of plantar fasciitis

People who suffer from plantar fasciitis notice pain at the level of the sole of the foot, more quickly near the heel (at the level of the insertion of the plantar fascia and the calcaneus). Patients feel stronger pain in the morning upon waking up and when putting down the foot with the fasciitis. This pain can be aggravated by doing a sport like running; walk, dance…

Osteopathic treatment of plantar fasciitis

As we have seen previously, the foot is made up of 26 bones, this large number of bones allows the foot to carry out a complex movement of Flexion-Extension/Pronation-Supination. In order for these movements to be performed properly and to their full range, it is important that there is no mechanical restriction at foot level. If one or several bones are blocked, movements will be affected, causing muscle tension at the level of the foot.

A restriction of foot mobility can affect the mechanics of the foot and cause constraints, causing plantar fasciitis.

With a global vision of the body, the manual osteopath will try to remove the restrictions of the foot, to reduce muscle tension. For this reason, the osteopathic techniques are performed for the entire leg, testing all the joints and using various types of techniques. So that the foot regains optimal mobility. If the foot has no mechanical restrictions and the support is performed normally, the inflammation of the plantar fascia will gradually decrease before disappearing.

More than one visit may be needed to treat the problem. Book an appointment!

HATHA YOGA FOR ANXIETY

Allow yourself to experience breathing techniques to deal with your anxiety and
Nurture self-cultivation through calm yoga poses

Having suffered from anxiety myself, I understand what you are going through so I decided to help others build up a tool kit to manage their own anxiety.

First, a bit about myself, I have been practising yoga for more that 25 years . The road that lead me to practice was my own anxiety and fears! Step by step I have been able to explore Yoga and Osteopathy as tools to transcend my fears and therefore, my own anxiety.

Second, let me share what I have learnt in my own journey . I am offering you a straight forward but nurturing course just for you!!

What to expect?

Improve your breathing.

Eliminate the feeling of abdominal or chest blockage.

Improve blood circulation.

Unlock the movement of those areas that were in tension.

Repair possible injuries and muscle contractures.

Mental well-being and relaxation.

If you suffer from anxiety do not think about it anymore. You have nothing to lose, come and try. Email me for details !!

Osteopathy and anxiety

Anxiety yoga osteopathy

Osteopathy provides a general well-being in the body, therefore, it relieves symptoms of anxiety.

Treat anxiety with osteopathy

Anxiety, like stress, are increasingly common pathologies due to the pace of life we ​​lead. Osteopathy can help relieve symptoms derived from mental health problems thanks to the diversity of techniques it offers and a holistic view of the body. An osteopath considers the body structure as something alive and that reflects everything we experience externally and internally.

How does osteopathy treat anxiety?

Osteopathy offers different techniques, structural, cranial and visceral, that allow the patient with anxiety to be treated completely and feel a great improvement in a few sessions. The body hides a lot of information that through manipulation the therapist can detect and help channel to the person who suffers.

In this way, the first thing is to check the posture and do a little questioning, see possible injuries and origin of anxiety. Sometimes anxiety is temporary, an alarm system in our body that tells us that something is wrong; others, it is a pathological anxiety and effects to a greater degree at a physical and mental level.

From all the information collected we can diagnose which is the best treatment. In a very brief way, to cure anxiety symptoms from osteopathy, gentle manipulations, massages, movement of the joints are carried out to readjust the entire body, inside and out. In addition, they apply cranial osteopathy techniques that help relieve mental stress, among other techniques.

The benefits of osteopathy to cure anxiety disorders

Anxiety generates a physical state of tension that causes many muscle problems, neck pain and dizziness, stomach pain, among others, which in the long run can be more complicated to treat. Therefore, the benefits of osteopathy for anxiety will be seen immediately if a treatment is applied in time:

Improved breathing.

Eliminates the feeling of abdominal blockage.

Helps blood circulation.

Unlocks the movement of those areas that were in tension.

Repair possible injuries and muscle contractures.

Provides mental well-being and relaxation.

If you suffer from anxiety do not think about it anymore. You have nothing to lose, come and try. Book your osteopathy treatment today!

Vata Season -Autumn

Vata Season ayurveda

Ayurveda teaches us that Autumn corresponds to the Pitta and Vata doshas. Pitta dosha rules as long as hot weather prevails. Vata dosha becomes the dominant force when it becomes colder, drier, and windier. Generally, Vata season lasts from fall through the middle of winter.

Late Autumn tends to be a favourite season for Pitta types as it is the time of year in which Pitta is in alleviation. However, those with a strong Vata constitution need to take special care to manage the dry, cool, mobile, and light qualities at this time of year. Otherwise, these attributes can build up within the body and mind causing Vata imbalances.

Keep in mind that even Pitta and Kapha types can develop Vata imbalances so it’s important to know how to keep yourself balanced no matter what constitution you have.

How To Stay Healthy During Vata Season

Staying healthy is a broad concept in Ayurveda. Optimal health is more than the absence of illness and disease. Ayurveda teaches that one of the keys to staying healthy is to live in harmony with the natural world and to make choices that are respectful of one’s inherent constitution. Since Vata is cool, dry, light, and mobile, it’s helpful to embrace diet and lifestyle choices that reflect warmth, moisture, weight and stability. Follow these tips to stay healthy during the fall season.

Enjoy Autumn’s Bounty

Since Vata dosha is light in nature and is composed of the air and ether elements, invoking the earth element is supportive during Vata season. You can stay grounded by eating foods that are heavy as opposed to light. For example, emphasise root vegetables over salads and leafy greens (which are light and bitter). This does not mean that you shouldn’t include leafy greens in your diet. Just make sure that you are including dense, heavy foods as well.

In addition, it’s also important that we start to favour certain tastes. While you should generally aim to have all six tastes at each meal, it’s beneficial to incorporate more sweet, sour and salty foods while minimising astringent, bitter and pungent tastes. ⁠

Fortunately, many of the seasonal foods available to us this time of year pacify Vata. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully it helps inspire your fall grocery list!

Fall Fruit: Apples, Dates, Figs, Pears, Raisins

Fall Vegetables: Beets, Carrots, Leeks, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Spinach (cooked), Sweet potatoes, Squash

Fall Herbs and Spices: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme

If you’re finding it difficult to think of fall sour foods, try adding a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle or vinegar, or a naturally fermented food, like sauerkraut, to your meals.

Eat Warm, Moist and Well-Cooked Meals

During Vata season, it’s important that we emphasise warm, moist and well-cooked foods:

Strive to serve food warm and add heating spices, like cinnamon and ginger to your meals.

To add more moisture and heaviness to your foods, incorporate healthy fats. Ghee (or Ghrta / Ghruta / Ghrita) is an ideal food for the Vata season as it is heavy, warm and oily, which brings balance to the light, cool, and dry weather. ⁠In addition, Ghee increases rasa within oneself, which ultimately helps with digestion and detoxification, including relieving constipation, a symptom that occurs with Vata imbalance. ⁠Other oils to incorporate this season include olive, nut, seed, and avocado.⁠

Try to cook foods well. The more cooked our meals are, the easier they are to digest, which guards against common Vata digestive issues, like bloating and gas.

A Vata-pacifying diet in the Autumn might include:

Vata Breakfast: A warm bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, ginger, maple syrup and ghee

Lunch or dinner: Soup, stew or hearty grains with roasted or sauteed vegetables (especially root vegetables) and ghee

Snack: Stewed apples with Vata balancing spices, like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg or almond butter stuffed dates

Foods to avoid this season include raw vegetables, salads, smoothies, dry snacks like crackers and popcorn, and other cool, light, dry and rough foods.

Keep in mind that the transition from Pitta season to Vata season should be gradual and based on how you’re feeling. If you’re feeling heated with Pitta symptoms, opt for a Pitta balancing diet and lifestyle. If you’re feeling an increase in Vata, introduce a Vata balancing diet and Vata foods.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is important for countering the drying effects of the autumn season. ⁠In addition to getting sufficient fluids, it’s important to choose beverages that pacify Vata. On the whole, beverages are best served warm. A cup of Vata tea is an excellent way to bring in warming spices, like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, turmeric, fennel, and cumin.

Beverages to avoid include cold or carbonated drinks. You may also want to stay away from coffee, tea and other forms of caffeine. For Vata types, these are often too stimulating.⁠

Commit to a Vata Balancing Daily Routine

Vata’s light and airy nature needs a daily routine to stay grounded. Sticking to consistency with meal times, sleep schedules, exercise and work habits will help quell any Vata dosha uprisings.

Here are a few more ways you can enhance your routine to balance Vata and stay healthy:

Do Abhyanga daily with warm sesame oil. Sesame oil is warm, moist, nourishing, and grounding, and is therefore a great choice for Vata.

Practice jal neti with a neti pot every morning. As you are probably aware, the shift to fall and then winter marks the onset of cold and flu season. Now more than ever it is important to guard your body against viruses, allergens, and pathogens. Rinsing the nasal passages daily with warm salt water helps to rid the airways of potential irritants. You can learn about proper technique for using a nasal rinse cup here.

Make extra time for self-care. Fall is all about coziness, comfort and self-care. This is the time to slow down and get in touch with your physical, mental and emotional health.

Dress warmly. Staying warm is a simple way to practice self-care and keep Vata in balance during fall. Snuggle up in layers, wear a hat, scarf and gloves outside, and put on soft socks or slippers at home. Don’t forget to always dry your hair after bathing.

Enjoy quiet-time. Another way to stay balanced during Vata season is to make time to experience quiet. Vata dosha is closely linked to the nervous system and Vata types tend to like movement and creativity. All of this is wonderful in and of itself, but too much noise, movement, and change is very aggravating for Vata dosha. Take time to pause, unplug your electronics, and enjoy the quiet during the fall. This can look like a silent yoga practice, mindfulness practices, sitting in silence, or a warm bath at the end of the day. A walk in nature is also tremendously nourishing to the nervous system.

Get adequate sleep. As a result of Vata’s light and mobile nature, sleep can become disturbed this time of year. Try to practice good sleep hygiene and give yourself at least 8 hours each night to rest.

Be nourished. Vata dosha is linked to the end of the life cycle. An excess of Vata dosha can manifest as weakness, debility, and even emaciation. Even if you are young and in the Pitta time of life, the Vata season is a good time to keep an eye on your energy reserves. Be sure that you are not depleting yourself or spreading yourself too thin. Consider taking a spoonful of Chyawanprash each morning to build ojas.

Celebrate the Season

Most of us have a favourite season. Some love the hot, lazy days of summer. Others relish April showers and spring blossoms. Or perhaps the smell of evergreen and sight of red holly berries against fresh white snow sparks joy in your heart. Autumn is certainly not without its charms. Golden light, fall colours, crisp air, and hints of the holiday season can all bring about a certain sense of romance and delight.

In order to fully enjoy this Vata season, it helps to make choices that balance out Vata dosha. So delight in warming, nourishing foods and cozy, grounding practices. Look to the bounty of nature as guidance. Oftentimes, the foods that are in season are also most balancing for both the body and mind.

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Dosa “a thing that goes out-of-balance”

Ayurveda fall

Have you ever noticed that your body responds differently every time you practice an asana? Let me be more explicit. One day you are able to be in Vrksasana (tree pose) for a few seconds or even a minute and in another day, you are unable to even stand on one foot? or maybe some days you are very capable of thinking clearly and some other days you are forgetful! These changes are examples of something getting out balance in your body & mind.

According to Ayurveda, a thing that goes out-of-balance is called dosa. There are three main dosas or bio-elements: Vata, pitta and Kapha, which are responsible to maintain the body homeostasis, constantly change with day or night and mainly with food. Ayurveda provides us with the principles to determine which one of the dosas is more predominant in your constitution and which ones are fluctuating in each given moment.

Vata consists of the elements air and ether. It relates to the principle of motion/movement. When vata is balanced, the movement in the body are graceful and controlled. When this dosa is out –of-balance, the movement becomes erratic, excessive or blocked.

Pitta is condensed from the elements fire and water. It is the principle of transformation of energy and governs heat and metabolism in the body. When pitta is balanced, transformation processes are sharp. When out-of-balance, transformation processes, such
digestion, get irritated or not working properly.

Kapha consists of the elements water and earth. It is the principle of stabilizing energy; it is in charge of the growth in the body. This dosa oversees the structure, stability, lubrication, and fluid balance.When kapha is balanced, clarity and stability are manifested in our actions. When kapha is out-of -balance, instability & laziness strike.

Observation (Svadhyaya) during yogasana sadhana (practice) , meditation or pranayama (breathing) sadhana will allow you to understand how these forces play a daily role in your life.

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Therapeutic Yoga and its benefits

Therapeutic Yoga is a practice mainly focused on recovering health on a physical, mental, emotional and energetic level. Therapeutic yoga offers techniques and tools to restore balance. Balance or homeostasis is regained through a process of body awareness, relaxation and self-observation, in order to recover vitality.

What is a Therapeutic Yoga class like?

In a therapeutic yoga session, repeated movements of the body and breathing are worked on, as well as postures performed with the help of supports, wooden blocks, belts, chairs, blankets or ropes. The practice focuses on restoring the body’s alignment in the spine and in general at a structural level.

Yoga asanas allow us to explore and work on our ailments, finding different variations in posture, so that the student can always apply the one that suits him best, according to his own aptitudes and limitations.

During the class, restorative postures are included, which are held for a longer time than normal asanas. These asanas together with the appropriate breathing exercises are essential to relieve stress, mental tiredness, anxiety and depression.

A therapeutic yoga class offers a practice adapted and accessible to the abilities of the student, regardless of the age or condition of the person who practices it. It is a practice especially indicated for people who have some type of limitation of movement or injury, as well as the elderly or pregnant women.

What to expect during therapeutic Yoga?

During therapeutic yoga, asanas are tailor-made and centered on alignment, the movements are gentle to help restore tissue and mobility, Yoga props are used to aid during asanas seeking mobilization, releasing the spine, hips, and shoulders. These techniques serve the propose of mitigating stress and are meant to act on the autonomic nervous system to somehow be more aware of unconscious functions such as breathing, heart rate and other organic and psychological functions.

A Yoga practice can heal you or injure you

All yoga practices are healing, but the way we apply them is what makes them therapeutic. You can practice yoga and get injured or healed. It all depends on how much knowledge you have and how much body awareness you have developed. In therapeutic yoga, postures are worked with special attention.

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Osteopathy and diabetes

osteopathy diabetes

What is the role of osteopathy in the treatment of diabetes?
Osteopathy provides a natural approach that complements conventional drug treatments. We explain how the osteopath can support you in the management of your diabetes.

What is diabetes ?
Everyone has heard of diabetes. Here are some explanations to understand the mechanisms of this pathology.

Diabetes is a disorder of assimilation, use and storage of sugars provided by food. This results in an excess of sugar in the blood (called glycemia): we speak of hyperglycemia.

The origin of this hyperglycemia results from an imbalance in the regulation of hormones (insulin and glucagon) allowing to maintain a stable blood sugar level during the day.

How do you know if you have diabetes?

Today, diabetes is a real public health problem in the world. Indeed, in 2017, 8.8% of the world population is affected by this pathology.

Screening is done in the laboratory by blood test to measure glycemia (blood sugar level). A patient is declared diabetic if his blood sugar level is equal to or greater than 1.26 g/L on an empty stomach.

There are actually two forms of diabetes. Here’s how to find it:

Type 1 diabetes: insulin-dependent diabetes
It is often discovered in young people (children, adolescents). This type of diabetes is called autoimmune. It results from a succession of mechanisms:

Destruction by the body’s immune defence system of pancreatic beta cells that secrete the hypoglycemic hormone: insulin. Insulin is no longer present in the blood enough to regulate the level of glucose in the blood Hyperglycemia occurs


Type 2 diabetes: insulin-resistant diabetes
This type of diabetes is generally diagnosed 5 to 10 years after the onset of the mechanism causing this diabetes, the symptoms being often silent during the first years of the disease. It results from two phenomena:

Insulinopenia: Insulin produced by the pancreas is not enough to effectively balance blood sugar. Pancreatic beta cells produce more insulin
Insulin deficiency: after several years of producing abnormal amounts of insulin, the pancreas tires and no longer produces insulin.


The main symptoms reported by diabetic patients are:

tiredness, drowsiness
increased volume and frequency of urination
intense thirst
exaggerated hunger
unexplained weight loss
blurred vision
slow healing
infection of the genitals and bladder
tingling fingers or feet
irritability
Diabetes treatments:

Treatment consists mainly of insulin injections into the blood. For type 2 diabetes, a healthy diet is put in place to reduce the risk of worsening diabetes, sedentary lifestyle and overweight being risk factors for this pathology.

The place of osteopathy in the care of patients with diabetes:


Osteopathy in its global approach to the patient, will aim in his session to restore mobility to the visceral structures affected in the diabetic patient: pancreas, liver, duodenum… But he will also ensure that the sliding planes between all the viscera are present. He will work on the framework that surrounds the abdomen, the lumbar spine, the thorax, the pelvis, the diaphragm in order to balance the pressures and allow the abdominal organs to function optimally.

Finally, he will be required to work at the cranial level and on specific dorsal vertebrae in order to act on the neuro-vegetative regulation of the digestive system concerned.

Recent research in osteopathy reveals new treatment perspectives for diabetic patients. These advances could provide patients with a better quality of life as well as a potential reduction in current traditional treatments.

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What is sciatica? and how can yoga therapy help?

Sciatica pain

What is sciatica?

When you suffer from sciatica, you feel intense pain. It can be felt from the buttocks to the feet, following the course of the nerve. Among the symptoms, we can also add back pain and spinal stiffness.

This pain is caused by compression of one of the five nerve roots. It may be due to a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, a lack of elasticity of the hips, but not only. A false movement can also lead to a sharp pain that affects the entire leg. The pain comes on brutally, like an electric shock.

It is better to be careful when lifting large boxes during a move, for example.

Does therapeutic yoga help?

Passive yoga exercises allow you to bring true well-being when you suffer from sciatica.

The sciatic nerve (or rather, the sciatic nerves, since there are two of them) is the longest and thickest nerve in the human body. Lower from the lumbar to the feet. It is a mixed nerve: it carries sensory and motor information.

How can a yoga session help you relieve sciatica pain?

To begin with, in the case of sciatica, it is not advisable to stop doing physical activity for too long, at the risk of losing muscle mass. Therefore,  a tailored -made yoga practice is important so you maintain your muscular mass, improve mobility, release hormones to decrease pain and make you feel good!!

If we are active, we can help the muscle to release tension more easily. It is proven that people who are active recover faster.

Remember,  we are talking about a yoga designed for you, when we say movement, we don’t mean running a marathon!

After the therapeutic Yoga classes, allow the body to rest between 24 and 48 hours before gradually returning to normal daily activities, such as walking, mainly. Then, the intensity of these activities can be progressively increased and you will be able to come back to your daily activities including hobbies and sports.  A tailored-made Yoga practice will help you improve mobility, increase the production of endorphins and reduces pain.

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What is Cranial Osteopathy and how it can help you ?

cranialosteopathy

What is cranial osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is a manual therapy that acts on the joints of the skull in a non-invasive way. Its goal is to restore balance, which in turn allows you to activate the body’s self-healing process.

Cranial osteopathy therapy is based on techniques around what is known as the “primary respiratory movement” that refers to the contractions of brain structures.

Situations that can lead to physical or chemical trauma, stress, lack of sleep or a sedentary lifestyle, among others, can develop ailments in the nervous system of our body. These discomforts, if not treated in time, can lead to something more serious. Cranial osteopathy helps us to treat these ailments and pathologies in a complementary way.

As we mentioned before, osteopathy understands that the body is part of a whole. Therefore, cranial osteopathy is not only beneficial for diseases of the nervous system (such as stress), but it is also useful for treating pathologies related to the respiratory or digestive system.

What does the treatment of cranial osteopathy consist of?
First of all, the patient explains to us what symptoms they have and we carry out a series of tests such as palpation of tissues and joints, radiological examinations or mobility tests, among others.

Through this first complete examination, we can find out what the mechanical alterations are and, from there, determine what techniques we should apply to it. The treatment through this therapy consists of exerting a small painless manual pressure on your head. Thanks to these light pressures, we relieve the pain caused by sutural tensions, improve circulation, optimise the functions of the senses and we allow neurons to better develop their functions. The goal is to return the bones of the skull to their natural movement and balance.

What pathologies can be treated with cranial osteopathy?
We have already mentioned that cranial osteopathy is beneficial for pathologies related to the nervous, respiratory and even digestive systems, such as these:

Stress and anxiety.
Headaches: headaches, migraines, vertigo and dizziness.
Back and sacral pain.
Facial nerve involvement.
Problems in the organs of the senses (tics in the eye, phonation disorders, sinusitis and tinnitus).
Problems in the jaw joint (TMJ).

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