Posted tagged ‘chronic pain’

Mechanical Causes of Chronic Constipation

March 16, 2014

These last several months have been amazing. I have discovered a new perspective on patients and chronic constipation…and yes, cure…It is so difficult for me to fathom, still. I have been doing this osteopathic muscular treatment for the last 14 years for patients with chronic problems. No matter the source of the structural derangement and myriad symptoms such as migraines, herniated disc, back pain, spasms, the response is never such as the ones I receive when I resolve chronic constipation. The patients with whiplash, bad hip, bad knee, limping, gimping, dizzy, not sleeping, doesn’t matter…they get relief but I never, ever, ever get immediate feedback. I know they got better because they come in weeks, months, years later or they refer friends, family or loved ones weeks, months, or years later. But this…, this takes the cake (eats it, and poops it out too, sorry, much too much?). The overwhelming immediate feedback suggests to me that there is an epidemic of constipation in the pain and chronic issues population or the conventional treatments are only adequate. Perhaps, what I am sensing is that health and normal vegetative functions are vital as the starting point of our pursuit of happiness. How can one live a normal daily life, to pursue our dreams, if the start of the day is sluggish and our sewer system is backed up by several days or, in some of my patients, a whole week. Again, how can one live to be happy? These patients, I marvel and ask them, how is it that they can still have a sense of humor or a smile on their face, or have the ability to be good parents (and not beat their children) despite their chronic constipation? They confirm that it is difficult when they are not functioning. Maybe, this year, instead of the usual cheery christmas wish for Joy to the World and Peace and Happiness on Earth, I will wish for all peoples of the world to be able to start the day with a nice, full and satisfactory evacuation.
Most of my patients have my cell.
After curing them of their constipation, the feedback is as immediate as their response. I get texts for “Hey, Dr. H., you are amazing…after I left your office, I had 3 BMs. I never have that many, ever.” or “I don’t even need my probiotics to go now.” Ok, so here is the explanation: The conventional medical system (CMS) teaches us doctors about the gut as a separate system, isolating it as a matured tract that is labelled in different parts like the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, large instestine, rectum and anus. We are to throw aside its origin in human development. When we were 2-3 weeks old in our mother’s womb, the GI system started out as a primitive gut tube, a hose. If you imagine that hose elongating, it is still the same connected tube. How does that tube fit in our body? It has to be suspended in front of our spine, hanging off the middle of base of our skull at a point/nubbin (called the pharyngeal tubercle). The whole gut tube has to hang perfectly vertical, perfectly plumb before it settles down into the pelvis. What happens to that plumb line after a patient sustains a high velocity impact? Immediately after an accident, people see and know the soft tissue injury, the whiplash, the back and neck pain. That line has been disrupted and over time after the shock wears off, the system slows down. The effect is much later so we do not attribute sluggishness of our sewers to that impact. How was I able to get my patients’ guts to wake up?
I treat the vectors of their injury. The direction in which they whiplash provides the clue. Once everything is plumb, and the parts move together synchronously, the whole thing returns to it natural state of ease and all is as it should be, effortless. So this applies to different types of high velocity injuries, as in falls. Many cases of chronic constipation result from falls to the tailbone. As you can imagine, the sacrum is almost like a couch against which the rectum rests. If it is shocked and jammed up, it will hamper the tissue overlying it. I also have a number of cases where there are bowel issues such as “irritable bowel syndrome” from what I call ‘other non-standard univectoral falls.’ Why do you suppose the sewers are ‘irritable’? They are upset, they are sluggish and unhappy. They types of falls are really difficult to treat. This is where the ‘art’ comes in. We have to be able to tell where, how and when the jammed up parts want to free up.

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Doctor, I’m Cold All the Time!

December 1, 2010

I hear this from women all the time.  Unfortunately, it is not as easy to figure out as most people would think.  First, let’s take the easy answer.  Your PCP or GYN doctor will want to do labs to make sure your thyroid is working.  The thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck and it makes a hormone that pretty much runs your body’s metabolism, the furnace that is your body.  I do not want to repeat what other well respected medical sites explain.  This post assumes that you have already addressed these issues with a medical professional and was reassured, rebuffed,  or given a nonsense answer and continue to seek.

In the context of chronic pain, this is very common.  Not only are you cold all the time, but you are heavy as well.  How does all this make sense?  People in chronic pain carry traumatic strain.  Layers of strain block the flow of qi (chi), dare I say it?…the flow of…energy.  Heat and energy are one and the same, interconvertible.  The muscles are strained, they don’t function at maximal capacity to act as a metabolic furnace, burning energy and heating up your body and fat layers.  On of my patients describes it as that the energy is not strong enough to get out to the periphery.  So what do you do to get better and lose the weight?  You definitely have to eat and drink more strictly that most other people.  Internally, OMT, osteopathic manipulative treatments can reduce the mechanical strains and secondarily, chi and energy flow better; the muscles and tissues have a better chance of returning to normal function; later aerobic exercise will burn energy as efficiently as possible.  Externally, losing the fat can happen faster and cheaper if you can get the tissue to heat up and sweat.  This means a sauna or direct application of heat.

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

November 23, 2010

There are so many of you out there who have insomnia.  It is a major epidemic…a $3 billion prescription sleep medication industry.  Those of you with chronic pain, well, this is a given.  Who can sleep when everything hurts, when even the slighest movement leaves you cringing in fear of provoking a spasm?  Let me tell you something…when you do catch some sleep it is never restful, you do not dream, you do not reboot, you always want to sleep more, in the morning you can barely lift your head up off the pillow.  I don’t like the pills because they induce drowsiness but it is FAKE SLEEP.  The problems of why you don’t have real sleep are never addressed, much less resolved.  For those of you in chronic pain, well, the solution is simply, OMT.

Recently, I have discovered a good percentage of you people out there who think they are OK, healthy (or so you think) but can not sleep.  Your heads are heavy, really…literally…the melon that should be sitting atop your neck has now transformed into a bowling ball.  In the past you have had some minor aches and pains, but they were not bad enough to need a full on consultation with an MD or DO.  You just think that a little massage and occasionally going to your chiropractor to get an ‘adjustment’ will keep you in ‘good health.’  Let me pose a question.  If you are taking care of yourself…why can’t you sleep?  If that preventative cracking is good for you, again, why can’t you rest like a normal person.  That is because you are not normal…you are mechanically strained. 

Let’ s talk about Our Most Natural State…if you are exhausted out there in the wild, you can not function, you will make mistakes and become lion lunch meat.  Where in Nature does an animal need another animal to ‘crack’ its back for preventative health maintenance. 

Finally, how do I know this?  Patients who are mechanically strained from old trauma over lots of sports, those bowling ball heads turn back into melons and this coincides with better more restful sleep on fewer hours.  I have this whole family and the dad plays soccer.  I did a quickie freebie treatment for him one time and his wife tells me that he slept so well the next three nights she had not seen that kind of sound restful sleep from him since college.  In medicine there are very few absolutes.  I can say, that ALL mechanically strained patients who do not sleep well, end up sleeping better after OMT.