By Christianne James, DO (MP), RMT, CMAP, BSc, BAH
Osteopath & Registered Massage Therapist
Manual therapy goes hand in hand with naturopathic detoxification treatments. It is a key component for optimal results in detoxification and can help cope with the symptoms of allergies and boost the immune system in order to get your body ready for optimal cleansing and health. An osteopath can use multiple therapies in order to help the body detox and the way we use these techniques and transition between them is a unique art that sets us apart from other manual practitioners. A few techniques for detoxification and allergy coping are:
1. Cranio-sacral Therapy
This treatment technique is used to remove restrictions to the flow ofcerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which flows along the wall of the skull and spinal cord. The CSF nourishes the nerves and promotes nerve transmission throughout the body to all structures and tissues. If the flow is impeded the body can be susceptible to dysfunction in many areas. Nerves are needed in everything the body does including the regulation of digestion and related organs, such as the liver, known for its powerful waste clearing capability. Cranio-sacral treatments are a great way to augment detoxification regimes, aid in the body’s self-regulatory mechanisms and move you towards optimal health.
2. Lymphatic Activation
This modality is important for coping with allergies and detoxification. The body is designed with circulatory systems to bring in nutrients and hormones and the lymph system to carry away waste products through the squeezing of the lymph nodes. Lymphatic Activation works the lymph nodes and glands, facilitating movement of toxins out of the nodes and from there out of the body. Enhancing the immune system to better eliminate waste and fight allergens is an ideal way to get your body ready for spring.
Other techniques such as sinus drainage, myofascial release and visceral manipulation can all be helpful tools to aid in detoxification and coping with allergies. Book an appointment for more information and I hope to see you soon!
Christianne is a licensed Canadian Osteopath and Registered Massage Therapist. She is registered with the Ontario Federation of Osteopathic Practitioners and is registered with the Canadian Massage Therapists of Ontario. She is fully certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture which incorporates classical acupuncture and acupuncture with electro-stimulation.
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