Health & Wellness News
APRIL 2015


This month we are focusing on the awareness and natural treatment options for IBS.  Many people suffer needlessly with this condition.  Bouts of Constipation, gas, bloating, and diarrhea continue unresolved simply because the person does not have the correct information to heal themselves...UNTIL NOW!  If you or someone you know are dealing with inconsistent bowel movements and/or Irritable Bowel symptoms. many of your answers lie in the information below.  Simple dietary changes, regular spinal alignments and a commitment to stress reducing techniques have shown to be the MOST effective ways to treat and reduce the symptoms of IBS.

Keeping the gut healthy is paramount to good health.  We should all be having 1-3 firm, clean bowel movements per day.  If this is not happening, there is an intestinal problem that needs to be addressed.  Left unresolved it will lead to immune distress, vitamin & mineral deficiencies, fatigue, and overall ill health.  Don't let IBS or any intestinal imbalance rob you of good health.  Let us help!  Read the information below and get moving toward better intestinal health!  Until our next adjustment...
Yours in Health,
Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team
About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is one of a range of conditions known as functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, and is a long-term disorder in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with a change in bowel habit. In IBS, this dysfunction is with the way nerves and muscles are working. Other symptoms may also be present including:

  • Abdominal pain between the chest & hips (described as cramping, stabbing or sharp pain)
  • Pain or discomfort with bowel movements, changes to frequency
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea 
  • Nausea
  • Sleep difficulties or disturbances
  • Associated gynecological disorders
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Although there is currently no cure for IBS, there are ways to improve symptoms and feel better. Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to care-assessing the patient's structural, biochemical and emotional state which can help IBS patients look beyond suppression of symptoms toward modulating the main contributing factors.


For those patients suffering from IBS, we recommend adopting a proactive approach that combines Chiropractic care, Massage, NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) and the FODMAP diet. For more helpful information, please read on!


Treating IBS With Chiropractic Care
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According to most medical doctors, IBS is a result of a dysfunction in the muscles of your intestines that causes the food to be moved through them either too fast or too slow.  This movement is controlled by your parasympathetic nervous system.  


The parasympathetic nerves exit your spine in your low back and go to the intestines.  If there is a problem with that area of your low back, it can affect how the intestinal muscles function. Chiropractic care addresses the dysfunction affecting the parasympathetic nervous system through specific spinal adjustments and unlike the medications, has no side effects.


Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to care-assessing the patient's structural, biochemical and emotional state which can help IBS patients look beyond suppression of symptoms toward modulating the main contributing factors.


To experience how Chiropractic care can treat your IBS, please contact our office to book your appointment & take advantage of our New Patient $79 Special!


Massage Therapy Effects 
on IBS
Traditional, relaxation-based Wellness Massage has proven to lessen IBS severity in many people.

Specific massage movements and massage on pressure points can be used to stimulate sluggish digestion in case of constipation, to relax abdominal muscles or to relieve bloating. Massage on acupressure points can also help to stimulate the colon. Some studies have shown that regular abdominal massage reduced gastrointestinal symptoms with regard to constipation and abdominal pain, and resulted in an increased number of bowel movements, although it may take up to two weeks to begin seeing the increase.

Massage also has another function in treating IBS: it's an effective way to relieve and to prevent stress and anxiety. The Touch Research Institute has supported several studies on the efficiency of massage therapy on a variety of health conditions, including stress and anxiety.

Want to learn more about the health benefits of massage therapy?  Contact us for more information!
NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) & IBS
NET is a mind-body technique that finds and removes neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress. NET is a tool that can help improve many behavioral and physical conditions as it's based on the physiological foundations of stress-related responses. As discovered in the late 1970s, emotional responses have physical manifestations.  Significantly, this process also happens when a person recalls to memory an event in which a stress originally occurred. 

This is a key factor in the NET treatment. NET addresses the emotional or stress factors, the effects of toxins on the body, the biochemistry factor of health, and the structural and physical corrections.

From Dr. Heidi, a NET Practitioner:
"NET is such an effective bio feedback technique for relieving the BODY of built up emotional stress.  I employ this technique daily and my patients love it! It is the Emotional piece of my visit so that I am including Structural, Biochemical and Emotional balancing each visit with patients as ACA article suggests."

More information:
FODMAP Diet Guide

Developed by Dr. Sue Shepherd in 1999, the FODMAP diet is accepted and recommended as one of the most effective dietary therapies for IBS.

FODMAP stands for: Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These food building blocks share small chain sugars and fibers that the body may have trouble digesting, and for those with sensitive guts, that could mean excess gas, stomachaches, painful bloating, and ongoing bouts of constipation or diarrhea.

Below is a handy graphic that shows the foods that are suitable for a low-FODMAP diet and those to eliminate:

More information: 
FODMAP on Yahoo News
Healthline:  IBS Diet Guide Slideshow
Recipe Of The Month
FODMAP Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Serves two 
  • 2 sweet potatoes*
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • � red pepper, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • A few tablespoons of nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to season
  • Drizzle of olive oil, to finish

Preheat oven to 350F. Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and bake until soft (about 45 minutes). When cool enough to handle, scoop the cooked flesh from the skins leaving about a 1/4"  border round the edges and place into a bowl with the remaining ingredients, except the nutritional yeast. 


Mix well, then spoon back into the sweet potato skins and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. Bake for a further 20 minutes until golden. Drizzle with some olive oil to finish and serve with a large green salad. 


*Note: The low-FODMAP diet recommends only half a cup of sweet potato per serving. Those on the diet should opt for small sweet potatoes or only eat half a portion at a time.

In This Issue
Be The Wellness Whisperer...
Do you know someone suffering from IBS? If so, please forward this helpful information to them.

IBS Statistics
IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States (10 to 15% of the population). About 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female. About 1 in 3 IBS sufferers are male. IBS affects people of all ages, even children. 

Worldwide it's estimated that between 1 in 10 and nearly 1 in 4 people (9% to 23% of populations) has IBS.

Approximately 20 to 40% of all visits to gastroenterologists are due to IBS symptoms.

Most persons with IBS are under the age of 50. But many older adults suffer as well.
The exact cause of IBS is not known. Symptoms may result from a disturbance in the way the gut, brain, and nervous system interact. This can cause changes in normal bowel movement and sensation.

IBS is unpredictable. Symptoms vary and are sometimes contradictory. Diarrhea can alternate with constipation. Long-term symptoms can disrupt personal and professional activities, and limit individual potential.


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