Introduction to Digestive system

Digestive system

In order to understand the potential affects of Acupuncture and Osteopathy on the digestive system, a brief explanation of its function will be discussed.

The digestive systems involves various organs with the digestive tract travelling form the mouth to the anus. The organs making up the tract consists of the stomach, small intestine and colon. Accessory organs include the saliva glands, liver, gall bladder and pancreas.

These organs work together transforming food into energy and nourishment for our body. This is achieved through six established phases.

  1. Ingestion
  2. Secretion of fluids and enzymes
  3. Churning and moving of food and waste
  4. Breaking down of food into smaller pieces
  5. Absorbtion of noutrients
  6. Excretion of waste

Both acupuncture and osteopathy are philosophical healthcare systems with the premise to optimise and promote the bodies own self healing mechanisms.

Treatment is focused primarily on understanding what might be compromising digestive health and the cascading anatomical and physiological events contributing to ill health.

Consequently the labeled medical condition in hand are not so important for treatment other than ensuring that treatment is safe and appropriate.

As health professionals we always ensure we have a clear working diagnosis before commencing treatment, consequently referral for further test maybe requested before commencing treatment if required.

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