MTS Health & Wellness Blog 9 Aug 2018

Blog Co-Editors:
Joanne Enslin de Wet – BSc Physiotherapy (Wits) , BSc (Med) (Hons) Sport Science UCT, MSc Exercise Physiology Boston University USA
Dr. Peh Yan Soo –  DPT(USA), MSc(UK) & BSc Honours(UK)
MTS Program Director

Welcome to the MTS monthly Health & Wellness blog post series.

In this issue, we look at the importance of treating recurring injuries as it hinders movement – both the external body and the internal organs. We hope you will find it helpful. 

Any burning questions? Send us an email at info@movementtherapystudio.comand let us know what’s on your mind – we might feature your topic next month! 

Recurring injury is a very tough problem, and can end the career of many athletes. Even those who enjoy their regular exercise routine can find their program threatened by a persistent nagging knee or tennis elbow. As a physiotherapist my heart reaches out to these patients when I hear their story and it is so rewarding to help them.

This often makes me think of supporters missing star players in their favourite sports teams when injuries keep them from playing very important matches.

A few days ago a young school boy came to see me for a treatment. After several tackles in rugby, he had been left with persistent low back pain and groin pain. No amount of  treatment, stretching and rehabilitation had helped to alleviate his problem. With careful evaluation and treatment we were able to improve the mobility of his kidney and reduce the pressure and reactive irritation of his kidney on his lumbar plexus. He was able to move more freely without pain and return to sport. It is good to have those AAha moments which makes the work so worthwhile.

The two drawings below illustrate the anatomical relationship of our Lumbar plexus situated behind our kidneys.Visceral Manipulation teaches us the close relationship of how organs can affect our musculoskeletal system.  

It is so great to be able to do Visceral Manipulation as a treatment for those patients that have had a long history of an injury that keeps them dysfunctional. 

Wishing you joy of movement!

Joanne Enslin de Wet

Lumbar and Sacral Nerve Plexus is a complex of nerves formed by the anterior branches of the lumbar and sacral nerves. The nerves require a normal mobility in the radicular sleeve and epidural and foramina veins. 

The posterior surface of the kidneys are in contact with quadratus lumborum. The 12th intercostal, iliohypogastric and ilioinguinal nerves are situated in adipose tissue between the aponeurosis of quadratus lumborum and the posterior renal fascia. Trauma can affect both the adipose tissue and the movement of the kidney, which may irritate the nerves behind the kidney creating referred pain.


From the co-editor: Dr. Peh Yan Soo

It has been 2 years since I have encountered visceral manipulation techniques and the effect of the treatment for my patients still surprised me in many ways. Firstly, it is a very gently technique that is suitable for any kind of acute and painful conditions. Secondly, the assessment and technique is very precise which isolates the exact location and restriction of the organ that needs to be treated and which is accompanied by patient confirmation. Last but not least, the treatment effects seem to be more lasting with less return of my patients for the same issue.

Wanting to know more about visceral manipulation and how treatment could help? Check out our list of visceral manipulation practitioners in the U.A.E. on: https://www.iahp.com/pages/search/index.php#result or contact us at info@movementtherapystudio.com


What Do You Want To Know More About Your Health & Wellness? 

MTS started a community initiative from May 2018 where we will be organising a meet up (yes in meetup group) where we will host a common topic of interest among the public from a professional expert in the field.

The first MTS community initiative kicked off during Ramadan with a special pop-up event at Boutik Mall, Reem Island. MTS gave an educational talk on organs detox followed by a mini detox yoga session. If you missed this event, don’t fret – there will be more to come.  

Sign up for our meet up group, tell us what you would like to know (yes, please talk to us) and we will do the rest for you! Sign up now – YOURS-MEDICAL-WELLNESS/

We look forward to meeting you soon in one of our meetup sessions!
Till then, don’t be a stranger.