Critical conditions explained: IBS, gas, bloating, digestive disorders

The special part of becoming a physical therapist is the finger palpation skills that can detect conditions before or after they become a problem, like the functioning of the organs. A good therapist should be able to feel whether your ICV (ileocecal valve) is open or closed. Having your value closed by a trained professional may be the answer to all your bloating prays.

What is the ICV?

The ICV is located between the ileum and the cecum. Its function is to process digested food from the small to the large intestine, keeping waste products from flowing back up into the large intestine.

Malfunctions of the ICV occur when the one-way system becomes a two-way system and waste materials start to back up allowing the small intestine to absorb the toxic waste.

Large Intestine, Colon and Small intestine
Contractions of the colon, sphincter and pelvis muscles work in combination to move a stool out for excavation.

What causes our ICV to open?

Causes: Food intolerances: Sugar, Gluten, Diary, Nuts, Caffeine, Infection, Emotional Stress, Not chewing enough


Using tests from Kinesiology and finger palpation a trained physical therapist will be able to tell you what your body can and cannot deal with.

Even though primarily, the symptoms are more severe in those with intolerances, we
believe prevention is better than cure and therefore we should all be limiting sugar in our diets.

Sugar makes the body produce insulin causing cortisol to be released which stimulates the breakdown of triglyceride stores in the adipose tissues, leading to an increase in free fatty acids in the blood.

Free fatty acids in the blood, which are thought to raise the risk of cardiovascular disease by causing insulin resistance, raise blood pressure and in some cases cause diabetes.

High levels of cortisol in the blood can also decrease white blood cell and antibody formation, which can lower immunity making you more susceptible to getting ill.

Healthy gut, healthy head
Undigested or stagnated stools can leave you feeling sluggish and fatigued.

If you have any of the following symptoms, Headache, Gas, Bloating, Constipation, Loose stools, Muscle pain, Tummy cramps, Loss of appetite, Wheezing, that you would prefer to live without, book an appointment today and start to feel great again:

You can also help yourself by gently massaging the area, chewing your food properly, eating slowly, avoiding processed/sugary foods, drinking plenty of water to aid the
detoxification of the body and stop eating when you are 80% full.

Drink water daily
Water helps our bodily functions to perform better.



Surprisingly Easy Eats – Vegan Lasagne

Surprisingly Easy Eats - Vegan Lasagna
Quick and easy to prepare. Filling but light. Try this tasty vegan lasagna.

Most of the cooking that happens around here is sporadic and unplanned. The unloved dried lasagne sheets that were sitting in the back of the cupboard for an endless amount of time and the Quorn that was staring out of the freezer in Aldi after visting Granddad were what inspired the making of this dinner.


For the filling:

500g Quorn (Would prefer to use Soya Mince as it’s a natural product with no added ingredients but Quorn was there staring out and there was no Soya in sight)

1 tbs coconut oil

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 tbs tomato puree

1 onion

2 garlic

3 carrots

1tbs thyme

1tbs rosemary

1tbs marmite (gives the mince a depth)

For the white sauce:

1 cup almond/coconut/cashew milk

100g cashews

2tbsps Flour to thicken

Lasagne Sheets (Would prefer butternut squash sheets if they were available)


Vegan cheese breadcrumbs (found at Camden vegan cheese festival but the box is unbranded and they’ve been sitting in the freezer for so long the name is no longer stored in the memory bank) Please comment your favourite vegan cheese brand. Sharing is caring.


Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

Chop 3 carrots to your taste. With a body prone to damp (Acupuncture, Eastern Medicine talk to do with five elements and the spleen/stomach) it tickles the taste buds and pleases the body when there is something to crunch down on. If you prefer a sloppy lasagna chop your carrots into smaller circle.

Heat coconut oil in pan and add the 3 chopped carrots.

Meanwhile chop your onion and add into the pain with the carrots.

Chop your 2 garlic cloves and add to the same pan. Leave for 5-10 minutes.

In goes the Quorn with the carrots, onion and garlic. Leave to simmer for 5-10minutes or until the quorn has defrosted and started to cook.

Add tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, thyme, Rosemary and marmite. Leave to simmer and let the juices stew.

Meanwhile prepare the white sauce. Blend the cashews. Add the milk and cashews into a pan. Slowly start to sprinkle in the flour while stirring the sauce. Leave the sauce to cool. Once cooled assess the sauce to see if it needs any more milk/flour. Should be a thick consistency like the marmite.

Get a pasta dish and layer the bottom of the dish with lasagna sheets and start to create your magical master piece. Next spoon some of the mince over the lasagna sheets, enough to cover and moisten the sheets. On goes the white sauce. Then the lasagna sheet. Repeat. Mince filling, white sauce pasta sheet. Mince filling, white sauce pasta sheet until you reach the top of the pasta dish.

Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top. Bake for another 10 minutes. To get crispy edges like we have, leave some of the pasta on top bare of any filling or sauce.


Smart Healing – Pain gone in 1 session – Case Study

1st Treatment

Symptoms: Neck, Shoulder and Leg pain. Pain is intermittent. Ongoing for the past 3 weeks.

When asked where on a scale of 1-10 how the pain felt, 1 being no pain and 10 being the most amount of pain the response was a 6.

Assessment: Pelvis fixation of right side. Upper/middle weak trapezius muscles on right hand side.

Atlanto-occipital tight on right side.

Active Alarm Points : Gallbladder (GB) right

Triple Warmer (TW) right and left


Acupuncture, Small Intestine (SI) 3.5 left side. Same channel as pain indicated on back of neck.

Pericardium (PC) also referred to as circulation-sex 3.5/3.7 Yin to Triple Warmer

GB (Gallbladder) 37/38/39 clinically used as effective point for neck and shoulder problems. More than one needle in the same channel will cause a synergy effect.

Alarm points no longer active. Before leaving the acupuncture to take on it’s full healing effect the patient is asked whether there is any pain in the area.

Response is no.

Physical therapy.

Release of the upper/middle and lower trapezius. Gluteus muscles and tensor fascia lata release.

Pelvis and feet realignment.

Rhomboid major and minor muscles loosened through shoulder rotation.

Cranial Sacral Therapy relaxing the atlanta-occipital joint.

Massage back, latissimus dorsi muscles. Scraping of the infraspinatus opening the shoulder.

Once patient is stood and asked if there is any pain. Lady moves shoulders and neck and there is No Pain.

How to have a positive outlook?

Hormones such a dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin help us to feel good and are increased by exercise and eating well.

In fact, every time we eat we produce dopamine. When we make the choice to reach for ‘junk’ food, which is food that has no nutritional value to the body and takes more energy to digest than the energy it gains, its our minds we are pleasing. When we succumb to the decision to neglect our body to please the mind we must pay the price.

We have 15 minutes before the effects of the sugar from the junk food wears off. If we have made neurological pathways that our consciousness is unaware of we may reach for more junk to enjoy the high once again. The unfortunate instance about this is that we need more than we had the first time to reach that high state. This is not the case with natural products. We do not need more the next time round to receive the same amount of dopamine from the product.

While what we eat plays a huge factor, life is ultimately made up with an abundance of choices but when it comes to the mind we only have two. To either go down a negative or a positive path.

You must choose to be positive.

How to do this? Focus on the positive aspects of your life. Take away materialistic wealth. Talk to your friends and family about the Good in your day. Talk about the things you have to look forward, what excites you and makes you happy. Find a creative hobby, let yourself go.

Its the people around that are the most inspiring and through conversations had in clinic came the thought process of how we can become engulfed in our own individual life bubble, too scared to reach out for new beginnings and ultimately becoming slaves to our habits. With this thought process the poem below was written. Delivered under the trees in a park in Hertfordshire. Hoping to couple it with music one day.



How to get rid of pain in 1hr

Natural Medical Clinic T/A Active Balance can ensure you will feel less pain in only one session. You are not allowed to go leave otherwise.

Practicing acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, cranial sacral therapy, visceral massage and remedial exercises in one session with the intention of getting to the root of your problem, making your pain go away for good.

Most of us know how distracting pain can be. Leading to procrastination, lack of motivation and a downfall in work load, all of which will sacrifice your success. Stop the pain, bring back the health and make wealth easy to reach with a positive mindset.

Many others are reaching out for help. Why not you too?

‘Having Sarah as my therapist is like having the secret potion to maintain my posture and wellbeing. I go to Sarah to alleviate post travel stiffness as soon as I can.’Fuaad Latif

‘Sarah Has stopped me from popping pain killer.’ Hannah Hockin

‘Wow! I never realised that having treatment with Sarah would be so life changing…For the better obviously. I had tendonitis in my right hand and foot, neck problems, stress, headaches and TMJ (Jaw problems) Sarah has been a fantastic help with all.’ Donna Payne

Watch this short clip of Sarah in action at her clinic in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, WD3 3EN.





Why is there pain in my Lower Back?

Vertebrae and joints
We are an interconnected being. Your organs attach to the spine and the motor neurons cell body is located in the spine.

Why do I get Back Pain / Sciatica?

Some of the muscles controlling the functions of the pelvis are the Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Minimus, Piriformis and Tensor Fascia Lata. When any of the muscles tighten the pelvis will  rotate. This may cause your pain.

A few of the nerves within the pelvis region are the Sciatic nerve, Inferior/superior Gluteal nerve and Pudendal nerve. When the nerves get trapped in the body they send a shooting sensation.

The nervous system connects the brain, spine and organs altogether. If the organs are depleted of energy (food, water, qi etc) it will reflect in the spine.

What exercises will help my lower back pain / sciatica?

All the exercises listed below have variations, please ask if you require assistance.

Lie on your back, bend the knees and place the balls of the feet on the floor,
shoulder width distance apart. Place your right ankle on top of left knee and take your right hand in between both legs and wrap your hands behind your left thigh. Draw the left thigh into the chest. Hold for 8 breaths and change sides.

Stretch for the hip and buttock area
Gently stretch for 2-5 minutes, breathing fully and allow the rest of the body to relax.

Ancient Squat:

Place your feet shoulder width distance apart and slowly, pushing your bottom away and keeping your heels down, lower your pelvis towards the floor.
Ensure your back is straight and the chest is open. Hold for 8 breaths. If you cannot keep the heels on the floor please ask Sarah for a variation.

Realign the pelvis and stretch the leg muscles.
If you need assistance getting your bottom towards the floor without lifting your toes roll up a mat, place it under your heels and perform the stretch again.

Shoulder Stand:

Lie on your back, bend at the knee and place the balls of the feet on the floor, shoulder width distance apart. Slowly lift your pelvis off the floor so that you knee, pelvis, chest and shoulders are in one straight line. Hold for 8 breaths.

Exercise to strengthen lower back and core muscles.
Ensure that your pelvis and knees are in alignment. Do not allow your knees to cave in or splay outwards.

Active Balance accepts no liability for any injury caused whilst performing these exercises.

Drink lots of water. Eat nutritious food. Get plenty of rest. Exercise at least 3 times a week. Ask a professional about Herbal Medicine. Avoid stress.

What is Sacroiliac Strain?

Sacroiliac Strain is where the pelvis twists, with either the left or the right side dropping and the other side fixating to counteract the movement. If one of the nerves gets trapped it may feel like sciatica.

Active Balance will always make sure that your head, pelvis and feet are in alignment before your treatment is complete. By taking on board the advice that is given, relevant to your physical and internal condition, this will prevent the imbalance from returning. Please bear in mind the longer you have had the condition the longer it is to fix, so book
yourself an appointment sooner rather than later. It will not go away on its own, unless you do something to change it.


How are Cilia in cells and Chakras similar?

Linking Science and Spiritually.

How are Cilia in cells and chakras the similar?

Inside nearly all mammalian cells are cilia which are are microscopic, hair like structures that protrude downwards at a 45 degree angle playing a part in our cells cycle of proliferation and progression.

As the cicila are constantly beating this creates a left-ward flow of the liquid inside that circulates around the cell.

Motile Cilia

Source: Amelia Shoemark

There are two types of cilia. Motile and non-motile. Motile (moving Cilia) have a rhythmic wave keeping our airways clear allowing us to breathe easily. Smoking and poor diet can damage and burn the cilia causing a build up of mucus and phlegm in the lungs, respiratory track and middle ear.

Non-Motile cilia receive signals from other cells or fluids nearby, igniting a crucial role in some of the organs. Cilia in our kidneys, alert the cells that there is a flow of urine and they bend with the urine flow.

Long before technology chakras were born. There are 7 chakras that run up the mid-line of the body and are still used today to centre, balance and enlighten the body and mind.

Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that means wheel. The life force, prana, spins and rotates inside our body and brain and must keep doing so to maintain ultimate health.

The connection between ancient cultures and the planet we live on is evident with the colours of the chakras relating to the colours of the rainbow with Red being at the bottom and Violet at the top of the head.

The human body is an energetic field that has been created, somehow, by the marvels of the universe. Whether you are logical and want to believe in the science or creative enough to give spiritually a chance it is finding a happy medium of the two that uses the left and right hemisphere of the brain giving us a deeper and more fulfilling understanding. Whatever you choose to learn, practically applying will feed and nourish the body and brain leading to a healthy, enlightened being.