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o you suffer from prolapse?
Whether you are experiencing
a prolapsed colon, bladder or
uterus, natural therapies can
On many occasions, the medical
approach is to perform surgery, which,
in turn, c a n create other c omplications
depending on the individual, the severity of
the prolaps e and the type of surgery.
The topic is extensive so I offer an outline
here on some of the causes of various prolapses
and how nat ur al therapies can help.
Transverse colon prolapse
The tran sverse colon travels a cros s the
body from the hepatic flexure (nea r the
liver) to the splenic flexure (near the spleen).
When it is weakened and prolapses, it dips
down towards the reproductive organs and
When a structura l problem oc curs
within the body, it is not always possible to
correct it. Even with surgery it really depends
on how chronic or se vere the condition is
and the type of prolapse. Prolapses can be
minor or severe.
Why would a transverse prolapse
It is quite common with the worst looking
like a full “V ” shape where the middle of the
colon drops down deep into the pelvis and
ca n put pressure on other orga ns. A medical
term “enteroptosis” is used to illustrate a
multi prolaps e con sisting of the trans vers e,
bladder a nd (in women) uteru s, a nd in
men the prostrate and gon ads. A prolapsed
tran sverse tends to be more common in
women. Such a prolapse ca n c ontribute to
constipation and certainly affect circulation
to nearby orga ns in the pelvic c avity. When
a woma n experienc es many pregnancies , this
could al so be a c ontributing factor to one if
not more t ypes of prolapse.
If you have weak abdominal muscles or
you have spent time lifting items that are
excessively heavy, this can also contribute to
many types of prolapses, along with hernias.
Anyone who has s uffered chronic
con stipation for years may well e xperience a
trans verse prol apse and possibly rect um a s
wel l. The colon becomes impacted with waste
that simply accumul ates over week s, months
and years and, even if laxatives are taken, this
old waste does not always free up. Each cas e
presents with varying degrees of toxicity.
Being diligent with methods used to free
up toxic waste is so important, in particular
to clean the colon wall. When the colon is full
of old waste it then bulges out and pockets
ca n form where the waste has lodged. When
these pockets become inflamed this can
result in diverticulitis. Some people may opt
for a colonic irrigation treatment, but it’s not
suitable for everyone. If the bowel is tight,
tense, spa stic or pinched I don’t recommend
Prolapse can take various forms and vary
greatly in severity. Naturopath Lyn Craven
looks at how natural therapies can help.
a colonic . This could make the structure of
the colon worse by irritating and weakening
it. Enema s are gentler but they do not
penetrate a s deeply,
A bulging tummy can manifest and no
matter how much exercise you do or diets you
put yourself on this bulge will not budge!
What else can you do?
• Work on clea ring up any long standing
• Ensure you maintain a healthy fresh food
diet with no sugar, refined c arbohydrates or
too many starchy foods. Seek profe ssiona l
nutrition guidanc e.
• Make sure you do not strain when at the
toilet – use a sma ll toilet stool to place your
feet on, yog a blocks or three large phone
books! This helps prevent weakening the
pelvic floor and also improves the ability
to eliminate. Many culture s still practise
squatting when eliminating the bowels a s
it puts far less stress on the colon and pelvic
• Make sure you practise daily exercise –
wa lking is good for everyone but variety is
important to work different muscles. Do
ma ke sure you enjoy it!
• Practise Pilates or yoga to strengthen your
core muscles and pelvic floor
• Massage is very good at helping move
waste along the colon, especially if you
have slow peristal sis and tran sit time. A sk
a professional to show you how to apply
self massage in bet ween treatments with
your therapist. Castor oil can be used for
massage. Please do not drink it – it is far
If you have just discovered that you
have a prolapse of the colon you can seek
help with acupuncture or Bowen therapy.
With acupuncture and Bowen therapy we
can work at improving and managing the
prolapse so that it does not worsen. Often a
combination of the t wo ther apies is extremely
helpful, backed up with specific minerals
to strengthen and tone tissues, mu scles and
ligaments. Taking calcium would not be the
correct approach; you need to be a ssessed to
a scertain underlying deficiencies or weakness
a nd enable the practitioner to prescribe
mineral combinations that c an help you.
Next month we will look at causes and
natura l treatments for bladder and uterine
Sydney-based Lyn Craven is a practitioner
of naturopathy, nutrition, medical herbalism,
Bowen therapy, Reiki energy healing, meditation,
and is a corporate health presenter/consultant
with 18 years experience in natural therapies.
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Disclaimer: Information presented in this column is not
intended as medical advicebut to advancetheunderstanding
of holistic nutrition and lifestyle and its place in a balanced
approach to health. Readers are encouraged to be guided by
their own healthcare professionals.
‘A bulging tummy can manifest
and no matter how much
exercise you do or diets you
put yourself on this bulge
will not budge!’
‘Practise Pilates or yoga to
strengthen your core muscles
and pelvic floor’
After Dark Walking Tours
THIS YEAR’S VIVID Sydney displays, a
festival of light and music illuminating such
icons as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera
House, was the dramatic backdrop for an after
dark guided walking tour for active seniors .
The City of Sydney-supported walking
tour in late May followed the inaugura l After
Dinner Walking Group tour of Walsh Bay,
which proved the city can be both exciting
and safe at night for a n older generation.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new
senior’s night-time wa lking group wa s all
about encouraging older residents to lead a
healthier lifestyle, no matter the time of day
“Senior life shouldn’t just be about nine
to five a ctivities – it’s about having a great
time at all hours,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We wa nt to open up Sydney for our older
residents and encourage their desire to stay
fit and active.”
By 2030, the City hope s the night-time
economy will see 40% of people using the
City at night being over 40, and that 40% of
operating businesses at this time will be shops.
While anyone can join the new
walking group, it is targeted at Sydney
residents aged over 55 and aims to bring
tog ether like -minded people who are already
active and want to stay fit by walking and
e xploring Sydney’s outdoor attractions .
The Australian Medical Association of NSW
is also supporting the walking group initiative.
The After Dinner Walking Group
is part of the City of Sydney’s aim to
encourage walking for the benefits it brings
to individuals and the community.
“We de veloped a specific action plan to
incre a se options for evening activities within
the City’s own programs, especially to link
with the many festivals and events that lend
themselves to an evening outing,” said the
“We’re also conscious that a lot of our
older residents live alone, a nd that there is a
perception that the City isn’t a safe place to
walk around in at night.
“So we teamed up with our road safety
colleagues and came up with the idea to
launch a ‘safe seniors’ night walk, where
we le ad a group of older people on a g uided
educational walk around the City, teaching
them tips about staying safe when out and
about after dark, and ending the evening
in a setting where they can socialise and
hopef ully make new friends.
“Judging by the over whelming respons e
to the first Walsh Bay walk, Sydney’s older
wa l kers relish the opportunity to get active
a nd rea lly enjoy the city together when the
sun goes down.”
In October this year, the City of
Sydney and the NSW Government will
c o-host the Walk21 conference, the world’s
leading international conference on walking
involving health, design a nd planning
experts from around the globe.
For more information, contact Matthew Moore,
City of Sydney, call 0431 050 963 or email
mmoore @ cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
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