The rule of the artery is supremea t still

One of the keys to good health is blood flow.

The tissues of the body receive their nutrition and oxygenation from the blood, this is for every cell in every part of the body.

Micro circulation is important for tissue function and immunity.

Drainage must not be forgotten; the blood and lymphatic system are the waste removal system and without that the correct chemical balance for health is not maintained.

The founder of Osteopathy recognised the significance of a good blood flow through the tissues and is responsible for the osteopathic tenet "The rule of the artery is supreme"

When osteopaths carry out a treatment, they consider the patient as a whole, much of the articulation massage and pumping techniques will be stimulating the improvement of the circulation.

Good communication

Communication is essential in all kinds of ways. Apart from avoiding that misunderstanding between people it is also vital to our health.

There are many diverse methods of communication in the body, some of which are still being investigated and discovered.

Osteopaths consider restrictions to movement to have a negative impact on these communication channels, be it mechanical, neural or chemical.

By restoring mobility back into the tissues by osteopathic treatment the body will naturally reorient itself towards better function and health.

Once communication is improved integration within the body enables the system to work as a whole much better.

Clever Toilet     

Checking your heart health couldn't be easier if you had one of these.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 I must share with you this quirky news item I have just read.

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A toilet seat has been adapted to monitor your heart health.

This is the news item from The Daily Beast, an American newspaper:

"People with heart disease are notoriously bad at monitoring their health on their own. In fact, 45 percent of all patients who are released from the hospital with congestive heart failure are readmitted to the hospital within 90 days.

This is not only a problem for heart patients' quality of life but also because Medicare and Medicaid penalize hospitals when patients are readmitted too quickly after being discharged. To tackle the problem, researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology have found a way to integrate sensors into an object that everyone interacts with several times a day and which can passively monitor heart health while requiring they do nothing more than sit down.

The next frontier in heart health is: a toilet seat.

"Even the most well-meaning patients won't measure their blood pressure every day," says Nicholas Conn, an engineer at the Rochester Institute of Technology and CEO of Heart Health Intelligence. In order to find the easiest way to monitor patient's health without their input, the RIT development team asked themselves, "What can we do to integrate tech into everyday lives? A computer, a mouse, a steering wheel in the car? What do people use every day?"

The toilet seat was the most obvious answer—it makes direct contact with the skin (which makes monitoring easier) and everyone uses it.

Their resulting toilet seat monitor contains all the tools necessary to spot a heart patient's degrading health. The seat has three main instruments: an electrocardiogram, which uses electrodes on the seat's surface to measure the heart's electrical activity; a photoplethysmogram, the same sensor that's in a FitBit, which measures the patient's heart rate; and a ballistocardiogram, which senses a patient's weight and, based on how it fluctuates when the heart beats, determines the volume of blood passing through the heart. (This works because the heart builds up enough pressure that when it pumps it physically presses down on your body. The RIT team was the first to ever demonstrate that a ballistocardiogram could be used to calculate blood volume passing through the heart.)

The instruments are sensitive enough that the team estimates patients would only need to sit on the seat for about 90 seconds in order to get a full measurement. And they've even designed their algorithms to recognize if the patient is at rest or straining—because bowel movements and urination can actually cause huge changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. "Part of our innovation is we have algorithms that allow us to identify the physiological state of the patient. Are they are rest or straining? We reject the sections where they're not at their baseline," says Conn.

Though Conn says he can see a future in which the toilet seat is commercially available for anyone to purchase, for now his company is focused on developing it for medical applications. The final version of the seat will have a built-in battery that will last up to six years and likely use cellular connection technology, so that the only set-up or interaction a patient will have to do is simply install it like a regular toilet seat."

Reference; By Erin Biba - The Daily Beast - 22 May 2019

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