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The ileocecal valve

Terminology. The ileocecal valve is a sphincter muscle situated at the junction of the ileum (last portion of your small intestine) and the colon (first portion of your large intestine). Its function is to allow digested food materials to pass from the small intestine into your large intestine.

If the valve doesn’t function properly, it may stay closed, resulting in waste material staying in the small intestine too long. Or it may stay open, allowing waste material, bacteria, to flow back into the small intestine, where the body starts to absorb it. This leads to toxicity and causes a myriad of symptoms. It is a common condition but remains largely undiagnosed and untreated, causing many miserable health conditions.

Here are several reasons the ICV might malfunction –

  • Stress – Pressure, worry, fear and upset .

  • Digestion – Food sensitives, not enough stomach acid, or digestive enzymes.

  • Physical weakness – too little or too much exercise disturbing the digestive system.

  • Energy drains – phones, too much screen time. Electro-magnetic pollution.

Symptoms Linked to ICV Malfunction

  • it is frequently the cause of the “I just don’t feel well” syndromes

  • Abdominal pain, SIBO, IBS, gas, gurgling, right groin pain, bloating, distended belly, burping, indigestion, colitis.

  • Joint pain, arthritis, frozen shoulder, hip pain on the right, carpal tunnel syndrome, right shoulder pain at night, headaches, sudden low back pain.

  • Tinnitus and heart flutters.

  • Flu like symptoms, chronic fatigue and general lethargy.

  • Failure to recover from post viral fatigue.

  • Dizziness, dehydration, blurred vision.

  • Depression and nervous debility.

  • Pseudo sinus infections

Ask your Manual Osteopathic therapist to check your ICV function.

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