It’s a familiar cry from our kids: “Muuuuum, Daaaaad, I’ve got tummy ache!” Sometimes it’s most definitely an avoidance tactic, but there are also times when you know as a parent that they are in considerable discomfort or pain and it can even be affecting their ability to play, study or sleep.

The first thing that I look for in this instance is gut infection. It’s unpleasant to think about, but let’s face it, children’s hygiene can often leave a lot to be desired… Parasite infections (such as threadworm) can often go undetected and cause all sorts of discomfort. Overgrowth of bacterial or fungal infection can also give out all sorts of toxicity which can cause bloating, gas and discomfort. There are non-invasive and simple remedies to be found through the muscle testing which can quickly eradicate these.

Another common denominator can be food sensitivities. These are not the same as allergies (which you really would know about due to the severity of the auto-immune response!), but are often the case of a food being eaten too much, or being too harsh on the digestive system at the moment for whatever the reason, and the body simply needs a break. Once these are identified through the muscle testing (as a strong muscle completely unlocks or ‘collapses’ when a food is laid on the body that it is currently unable to tolerate), the client often has to omit them from their diet for a few weeks in order for the digestive system to heal and recover and then they can slowly be re-introduced. This can be particularly relevant to children whose diets are very limited as the body is overloaded with the same foods daily and needs variety.

If the pain is systematically in the area between the belly button and hip, then it’s likely that it’s either the ileo-caecal valve (on the right) or Huston valves (on the left). These are massively important structural parts of the small and large intestine with huge parts to play in our gut health (too much to go into here!), but if they are structurally impaired then it can result in body toxicity, IBS symptoms, excessive flatulence, constipation or diarrhea. The balancing of these valves is one of the most powerful tools within my practice.

Finally, it’s commonly acknowledged that stress causes muscles to tighten. It’s the same in our guts – a huge and intricate network of muscles and fibres. Using muscle testing, we explore whether stress is a factor and what nutritional supplement or emotional support remedy can help relax the body and restore its positive energy.