Natural Treatments for Nutcracker Syndrome
The term Nutcracker Syndrome refers to how the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery compress the spermatic vein between them. This compression restricts blood flow and increases fluid pressure in the spermatic vein, and is a major cause of varicocele.
The Nutcracker Syndrome explains why those who experience bowel or postural problems are more likely to have varicocele and typically experience more severe symptoms—because many bowel and postural disorders increase intra-abdominal pressure, and physically push the aorta and superior mesenteric artery closer together (exacerbating the nutcracker effect).
There are 4 key points for treating the Nutcracker Syndrome:
1. Bowel & Digestive Health
Bloating, constipation, irregular bowel movement, and other digestive and bowel disease are all risk factors for varicocele.
Here is what to consider when it comes to bowel & digestive health:
2. Cervical & Thoracic Alignment
Perform the Thoracic Extension and Chin Tuck exercises as outlined in this article: www.varicocelehealing.com/posture.
3. Healthy Weight
Apparently obese individuals have lower incidence of varicocele! This is thought to be because they have more fat to cushion and minimize the Nutcracker Syndrome. Now, I don't recommend becoming obese for varicocele treatment, because obesity also means much higher rates of infertility. However, the implication is also that underweight individuals experience higher rates of varicocele. So what's the solution? Attain a healthy weight--it helps.
4. Alleviating Excessive Abdominal Pressure
Excessive abdominal pressure is a big risk factor for varicocele because it exacerbates the Nutcracker Effect. Excessive pressure is derived from various lifestyle risk factors, including poor sitting posture, spine alignment, specific muscular tightness, bowel health, exercise risk factors, tight belts and pant waists, etc. Many risk factors contribute, and they need to be corrected in order for the blood to circulate more smoothly through your testicular veins.
That will help! Again, if you're looking for a complete varicocele healing program, start with my premium programs!
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