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May 24, 2017

The Mesentery – Part 2

The Mesentery 

Working With The Biome

 Angela Power

Since discovering that the Mesentery is now an organ, in late 2016, we are beginning to more clearly understand what it does.

Firstly the soft tissue of the Mesentery encases the intestines. It anchors these mobile tubes to points along the spine, mainly the lower Lumber Spine and Sacrum. Whilst doing this it’s shape enables a large range of movement of the intestines as they rhythmically digest matter. If you have ever sat in tight clothing after eating a large meal, you will understand how important free movement of the intestines is. This connection also allows body movements to influence the intestines, such as a gentle walk to soothe trapped wind, or exercise to assist constipation.

Mesenteric Lymph

 

The Mesentery allows blood and nerve supply to the intestines and carries digested materials to the liver. It also houses lymph vessels which transport digested fats, avoiding too much fatty overload in the blood vessels.

 

Special Functions of the Mesentery

  1. It is considered the ‘brain’ for digestion as it oversees the balance of enzymes, chemicals and motion needed to break down the foods we eat into useable nutrients.
  2. It produces neurotransmitters, especially Serotonin, which enhance our mood
  3. Special lymph glands called Mesenteric Glands form an important part of our immune response
  4. It connects with the Biome (the friendly bacteria that inhabits our gut, contributing to the break-down of foods)
  5. it releases chemicals into our blood stream that modulate our hormone and immune systems

The above features enable communication with the interior environment of the gut and the body. Feelings of hunger, satiation, food cravings, and food avoidance, are complex behaviours that are influenced by the Mesentery.

Organ movement and good blood and lymph supply are essential for these functions. Keeping our bodies mobile and attending to tension patterns in our spine and core musculature can ease issues in the Mesentery, aiding our digestion.

Visceral osteopathy can help to start this deep mobilising process of the gut and therefore the front wall of the spine, as can special abdominal massage. You can then assist the improved function with breathing exercise and body movement.

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