- Muscle energy technique: The patient gets into the specified position, using their muscles to push against a counterforce applied by the DO.
- Thrust technique: This is also known as the cracking form of manipulation. High-velocity force to the joint creates motion. This reverses tissue changes, range-of-motion, and tenderness.
- Soft tissue technique: Patterns of deep pressure and traction are placed on the soft tissue around the spine.
- Counterstain technique: The patient moves back and forth from a painful position to a comfortable one.
- The onset of the headache
- How frequently you get them
- How long a headache episode lasts
- What the headache feels like (throbbing, sharp, dull)
- Abortive therapy focuses on reversing a headache once it has begun.
- Prophylactic treatment works to prevent and minimize headaches. This is accomplished through daily medications and certain lifestyle changes.
- Symptomatic concentrates on relieving your symptoms once they begin.
- The combination style uses a mixture of two or all the options mentioned above.
- Light sensitivity
- Neck pain
Have you had a life event such as a death, job change, loss of a relationship or financial downturn? These circumstances and more, combined with hereditary factors and physiological problems, can lead to a psychiatric problem known as depression. This common mood disorder cannot be ignored but needs accurate evaluation from your doctor.. Your depression can be managed.
Who struggles with depression?
More people than you may realize struggle with the sadness and emptiness that is clinical depression. In fact, Medline Plus reports that about 19 million American teenagers and adults have depressive symptoms which continue, impacting work, school, relationships and more.
Why depression happens
Your team of osteopaths routinely screen their patients for depression. Most commonly, depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, specifically centered on a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Also called the happy chemical, serotonin greatly contributes to an individual's sense of well-being, purpose and confidence. In its absence, says the National Institute of Mental Health, numerous negative symptoms arise--some thought-related and emotional and others, physical in nature.
Symptoms of depression
They are many and vary widely from individual to individual. Women are more prone than men, and teens more than adults. Symptoms may include:
Feeling empty, sad and helpless
Irritability and anger
Poor concentration and memory
Cognitive and somatic slowness
Lack of libido
Inability to start or complete tasks
It's important to get treatment for clinical depression. The first step toward wellness is admitting something is wrong. Your internist wants to hear about your symptoms so he or she can formulate a treatment plan and/or refer for psychiatric evaluation or psychological therapy.
Medication seems most fundamental to treating depression. SSRI's (serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) are oral medications which boost critical neurotransmitters. Other medications may be needed to treat co-existing conditions such as anxiety.
In addition, talk therapies, either alone or in combination with medications, allow patients to express, or discover, their feelings and formulate strategies to manage them. These talk therapies may include cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal therapies.
Don't go it alone
Isolation worsens depression. Your doctor encourage you to reach out to them, a loved one, or trusted friend and to speak of your struggle.
While the summer months greet us with the beautiful sunny weather and seem to rejuvenate us, osteopaths notice a drastic change during the winter months. It’s no doubt that having days of more darkness can take a toll on energy levels, but could you be dealing with a vitamin D deficiency?
What is Vitamin D Deficiency?
It’s true that not getting enough sunlight is one of the main reasons for vitamin D deficiencies, and having enough vitamin D is important because it helps our bodies absorb other essential nutrients like calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. While we can find vitamin D in certain foods, it’s often not enough on its own to provide us with the proper amount of vitamin D. Some signs of vitamin D deficiency are:
- Feeling exhausted throughout the day
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Being prone to sickness
- Feeling low or depressed
Many pepole experience these symptoms but have no idea that what they lack is this key and necessary vitamin.
Why See Your Osteopath?
What makes osteopaths different from seeing your general practitioner is that they can dedicate more time during your visit. This means that you get the thorough and individualized care you need and you have enough time to get all questions answered and concerns addressed. Our goal is not to rush you out of the office. We want you to understand your health and what you can do to improve it.
Those with a vitamin D deficiency often have musculoskeletal problems. You may suffer from general pains and soreness or you may be dealing with more specific problems like lower back pain. A vitamin deficiency can easily be detected through a blood test. If your symptoms are indicative of a deficiency then we will recommend that you get blood work.
After you have been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency this will help us create a more effective treatment plan to tackle your musculoskeletal problems that are due to your vitamin D deficiency and not another issue. We can recommend certain lifestyle modifications that will improve your symptoms and treat your deficiency. Your osteopath can also recommend certain supplements that can ensure that your body gets the amount of vitamin D that it needs to also absorb other vital nutrients that your body requires to stay healthy.
If you feel tired all the time and just have this overall achy feeling then it’s time you talked to an osteopath to find out if your symptoms could be due to a vitamin D deficiency.
If you were to put your lifestyle under a microscope and study everything you do that either hinders or supports your health, how many things would you find that actually support your health and how many actually hurt it? Our lifestyle is one of the biggest contributing factors to whether we develop chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In fact, chronic diseases are often influenced by these top 3 risk factors:
- Poor diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol consumption
The good news is that you have the ability to influence these risk factors to prevent chronic disease from happening to. If you have a family history of certain health problems it’s even more important that you improve your lifestyle. If you’re not sure where to start an osteopath can help.
What is an osteopath?
An osteopath is a medical doctor that focuses on improving how all systems within the body function as a whole, from the joints and muscles to the spine and nerves, through a variety of manipulative techniques and treatments that offer patients a safe, effective, non-invasive, and drug-free approach to care.
An osteopath has the ability to diagnose and treat a wide range of chronic diseases, and many people turn to an osteopath as a complementary, holistic therapy to more effectively manage their long-term symptoms. In fact, osteopathic medicine along with traditional medicine may be able to provide additional benefits to health and well-being that traditional medicine alone can’t.
How can an osteopath help with your chronic disease?
Manipulative therapy alone can improve a wide range of problems and provide amazing benefits include:
- Boosting blood flow
- Speeding up healing
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving mood
- Releasing tension
- Improving range of motion
- Boosting nerve function
- Alleviating pain
- Improving sleep
Along with manipulative therapy, an osteopath provides other services as well that can improve your lifestyle to reduce your risk for developing a chronic disease. An osteopath can help assist with dietary needs and nutritional counseling, recommend lifestyle changes and also advise you on which athletic or exercise programs would be right for you.
Common chronic conditions that an osteopath can help treat or manage include:
- Heart attack
- Degenerative spinal disorders
- Chronic back pain
Whether you want to find new ways to improve your health and life with chronic disease or you want to invest in your health to prevent problems from happening an osteopath can help you lead a healthier life.
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