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- You will notice pain in the forearm muscles, typically on the outside of your elbow
- This pain may also radiate to the forearm and wrist
- Weakness in your arm, particularly when holding or gripping something
An osteopath is a medical doctor that is focused on providing a comprehensive and holistic approach to treatment. Instead of just dulling the pain, they focus on the cause and create a treatment plan that helps you move and function without pain and discomfort. While some people may find that tennis elbow goes away on its own, sometimes people (especially older adults) have trouble getting rid of their tennis elbow.
The good news is that osteopathic manipulation is effective for treating tennis elbow. For someone to experience the most benefit from the osteopathic treatment, they will need to come in a couple of times a week for several weeks. Manipulation helps to improve mobility and functionality while also:
- Boosting blood flow and circulation
- Speeding up the healing process
- Reducing inflammation
If you are dealing with tennis elbow and aren’t finding relief through medication or traditional medicine, then you may want to consider seeing an osteopathic doctor for care.
Why an osteopath?
Osteopathy is great because it offers patients a way to manage their arthritis symptoms without turning to medications and may even help people avoid surgery. Since osteopathic doctors focus on how the joints, spine and muscles of the body function they are ideal physicians for addressing any mobility problems and symptoms you are experiencing with arthritis. If you are looking for a drug-free, natural medicine that can help improve your health as a whole, then osteopathic medicine may be for you.
How will an osteopath treat my arthritis?
- Lifestyle modifications (e.g. getting regular exercise; staying hydrated)
- Home exercises to improve joint function and to reduce swelling and pain
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Soft tissue massage
- Stretching exercises
- Myofascial release
If you are looking for non-invasive therapies that can improve your arthritis symptoms without having to rely on long-term pain medications and other invasive treatments, then it’s time to speak with a qualified osteopath about how they can help you manage your arthritis.
- 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
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.