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.
Facing an eating disorder, whether it’s your own or someone you love, can be challenging and a sensitive subject to brooch; however, it’s important to shed light on all health problems, particularly conditions like this one that affect over 30 million people in the US alone.
All medical professionals play a role in being able to identify and provide treatment and support to patients dealing with eating disorders to ensure a healthier long-term outlook. Find out how an osteopath may be able to help you with your eating disorder recovery.
Eating orders affect a person’s body image and ability to safely and properly manage weight. Eating disorders lead people to have unhealthy preoccupations with foods that can interfere with their social, personal and even professional lives.
While people often associate eating disorders with women, this condition can affect both men and women of various ages. People with eating disorders are more likely to restrict or avoid foods, abuse certain foods, follow extreme diets or have an obsessive attitude around exercise.
Common types of eating disorders include:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge eating disorder
- Rumination disorder
- Avoidant/restrictive foot intake disorder
Signs of an eating disorder are vast and can vary depending on the type of eating disorder a person has; however, those with eating disorders may experience:
- Sudden weight changes
- Cold intolerance
- Irregular menstrual cycles for women
- Anxiety and depression
- Fussy or compulsive eating habits
- Social avoidance and isolation
How an Osteopath Can Help
Eating disorder have both physiological and psychological ramifications, and an osteopath can focus on all of the ways that this condition can impact the mind and body to provide a more comprehensive treatment plan. An osteopath is a licensed medical professional that is focused on provide comprehensive treatment that include both traditional and alternative therapies that are geared to promoting better overall health and well-being.
An osteopath can perform the same diagnostic tests and procedures as a regular doctor and also prescribe medication; however, they are mostly focused on providing a variety of treatment options including manipulative therapy to improve long-term health and to treat a variety of health problems.
Since eating disorders are such complex conditions, it’s important to have a team of caregivers and medical professionals to provide thorough and ample support to you or someone you love who is experiencing an eating disorder. It’s can be a challenging journey but having an osteopathic doctor can help alleviate symptoms, whether physiological or psychological, around your disorder. Some ways to treat eating disorders include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Lifestyle counseling
- Education regarding nutrition and eating disorders
- Providing valuable tools and knowledge to prevent relapse of symptoms
Osteopathic manipulative therapy can also reduce anxiety and depression through a variety of manipulative techniques that help to release tension, increase blood flow, and help the body relax. We can also bring awareness back into the body to help with balance.
Learn more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you manage your eating disorder by calling your osteopath today.
We will all feel sad or blue at some point, whether from the death of a family member or the loss of a job; however, these feelings are often temporary and will go away on their own; however, for someone with clinical depression, the symptoms of worthlessness, hopelessness and intense sadness do not go away. If these symptoms last more than two weeks and affect your life it’s time to see a psychologist or doctor.
The most common types of depression include:
- Major depression
- Persistent depression (also referred to as dysthymia)
- Bipolar depression (also referred to as manic depression)
- Depressive psychosis
- Perinatal depression/postpartum depression
- Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder
Even though clinical depression is a mental health disorder it is also linked to chronic health conditions. For example, those dealing with severe and chronic pain disorders like back pain, arthritis or fibromyalgia may also deal with depression due to their condition and how it impacts their quality of life. Whether your depression coincides with a chronic health problem or not, an osteopath may be able to help you feel better.
An osteopath is a medical doctor who provides holistic care to treat a wide range of conditions. While most people associate osteopaths with treating physical conditions, this alternative medicine doctor can also provide care and relief to those battling depression, anxiety and even insomnia.
An osteopath provides drug-free alternative treatment options including:
- Manipulative and manual therapy
- Lifestyle adjustments and modifications
- Dietary and nutritional counseling
An osteopath can also recommend nutritionists, dietitians, counselors, and psychologists that can also provide you with additional support and care to help you manage your depression.
Treating Depression with Osteopathic Medicine
Most people don’t realize that depression can also manifest itself in physiological ways as well, causing headaches, poor posture, and tense, aching muscles. Yes, your depression may also be responsible for your unexplained aches and pains.
An osteopath fully understands how mental health disorders impact the musculoskeletal system and can provide simple, side effect-free manipulative techniques that aim to target and treat these aches, pains, and tension.
Furthermore, by releasing tension and improving how the muscles, joints, ligaments and other soft tissue of the body function as a whole an osteopath can also reduce depressive symptoms that are associated with certain chronic conditions that may be impacting your musculoskeletal health.
Along with manipulative treatment, an osteopath can also look into your diet and lifestyle to determine if there are additional changes that need to be made to your daily routine to reduce stress and improve your symptoms of depression. If you are dealing with insomnia or sleep problems due to depression, regular osteopathic manipulative treatment can also improve your sleep.
If you are interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you better manage your depression than call your osteopath today to schedule a consultation.
More and more people are turning to osteopathic physicians to get relief from their everyday and chronic aches and pains. Osteopathic manipulative treatment includes around 40 different manual techniques that involve applying the appropriate amount of pressure to certain areas of the body. Some of these techniques include soft tissue therapy, active release, and myofascial release.
An osteopath will often recommend osteopathic manipulative treatment to people dealing with a variety of painful musculoskeletal conditions. It can be particularly beneficial for people dealing with:
- Migraines and headaches
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder problems
- Knee problems
- Joint pain
- Menstrual pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Stress injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- TMJ disorders
- Pregnancy related pains (in the third trimester)
This hands-on approach can treat a wide range of biomechanical issues that lie within the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. Along with musculoskeletal problems, patients dealing with heart problems, digestive disorders, asthma, and sinus disorders may also experience some relief from their symptoms with regular manipulation therapy.
An osteopath understands how everything in the body is interconnected and how each system can affect one another to provide you with the comprehensive and individualized care you need to treat your condition and symptoms.
Osteopathic manipulation treatment offers a variety of benefits including:
- Improving circulation
- Easing pain
- Reducing swelling
- Speeding up the healing process
- Treating imbalances within the muscles and tissues
- Correcting spinal misalignments
- Improving joint mobility and range of motion
- Reducing muscle tension and stress
- A drug-free approach to care
- Preventing surgery
- Improve sleep quality
- Breaking up scar tissue
- Improving flexibility
- Boosting athletic performance
Another reason people turn to osteopathic manipulative treatment is that it’s safe for everyone, from newborns to seniors. Athletes may find regular sessions particularly beneficial for preventing sprains, strains and other injuries while also keeping their body in peak performance; however, everyone can benefit from regular osteopathic treatment even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms.
Along with providing manual adjustments, an osteopath can also provide you with a wide range of other complementary treatments including chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage therapy and nutritional counseling. Whether you choose to use osteopathic manipulation therapy along with other alternative therapies or alone, you may finally be able to get the pain relief you’ve been looking for.
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