What problems can OMT treat in pregnancy?
As any pregnant woman can tell you, pregnancy can certainly put a lot of strain and pressure on the body. In return, you may be dealing with either localized or more widespread discomfort. Whatever type of pregnancy pains you’re dealing with, an osteopath can provide the hands-on care you need to alleviate common complaints such as,
- Back and neck pain
- Pelvic and groin pain
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
- Swollen ankles
- Rib pain
- Carpal tunnel
- High blood pressure
- Headaches and migraines
- Stress and anxiety
- Heartburn and acid reflux
Osteopathic therapy is a hands-on manipulative therapy that focuses on realigning the body so that it functions properly as a whole. Osteopathic medicine is considered a natural or alternative therapy. Through stretching and placing your body into certain positions, we can reduce strain, pain, and pressure placed on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
By taking pressure off certain areas of the body, an osteopath can also improve circulation. Increased blood flow to these areas delivers the vital nutrients that the soft tissue needs to heal properly and to reduce inflammation. In essence, regular osteopathic treatments can speed up the body’s natural healing processes so that you feel better faster.
A variety of techniques may be employed during your treatment session, including,
- Cranial/biodynamic technique
- Sacral-sternal release
- Soft-tissue massage
- Subcostal visceral release
- Myofascial release
If you’re sick and tired of feeling so achy and sore all the time, an osteopath can ease your symptoms with safe, effective techniques that can provide you with relief. Osteopathic manipulative therapy can help pregnant women feel more comfortable by combating those pesky aches, pains, and muscle spasms.
So, why the burning, tingling, and numbness? Neuralgia has a few different causes, including,
- Tight, stiff muscles
- Damage or injury to the nerve
- Poor posture
- An infection (e.g., shingles)
- Certain health problems (e.g., diabetes)
How can an osteopath help?
An osteopath looks for safe, non-invasive therapeutic solutions that provide long-term pain relief and that works well for your body and symptoms. We can tweak and tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs. When it comes to treating neuralgia, the goals of osteopathic manipulative therapy include,
- Helping to realign the body as a whole to improve posture and to take the pressure off the affected nerves
- To help alleviate pain through non-medicinal and nonsurgical approaches but instead through gentle stretches and exercises that improve how your body functions and moves
One of the key benefits of osteopathic medicine is that it improves circulation, which can help stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and assist with a faster recovery. It can also reduce inflammation and help alleviate pain.
Along with regular osteopathic sessions, you will also want to practice a healthy lifestyle, which includes,
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting quality sleep every night
- Managing stress
- Getting regular physical activity
How can osteopathic medicine improve MS?
While there is no cure for MS, your doctor will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will help to slow the progression of the disease. This is typically done through medications such as immunosuppressants and steroids; however, many people with MS turn to complementary and osteopathic therapies to bolster their current treatment plan.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) can improve muscle spasms and musculoskeletal pain and other symptoms caused by MS, while also reducing stress and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing. The benefit of turning to an osteopath for care, even when dealing with chronic conditions such as MS, is that they focus on treating the patient as a whole, not just the symptoms.
An osteopath will always tailor each treatment to the patient’s unique needs. They work with you to determine which osteopathic techniques are going to provide you with the biggest benefit to your daily routine and activities. Many people with MS enjoy working with an osteopath because it allows them to take charge of their care and the treatments they receive. They can work together with their osteopath to create open communication around what’s working and what isn’t.
Osteopathic medication is also non-invasive, so you don’t have to worry about adding more medications to your treatment plan. There are no side effects involved in the therapies and treatments we offer our patients. Techniques such as the sacral wobble technique and thoracic inlet myofascial release have been particularly beneficial for improving mobility in those with MS.
Are you interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you or someone you know with multiple sclerosis? Talk with an osteopath today to learn more about the techniques and treatments we offer.
This is the first question we need to answer before we can begin treating your pain. We will go through your medical history and ask you a variety of questions about your symptoms. From there we will examine your shoulder and recommend imaging tests such as X-rays or a CT scan. Common causes of shoulder pain include,
- Shoulder impingement
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder joint dislocation/instability
- Rotator cuff tear
- Joint pain
As any osteopath will tell you, shoulder problems are fairly complex and may require long-term management and care to improve problems such as instability and pain. Some causes of shoulder pain, such as osteoarthritis, are chronic and require long-term care too. In this case, you certainly want a doctor that understands not just the cause of your pain but can also provide you with a variety of treatments and therapies that are non-invasive but can effectively improve how the body functions as a whole. This is what an osteopath can do.
What are the symptoms and signs of sarcoidosis?
The symptoms you experience will depend on what organ or organs are affected.
- Lungs: persistent cough; wheezing; chest tightness and shortness of breath
- Skin: reddish rash; sores on the nose and cheeks; lighter or darker patches of skin; nodules under the skin
- Eyes: blurry vision; sensitivity to light; pain; redness; dryness; itching
- Heart: irregular heartbeat; fluttering heartbeat; swelling; chest pain; fainting
While anyone can develop sarcoidosis, it is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 to 40 years old.
How is sarcoidosis treated?
It is important to seek treatment right away, as this disease can lead to serious complications. The treatment that your doctor recommends will depend on each person and their symptoms. Topical corticosteroids may be used to treat skin problems while immunosuppressants or steroids may also be prescribed.
How can an osteopath treat sarcoidosis?
Sarcoidosis can affect multiple systems within the body, leading to widespread symptoms including joint pain, headaches, and fatigue. While you might not require treatment, an osteopath can provide you with comprehensive care and treatment options including massage therapy and spinal manipulation to help ease symptoms such as headaches, joint pain, inflammation, and sleep problems due to sarcoidosis.
If you are looking for natural and more holistic approaches to treat your symptoms, then talk with an osteopath about how they can help you manage sarcoidosis.
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