My Blog
By High Desert Family Medicine
April 09, 2021
Vitamin DeficienciesWhile we can certainly get all of the nutrients that our bodies need from food, unfortunately, everything from stress to a poor diet can lead to malnutrition. In fact, around 10 percent of the US population has at least one nutritional deficiency. Learn more about the warning signs of a vitamin deficiency, as well as how an osteopath can help.

What are the most common types of vitamin deficiencies?

The most common vitamin deficiencies that occur in the US and worldwide including,
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Calcium
What are the symptoms of these vitamin deficiencies?

Vitamin deficiencies are going to manifest in different ways. For example, calcium deficiency can lead to abnormal heart rate as well as tingling fingers while those with a vitamin D deficiency may notice fatigue, weakness, and changes in mood. Other signs and symptoms of a vitamin deficiency include,
  • Hair loss
  • Achy joints
  • Brittle nails
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Swollen tongue
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
Women of childbearing age, as well as vegans and vegetarians, are more likely to deal with certain types of vitamin deficiencies, so it’s important to speak with an osteopath if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

How can an osteopath help?

An osteopath is dedicated to providing non-invasive and whole body-based treatment options that help your body perform at its best. An osteopath can provide you with supplementation along with dietary changes that you can make to make sure that you are incorporating more foods that contain the necessary vitamins and nutrients into your diet.

Along with supplementation and dietary changes, an osteopath can also provide you with IV infusion therapy. This can be incredibly beneficial for patients who are struggling with brain fog, fatigue, weakness, and other severe symptoms as a result of their vitamin deficiency. These infusions go directly into the bloodstream, providing fast, effective results over oral supplements.

If you are experiencing the signs of a vitamin deficiency, it may be time to schedule an appointment with an osteopath. An osteopath can provide you with recommendations, customized dietary options, and infusion therapy to help you feel your best.
By High Desert Family Medicine
March 25, 2021
PregnancyWhile aches and pains might just seem like a normal part of pregnancy, it’s not something that women should have to just put up with; however, many do without ever seeking care. An osteopath can be the perfect physician for pregnant women to turn to when dealing with musculoskeletal complaints (and we know most expectant mothers will experience them).

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
  • Sciatica
  • Rib pain
  • Carpal tunnel
Along with these musculoskeletal issues that we often see in pregnant patients, regular osteopathic medicine can also improve other conditions and symptoms including,
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Fatigue
What is osteopathic treatment?

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
Since certain pain medications aren’t safe for women to take while pregnant, osteopathic manipulative therapy is a safe, effective, and non-medicinal option that can help alleviate pain.

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.
By High Desert Family Medicine
March 11, 2021
Tags: Neuralgia  
NeuralgiaNeuralgia is the pain that results from damaged nerves. People with neuralgia experience shooting or burning pains, as well as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the area where the damaged nerve or nerves are. It’s important to seek a proper evaluation from a medical professional to determine what’s causing your pain. In many cases, osteopathic medicine can alleviate your nerve pain.

So, why the burning, tingling, and numbness? Neuralgia has a few different causes, including,
  • Tight, stiff muscles
  • Damage or injury to the nerve
  • Aging
  • Poor posture
  • An infection (e.g., shingles)
  • Certain health problems (e.g., diabetes)
Neuralgia can lead to severe pain just about anywhere in the body, and you mustn’t just ignore it.

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
When you come into the office for the first time, we will perform a thorough evaluation, investigating possible causes for your symptoms and conducting a physical examination. We will ask you questions about your current health, activities, and lifestyle, and go through your medical history. Once we have made our assessment and have determined the cause of your neuralgia, then we can map out your treatment plan.

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
If nerve pain is impacting your daily routine and quality of life, know that an osteopath is here to help. Regular OMT sessions can keep nerve pain at bay. Talk to an osteopathic professional today to schedule a consultation.
By High Desert Family Medicine
February 23, 2021
Osteopathic Treatment and Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis, or MS, is a progressive central nervous system disease that destroys the protective covering over the nerves, which greatly impacts how the brain and spinal cord function. As you might imagine, those who suffer from multiple sclerosis deal with impaired mobility, along with pain and weakness, painful muscle spasms, and numbness and tingling in the extremities. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with MS, know that osteopathic medicine could help provide relief from pain while also making day-to-day functions and activities easier.

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.
By High Desert Family Medicine
February 11, 2021
Tags: Shoulder Pain  
Shoulder PainNoticing shoulder pain whenever you raise your arm above your hand or after certain activities? The shoulder is highly mobile, which also leaves it prone to injury. While shoulder pain is never something that you want to deal with, if you are, you’ll be happy to hear that an osteopath can identify the cause of your shoulder pain and how to treat it.
 
What is causing my shoulder pain?

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
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder joint dislocation/instability
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Joint pain
  • Tendonitis
Why turn to an osteopath for shoulder 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.
 
An osteopath will look at several factors including your overall health, your age, and fitness level to determine which stretching and strengthening exercises to perform daily, along with other treatment options such as massage therapy. Other manipulative techniques help to stimulate blood flow to the area to promote the body’s natural healing response while alleviating muscle tension, pinched nerves, and other skeletal symptoms.
 
By prescribing certain exercises to our patients, we can improve posture and help to strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the shoulder to provide better support, functionality, and stability to the shoulder joint. Not only can this improve your current condition but also prevent injuries and other problems in the future.
 
From poor posture to rotator cuff injuries, there are a host of conditions, injuries, and diseases that could impact the health and function of your shoulder. When these problems happen it’s a good idea to have an osteopath that you trust to provide you with the comprehensive treatment you need to speed up the healing process and to get chronic pain under control.




This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.