Posts for category: Health
By High Desert Family Medicine
July 27, 2021
When it comes to a patient’s health and wellbeing, an osteopath is a doctor that focuses on providing holistic and natural solutions to improve how the body functions and feels as a whole. As you probably can guess, an osteopath is also focused on ways to improve a patient’s habits, diet, and lifestyle to ensure better health and wellbeing. An osteopath can also help you adopt healthy nutritional habits and even help you find the ideal diet to suit your health and lifestyle.
When you visit an osteopath for a nutritional consultation here’s what to expect:
We’ll Discuss Your Current Diet
It’s important to understand what you are currently eating now so we can understand what is working and what’s not. Most of the western world eats a diet full of sugar, processed meats, sodium, and vegetable oils. An osteopath will ask you a range of questions regarding your current health and diet to better understand where you are right now and where you need to be, diet-wise.
We’ll Discuss Your Health Goals
We also want to understand what your goals are for your diet. Are you looking to shed just a few pounds or over 100 pounds? Are you looking to get ripped? Do you simply want to feel better or are you trying to reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes? Your doctor needs to understand your diet goals, as each goal has its own unique needs and requirements.
We’ll Go through Your Medical History
We will also want to know your current health and medical history to better determine the type of diet that will work best for you. For example, people with hypertension will want to stick with a low-sodium diet while people with high cholesterol may want to follow a mostly plant-based diet such as the Mediterranean diet. Your doctor needs to see your complete and detailed medical history first before crafting a diet plan that will work for you.
We’ll Create Your Custom Diet
An osteopath is all about educating patients so that they aren’t just being told what to do but that they actually understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. We will sit down with you to discuss your diet in detail. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have during this time (as we know you might have quite a few!).
An osteopath doesn’t believe in fad diets that promise to shed tens of pounds in days. They don’t believe in diet teas or pills, either; just simple, nutritional changes that you can easily implement every day into your routine to lead a healthier life. The term “diet” has a negative connotation. It makes people think that they have to avoid all of their favorite foods. An osteopath will equip you with a healthy nutritional lifestyle that doesn’t feel restrictive and allows you to still enjoy so many amazing and nutrient-rich foods.
If you are concerned about your current diet, know that an osteopath can help you create the ideal nutritional plan to fit your needs. By focusing on ways to improve your diet you can reduce your risk for a variety of health problems including diabetes and heart disease. Let an osteopath help you get your diet back on track.
Did you know that the longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve, which runs from the spinal cord in the lower back down the leg to the foot? Sciatica refers to nerve pain that radiates from the lower back to the buttock and down the leg. This problem usually affects only one side of the body. If you are dealing with sciatica it can make it difficult to sit or stand without pain. Luckily, an osteopath can help you get your sciatica under control.
What causes sciatica?
Several conditions could be to blame for sciatica including,
- A herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Traumatic injury to the sciatic nerve or lower spine
- Piriformis syndrome
What are the risk factors for sciatica?
Certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing sciatica. They include,
- Normal aging
- Being overweight or obese
- Previous back or spinal injuries
- Weak core muscles
- Having a labor-intensive job
- Poor posture
- Improper lifting (especially when weight training)
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Being pregnant
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Since the sciatic nerve starts at the lower back and extends down to the foot the most common symptoms of sciatica include,
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Pain in the back of the leg that intensifies when seated
- A throbbing or shooting pain on one side
- “Pins and needles” in the legs, toes, and feet
- Burning or tingling of the leg
- Weakness or numbness in the leg or foot
While it is possible for sciatica to affect both sides of the body, it usually affects one side. Since the sciatic nerve also connects to the foot, you may also experience these symptoms in your feet or even your toes.
How can an osteopath help?
An osteopath has extensive training to be able to provide non-invasive spinal manipulation and other techniques and yes, they can help with treating painful sciatica. The goal of an osteopath is to restore full function into the body by focusing on the body as a whole.
We will focus on taking pressure off the sciatic nerve through soft tissue manipulation and mobilization techniques. Along with providing non-invasive treatments to ease sciatica symptoms we will also try and pinpoint the cause to help you prevent this problem from occurring in the future.
If you are dealing with back, hip, or leg pain and you’re wondering if it’s sciatica, an osteopath can provide you with the answers you need and treatments to restore mobility while reducing pain and swelling.
By High Desert Family Medicine
November 10, 2020
Every time you’re rushing to finish an assignment on deadline, you get a call from your child’s school, or you’re dealing with rush hour traffic, something in your brain triggers a release of stress hormones. While this “fight or flight” response is important for say, swerving just in the nick of time to avoid a collision, long-term stress can be detrimental to your health.
How does stress impact my health?
Having cortisol coursing through your body for a long time can put you at risk for:
- Digestive issues
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic pain
- Depression and anxiety
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Heart disease
How can an osteopath help?
When tackling stress, you may think about how a regular doctor or psychologist can help, but you may also benefit from seeing an osteopath. An osteopath is a medical doctor that focuses on treating the body and all of its systems as a whole to ensure that everything is working together. An osteopath provides hands-on manual therapy and spinal manipulation.
Why focus on the spine?
This, along with the brain, is a crucial part of the central nervous system and for those dealing with prolonged stress, a lot of muscle tension can put unnecessary pressure on the spine, which in turn can lead to pinched nerves, trigger points, and tense muscles. Through regular osteopathic adjustments, we can realign the spine as well as the muscles around the spine to improve function and reduce pain and inflammation.
An osteopath also provides massage therapy, which is incredibly therapeutic and can help promote deep relaxation while flushing toxins from the body. If you’re looking for safe, non-invasive, and gentle treatment options to help ease the physical symptoms that stress is causing, osteopathic treatment may be right for you.
Regular osteopathic care can:
- Restore functionality and mobility
- Reduce swelling and eliminate pain
- Get rid of muscle tension and spasms
- Prevent joint degeneration
- Promote relaxation and reduce stress
- Enhance sleep quality
If you’re having trouble getting your stress under control or experiencing tension headaches and unexplained muscle aches due to prolonged stress, know that an osteopath can help you.