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What Is an Osteopathy Specialist?
A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine provides manipulative or manual therapy, which helps to reduce pain, improve circulation and blood flow, and improve mobility. An osteopathy provider will focus on non-invasive treatments that are drug-free to restore functionality into the body as a whole, while also strengthening the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and spine. Osteopathic therapy is considered an alternative and complementary therapy and is used along with conventional treatments to provide a more comprehensive treatment plan. An osteopath helps treat a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions including:
- Back and neck pain
- Joint pain
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Shoulder impingement
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports-related injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Pregnancy-related pains
- Foot, ankle, hip or knee pain
Most osteopathic examinations take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Based on your treatment plan, your doctor may prescribe weekly manual therapy sessions for several weeks along with other exercise recommendations, dietary changes, and other lifestyle modifications.
Have you had a life event such as a death, job change, loss of a relationship or financial downturn? These circumstances and more, combined with hereditary factors and physiological problems, can lead to a psychiatric problem known as depression. This common mood disorder cannot be ignored but needs accurate evaluation from your doctor.. Your depression can be managed.
Who struggles with depression?
More people than you may realize struggle with the sadness and emptiness that is clinical depression. In fact, Medline Plus reports that about 19 million American teenagers and adults have depressive symptoms which continue, impacting work, school, relationships and more.
Why depression happens
Your team of osteopaths routinely screen their patients for depression. Most commonly, depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, specifically centered on a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Also called the happy chemical, serotonin greatly contributes to an individual's sense of well-being, purpose and confidence. In its absence, says the National Institute of Mental Health, numerous negative symptoms arise--some thought-related and emotional and others, physical in nature.
Symptoms of depression
They are many and vary widely from individual to individual. Women are more prone than men, and teens more than adults. Symptoms may include:
Feeling empty, sad and helpless
Irritability and anger
Poor concentration and memory
Cognitive and somatic slowness
Lack of libido
Inability to start or complete tasks
It's important to get treatment for clinical depression. The first step toward wellness is admitting something is wrong. Your internist wants to hear about your symptoms so he or she can formulate a treatment plan and/or refer for psychiatric evaluation or psychological therapy.
Medication seems most fundamental to treating depression. SSRI's (serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) are oral medications which boost critical neurotransmitters. Other medications may be needed to treat co-existing conditions such as anxiety.
In addition, talk therapies, either alone or in combination with medications, allow patients to express, or discover, their feelings and formulate strategies to manage them. These talk therapies may include cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal therapies.
Don't go it alone
Isolation worsens depression. Your doctor encourage you to reach out to them, a loved one, or trusted friend and to speak of your struggle.
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.