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By High Desert Family Medicine
October 07, 2020
Tags: Back Pain   Posture  
Posture and Back PainAre you one of the millions of Americans dealing with chronic or recurring back pain? While there are many reasons why you might be dealing with back pain, sometimes the answer is rather simple: it could be caused by bad posture. Most people don’t realize that they have bad posture until certain aches and pains set in.

Think about how you are currently sitting at your desk now. Are your shoulders rounded and hunched? Is your back curved rather than straight? Are your head and neck slightly forward? These are all signs that your posture could be to blame for your back pain. Luckily, an osteopath can help correct your posture and improve your back pain.

How do I know that I have bad posture?

You may be dealing with certain aches and pain as a result of bad posture. These problems include:
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Achy or sore muscles and joints
If you aren’t sure how to properly correct your posture, or if the steps you are currently taking aren’t helping your back pain, an osteopath can help you find the right measures to improve your posture and alleviate pain. An osteopath will help you make minor adjustments that provide amazing relief for everyday habits such as sitting at your desk or standing. You will need to be aware of your posture while making these corrections until it starts to become a habit.

An osteopath not only provides recommendations for how to improve posture but can also provide a variety of exercises and therapies to restore full function and mobility into restricted, tense, or problematic muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. We focus on non-invasive, drug-free, and non-surgical methods to improve your health and back pain with a variety of mobility exercises that you can even do on your own.

We also love nothing more than educating our patients on how to make certain lifestyle adjustments and changes to improve their posture, musculoskeletal problems, and quality of life. We want people to take their health into their own hands by tackling their poor posture and finding new, healthier, and more functional ways to move.

If you are dealing with a sore, aching back an osteopath can provide you with a variety of non-invasive, treatment options to help you prevent back pain for the long term. Turn to an osteopath today!
By High Desert Family Medicine
June 16, 2020
Tags: Yoga  
YogaOsteopathic therapy focuses on areas of the body with limited mobility, such as restrictions in the connective and muscle tissue. Manual manipulation, just like what a chiropractor specializes in, helps restore these tissues to optimal health. If you want to enhance the systems of your body, from the digestive system to the hormonal, circulatory, and immune systems, osteopathy might be the right move for you. Yoga targets the body, mind, and soul as one, and it is the belief of yoga instructors everywhere that these three things are connected. Optimal health is achieved when great care is given to your body, mind, and soul. When you combine osteopathic therapy and yoga, however, the benefits are insurmountable. 
 
Combining Osteopathy and Yoga
 
Osteopathy in combination with yoga is a holistic approach that helps a patient with relaxation, detoxification, better mobility of the spine and joints, and the strengthening of the immune system. The stronger your body is, the harder it is to become injured. Yoga therapy is a great way to accomplish this goal. Yoga complements osteopathic therapy quite a lot, maximizes it even, with the addition of stretches to strengthen the musculoskeletal system, pranayama breathing techniques, exercises that reduce sympathetic nervous system activity, and inverse postures that open the thorax.
 
Mental Benefits
  • Better management of stress
  • Decreases back and neck pain
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Increases good, mental well-being
  • Minimizes headaches
  • Better control of addiction, such as drug abuse
  • Improves concentration
Physical Benefits
  • Promotes circulatory health
  • Improved athleticism
  • Increases injury protection
  • Assists in weight loss
  • Increases energy and vitality
  • Maximizes flexibility
  • Increases muscle strength and tone
  • Helps maintain a healthy metabolism
Do you think your body could benefit from osteopathic therapy combined with yoga? Call us today for more information or to set up an appointment! We are happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.