Posts for category: Osteopathic Treatment
By High Desert Family Medicine
August 27, 2021
Tags: Hormonal Imbalance
Are you dealing with fatigue, brain fog, weight gain, and hair loss? If so, your hormones could be to blame. There are many reasons that both men and women deal with hormonal imbalances, from certain health problems to menopause, and it’s important to know where to turn for help. An osteopath can provide you with the alternative solutions and holistic care you’re looking for, including hormone balancing services to improve your health and wellbeing.
Signs of Hormonal Imbalances
While doctors often see women for hormonal imbalances, the truth is that this problem can impact both men and women, especially as they age. Warning signs of hormonal imbalances include:
- Thinning hair
- Joint pain
- Bowel changes
- Dry skin
- Weight gain or loss
- Decreased libido
- Sleeping issues
For men, hormonal imbalances can also lead to muscle loss, erectile dysfunction, and increased breast tissue development.
Women are more likely to deal with hormonal imbalances due to:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
If you are experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance, you must seek an expert medical professional who will listen to your needs and concerns and provide you with the thorough and unique care you deserve. An osteopath may just be the ideal physician to help correct your hormonal imbalance.
An osteopath can provide a variety of integrated treatment plans that take your unique health factors, age, and lifestyle into account to ensure that you get the proper and most effective solutions.
Your treatment plan may include,
- Dietary changes
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
- Stress management
When you come into the clinic for an evaluation, an osteopath will perform an extensive physical examination and go through your medical history. They will also ask a variety of questions about your symptoms. Your osteopath may also recommend a blood test to be able to look at and analyze hormone levels including:
- TSH, free T3 and T4 (thyroid hormones)
- Testosterone and free testosterone
- Growth hormone (IGF-1)
Once blood testing has been performed and your osteopath understands what hormones are out of whack, your doctor will provide you with an integrative and holistic plan to help restore hormone balance naturally and effectively.
By High Desert Family Medicine
June 30, 2021
Tags: Sore Throats
We all know just how painful sore throats can be, and they are one of the most common reasons that people turn to their doctors. In fact, around 13 million people visit their doctor each year for a sore throat. From infections to trauma, there are many reasons why someone may deal with a sore throat. As osteopathic physicians, our main goal is to discover preventive measures you can take to prevent sore throats based on what we uncover about your environment, lifestyle, and habits.
What causes a sore throat?
Sore throats are incredibly common and most of the time it isn’t something that should cause too much concern. Common causes of a sore throat include,
- Common cold
- Air pollution
- Overuse (e.g. yelling or singing loudly at a concert)
- Low humidity
- Postnasal drip
However, sometimes a sore throat can be a sign of bacterial or viral infection, so it’s important to see a doctor if your sore throat is severe or you have trouble swallowing, as these could be signs of strep throat or “mono”. Of course, recurrent sore throats also tell us that something more is at play here.
It could be a sign of a chronic sinus problem or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). We will look at your lifestyle to determine if certain things such as heavy drinking or smoking could also play a role in the symptoms you are experiencing.
How is a sore throat treated?
The treatment plan you receive from your osteopathic physician will depend on the root cause. For example, bacterial infections such as strep may require antibiotics while viral infections such as a common cold or mono will simply need to run their course. Some ways to ease your symptoms include,
- Staying hydrated
- Drinking hot tea, liquids, or broths, which can be soothing to the throat
- Using a Neti pot to clean out the sinuses to help drain mucus
- Gargle with salt water a couple of times a day, which can reduce pain and swelling
- Try throat lozenges or over-the-counter pain relievers
Home care is typically all you need to treat sore throats; however, if you develop a fever, you have trouble swallowing, or can’t sleep because of your sore throat, you should call your osteopath.
Good hygiene, adequate sleep, and replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months (or immediately after being sick) are just ways to reduce your risk of getting a sore throat.
While osteopaths can certainly provide you with treatment options, their primary goal is to help patients find effective preventive strategies that improve their health and wellbeing. An osteopath will look at every facet of your life, from your work environment and social groups to your home life and emotional health to determine steps for helping you maintain optimal health.
By High Desert Family Medicine
April 21, 2021
Are you dealing with a scar from past surgery or traumatic injury? While scars can be great conversation pieces and certainly be a source of pride for some, as doctors we also understand that scars have the ability to cause scar tissue and adhesions and even restrict movement in certain areas of the body. If this is something that you’re dealing with, an osteopath is the perfect medical professional to turn to for scar tissue release.
What is scar tissue release?
Through tissue manipulation and fascial release, an osteopath can help to break up adhesions and improve the texture and appearance of a scar. Even small scars can cause adhesions under the skin that can impact the deeper layers of tissue, so you mustn’t overlook a scar that may feel tight or painful. Through regular scar tissue release tailored to your needs, an osteopath can improve the overall movement and function of the tissue, ligaments, nerves, and muscles around the scar.
Should I consider scar tissue release?
While this osteopathic treatment may not be necessary for a lot of scars, this treatment can be beneficial if you want to,
- Improve posture and mobility
- Reduce or eliminate scar pain
- Boost blood flow to the area and promote lymph drainage to facilitate faster and more effective healing
- Improve mobility of the joints and tissues around the scar
- Reduce the appearance of the scar
- Improve athletic performance
- Release tension in and around the scar
- Prevent long-term complications or discomfort
It’s a good idea to speak with a qualified osteopath as soon as possible after a scar to determine whether scar tissue release is right for you. The sooner you start treatment the better since it can take months to see full results. This may be a great option for women who’ve just undergone a C-section or for athletes who’ve just had major surgery.
Whether your scar adhesions are due to a bad injury or from surgery, know that an osteopath can help reduce adhesions and other complications related to scars. Talk with your osteopath today to learn more about scar tissue release and other osteopathic treatment options.
By High Desert Family Medicine
April 09, 2021
Tags: Vitamin Deficiencies
While 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,
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12
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
- 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
While 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
- 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
- Headaches and migraines
- Stress and anxiety
- Heartburn and acid reflux
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.