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By High Desert Family Medicine
January 15, 2020
Tags: Allergies   Allergy Panels  

Are you tired of dealing with those itchy, watery eyes and runny nose? If you said “yes” then chances are good that you are dealing with allergies. Allergies affect an estimated 50 million Americans. No matter whether you are dealing with food allergies, seasonal allergies or allergies that flare-up anytime of the year, turning to an osteopath could provide you with the relief and maintenance you need to combat those pesky allergy symptoms.

Osteopathic Care and Allergies

When you turn to a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), you are turning to someone who emphasizes the importance of preventive care. This means that the doctor will go through your medical history and personal history and look at the bigger picture when it comes to treating your condition.

For example, an osteopathic doctor won’t just give you a nasal spray to target nasal inflammation and congestion but rather will look at the environmental and lifestyle factors that could be causing your symptoms in the first place. An osteopath doesn’t provide quick fixes, only long-term wellness and relief.

Treating Allergies with Osteopathic Medicine

When someone is dealing with allergies this simply means that the body sees a harmless substance (e.g. pollen; mold; pet dander) as a danger, which causes the immune system to work overtime to produce histamines to fight the allergy. This usually results in any of these symptoms:

  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Watery, red, and itchy eyes
  • Coughing

The best way to treat your allergies is to avoid your triggers as much as possible. So first, you need to know what you are allergic to. This is something an osteopath can help with. Through simple allergy testing (skin prick tests or a blood test), your doctor can determine what elements you are allergic to so that you an avoid them. Avoidance is the most effective step you can take; however, we also realize that sometimes this isn’t always possible. This is where regular osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) can help.

OMT uses a variety of hands-on approaches and therapies to reduce muscle tension, congestion, sinus problems, breathing issues, headaches, and inflammation associated with allergies. Regular OMT can also boost blood flow and circulation, help the lymphatic system drain properly and enhance your immune system. Routine OMT along with other complementary therapies such as massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, and chiropractic care can also help regular allergy sufferers find relief without being dependent on over-the-counter medications.

Don’t let allergies make you suffer. Find out today how an osteopath can get you feeling better quickly.

By High Desert Family Medicine
January 06, 2020
Tags: Heart Health  

With heart disease being the leading cause of death for both men and women it’s so important for patients to be able to get the care they need, especially when it comes to their heart. Keeping your heart healthy really isn’t that difficult and patients who are at an increased risk for heart disease will most certainly want to incorporate these heart-healthy habits into their daily routine. After all, preventing heart problems from occurring is far easier than trying to treat or manage the problem once it has developed.

Follow these rules for a healthy heart:

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep every night, as a lack of sleep can greatly increase your risk for heart disease in people of all ages.
  • Get regular exercise and get up and moving throughout the day, as leading a sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to heart disease.
  • Avoid or quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible, as even secondhand smoke can increase your risk for developing heart disease.
  • Make sure that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet that contains lean protein, vegetables, fruit, whole grains and healthy fats. Avoid trans fats, as this can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. Trans fats are anything found in packaged snack foods or baked goods, as well as fast and fried foods.
  • Practice good oral hygiene, which includes flossing daily and brushing twice a day. After all, the state of your gums can tell your doctor a lot about your overall health. In fact, those with gum disease are at an increased risk for developing heart disease.

So, where does an osteopath come in? First, it’s important to understand what an osteopath does. An osteopath is a medical doctor who uses drug-free, manual therapies to manipulate the joints, ligaments, muscles and other tissue within the body to reduce pain, swelling and other musculoskeletal complaints; however, the benefits of osteopathic medicine don’t just stop at improving any achy back or stiff neck. It can also provide relief for a wide range of physical problems, from respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders to migraines and even heart disease.

It’s not surprising that many people don’t realize the benefits of getting osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) for treating cardiovascular disease. While patients will still want to follow their doctor’s advice when it comes to medications to take and other treatments to undergo, many patients living with heart disease can also benefit from adding an osteopath to their treatment plan.

An osteopath can provide complementary and non-invasive therapies to improve muscle energy and correct dysfunctions within cardiac lymph flow. By performing mobilization therapy on areas around the heart and also prescribing special home exercises, most patients experience some relief from their heart disease symptoms such as high blood pressure and feeling fatigued.

If you or a loved one is dealing with heart disease, find out today if osteopathic manual therapy is the right way to help manage your heart disease symptoms.