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By High Desert Family Medicine
February 27, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Eating Disorder  

Facing an eating disorder, whether it’s your own or someone you love, can be challenging and a sensitive subject to brooch; however, it’s important to shed light on all health problems, particularly conditions like this one that affect over 30 million people in the US alone.

All medical professionals play a role in being able to identify and provide treatment and support to patients dealing with eating disorders to ensure a healthier long-term outlook. Find out how an osteopath may be able to help you with your eating disorder recovery.

Eating orders affect a person’s body image and ability to safely and properly manage weight. Eating disorders lead people to have unhealthy preoccupations with foods that can interfere with their social, personal and even professional lives.

While people often associate eating disorders with women, this condition can affect both men and women of various ages. People with eating disorders are more likely to restrict or avoid foods, abuse certain foods, follow extreme diets or have an obsessive attitude around exercise.

Common types of eating disorders include:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Rumination disorder
  • Avoidant/restrictive foot intake disorder

Signs of an eating disorder are vast and can vary depending on the type of eating disorder a person has; however, those with eating disorders may experience:

  • Sudden weight changes
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance
  • Irregular menstrual cycles for women
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fussy or compulsive eating habits
  • Social avoidance and isolation

How an Osteopath Can Help

Eating disorder have both physiological and psychological ramifications, and an osteopath can focus on all of the ways that this condition can impact the mind and body to provide a more comprehensive treatment plan. An osteopath is a licensed medical professional that is focused on provide comprehensive treatment that include both traditional and alternative therapies that are geared to promoting better overall health and well-being.

An osteopath can perform the same diagnostic tests and procedures as a regular doctor and also prescribe medication; however, they are mostly focused on providing a variety of treatment options including manipulative therapy to improve long-term health and to treat a variety of health problems.

Since eating disorders are such complex conditions, it’s important to have a team of caregivers and medical professionals to provide thorough and ample support to you or someone you love who is experiencing an eating disorder. It’s can be a challenging journey but having an osteopathic doctor can help alleviate symptoms, whether physiological or psychological, around your disorder. Some ways to treat eating disorders include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Education regarding nutrition and eating disorders
  • Providing valuable tools and knowledge to prevent relapse of symptoms

Osteopathic manipulative therapy can also reduce anxiety and depression through a variety of manipulative techniques that help to release tension, increase blood flow, and help the body relax. We can also bring awareness back into the body to help with balance.

Learn more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you manage your eating disorder by calling your osteopath today.

By High Desert Family Medicine
February 12, 2020
Tags: Depression  

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.