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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.

By High Desert Family Medicine
June 01, 2020
Tags: Chronic Pain  
In today’s world, doctors are growing less and less likely to prescribe medications like opioids for pain management. This limits treatment options for patients with chronic pain. That’s where your osteopathic doctor (DO) comes in. Osteopaths believe in natural treatment for your aches and pains, focusing instead on full-body health. They work with you to find safe and holistic treatment for your chronic pain. 
What Is an Osteopath?
An osteopath focuses on how your muscles, bones, organs, and more work together. When one area is injured, the entire body is thrown out of whack. They practice what is known as a whole-body approach in terms of treatment. By locating the source of your pain, they can treat the root of your problem. This is different from other medical professionals who just focus on your symptoms. 
Your Appointment
At your first appointment, you’ll get a full-body physical from your osteopath. This gives your DO insight into what exactly is going on. They’ll also ask your questions about your past medical history, your diet and exercise regimen, and how long you’ve had these symptoms. Osteopaths believe that these questions reveal all the contributing factors to your pain. 
Treating Your Chronic Pain
There are a few possibilities for relieving your chronic pain. The most common osteopathic technique is called osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). The osteopath uses their hands to move your joints and muscles with gentle pressure. They target sensitive areas to help your pain. The belief is that OMT increases your circulation, helping the body heal quicker. This is important for chronic pain relief. 
There are many benefits for patients with chronic pain when they receive OMT. The biggest is the restoration of proper posture in the musculoskeletal system. These negative manifestations are often reactions to socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, or psychological events, creating the physical effects on your body. OMT corrects the dysfunction creating your chronic pain. 
Your osteopath will work with you to find the right treatment schedule. The severity of your chronic pain and your overall health determine the right frequency. You’ll most likely start with appointments on a bi-weekly basis that lessens as the months go by. Either way, osteopathic treatment is never a one-and-done deal. You need frequent checkups to obtain a positive outcome.