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By High Desert Family Medicine
September 18, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Lower Back Pain  
From poor posture to days spent hunched over a desk, there are many reasons why you may be experiencing lower back pain. Of course, you could just pop another pain pill but wouldn’t it be more effective to find out what’s causing your pain in the first place?

Lower Back PainThis is why many people end up turning to an osteopath, as these medical professionals can provide comprehensive and alternative treatment options that are designed to treat the root cause of your lower back pain without resorting to medication or surgery. An osteopath can find simpler and more practical solutions to help you manage chronic and persistent back pain.

What is an osteopath?

An osteopath is a medical doctor that provides manipulation therapy, massage and other techniques to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions as a whole. After all, when one part of the body experiences pain, this can trigger pain in other areas of the body. For example, your lower back pain could be due to flat feet or knee problems, and an osteopath will focus on all areas of the body to provide comprehensive care to improve overall balance throughout the musculoskeletal system.

An osteopath will be able to determine what’s causing your lower back pain and provide you with hands-on therapy to reduce pain and swelling and to help speed up the healing process. They can treat both short and long-term lower back pain conditions.

What could be causing my back pain?

Another injury or condition that affects the ligaments, nerves, muscles, tendons and other parts of the musculoskeletal system can be treated by an osteopath. There are many causes of lower back pain including,
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Bulging disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Nerve root compression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Traumatic injuries (can cause spinal compression or damage to the tissues, muscles or ligaments)
When should I see an osteopath?

If you are dealing with back pain that comes and goes, pain that lasts for several weeks or pain that’s severe and affects your daily routine then it’s time to see a doctor for care. An osteopath can diagnose injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, as well as provide a tailored treatment plan to help you on the road to recovery.

If you’re looking for a non-invasive way to treat your lower back pain, then it may be time to consult an osteopath to learn more about the services they can offer you.

By High Desert Family Medicine
September 08, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Muscle Cramps   Treatment  
We all get muscle cramps from time to time. Maybe our feet cramp up when placed into tight shoes or high heels, or we experience muscle cramps after an intense workout; however, some people deal with chronic, recurring, and severe muscle cramping that can be painful and affect their daily routine. If recurring muscle cramps are happening to you, an osteopath can help.

Anyone can experience muscle cramps, but they are more commonly seen in seniors, athletes, and those who are overweight or obese. If you notice muscle cramping happening to you regularly, here are a few things that could be going on:
  • You are dehydrated (common if you are exercising in the heat)
  • There is an electrolyte imbalance in the body (e.g. sodium; potassium)
  • You aren’t stretching thoroughly and properly before exercising
  • Your muscles are tired (give ‘em a rest!)
How to Treat Muscle Cramps

While cramping can be a nuisance it’s usually not something to worry about and will go away on its own. If you are dealing with prolonged muscle cramping then you may want to massage the area, take ample time to rest, or apply moist heat to the area.

However, it may be time to see an osteopath if you are dealing with severe or frequent muscle cramps or if your cramps aren’t responding to rest and other home care. Sometimes muscle cramps can be a sign of other underlying issues such as hormone imbalances, medication side effects, circulation or nerve issues, or poor nutrition.

Osteopathy will focus on the root cause of your muscle cramps, ruling out potential nutritional deficiencies, health problems, and hormonal imbalances. Cramping caused by muscle tension is improved through regular osteopathic manipulative therapy. An osteopath can also provide you with a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises to perform on your own every day to ease cramping or spasms.

An osteopath also examines the whole picture when it comes to your health. That means providing you with nutritional recommendations, vitamins and supplements, and other natural and alternative methods to help address the causes of muscle cramps without just popping a painkiller when the problem arises.

Don’t let muscle cramps, spasms, and pain keep you from doing what you love. An osteopath can work with you to determine the cause of your symptoms to help you start feeling your best again.