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By High Desert Family Medicine
October 26, 2020
Tags: Night Sweats  
Are you waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat? While the occasional bout of night sweats may simply mean that you need to turn down the thermostat in your bedroom before heading to bed if this is something that you are dealing with regularly then this could be a sign of an underlying health problem or condition. If your night sweats are regularly interrupting your sleep an osteopath may be able to help.

What causes night sweats?

When we think of night sweats, we most often associate this symptom with menopausal women; however, night sweats don’t just happen to women and they aren’t just a sign of menopause. If you are dealing with frequent night sweat episodes they could be caused by:

Excessive or chronic sweating: Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that causes people to sweat excessively regardless of the temperature. If your sweating isn’t just confined to the evening but you also drench multiple shirts during the day or sweat profusely for no reason, then you could have hyperhidrosis.

Infections: Sometimes night sweats are your body’s way of alerting you to the fact that you are sick. Certain infections can cause night sweats including tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, and endocarditis.

Stress: If you find yourself going to bed feeling anxious and worried then you may not be surprised to discover that stress and anxiety can also lead to excessive sweating, even at night.

Medication: If you take certain medications you may just have found your culprit. While not as common, certain drugs can cause night sweats. You may be more prone to night sweats if you are taking:
  • Medication for diabetes
  • Certain types of antidepressants (tricyclic or SSRIs)
  • Pain medications
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs
  • Steroids
How can an osteopath treat my night sweats?

First, we need to figure out what’s causing your symptom before we treat it. It’s not just about alleviating your night sweats but alleviating the root cause. We will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms before determining which tests need to be run.

You may need blood testing, thyroid tests, or tests that check for certain infections. We can recommend different medications, stress management options, ways to treat underlying infections or ways to manage chronic conditions that could be causing your symptoms. We are always focused on ways to improve your lifestyle to prevent problems from happening in the first place.

If you’ve made changes to your lifestyle and are still dealing with night sweats then it’s time to contact a qualified osteopath to find out how we can help you get a better, sweat-free night’s rest.

By High Desert Family Medicine
October 07, 2020
Tags: Back Pain   Posture  
Posture and Back PainAre you one of the millions of Americans dealing with chronic or recurring back pain? While there are many reasons why you might be dealing with back pain, sometimes the answer is rather simple: it could be caused by bad posture. Most people don’t realize that they have bad posture until certain aches and pains set in.

Think about how you are currently sitting at your desk now. Are your shoulders rounded and hunched? Is your back curved rather than straight? Are your head and neck slightly forward? These are all signs that your posture could be to blame for your back pain. Luckily, an osteopath can help correct your posture and improve your back pain.

How do I know that I have bad posture?

You may be dealing with certain aches and pain as a result of bad posture. These problems include:
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Achy or sore muscles and joints
If you aren’t sure how to properly correct your posture, or if the steps you are currently taking aren’t helping your back pain, an osteopath can help you find the right measures to improve your posture and alleviate pain. An osteopath will help you make minor adjustments that provide amazing relief for everyday habits such as sitting at your desk or standing. You will need to be aware of your posture while making these corrections until it starts to become a habit.

An osteopath not only provides recommendations for how to improve posture but can also provide a variety of exercises and therapies to restore full function and mobility into restricted, tense, or problematic muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. We focus on non-invasive, drug-free, and non-surgical methods to improve your health and back pain with a variety of mobility exercises that you can even do on your own.

We also love nothing more than educating our patients on how to make certain lifestyle adjustments and changes to improve their posture, musculoskeletal problems, and quality of life. We want people to take their health into their own hands by tackling their poor posture and finding new, healthier, and more functional ways to move.

If you are dealing with a sore, aching back an osteopath can provide you with a variety of non-invasive, treatment options to help you prevent back pain for the long term. Turn to an osteopath today!