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By High Desert Family Medicine
February 23, 2021
Osteopathic Treatment and Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis, or MS, is a progressive central nervous system disease that destroys the protective covering over the nerves, which greatly impacts how the brain and spinal cord function. As you might imagine, those who suffer from multiple sclerosis deal with impaired mobility, along with pain and weakness, painful muscle spasms, and numbness and tingling in the extremities. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with MS, know that osteopathic medicine could help provide relief from pain while also making day-to-day functions and activities easier.

How can osteopathic medicine improve MS?

While there is no cure for MS, your doctor will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will help to slow the progression of the disease. This is typically done through medications such as immunosuppressants and steroids; however, many people with MS turn to complementary and osteopathic therapies to bolster their current treatment plan.

Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) can improve muscle spasms and musculoskeletal pain and other symptoms caused by MS, while also reducing stress and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing. The benefit of turning to an osteopath for care, even when dealing with chronic conditions such as MS, is that they focus on treating the patient as a whole, not just the symptoms.

An osteopath will always tailor each treatment to the patient’s unique needs. They work with you to determine which osteopathic techniques are going to provide you with the biggest benefit to your daily routine and activities. Many people with MS enjoy working with an osteopath because it allows them to take charge of their care and the treatments they receive. They can work together with their osteopath to create open communication around what’s working and what isn’t.

Osteopathic medication is also non-invasive, so you don’t have to worry about adding more medications to your treatment plan. There are no side effects involved in the therapies and treatments we offer our patients. Techniques such as the sacral wobble technique and thoracic inlet myofascial release have been particularly beneficial for improving mobility in those with MS.

Are you interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you or someone you know with multiple sclerosis? Talk with an osteopath today to learn more about the techniques and treatments we offer.

By High Desert Family Medicine
February 11, 2021
Tags: Shoulder Pain  
Shoulder PainNoticing shoulder pain whenever you raise your arm above your hand or after certain activities? The shoulder is highly mobile, which also leaves it prone to injury. While shoulder pain is never something that you want to deal with, if you are, you’ll be happy to hear that an osteopath can identify the cause of your shoulder pain and how to treat it.
What is causing my shoulder pain?

This is the first question we need to answer before we can begin treating your pain. We will go through your medical history and ask you a variety of questions about your symptoms. From there we will examine your shoulder and recommend imaging tests such as X-rays or a CT scan. Common causes of shoulder pain include,
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder joint dislocation/instability
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Joint pain
  • Tendonitis
Why turn to an osteopath for shoulder pain?

As any osteopath will tell you, shoulder problems are fairly complex and may require long-term management and care to improve problems such as instability and pain. Some causes of shoulder pain, such as osteoarthritis, are chronic and require long-term care too. In this case, you certainly want a doctor that understands not just the cause of your pain but can also provide you with a variety of treatments and therapies that are non-invasive but can effectively improve how the body functions as a whole. This is what an osteopath can do.
An osteopath will look at several factors including your overall health, your age, and fitness level to determine which stretching and strengthening exercises to perform daily, along with other treatment options such as massage therapy. Other manipulative techniques help to stimulate blood flow to the area to promote the body’s natural healing response while alleviating muscle tension, pinched nerves, and other skeletal symptoms.
By prescribing certain exercises to our patients, we can improve posture and help to strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the shoulder to provide better support, functionality, and stability to the shoulder joint. Not only can this improve your current condition but also prevent injuries and other problems in the future.
From poor posture to rotator cuff injuries, there are a host of conditions, injuries, and diseases that could impact the health and function of your shoulder. When these problems happen it’s a good idea to have an osteopath that you trust to provide you with the comprehensive treatment you need to speed up the healing process and to get chronic pain under control.