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By High Desert Family Medicine
March 25, 2021
PregnancyWhile aches and pains might just seem like a normal part of pregnancy, it’s not something that women should have to just put up with; however, many do without ever seeking care. An osteopath can be the perfect physician for pregnant women to turn to when dealing with musculoskeletal complaints (and we know most expectant mothers will experience them).

What problems can OMT treat in pregnancy?

As any pregnant woman can tell you, pregnancy can certainly put a lot of strain and pressure on the body. In return, you may be dealing with either localized or more widespread discomfort. Whatever type of pregnancy pains you’re dealing with, an osteopath can provide the hands-on care you need to alleviate common complaints such as,
  • Back and neck pain
  • Pelvic and groin pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Swollen ankles
  • Sciatica
  • Rib pain
  • Carpal tunnel
Along with these musculoskeletal issues that we often see in pregnant patients, regular osteopathic medicine can also improve other conditions and symptoms including,
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Fatigue
What is osteopathic treatment?

Osteopathic therapy is a hands-on manipulative therapy that focuses on realigning the body so that it functions properly as a whole. Osteopathic medicine is considered a natural or alternative therapy. Through stretching and placing your body into certain positions, we can reduce strain, pain, and pressure placed on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

By taking pressure off certain areas of the body, an osteopath can also improve circulation. Increased blood flow to these areas delivers the vital nutrients that the soft tissue needs to heal properly and to reduce inflammation. In essence, regular osteopathic treatments can speed up the body’s natural healing processes so that you feel better faster.

A variety of techniques may be employed during your treatment session, including,
  • Cranial/biodynamic technique
  • Sacral-sternal release
  • Soft-tissue massage
  • Subcostal visceral release
  • Myofascial release
Since certain pain medications aren’t safe for women to take while pregnant, osteopathic manipulative therapy is a safe, effective, and non-medicinal option that can help alleviate pain.

If you’re sick and tired of feeling so achy and sore all the time, an osteopath can ease your symptoms with safe, effective techniques that can provide you with relief. Osteopathic manipulative therapy can help pregnant women feel more comfortable by combating those pesky aches, pains, and muscle spasms.

By High Desert Family Medicine
March 11, 2021
Tags: Neuralgia  
NeuralgiaNeuralgia is the pain that results from damaged nerves. People with neuralgia experience shooting or burning pains, as well as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the area where the damaged nerve or nerves are. It’s important to seek a proper evaluation from a medical professional to determine what’s causing your pain. In many cases, osteopathic medicine can alleviate your nerve pain.

So, why the burning, tingling, and numbness? Neuralgia has a few different causes, including,
  • Tight, stiff muscles
  • Damage or injury to the nerve
  • Aging
  • Poor posture
  • An infection (e.g., shingles)
  • Certain health problems (e.g., diabetes)
Neuralgia can lead to severe pain just about anywhere in the body, and you mustn’t just ignore it.

How can an osteopath help?

An osteopath looks for safe, non-invasive therapeutic solutions that provide long-term pain relief and that works well for your body and symptoms. We can tweak and tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs. When it comes to treating neuralgia, the goals of osteopathic manipulative therapy include,
  • Helping to realign the body as a whole to improve posture and to take the pressure off the affected nerves
  • To help alleviate pain through non-medicinal and nonsurgical approaches but instead through gentle stretches and exercises that improve how your body functions and moves
When you come into the office for the first time, we will perform a thorough evaluation, investigating possible causes for your symptoms and conducting a physical examination. We will ask you questions about your current health, activities, and lifestyle, and go through your medical history. Once we have made our assessment and have determined the cause of your neuralgia, then we can map out your treatment plan.

One of the key benefits of osteopathic medicine is that it improves circulation, which can help stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and assist with a faster recovery. It can also reduce inflammation and help alleviate pain.

Along with regular osteopathic sessions, you will also want to practice a healthy lifestyle, which includes,
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Getting quality sleep every night
  • Managing stress
  • Getting regular physical activity
If nerve pain is impacting your daily routine and quality of life, know that an osteopath is here to help. Regular OMT sessions can keep nerve pain at bay. Talk to an osteopathic professional today to schedule a consultation.