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By High Desert Family Medicine
April 21, 2021
Tags: Scars  
ScarsAre you dealing with a scar from past surgery or traumatic injury? While scars can be great conversation pieces and certainly be a source of pride for some, as doctors we also understand that scars have the ability to cause scar tissue and adhesions and even restrict movement in certain areas of the body. If this is something that you’re dealing with, an osteopath is the perfect medical professional to turn to for scar tissue release.
 
What is scar tissue release?

Through tissue manipulation and fascial release, an osteopath can help to break up adhesions and improve the texture and appearance of a scar. Even small scars can cause adhesions under the skin that can impact the deeper layers of tissue, so you mustn’t overlook a scar that may feel tight or painful. Through regular scar tissue release tailored to your needs, an osteopath can improve the overall movement and function of the tissue, ligaments, nerves, and muscles around the scar.
 
Should I consider scar tissue release?

While this osteopathic treatment may not be necessary for a lot of scars, this treatment can be beneficial if you want to,
  • Improve posture and mobility
  • Reduce or eliminate scar pain
  • Boost blood flow to the area and promote lymph drainage to facilitate faster and more effective healing
  • Improve mobility of the joints and tissues around the scar
  • Reduce the appearance of the scar
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Release tension in and around the scar
  • Prevent long-term complications or discomfort
It’s a good idea to speak with a qualified osteopath as soon as possible after a scar to determine whether scar tissue release is right for you. The sooner you start treatment the better since it can take months to see full results. This may be a great option for women who’ve just undergone a C-section or for athletes who’ve just had major surgery.
 
Whether your scar adhesions are due to a bad injury or from surgery, know that an osteopath can help reduce adhesions and other complications related to scars. Talk with your osteopath today to learn more about scar tissue release and other osteopathic treatment options.

By High Desert Family Medicine
April 09, 2021
Vitamin DeficienciesWhile we can certainly get all of the nutrients that our bodies need from food, unfortunately, everything from stress to a poor diet can lead to malnutrition. In fact, around 10 percent of the US population has at least one nutritional deficiency. Learn more about the warning signs of a vitamin deficiency, as well as how an osteopath can help.

What are the most common types of vitamin deficiencies?

The most common vitamin deficiencies that occur in the US and worldwide including,
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Calcium
What are the symptoms of these vitamin deficiencies?

Vitamin deficiencies are going to manifest in different ways. For example, calcium deficiency can lead to abnormal heart rate as well as tingling fingers while those with a vitamin D deficiency may notice fatigue, weakness, and changes in mood. Other signs and symptoms of a vitamin deficiency include,
  • Hair loss
  • Achy joints
  • Brittle nails
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Swollen tongue
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
Women of childbearing age, as well as vegans and vegetarians, are more likely to deal with certain types of vitamin deficiencies, so it’s important to speak with an osteopath if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

How can an osteopath help?

An osteopath is dedicated to providing non-invasive and whole body-based treatment options that help your body perform at its best. An osteopath can provide you with supplementation along with dietary changes that you can make to make sure that you are incorporating more foods that contain the necessary vitamins and nutrients into your diet.

Along with supplementation and dietary changes, an osteopath can also provide you with IV infusion therapy. This can be incredibly beneficial for patients who are struggling with brain fog, fatigue, weakness, and other severe symptoms as a result of their vitamin deficiency. These infusions go directly into the bloodstream, providing fast, effective results over oral supplements.

If you are experiencing the signs of a vitamin deficiency, it may be time to schedule an appointment with an osteopath. An osteopath can provide you with recommendations, customized dietary options, and infusion therapy to help you feel your best.