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By High Desert Family Medicine
September 29, 2021
Tags: Carpal Tunnel  
Carpal TunnelWhen the large nerve within the hand, known as the median nerve, is compressed you may develop numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand and wrist. This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome, and it’s more common than you might realize; however, carpal tunnel does require proper treatment to prevent permanent damage. An osteopath is a doctor that focuses on providing therapeutic and hands-on care to improve not just how the hand and wrist function but also how the body functions as a whole.

How is carpal tunnel typically treated?

How carpal tunnel is usually treated will depend on the severity of your symptoms. For most, rest is important; however, this may be more challenging for people who have to type or perform certain labor-intensive tasks for work. Splinting the wrist at night can help to reduce numbness and tingling while you sleep, while cortisone injections may be beneficial for those dealing with more moderate to severe pain.
 
Of course, when conservative treatment hasn’t worked, many doctors recommend surgery; however, surgery should not be taken lightly. In fact, an osteopath may be able to provide you with the treatment and relief you need from carpal tunnel syndrome without ever needing to resort to surgery.

How can an osteopath help me?

Through spinal adjustments and manipulative techniques, an osteopath can realign the spine, improve blood flow to the wrists (and other areas of the body), stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms, and also improve the nervous and lymphatic systems. The techniques that an osteopath will employ will focus on taking pressure off of the median nerve to improve wrist functionality and range of motion, while also reducing pain and swelling. By improving circulation within the wrist, we can also stimulate better blood flow and healing to the tissue and nerves of the wrist and hands.

You must see an osteopath regularly for manipulation therapy. Yes, many people experience relief from their symptoms after a single session but most people will benefit the most from several sessions. Even once the problem has been fully addressed, coming in for maintenance sessions can also prevent a relapse.

If you are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, you must seek the proper medical care you need to prevent further complications, and an osteopath is just the physician for the job.

By High Desert Family Medicine
September 27, 2021
Tags: Migraines  
MigrainesWhen you’re dealing with debilitating migraines you may think your first stop would be to visit a neurologist. While a neurologist may put you on medication that can lessen the symptoms once a migraine starts, wouldn’t it be better to find a treatment plan that actually pinpoints the root cause of your migraines and works to stop the cause rather than just treating the symptoms? This is why many people turn to an osteopath for migraine treatment.

Migraines are brutal, sometimes lasting for days. Migraines can make it challenging for people to go about their daily routines, and sufferers truly experience intense and unrelenting pain. If you have migraines, you know the impact these severe headaches have on your life. Fortunately, an osteopath can help.

Treating Migraines with Osteopathic Therapy

Osteopathic medicine provides patients with an alternative therapy that avoids simply using pain medications to mask pain. An osteopath is a holistic practitioner that takes a whole-body approach to treatment. After all, migraines can have several causes, and it’s up to your osteopath to figure out what’s triggering your symptoms. An osteopath will take into account all factors that could be playing a role, ensuring that you get the answers you need as quickly as possible.

There are several strategies and techniques that osteopaths will employ to help alleviate tension and reduce the risk for migraines. These treatment options include:
  • Manipulative therapy, which involves stretching the joints and ligaments of the body to improve blood flow and mobility
  • Myofascial release, which breaks apart knots in the muscles
  • Soft tissue massage, which improves misalignments and imbalances in the soft tissues of the body
  • Cranial therapy, which applies gentle pressure to the head to prevent tension-elated migraines
  • Ergonomic and posture training and education
Since an osteopath utilizes a more complementary and drug-free way of care, they will also look into your medical history and consider whether natural remedies and supplementation may also benefit your migraines. In some cases, people who take magnesium found some relief from their symptoms, as this mineral helps alleviate muscle tension and promotes relaxation. Of course, you should always speak with your doctor before starting any new vitamins or supplements to make sure that they are right for you.

If you are dealing with migraines and you’re looking for safe, effective, and drug-free relief, an osteopath might just be the ideal doctor for you to turn to for care.