Posts for tag: Back Pain
By High Desert Family Medicine
October 07, 2020
Category: Osteopathic Theraphy
Are 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
- 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!
By High Desert Family Medicine
May 15, 2020
Osteopathic physicians (DO) are differentiated from other medical professionals through their focus on the body as a whole. They believe that the musculoskeletal system is one of the key elements of health. That’s why if you experience back pain, your osteopathic physician focuses on treating the cause, not the symptoms of your discomfort. Osteopathic treatments focus on Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT).
Why Try Osteopathic Manipulation (OMT)?
OMT is an evaluatory system of the entire body. The purpose of it is to help patients achieve normalcy and harmony. DO’s believe that discrepancies in the spine affect the nerves, damaging the organs and causing medical problems. Manipulating the spine with manual pressure treats back problems and pain.
Types of Osteopathic Manipulation
- Muscle energy technique: The patient gets into the specified position, using their muscles to push against a counterforce applied by the DO.
- Thrust technique: This is also known as the cracking form of manipulation. High-velocity force to the joint creates motion. This reverses tissue changes, range-of-motion, and tenderness.
- Soft tissue technique: Patterns of deep pressure and traction are placed on the soft tissue around the spine.
- Counterstain technique: The patient moves back and forth from a painful position to a comfortable one.
Talk to your osteopathic physician about whether OMT is right for you. Patients with bone cancer or infection, spinal fusion, or osteoporosis should avoid this treatment.
Finding the Right Osteopathic Treatment for You
Everyone has different needs when it comes to treating their lower back pain. A technique that works perfectly for one patient may not work on the next. That’s why it’s up to you and your DO to find what works best for you. Besides the types of OMT mentioned above, there are many other techniques. Your DO selects the proper treatment based on your age, pain levels, and medical conditions. Not all patients can handle the intensity of various high-velocity types.
There is no standard time frame for osteopathic treatment of the lower back. It all depends on what you and your DO decide. The recommended treatment format starts with patients receiving treatment 1-2 times a week for the first 3-4 weeks. Then the frequency is downgraded to once every two weeks for 1-2 months. Finally, OMT is performed monthly for 2-3 months.