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By High Desert Family Medicine
August 21, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Osteopathy   Sleep  
Osteopathy and SleepSleep problems are no joke. If you’re dealing with weeks of tossing and turning you could, like millions of Americans, be dealing with insomnia. So what is the best way to treat it? You could try and take sleep medications, but they aren’t designed to be taken every night and there is a high risk for dependency. Maybe you’ve tried fixing some of your sleep hygiene habits and are now powering down electronics and avoiding bright lights after sundown, but still, your sleep is just out of whack. Enter, osteopathy.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an alternative medicine that focuses on providing whole-body treatment and care for those patients experiencing a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints. An osteopath is trained to provide therapeutic and hands-on care that pinpoints and treats the root cause of your pain rather than just treating or “masking” your pain through medication. Osteopathic manipulative medicine uses manual therapy and other non-invasive techniques to improve mobility and functionality throughout the entire body while also reducing pain, stiffness, and discomfort.

What does this have to do with sleep?

There are many reasons why someone may not be able to get quality sleep. Everything from stress and anxiety to poor posture and exposure to blue lights can cause chronically poor sleep.

Stress and anxiety are common causes of sleep disturbances, and both can cause dysfunction within the central nervous system, which can mix-up signals in the body that help you sleep.

Misalignments within the vertebrae of the spine also can affect sleep. If you are dealing with chronic insomnia, regular osteopathic manipulative medicine can help to readjust and realign the spine and other areas of the body to improve sleep quality.

An osteopath will perform a thorough examination, asking you various questions about your health, lifestyle, habits, profession, and more. All of these are factors that can greatly impact your sleep. Our goal is to pinpoint the causes of your sleep issues and to provide non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free methods to fix these issues. Craniosacral techniques as well as soft tissue massage and visceral manipulation are particularly useful for treating insomnia and sleep disorders.

Are you curious about osteopathy and how it can improve your quality of sleep? If so, schedule an appointment with your osteopath to find out the different techniques and treatments we can offer to help you finally catch those ZZZs.
By High Desert Family Medicine
January 31, 2020

More and more people are turning to osteopathic physicians to get relief from their everyday and chronic aches and pains. Osteopathic manipulative treatment includes around 40 different manual techniques that involve applying the appropriate amount of pressure to certain areas of the body. Some of these techniques include soft tissue therapy, active release, and myofascial release.

An osteopath will often recommend osteopathic manipulative treatment to people dealing with a variety of painful musculoskeletal conditions. It can be particularly beneficial for people dealing with:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Shoulder problems
  • Knee problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Stress injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • TMJ disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pregnancy related pains (in the third trimester)

This hands-on approach can treat a wide range of biomechanical issues that lie within the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. Along with musculoskeletal problems, patients dealing with heart problems, digestive disorders, asthma, and sinus disorders may also experience some relief from their symptoms with regular manipulation therapy.

An osteopath understands how everything in the body is interconnected and how each system can affect one another to provide you with the comprehensive and individualized care you need to treat your condition and symptoms.

Osteopathic manipulation treatment offers a variety of benefits including:

  • Improving circulation
  • Easing pain
  • Reducing swelling
  • Speeding up the healing process
  • Treating imbalances within the muscles and tissues
  • Correcting spinal misalignments
  • Improving joint mobility and range of motion
  • Reducing muscle tension and stress
  • A drug-free approach to care
  • Preventing surgery
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Breaking up scar tissue
  • Improving flexibility
  • Boosting athletic performance

Another reason people turn to osteopathic manipulative treatment is that it’s safe for everyone, from newborns to seniors. Athletes may find regular sessions particularly beneficial for preventing sprains, strains and other injuries while also keeping their body in peak performance; however, everyone can benefit from regular osteopathic treatment even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms.

Along with providing manual adjustments, an osteopath can also provide you with a wide range of other complementary treatments including chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage therapy and nutritional counseling. Whether you choose to use osteopathic manipulation therapy along with other alternative therapies or alone, you may finally be able to get the pain relief you’ve been looking for.