Here at our practice, we offer various gentle but effective hands-on techniques that improve range-of-motion within the neck. Soft-tissue massage can also help to alleviate tight, spasming, or painful muscles. Mobilization techniques and stretching exercises help to realign the discs of the cervical spine, to improve how the body functions as a whole.
An osteopath will also provide you with a variety of exercises that you can perform between treatment sessions to help ease symptoms and speed up the healing process. Depending on the severity of your injury, your osteopathic doctor may recommend anywhere from two to six sessions.
How quickly will whiplash heal with osteopathic care?
Our goal is to help restore full function and get rid of the pain as quickly as possible. With that said, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the severity of your whiplash. If you notice symptoms returning, you must call your osteopath right away.
How can I ease my whiplash symptoms?
The way you care for yourself during this time is just as important as the treatments you get from our osteopathic team. You must rest as much as possible, avoiding any activities that would require fast, sharp neck movements. Light movement and stretching can help keep the ligaments and muscles limber and loose, which can reduce pain.
You may wish to apply ice to your neck for the first 48 to 72 hours after your injury; however, you will want to avoid using ice after 72 hours, as this could impede the healing process and may even lead to more inflammation.
What are the signs of whiplash?
Anytime the ligaments in the neck are overstretched or pulled out of alignment the result is often pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Those with whiplash often notice trouble moving or turning their head. You may experience more headaches or trouble sleeping. Those with more severe symptoms may have pain that radiates to the shoulder blades, back or arms.
For musculoskeletal complaints and injuries, an osteopath can help you find natural, alternative ways to get back on track. Our osteopathic team wants to help you get the treatment you need.
How do nerve blocks work?
To deliver the numbing effects of this injection into the nerve, we will need to use special ultrasound technology to guide us to the exact location that we need to treat. Once the nerve is located, we will administer the injection to provide immediate pain relief while also reducing inflammation. Nerve blocks numb the area by interrupting pain signals being sent from the nerve to the area of the body that’s in pain.
What types of nerve blocks are available?
There are a variety of reasons an osteopath or doctor will administer a nerve block. If you are looking for either short or long-term pain relief, then a nerve block could be an effective way to get your pain under control. There are surgical and non-surgical nerve blocks.
Surgical nerve blocks provide short-term relief from pain by numbing the area. One of the most common examples of a surgical nerve block is an epidural, which is typically administered during childbirth. Other types of nonsurgical nerve blocks include peripheral nerve, spinal anesthesia, or epidural anesthesia.
Surgical nerve blocks provide permanent pain-relieving results by destroying the nerve. This may be beneficial if you are dealing with chronic or debilitating pain. Common types of surgical nerve blocks include neurectomy, rhizotomy, and a sympathetic blockade.
What are the benefits of a nerve block?
Nerve blocks are a great way to manage both chronic and acute forms of pain. It can also help people manage more severe pain when other treatment options haven’t helped. In fact, a nerve block is a minimally invasive way to provide long-lasting and immediate relief from inflammation and pain. Plus, there is little to no downtime after this procedure and can be a great option for someone who wants to get the pain under control but also avoids surgery.
If you are living with nerve pain and you want to find out if a nerve block is the right option for you, then it’s the perfect time to sit down with an osteopath to discuss your treatment options.
How does stress impact my health?
Having cortisol coursing through your body for a long time can put you at risk for:
- Digestive issues
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic pain
- Depression and anxiety
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Heart disease
When tackling stress, you may think about how a regular doctor or psychologist can help, but you may also benefit from seeing an osteopath. An osteopath is a medical doctor that focuses on treating the body and all of its systems as a whole to ensure that everything is working together. An osteopath provides hands-on manual therapy and spinal manipulation.
Why focus on the spine?
This, along with the brain, is a crucial part of the central nervous system and for those dealing with prolonged stress, a lot of muscle tension can put unnecessary pressure on the spine, which in turn can lead to pinched nerves, trigger points, and tense muscles. Through regular osteopathic adjustments, we can realign the spine as well as the muscles around the spine to improve function and reduce pain and inflammation.
An osteopath also provides massage therapy, which is incredibly therapeutic and can help promote deep relaxation while flushing toxins from the body. If you’re looking for safe, non-invasive, and gentle treatment options to help ease the physical symptoms that stress is causing, osteopathic treatment may be right for you.
Regular osteopathic care can:
- Restore functionality and mobility
- Reduce swelling and eliminate pain
- Get rid of muscle tension and spasms
- Prevent joint degeneration
- Promote relaxation and reduce stress
- Enhance sleep quality
What causes night sweats?
When we think of night sweats, we most often associate this symptom with menopausal women; however, night sweats don’t just happen to women and they aren’t just a sign of menopause. If you are dealing with frequent night sweat episodes they could be caused by:
Excessive or chronic sweating: Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that causes people to sweat excessively regardless of the temperature. If your sweating isn’t just confined to the evening but you also drench multiple shirts during the day or sweat profusely for no reason, then you could have hyperhidrosis.
Infections: Sometimes night sweats are your body’s way of alerting you to the fact that you are sick. Certain infections can cause night sweats including tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, and endocarditis.
Stress: If you find yourself going to bed feeling anxious and worried then you may not be surprised to discover that stress and anxiety can also lead to excessive sweating, even at night.
Medication: If you take certain medications you may just have found your culprit. While not as common, certain drugs can cause night sweats. You may be more prone to night sweats if you are taking:
- Medication for diabetes
- Certain types of antidepressants (tricyclic or SSRIs)
- Pain medications
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs
First, we need to figure out what’s causing your symptom before we treat it. It’s not just about alleviating your night sweats but alleviating the root cause. We will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms before determining which tests need to be run.
You may need blood testing, thyroid tests, or tests that check for certain infections. We can recommend different medications, stress management options, ways to treat underlying infections or ways to manage chronic conditions that could be causing your symptoms. We are always focused on ways to improve your lifestyle to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
If you’ve made changes to your lifestyle and are still dealing with night sweats then it’s time to contact a qualified osteopath to find out how we can help you get a better, sweat-free night’s rest.
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
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!
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