How can osteopathic medicine improve MS?
While there is no cure for MS, your doctor will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will help to slow the progression of the disease. This is typically done through medications such as immunosuppressants and steroids; however, many people with MS turn to complementary and osteopathic therapies to bolster their current treatment plan.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) can improve muscle spasms and musculoskeletal pain and other symptoms caused by MS, while also reducing stress and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing. The benefit of turning to an osteopath for care, even when dealing with chronic conditions such as MS, is that they focus on treating the patient as a whole, not just the symptoms.
An osteopath will always tailor each treatment to the patient’s unique needs. They work with you to determine which osteopathic techniques are going to provide you with the biggest benefit to your daily routine and activities. Many people with MS enjoy working with an osteopath because it allows them to take charge of their care and the treatments they receive. They can work together with their osteopath to create open communication around what’s working and what isn’t.
Osteopathic medication is also non-invasive, so you don’t have to worry about adding more medications to your treatment plan. There are no side effects involved in the therapies and treatments we offer our patients. Techniques such as the sacral wobble technique and thoracic inlet myofascial release have been particularly beneficial for improving mobility in those with MS.
Are you interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you or someone you know with multiple sclerosis? Talk with an osteopath today to learn more about the techniques and treatments we offer.
This is the first question we need to answer before we can begin treating your pain. We will go through your medical history and ask you a variety of questions about your symptoms. From there we will examine your shoulder and recommend imaging tests such as X-rays or a CT scan. Common causes of shoulder pain include,
- Shoulder impingement
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder joint dislocation/instability
- Rotator cuff tear
- Joint pain
As any osteopath will tell you, shoulder problems are fairly complex and may require long-term management and care to improve problems such as instability and pain. Some causes of shoulder pain, such as osteoarthritis, are chronic and require long-term care too. In this case, you certainly want a doctor that understands not just the cause of your pain but can also provide you with a variety of treatments and therapies that are non-invasive but can effectively improve how the body functions as a whole. This is what an osteopath can do.
What are the symptoms and signs of sarcoidosis?
The symptoms you experience will depend on what organ or organs are affected.
- Lungs: persistent cough; wheezing; chest tightness and shortness of breath
- Skin: reddish rash; sores on the nose and cheeks; lighter or darker patches of skin; nodules under the skin
- Eyes: blurry vision; sensitivity to light; pain; redness; dryness; itching
- Heart: irregular heartbeat; fluttering heartbeat; swelling; chest pain; fainting
While anyone can develop sarcoidosis, it is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 to 40 years old.
How is sarcoidosis treated?
It is important to seek treatment right away, as this disease can lead to serious complications. The treatment that your doctor recommends will depend on each person and their symptoms. Topical corticosteroids may be used to treat skin problems while immunosuppressants or steroids may also be prescribed.
How can an osteopath treat sarcoidosis?
Sarcoidosis can affect multiple systems within the body, leading to widespread symptoms including joint pain, headaches, and fatigue. While you might not require treatment, an osteopath can provide you with comprehensive care and treatment options including massage therapy and spinal manipulation to help ease symptoms such as headaches, joint pain, inflammation, and sleep problems due to sarcoidosis.
If you are looking for natural and more holistic approaches to treat your symptoms, then talk with an osteopath about how they can help you manage sarcoidosis.
What is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy, also referred to as low-laser therapy, uses special light waves to help stimulate the body’s natural healing and repair response, as well as to regenerate damaged cells. Low-level laser therapy such as these do not produce heat, so patients won’t feel any heat or discomfort during their treatment.
What issues can be treated with cold laser therapy?
Your osteopath may recommend cold laser therapy to help alleviate pain and inflammation and to treat a wide range of soft tissue injuries and problems. You may benefit from cold laser therapy if you are dealing with,
- Neck or back pain
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Sprains and strains
- Knee pain
- Muscle spasms
- Joint swelling
- Sports-related injuries
- Torn muscles
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Diabetic wounds
Cold laser therapy, when performed by a qualified medical professional such as an osteopath, is incredibly safe. Some of the benefits of cold laser therapy include,
- A painless, non-invasive procedure
- A fast treatment that lasts anywhere from five to 20 minutes, depending on the area that we are treating
- A faster recovery process
- Greatly reduces pain and inflammation
- No side effects or complications
- A safe alternative to pain medications
- No downtime
What causes sciatica?
Several conditions could be to blame for sciatica including,
- A herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Traumatic injury to the sciatic nerve or lower spine
- Piriformis syndrome
Certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing sciatica. They include,
- Normal aging
- Being overweight or obese
- Previous back or spinal injuries
- Weak core muscles
- Having a labor-intensive job
- Poor posture
- Improper lifting (especially when weight training)
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Being pregnant
Since the sciatic nerve starts at the lower back and extends down to the foot the most common symptoms of sciatica include,
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Pain in the back of the leg that intensifies when seated
- A throbbing or shooting pain on one side
- “Pins and needles” in the legs, toes, and feet
- Burning or tingling of the leg
- Weakness or numbness in the leg or foot
How can an osteopath help?
An osteopath has extensive training to be able to provide non-invasive spinal manipulation and other techniques and yes, they can help with treating painful sciatica. The goal of an osteopath is to restore full function into the body by focusing on the body as a whole.
We will focus on taking pressure off the sciatic nerve through soft tissue manipulation and mobilization techniques. Along with providing non-invasive treatments to ease sciatica symptoms we will also try and pinpoint the cause to help you prevent this problem from occurring in the future.
If you are dealing with back, hip, or leg pain and you’re wondering if it’s sciatica, an osteopath can provide you with the answers you need and treatments to restore mobility while reducing pain and swelling.
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