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By Brunswick Family Medicine
May 13, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Lower Back Pain  
Lower Back PainIf like millions of Americans, you sit for most of the day, then chances are good that you’re going to deal with lower back pain at some point during your lifetime. In fact, back pain is one of the common issues that bring people to see an osteopath. An osteopath is a medical doctor that specializes in osteopathic manipulative therapy and alternative approaches to alleviate pain, swelling, and inflammation of the musculoskeletal system.

What could be causing my lower back pain?

Your body works together as a whole, so while you might think that your back pain might have something to do with your back or spine, you may be surprised to discover that imbalances or other issues with the feet, ankles, thighs, and hips can also lead to problems with your back. Common causes of lower back pain include,
  • Foot imbalances and alignment issues (e.g. flat feet; pronation)
  • Straining or lifting heavy objects
  • Sitting in the same position for long periods of time
  • Using non-ergonomic workspaces
  • Accidents or injuries
  • Tight or weak muscles
  • Pregnancy
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging disc
  • Strains and sprains
How can an osteopath ease my lower back pain?

When you visit an osteopathic practitioner, the first thing they will do is gather detailed medical history to determine factors such as previous surgeries or accidents that may be contributing factors to your back pain. Once an osteopath determines the root cause then they can get to work devising a customized treatment plan to help you feel better. Osteopathic medication is focused on gentle, treatments that,
  • Improve blood flow
  • Speed up the healing process
  • Improve mobility and range of motion
  • Reduce tension and stiffness
  • Restore joint flexibility and mobility
  • Support lymphatic drainage
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
Osteopathic medicine involves hands-on manipulation therapy that applies pressure to certain areas of the body to eliminate pain and inflammation. An osteopath will also recommend other types of self-healing measures such as exercises you can perform at home, ergonomic recommendations, and lifestyle and dietary changes. An osteopath will take a natural, medicine-free approach to heal.

If you are dealing with persistent or severe lower back pain that is making it difficult to get through your daily routine, then you should turn to an osteopath who can provide you with gentle but effective methods to improve how your body feels and functions as a whole.
By Brunswick Family Medicine
April 21, 2021
Tags: Scars  
ScarsAre you dealing with a scar from past surgery or traumatic injury? While scars can be great conversation pieces and certainly be a source of pride for some, as doctors we also understand that scars have the ability to cause scar tissue and adhesions and even restrict movement in certain areas of the body. If this is something that you’re dealing with, an osteopath is the perfect medical professional to turn to for scar tissue release.
 
What is scar tissue release?

Through tissue manipulation and fascial release, an osteopath can help to break up adhesions and improve the texture and appearance of a scar. Even small scars can cause adhesions under the skin that can impact the deeper layers of tissue, so you mustn’t overlook a scar that may feel tight or painful. Through regular scar tissue release tailored to your needs, an osteopath can improve the overall movement and function of the tissue, ligaments, nerves, and muscles around the scar.
 
Should I consider scar tissue release?

While this osteopathic treatment may not be necessary for a lot of scars, this treatment can be beneficial if you want to,
  • Improve posture and mobility
  • Reduce or eliminate scar pain
  • Boost blood flow to the area and promote lymph drainage to facilitate faster and more effective healing
  • Improve mobility of the joints and tissues around the scar
  • Reduce the appearance of the scar
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Release tension in and around the scar
  • Prevent long-term complications or discomfort
It’s a good idea to speak with a qualified osteopath as soon as possible after a scar to determine whether scar tissue release is right for you. The sooner you start treatment the better since it can take months to see full results. This may be a great option for women who’ve just undergone a C-section or for athletes who’ve just had major surgery.
 
Whether your scar adhesions are due to a bad injury or from surgery, know that an osteopath can help reduce adhesions and other complications related to scars. Talk with your osteopath today to learn more about scar tissue release and other osteopathic treatment options.
By Brunswick Family Medicine
April 09, 2021
Vitamin DeficienciesWhile we can certainly get all of the nutrients that our bodies need from food, unfortunately, everything from stress to a poor diet can lead to malnutrition. In fact, around 10 percent of the US population has at least one nutritional deficiency. Learn more about the warning signs of a vitamin deficiency, as well as how an osteopath can help.

What are the most common types of vitamin deficiencies?

The most common vitamin deficiencies that occur in the US and worldwide including,
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Calcium
What are the symptoms of these vitamin deficiencies?

Vitamin deficiencies are going to manifest in different ways. For example, calcium deficiency can lead to abnormal heart rate as well as tingling fingers while those with a vitamin D deficiency may notice fatigue, weakness, and changes in mood. Other signs and symptoms of a vitamin deficiency include,
  • Hair loss
  • Achy joints
  • Brittle nails
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Swollen tongue
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
Women of childbearing age, as well as vegans and vegetarians, are more likely to deal with certain types of vitamin deficiencies, so it’s important to speak with an osteopath if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

How can an osteopath help?

An osteopath is dedicated to providing non-invasive and whole body-based treatment options that help your body perform at its best. An osteopath can provide you with supplementation along with dietary changes that you can make to make sure that you are incorporating more foods that contain the necessary vitamins and nutrients into your diet.

Along with supplementation and dietary changes, an osteopath can also provide you with IV infusion therapy. This can be incredibly beneficial for patients who are struggling with brain fog, fatigue, weakness, and other severe symptoms as a result of their vitamin deficiency. These infusions go directly into the bloodstream, providing fast, effective results over oral supplements.

If you are experiencing the signs of a vitamin deficiency, it may be time to schedule an appointment with an osteopath. An osteopath can provide you with recommendations, customized dietary options, and infusion therapy to help you feel your best.
By Brunswick Family Medicine
March 25, 2021
PregnancyWhile aches and pains might just seem like a normal part of pregnancy, it’s not something that women should have to just put up with; however, many do without ever seeking care. An osteopath can be the perfect physician for pregnant women to turn to when dealing with musculoskeletal complaints (and we know most expectant mothers will experience them).

What problems can OMT treat in pregnancy?

As any pregnant woman can tell you, pregnancy can certainly put a lot of strain and pressure on the body. In return, you may be dealing with either localized or more widespread discomfort. Whatever type of pregnancy pains you’re dealing with, an osteopath can provide the hands-on care you need to alleviate common complaints such as,
  • Back and neck pain
  • Pelvic and groin pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Swollen ankles
  • Sciatica
  • Rib pain
  • Carpal tunnel
Along with these musculoskeletal issues that we often see in pregnant patients, regular osteopathic medicine can also improve other conditions and symptoms including,
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Fatigue
What is osteopathic treatment?

Osteopathic therapy is a hands-on manipulative therapy that focuses on realigning the body so that it functions properly as a whole. Osteopathic medicine is considered a natural or alternative therapy. Through stretching and placing your body into certain positions, we can reduce strain, pain, and pressure placed on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

By taking pressure off certain areas of the body, an osteopath can also improve circulation. Increased blood flow to these areas delivers the vital nutrients that the soft tissue needs to heal properly and to reduce inflammation. In essence, regular osteopathic treatments can speed up the body’s natural healing processes so that you feel better faster.

A variety of techniques may be employed during your treatment session, including,
  • Cranial/biodynamic technique
  • Sacral-sternal release
  • Soft-tissue massage
  • Subcostal visceral release
  • Myofascial release
Since certain pain medications aren’t safe for women to take while pregnant, osteopathic manipulative therapy is a safe, effective, and non-medicinal option that can help alleviate pain.

If you’re sick and tired of feeling so achy and sore all the time, an osteopath can ease your symptoms with safe, effective techniques that can provide you with relief. Osteopathic manipulative therapy can help pregnant women feel more comfortable by combating those pesky aches, pains, and muscle spasms.
By Brunswick Family Medicine
March 11, 2021
Tags: Neuralgia  
NeuralgiaNeuralgia is the pain that results from damaged nerves. People with neuralgia experience shooting or burning pains, as well as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the area where the damaged nerve or nerves are. It’s important to seek a proper evaluation from a medical professional to determine what’s causing your pain. In many cases, osteopathic medicine can alleviate your nerve pain.

So, why the burning, tingling, and numbness? Neuralgia has a few different causes, including,
  • Tight, stiff muscles
  • Damage or injury to the nerve
  • Aging
  • Poor posture
  • An infection (e.g., shingles)
  • Certain health problems (e.g., diabetes)
Neuralgia can lead to severe pain just about anywhere in the body, and you mustn’t just ignore it.

How can an osteopath help?

An osteopath looks for safe, non-invasive therapeutic solutions that provide long-term pain relief and that works well for your body and symptoms. We can tweak and tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs. When it comes to treating neuralgia, the goals of osteopathic manipulative therapy include,
  • Helping to realign the body as a whole to improve posture and to take the pressure off the affected nerves
  • To help alleviate pain through non-medicinal and nonsurgical approaches but instead through gentle stretches and exercises that improve how your body functions and moves
When you come into the office for the first time, we will perform a thorough evaluation, investigating possible causes for your symptoms and conducting a physical examination. We will ask you questions about your current health, activities, and lifestyle, and go through your medical history. Once we have made our assessment and have determined the cause of your neuralgia, then we can map out your treatment plan.

One of the key benefits of osteopathic medicine is that it improves circulation, which can help stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and assist with a faster recovery. It can also reduce inflammation and help alleviate pain.

Along with regular osteopathic sessions, you will also want to practice a healthy lifestyle, which includes,
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Getting quality sleep every night
  • Managing stress
  • Getting regular physical activity
If nerve pain is impacting your daily routine and quality of life, know that an osteopath is here to help. Regular OMT sessions can keep nerve pain at bay. Talk to an osteopathic professional today to schedule a consultation.




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