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About physical health, DIY, and other information related to health through the osteopathic lens.

Do You Suffer From Pain And/Or Tension? Osteopathy Can Help

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If so, how is this affecting you from enjoying your daily life? How different would your life be if you could get rid of this pain and tension? If you are ready to get rid of your aches and pains naturally, then you have come to the right place! Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) could be right for you. It can be used to treat many problems including pain and tension, headaches, and more. Anyone can benefit from OMT because it works to maximize the health of the body. Visit the Yelp to read about experiences that others have had with osteopathy….

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Is Your Neck Pain Affecting Your Life?

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Do you carry stress in your shoulders? When you squeeze the fleshy area between your neck and your shoulder, do you find achy, “crunchy” knots? Do you get tension headaches, have tenderness at the base of your skull, neck, between your shoulder blades, and down to the middle of your back? Do you find yourself constantly searching for a corner to press up against or massaging your neck? If you answered ‘yes,’ you may be suffering from an extremely tight trapezius muscle. How often are people suffering with tension in their necks and shoulders trying to get at least temporary relief…

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Intermetatarsal Space Release Of The Foot

By Gait, Health, Osteopathy, Physical Health, Self-HelpNo Comments

The purpose of this article is to describe a simple exercise you can do to help maintain the health of your feet. Our shoes are narrower than our feet. (1) Shoes have an impact in the overall shape of our feet.(2) Because of this I have found that over time our feet are also narrower than they should be. Part of this is because some of the small muscles and the connective tissue in our feet become chronically contracted. As a result, this can cause muscles and joints in the legs, thighs, and low back to tighten. The narrowing of our…

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Osteopathic Approach To A Dysfunctional Iliacus Muscle

By Osteopathic Techniques, Osteopathy, Physical Health7 Comments

The iliacus muscle lies on the inside of the pelvic bones. Although it can be a big factor in low back pain, is seldom evaluated or treated. I have previously written that often times when we treat a dysfunctional psoas major, we assume that we are also treating a dysfunctional iliacus muscle. However, I rarely find that a treatment for psoas major truly does help resolve a dysfunctional iliacus. Although these two muscles share a tendon, they are two separate muscles with separate innervation. It has been my experience that to treat iliacus dysfunction requires a different approach than treating a…

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Natural Cure for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Guest Post By Nicole Jardim, Founder Of The Healthy Elements You may have heard of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) but do you know that it is the leading cause of infertility in the United States. It is estimated to affect 1 out of every 10 women in their childbearing years – that is 10% of us ladies! Despite its prevalence though, there still remains an ongoing debate regarding its cause, and why it appears to be on the rise in Western societies. As has become the norm in the medical industry, a focus on cause and prevention has taken a…

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What Takes Place During A Colon Hydrotherapy Treatment? Your Questions, Answered!

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Guest Post By Joyce Rockwood, CCH Are you one of the many people who has heard about the benefits of colon hydrotherapy and even considered booking an appointment but shied away simply because you weren’t sure what takes place during the colonic treatment? I am here to explain the specifics to you so you can put your fears aside and start reaping the glorious benefits of the missing link in your health regimen – colon hydrotherapy! What Is A Colonic? Quite simply, a colonic, or colon hydrotherapy, is the use of purified water to rinse the colon of fecal and gaseous…

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The Five Components of the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (Cranial Concept)

By Osteopathic Techniques, Osteopathy, Physical HealthNo Comments

In 1929, William Garner Sutherland, D.O. presented the idea of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) also referred to as cranial osteopathy. ‘Craniosacral therapy’ is not the same as OCF and that will be discussed in other articles. OCF has been controversial since its origins for many reasons. OCF was not presented as a separate treatment modality but simply as an extension of the principles of osteopathy as described and taught by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, the founder of osteopathic medicine. The new concept that Dr. Sutherland described was called the ‘Primary Respiratory Mechanism’ (PRM) with five components that…

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Osteopathic Considerations: What Pain Is Telling You

By Osteopathic Techniques, Osteopathy, Physical Health2 Comments

Tips For Osteopathic Physicians: Understanding how to interpret the information the body communicates can be the difference between helping a patient get pain relief or leaving them in pain. In this day and age, pain is poorly understood and pain management can be dangerous. Currently, prescription related deaths are higher than cocaine or heroine combined. To understand pain, we have to change the way we think about pain and how we approach it as practitioners. Perhaps we need to look at the bigger picture instead and consider the “forest instead of the trees.” In order to progress, we may need…

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Why You Should Be Treating The Mandible During Your Cranial Treatments

By Osteopathic Techniques, Osteopathy, Physical Health4 Comments

Chances are that if you do cranial osteopathic treatment, you probably do not pay much attention to the mandible. Most of the treatments for the mandible have simply focused on treating the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). In this blog, I want to explain why as a practitioner of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), you should pay more attention to the mandible even beyond the TMJ, such as intraosseous strains during your osteopathic manipulative treatments (OMT) . Releasing tension at the mandible can give profound pain relief throughout the body. This is done because of the mandible’s influence on the dura. The mandible…

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Why Popping Necks, Backs And Joints Is Not Effective In Permanently Resolving Pain Or Stiffness

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Do you ever “pop” or “crack” your back by twisting? Does this ever truly resolve or keep you from needing to do this again? If the answer is “no,” then why would it be any different to have someone else do that to your spine? This article discusses what is missing when only this thrusting type of treatment is given and why I do not feel it is effective in giving permanent relief of pain and stiffness most of the time. People often describe osteopathic physicians as “chiropractors who can prescribe medications.” Although not accurate, part of this perception is…

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