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Why Do Some Kids Get Chronic Ear Infections In Only One Ear?

By Health, Medicine, Osteopathy, Physical Health3 Comments

Why The Current Idea Just Does Not Work When parents ask their pediatricians why their children get chronic ear infections, the answer is invariably the same. Babies get ear infections because their ear canals are more horizontal than that of an adult. Therefore the fluid cannot drain as well into the throat making the stagnant fluid a breeding ground for bacteria. Sounds reasonable right? I used to think so until I thought about it a little more. Then I had questions that I still felt needed answering. If babies are born with horizontal ear canals, then why do not all…

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How Your Glasses Or Contacts Are Causing Headaches

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Have you ever had headaches after getting a new eyeglass prescription? Have you ever wondered why you get those headaches? That is what we will explore in this article and some options besides surgery to improve your vision.  In order to understand what happens, we will be operating with the understanding that the bones of the head are capable of moving. More details on that later. Also it is important to understand that with vision, the eyeball will elongate or shorten based on whether you are looking at an object far away or close to you. This is so that…

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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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Osteopathy and Sinus Congestion

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Most patients seek out osteopaths for musculoskeletal aches and pains. One thing that many people do not usually think about going to their osteopathic physician for is sinus infections, sinusitis or sinus congestion. Osteopathy was originally used to treat infectious diseases in the 1800’s. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) can, however, be very beneficial in resolving sinus infections, especially chronic sinus infections. My first personal experience with this was several years ago when I had traveled to take a seminar in Albuquerque. I had started to feel sick prior to traveling to Albuquerque. Once I had arrived, I was feeling very congested…

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Do The Bones Of The Head Move?

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One of the components of the cranial concept for practitioners who practice cranial osteopathy or craniosacral therapy is that the bones of the head move along the sutures. The movement can be described as an expansion and compression that take place much how the rib cage moves during respiration. This idea has been highly controversial since it was first presented to the world over 60 years ago. To this day, there’s plenty of criticism that this concept is based on ‘pseudoscience.’ Many state that there is ‘no research’ supporting this idea. This statement is incorrect. There may not be sufficient evidence…

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