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Adult Frenectomy For Pain Relief: Osteopathic Considerations

By Health, Medicine, Osteopathy76 Comments

Why I Opted To Do The Frenectomy   I decided to consider a frenectomy for a tongue tie (ankyloglossia) after doing it for my daughter, Viviana, when she was 2 months old. Seeing how the shape of her face immediately changed, how she was immediately able to open her mouth wider, how she was finally able to bottle feed pumped breast milk for the first time, and she was able to breastfeed more efficiently instantly, I began to wonder if this would be helpful for an adult. It is generally thought that once one is fully grown that the structure…

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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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5 Ways Your Shoes Are Deforming Your Feet

By Gait, Osteopathic Techniques, Osteopathy, Physical HealthOne Comment

An Osteopathic Physician’s Perspective Shoes are not designed to mold to the shape of our feet. Instead our feet are forced to mold the shape of your shoes. Over time, our feet lose their pliability. The interesting thing is that when pliability is lost, it becomes more painful to walk without shoes. Some people interpret this as evidence that walking barefoot is not good for them. Any time the distance between attachments of muscles is changed, weakness takes place. As humans, we abuse our feet a lot. Society has determined that high-heels and the unnatural gait they produce are “sexy.”…

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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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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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Osteopathy For Natural Pain Relief During Pregnancy

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  Pregnancy can be a very exciting time for an expecting couple. During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many necessary structural and physiological changes. Often times pain is commonly associated with these changes and can linger for many months after delivery. Fortunately, the vast majority of low back pain related to pregnancy resolves within 3 months of delivery. This poses a challenge for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Many medications that would commonly be used to mange these problems are not considered safe during pregnancy or during breastfeeding. In addition the pregnant woman or mothers may not be willing to…

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