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Self-Help Tips For Mild Carpal Tunnel Related Symptoms

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Introducing The Carpal Tunnel Release Series   Within about a couple months after the birth of my daughter, I noticed that I woke up one night with the first three fingers of both hands numb. I know this is from the median nerve being compressed, the nerve associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. After moving my hands for a bit the numbness would go away. My arms still felt sore and tight and bending my wrists forward would elicit the numbness. The next day I forgot about the numbness until I woke up the next night with the same numbness on…

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How To Assess The Impact Of A Tongue Tie On Patients: Osteopathic Considerations

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Why The Tongue Is So Important   The tongue is the only muscle, or really group of muscles, in the body that has one freely moveable end. Not only is it attached to most fascial planes directly or indirectly, but it also has attachments on the hyoid bone, mandible, temporal bones, and other structures in the head. Structurally it can affect the digestive tract and respiratory tract. It has innervation from five cranial nerves – the  trigeminal, facial, glossopharyngeal, vagus, and hypoglossus nerve. The tongue is complex and its involvement in swallowing and speaking are some of the most important…

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Adult Frenectomy For Pain Relief: Osteopathic Considerations

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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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What Happens When Your Back Goes Out?

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Imagine you are about to pick up something really heavy. You take a deep breath in and hold it, bend down, grasp the object, and bare down. You grunt as you try to lift the object. Suddenly you feel this sharp excruciating pain in your lower back and even down to your hip that takes your breath away. The pain is so severe that you cannot straighten up. Walking and moving are excruciatingly painful. In the mirror, you look so twisted that you feel like a pretzel. What happened? What happened in this case was that would by trying to…

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Nutritional And Homeopathic Tips For Back Pain

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Guest post by Natasha Zarrin, H.H.C.   So just about all of us have experienced some type of back discomfort. The reasons are as varied as we all are. Whether it’s chronic or a result of negotiating slippery sidewalks, having this type of irritation is no fun! To alleviate these pains most people would do well to book a bodywork appointment – osteopathic manipulation is particularly effective. In addition, there are other supportive and healing things to consider that are quite simple.   Shedding some weight might be helpful to those who are carrying a few extra pounds which are…

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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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Tip To Help Relieve Jaw, Neck, And Head Pain

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This is a simple maneuver that I often give to my patients to help them with jaw, head, neck and even back pain. This should be done 1 to 2 times per day and no more until painful tender spots are gone. Each session should only last a few minutes. Once gone, then it can be done periodically if tender spots return. This does not replace a medical work-up and assumes that you have consulted with your general physician prior to trying this. This works best in conjunction with the Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) patients receive. Step 1: Use the index finger…

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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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Are You Considering The Iliacus In Low Back Pain?

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Most manual practitioners view the iliacus muscle and the psoas major muscle as one muscle. These two muscles do share something in common and that is they both insert into the same tendon. In many books you’ll see them referred to as the ‘iliopsoas’ and are described as hip flexors. The ‘iliopsoas’ or even more often the psoas is blamed for a lot of back pain problems, especially when one has a difficult time straightening out.  The psoas is implicated for a lot of back pain issues. The iliacus, on the other hand, is difficult to reach as it is located…

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