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The Musculoskeletal System Never Acts As An Isolated System

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I remember hearing a cardiologist once say that the cardiovascular system has nothing to do with the musculoskeletal system. I have also heard as much from other specialties during my medical training. This idea of separating systems has become so ingrained in our mentalities, that patients often ask if their problem is caused by a muscle, joint, nerve, tendon, etc. The problem with this mentality is that we are acting as if things actually do act in isolation from each other. In reality, they do not.   We separate systems in order to simplify the complexity of the human body….

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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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The Rule of the Artery: Osteopathic Reflection

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The rule of the artery is supreme.” Andrew Taylor Still, D.O.   This quote is often mistaken as being the primary principle that osteopathy is based on. Dr. Still, the founder of osteopathy wrote about the importance of other structures and having the whole body in working order. Having said this, he did understand how vital unobstructed blood flow is to overall health. Having unobstructed blood flow generally means all the tissues are in proper working order. Does Blood Flow Matter? Blood flow is highly important for the overall health of the body. The tissues that get the best blood…

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Questions About Health? Start With Nature For The Answer

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These days there is so much conflicting information about health. There are so many different diets, exercise programs, medications, supplements, and more. It can become overwhelming even if you are an expert on health. Since its beginning, osteopathy has looked for answers in nature. In his book Osteopathy: Research and Practice, Andrew Taylor Still wrote, “The Osteopath who succeeds best does so because he looks to Nature for knowledge and obeys her teachings . . .” This is a great place to start and is the standard we should strive for. What Does This Mean? It seems with so many…

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What If We Are Approaching Pain All Wrong?

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Imagine you are driving down the street and the “check engine” light comes on in your car. You stop your car, get a piece of masking tape, and cover up the “check engine” light. Now that you cannot see the light, you continue on your way. This is the equivalent to taking anti-inflammatory medications to mask the problem when feeling aches and pains. The ache or pain is your body communicating that something is not right. Taking the anti-inflammatory or getting the anti-inflammatory injection may block the pain but does not address the underlying issue. Without trying to figure out…

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3 Assumptions Doctors Make About Health

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According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word health is defined as, “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially :  freedom from physical disease or pain.” In short, this is saying that health is simply the “absence of disease or pain.” Sounds good right? This definition of “health” is what drives the medical field today. Think about it. The traditional medical approach takes whatever symptoms people have and the medicine given is generally aimed at suppressing the symptoms or simply remove them. Because as long as those symptoms are not present, then one is “healthy.” If you have inflammation, you…

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Trapezius Knot? Check The AC Joint For A Solution

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Get Course Access Now A “knotted” spasm in trapezius muscles is a common pain complaint. You can tell if you have one simply by squeezing the fleshy area between your neck and your shoulder. If this area is sensitive, tight, and painful, then you have “knots” in your trapezius. People often seek out massages, injections, medications, and more to get rid of these painful knots. We like to blame it on stress, backpacks, and all kinds of other reasons for this pain. Unfortunately, few people ever offer solutions that actually work because they do not understand why the knots develop…

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How Your Shoes And Orthotics Are Weakening Your Arches

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If you are like most people, you probably have weak feet and ankles, but you do not know it. This occurs for two reasons. This post will cover only one of the reasons and the other will be explained in another post. People have a hard time accepting the idea that they could have week feet and ankles. However, the reason and the concept is simple. It is called disuse atrophy. If you have not heard of it, let me explain: Imagine you broke your arm and had a cast put on it for proper bone healing. This cast will…

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The Interrelationship Of Structure And Function: A Progression Through The First Osteopathic Principle

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When one first glances at osteopathic principles, there may not seem to be much depth to them. Philosophically there is nothing special about the principles. Actually many who are not osteopathic practitioners agree with osteopathic principles. What separates an osteopathic physician from others who agree with osteopathic principles is the application of the principles. Just like it is important for a runner to understand philosophically the principles of proper running, the philosophical understanding does not help if those principles are not put into place during running. Those who do not apply these principles are like the runner who understands proper…

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