OSTEOPATHY: A TRULY COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH

Osteopathy was founded upon the principles of manual manipulation and rooted in a philosophy that the body should be brought back to health using the least invasive measures first. Osteopathic manual manipulation was designed to improve the flow of air and blood, lymphatic, and other fluids in the body to improve the function of our joints, organs and bran and to maximize self-healing mechanisms.

Osteopathy is a touch-centered treatment that looks at the patient as a whole and aims to determine why the problem is there and treat the conditions that created the problem. Tissues are manipulated in order to help the body return to health.

Osteopathic manipulation is most commonly used to treat musculoskeletal conditions like neck, back, knee and foot pains but can also help with stress, digestive issues and migraines. For example, research has shown that using manipulation to treat elderly patients with pneumonia results in shorter hospital stays and less use of medication. Other studies have suggested a link between manipulation and activity in the endocannabinoid system, the same system affected by the pain-relieving cannabis in marijuana.

 

The main reason I chose to pursue osteopathy instead of chiropractic is that while chiropractic focuses primarily on spinal manipulation, osteopathy involves head to toe treatment to help the body work more efficiently. Whether someone has a wrist fracture, back pain or a knee injury, osteopaths will treat the entire body to optimize functioning. I have always felt that with the multitude of interconnections in the body, addressing the entire system is the only way to effectively treat.

Osteopathic treatments are conventionally classified into soft tissue techniques, articulation, and mobilization. Soft tissue techniques mechanically stretch the skin, fascia, and muscle tissues to enhance their motion and pliability, either as a specific therapeutic goal or in preparation for other procedures. Articulation consists of repetitive, oscillatory movements engaging a restrictive barrier up to it send point before backing away. Its purpose is to surround inga restricted articulation. Mobilization involves engaging the restrictive barrier of the joint needing treatment, followed by a high velocity and low amplitude thrust through the barrier, which briefly separates the joint surfaces and commonly produces a cavitation sound.

Successful treatment will restore the range of movement, improve symmetry, reduce muscle hypertonicity, and possibly restore normal joint receptor activity. This might improve somatic neural input to the spinal cord and allow reflex activity in facilitated spinal segments to return towards normal.

 

I have always had a particular fascination for fascia. In over 10 years of practice I have had the most success treating difficult conditions by addressing the fascia.

Myofascial release is one aspect of Osteopathy and the purpose of these therapies and treatments is to alter the mechanical properties of fascia, such as density, stiffness, and viscosity, so that the fascia can more readily adapt to physical stresses. In fact, some osteopathic physicians and manual therapists report local tissue release after the application of a slow manual force to tight fascial areas; these reports have been explained as a breaking of fascial cross-links, a transition from gel to sol state in the extracellular matrix, and other passive viscoelastic changes of fasciae. The fascial osteopathic technique is the application of a low-load, long-duration stretch into the myofascial complex that is intended to restore the optimal length of this complex. The operator places his or her hand on the fascial restriction identified previously by palpation, using different approaches, until the perceived resistance disappears or greatly decreases, inducing or stopping the preferential direction of the tissue. The time required for the technique varies according to the response of the patient. There are reports in the literature that improvement in the sliding of the different fascia layers, via manual manipulation, may decrease pain symptoms and reduce inflammation at the local level.

 

There are five models that make up osteopathy. The biomechanical model addresses muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones and can improve posture, mobility and function. The circulatory/respiratory model focuses on the thoracic inlet and outlet, the diaphragm and the rib cage and can affect respiration, circulation and lymphatic drainage. The neurological model centers around the brain, spine, autonomic and peripheral nerves to improve control, coordination and integration of the body’s functions and sensation. The behavioral model aims to affect the brain to address issues relation to anxiety, depression, stress, sleep and sexual activity. The last model is the metabolic energy model. The focus with this model is on internal organs, the endocrine system and how the body functions at a cellular level. The can affect the amount of inflammation you have in your body, immunity, reproductive function and digestion. By addressing all 5 models with osteopathic treatment you can effectively restore the body’s natural healing process and treat a wide range of conditions.

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The Social - Stretches For Better Sleep

Deep Relax Breathing
To try this relaxing breathing exercise, you can either sit up crossed-legged or lie down on your right side. Cover the right nostril with your thumb and extend the fingers out. Then take five to 10 deep breathes out of your left nostril. 

Benefits
It encourages relaxation by balancing out the left and right sides of your brain and calming the nervous system.

Rock-a-Bye Roll
Lying on your back, hug knees in to chest. Cross your ankles and wrap both arms around your shins with clasped hands. Inhale and rock your body up to sit; exhale as you roll back. 

Benefits
This is a very calming pose. Think about rocking a baby to sleep. The rocking motion in itself helps to calm the nervous system to prepare you for a deep sleep.

Happy Baby Pose
Lie on your mat and pull your knees to your chest. Place hands on the outsides of your feet, opening knees wider than your torso. Press feet into hands while pulling down on feet, creating resistance. Breathe deeply, holding for up to 1 minute.

Benefits
Similar to the calming effects of the rock-a-bye-roll exercises, the happy baby calms the brain and helps relieve stress. 

Nighttime Goddess Stretch
Lie on your back with knees bent. Place the soles of your feet together, then let your knees fall open, forming a diamond shape with your legs. Use your hands to gently push your knees down towards the ground. If you feel any strain, elevate your legs by placing a pillow underneath each knee.

Benefits
This stretch relaxes your body to promote restful sleep. It also feels really great!

Standing Forward Bend
Stand with feet hip-width apart and with a slight bend in the knees. Slowly bend forward and hold your elbows. Exhale and lengthen down through the crown of your head. To come up, release your arms, root through your feet, and slowly rise.

Benefits
It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and anxiety. In yoga this pose has been traditionally used to treat insomnia.

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Ordering the dr. Liza pump

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ROCKER SOLE The forefoot platform rocker sole  off loads weight at the metatarsal heads [ball of your foot].  This means little pressure at the front of your feet when you are standing or walking.

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Why the dr. Liza pump?

ORTHOTIC INSOLE Features advanced foam cushioning and contoured arch support for all day comfort and long-term wear. The orthotics in the dr. Liza pump are engineered to provide biomechanical support and correction with every step.

EVA PLATFORM The platform is made of shock-absorbing EVA to make every step cushiony and comfortable.

ROCKER SOLE The forefoot platform rocker sole  off loads weight at the metatarsal heads [ball of your foot].  This means little pressure at the front of your feet when you are standing or walking.

NON-SKID RUBBER OUTSOLE Provides traction and shock absorption to keep you grounded and balanced with every step.

DEEP HEEL CUP Gives you greater stability by controlling over pronation [when your feet roll in too much]. It also helps to gather the fat at the bottom of your heel to provide additional cushioning. 

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The Social: Posture Fixes for a Flatter Stomach

If we told you there's a way to treat back pain while simultaneously making your stomach look flatter, would you believe us? Liza Egbogah says it's true! 

See below for the celebrity chiropractor's treatments and stretches that can do the trick.

When your pelvis is tilted forward due to tight hip flexors, this can make your stomach stick out giving you the appearance of a protruding abdomen. Normalizing your pelvic tilt will cause your stomach to be flatter and look more toned. This treatment can also help to reduce bloating and the appearance of abdominal fat rolls.

The treatment includes myofascial release and manual stretching of the abdominals, hip flexors and quadriceps; percussion therapy on the stomach; chiropractic adjustments on the lower back and mobilizations of the hips

Hand to Floor Dancers Pose
Stand with your feet together. Inhale, shift your weight onto your right foot, and lift your left heel toward your left buttock as you bend the knee. Press the head of your right thigh bone back, deep into the hip joint, and pull the knee cap up to keep the standing leg straight and strong. Slowly bend forward to touch the floor in front of your while you kick your left heel back as you try to extend your leg. Stay in the pose for 20 to 30 seconds. Then slowly come back up to standing and release the grasp on the foot, place the left foot back onto the floor, and repeat for the same length of time on the other side.

BENEFITS: Tight hip flexors can cause your pelvis to tilt forward; giving the appearance of a protruding abdomen. This yoga pose not only helps to stretch your hip flexors but it also strengthens your core, glutes and legs.


Tree Pose
Stand with your feet together. Shift your weight slightly onto the left foot, keeping the inner foot firm to the floor, and bend your right knee. Reach down with your left hand and clasp your right ankle.  Draw your right foot up and place your foot at the front of your left hip. As you continue to hold your right foot with your left hand, bring your right hand up to the center of your chest. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Bring your foot back down to the ground with an exhalation and repeat for the same length of time with the legs reversed.

BENEFITS: Tree pose provides a great stretch for the hip flexors and groin so not only does it help correct anterior pelvic tilt it also improves overall alignment and posture. Your core muscles are also working in this pose which means a tighter midsection.


Eagle Pose
Stand with your feet together. Bend your knees slightly, lift your left foot up and, balancing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor, press the foot back, and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf. Balance on the right foot.

Stretch your arms straight forward and cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left, then bend your elbows. Snug the right elbow into the crook of the left, and raise the forearms perpendicular to the floor. Press the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left, so that the palms are now facing each other. The thumb of the right hand should pass in front of the little finger of the left. Now press the palms together (as much as is possible for you). Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, then unwind the legs and arms and repeat for the same length of time with the arms and legs reversed.

BENEFITS: Eagle pose is a great posture for improving lymphatic drainage and digestion. This means less water retention and bloating which ultimately leads to a flatter stomach.


Alternating Stars
Start with your feet together. Slowly bend to the right as you reach your right hand to touch the ground beside you. Exhale, press your right hand and right heel firmly into the floor, and straighten your right leg, simultaneously lifting the left leg parallel (or a little above parallel) to the floor. Extend actively through the left heel to keep the raised leg strong. Lower the raised leg to the floor with an exhalation and return the pose to the left for the same length of time. Alternate between sides 10 times.

BENEFITS: This is one of the best stomach toning yoga poses that you can do. Your oblique and deep core muscles are working here while they are also being stretched to help elongate your midsection.


Deep Squats
Start with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly bring your buttocks down towards the ground into a deep squat. Ensure that the front of your knees never go past the front of your feet. Keep your heels on the floor if you can. Extend your arms out in front of you. Separate your thighs slightly wider than your torso. Exhaling, lean your torso forward and fit it snugly between your thighs. Hold the position for 5 seconds then inhale, straighten the knees, and stand. Repeat 10 times.

BENEFITS: Your core muscles have to work very hard in this movement while also creating a great stretch in the hips.  The deep squat also helps to encourage great alignment so that your overall posture will be better and your stomach will look considerably flatter.

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The Best 3 Exercises to Improve Your Posture

Do you spend too much time sitting? Do you work at a desk? Are you guilty of too much time texting? Your posture may be suffering as a result. Watch the segment below to learn 3 great exercises that you can do to improve your posture and counteract some of the effects of sitting!