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Relieving Chronic Pain with Osteopathic Treatments

Chronic pain is complicated. Sometimes there is no understandable cause of chronic pain, yet the pain and suffering are real. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners have a more holistic approach to pain relief that can provide relief when more traditional approaches do not.

Pain treatment in traditional western medicine is very mechanistic. It views the body as a machine. When there is pain, it is because there is an injury, so the injury and the nerves affected by the injury are the focus of treatment. When injuries heal but pain remains, the typical western medical approach is to provide anti-inflammatories and/or painkillers to provide relief. This approach does not necessarily impact the underlying issues and can lead to patients being reliant on pain management drugs for an extended period of time. This can take a physical and financial toll on patients.

Osteopathy views a person as a single unit comprised of body, mind, and spirit. In the osteopathic perspective, one needs to treat the whole person. Instead of viewing the body as a machine, osteopathy looks at pain as the result of complex interactions between physical factors as well as psychological and social factors, also referred to as the “biopsychosocial” approach. The perception of pain is not merely a response to physical injury, but is also related to the patient’s own emotional framework as well as their physical and social environments. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner works to build a trusting relationship with their patient to help understand if there are other non-physical factors that could be contributing to their chronic pain condition. This allows the practitioner to develop a more comprehensive pain management and reduction plan to help their patient find relief.

Relieving Arthritis Pain with Osteopathy

If you are one of the millions of Canadians who have arthritis, I would like to let you know that Osteopathy can be a gentle and effective way to reduce arthritis symptoms.

A common form of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. This is a degenerative joint condition that primarily affects the hands, feet, hips, knees and spine. Many people think of osteoarthritis as being caused by the natural “wear and tear” on the body over time. There are many possible factors involved in the development of osteoarthritis including genes, weight, posture, heavy manual work, previous joint injuries, and lack of exercise. New research also indicates osteoarthritis can also be viewed as a malfunction of bone and cartilage metabolism.

Osteopathy views a person as a single unit comprised of body, mind, and spirit. In the osteopathic perspective, one needs to treat the whole person. Instead of viewing the body as a machine, osteopathy looks at pain as the result of complex interactions between physical factors as well as psychological and social factors, also referred to as the “biopsychosocial” approach. The perception of pain is not merely a response to physical injury, but is also related to the patient’s own emotional framework as well as their physical and social environments. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner works to build a trusting relationship with their patient to help understand if there are other non-physical factors that could be contributing to their chronic pain condition. This allows the practitioner to develop a more comprehensive pain management and reduction plan to help their patient find relief.

Massage Therapy and Benefits to Heart Health

If you’re looking to keep your heart in tip-top shape, in addition to your regular exercise routines and your healthy diet, you should consider adding regular massage treatments. There are many benefits to the heart from massage. Let’s look at how massage can be beneficial to your cardiac health.

One of the biggest challenges we face in modern society is stress. What exactly is stress? It is our body’s response to pressure or danger. A barking dog, a looming deadline for a project, or our own thinking patterns can trigger a stress response in our bodies. You’ve probably heard of this as the “fight or flight” response.

Short term, the stress response can be helpful. It keeps us alert, focused, and in a state of heightened awareness. When the stressful situation is resolved, our bodies then go back to a calm state. Stress becomes a problem when it is frequent or goes on for an extended period of time. The body has to keep releasing stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. The beneficial short term effects of these hormones are lost when the stress response is constantly being triggered. Our bodies weren’t meant to cope with constant levels of stress. It’s not healthy for us.

It’s well known that massage treatments help reduce stress. They do this in a number of ways. First off, physical touch is known to be a potent stress reducer. Dopamine and serotonin are two powerful neutrotransmitters that regulate mood and relieve stress and anxiety in the body. Massage therapy increases the level of these neurotransmitters helping to calm and relax the body and mind.

Massage also releases endorphins, which are hormones that have multiple functions within the body and brain. Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers. They act like morphine in the body, blocking pain receptors and reducing the perception of pain. Because they are produced by our own bodies, endorphins don’t cause addictions like synthetic drugs. Endorphins also trigger positive feelings in the body. Have you heard of a runner’s high? That feeling and others like it are attributed to the release of endorphins in the body. Endorphins also work to relieve stress, which is also good for our heart’s health.

Having regular massage treatments is a great way to enhance your overall health. The added benefits to your heart can be even more profound. Reduce your stress and be kind to your heart. Book your next massage treatment today!

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“I started visiting Ki-Hun Lee’s office early this year. I had had a rather chronic issue for about a year, where my hands would swell and seem very red. This had been diagnosed by a cardio-vascular specialist as “thoracic outlet syndrome”, and that surgeon was just dying to throw me under the knife, with what he called “de-compression surgery” in my armpit area. Anyway, Ki-Hun Lee was quick to assess my situation and recommend a better-posture/stretch-based, non-invasive approach. Within 3 months I had the issue 70-80% under control. Ki-Hun Lee has a very calm demeanor and is a good listener (i.e. keeps very good track of details session after session). Highly recommended.”

Daniel D.