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Can osteopathic manipulation therapy help in fibromyalgia treatment?

Can osteopathic manipulation therapy help in fibromyalgia treatment?

Partly: A carefully designed program with myofscial release stretching and aerobic exercize would be needed the latter would still be the more important part. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more


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What is the purpose of osteopathic manipulation therapy?

What is the purpose of osteopathic manipulation therapy?

A good tx option: Osteopathic medicine at the very least is another great treatment modality for many neuro and musculoskeletal conditions like back pain and headaches for example. When used properly and with good technique it is very effective and has few if any side effects. I have and continue to use it with many of my patients to very good effect and relief of their pain and discomfort ...Read more

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I have low back pain on the right side. Doesn't seem to be getting better despite osteopathic manipulation and certain injection. Pain is constant ?

Back pain: Persistent pain despite conservative management is an indication for advanced imaging with an MRI scan. Extension of pain into the leg can signify nerve compression but sometimes there can be a pattern of back pain with walking and relief with sitting that can be due to spinal canal narrowing. At age 47, this can happen with a large disc herniation resulting in spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Is osteopathic manipulation of the spine, especially the upper cervical spine, safe?

Is osteopathic manipulation of the spine, especially the upper cervical spine, safe?

Yes, as long as: The manipulations are done with your neck in neutral or flexed, but never extended. The only serious complications during manipulation (chiropractic or osteopathic) is when the "cracking" techniques are done with your neck in extension. Maneuvers. If you are understandably stressed, ask for more soft tissue, muscle energy and fascial, and less articulatory and they should understand and respect it. ...Read more

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Osteopathic manipulation and stretches have not helped my hip bursitis. I've stop exercising and am still experiencing a lot of pain. Why suggestions?

Osteopathic manipulation and stretches have not helped my hip bursitis. I've stop exercising and am still experiencing a lot of pain. Why suggestions?

Bursitis treatment: There are multiple treatment options in treating hip bursitis. Conservative treatment generally consists of ice, anti inflammatory medication, physical therapy. Other options may include shock wave therapy as well as corticosteroid injections. Discuss with your md to confirm your diagnosis and discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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My aunt has fibromyalgia. Are there any medications or treatment she can get?

My aunt has fibromyalgia. Are there any medications or treatment she can get?

Yes: There are many medicines and treatments that can be used to treat fibromyalgia. The medicines used are not typically those used to treat "regular" kinds of pain but are typically antidepressants, seizure medicines and muscle relaxers. Non-medicine treatments that can help include massage, physical therapy and exercise therapies. Your aunt should look for a physician who specializes in fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Not the way you mean: Fibromyalgia is a brain problem, not a joint, muscle, tendon or bursa problem. Massage doesn't "help" fibromyalgia the way it may help muscular soreness after vigorous exertion. The pleasurable sensation merely acts as a counter-sensation to fibromyalgia & is only temporary. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with no "cure," only symptomatic treatment at the neurochemical level, ...Read more

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How can physical therapy help fibromyalgia?

How can physical therapy help fibromyalgia?

Multiple ways: Pt can apply "modalities" of heat cold ultrasound electrical stimulation. They can do trigger point massage deep muscle massage as well as loosten you up with stretching and start you on a general aerobic exercise program. ...Read more

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How well can neural therapy help with fibromyalgia?

Sometimes quite well: Neural therapy will not necessarily help everyone with fibromyalgia, but if someone has scar tissue creating "interference fields" it may be extremely helpful in reducing pain and improving function. Like many alternative therapies, there is little research demonstrating its effectiveness, but it is very safe and I have seen many patients have remarkable benefit from neural therapy. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and rsds, what physical therapy techniques can I do?

I have fibromyalgia and rsds, what physical therapy techniques can I do?

Physical Therapy: The physical therapy available to you would be somewhat dependent on what you can tolerate. Myofascial release procedures are often quite helpful for fibromyalgia patients. Find a therapist experienced with both and follow what they suggest. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for fibromyalgia to get rid of pain the rest of life?

What is the best treatment for fibromyalgia to get rid of pain the rest of life?

What works for you!: Treatment of fibromyalgia should involve multiple therapies. Good quality 7-8 hours of sleep every night is a really good start. Stress reduction strategies are also important. Making sure there are no other physical or psychological issues which could contribute to your pain is also essential, hence treatment should begin with a thorough physical and psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that physical therapy can help, make worse or not affect fibromyalgia?

Is it possible that physical therapy can help,  make worse or not affect fibromyalgia?

Tai Chi,Mild Aerobic: The answer is complex. Any physical therapy done should be mild with a focus on staying active to minimize weight gain. Therefore, all of us in PMR actually do recommend therapies but tailor them to each individual. This could include restorative yoga, aqua therapy, Tai Chi or Feldenkrais. I also recommend a support group to my patients and explore cognitive behavioral therapy. Keep me updated. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for fibromyalgia?

Exercise and meds: The best way to manage fibro is with mild daily aerobic exercise. However if you need further help, there are some new medications approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Since they require a prescription, you will have to see your doctor to get them. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for fibromyalgia?

Depends: Often fibromyalgia is a very ambiguous condition to treat but there are treatments available like savella, (milnacipran) Cymbalta and other chronic pain medicines that help. Check with your doctor to be sure of the diagnosis first. ...Read more

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What is osteopathic manipulative therapy?

D.O.s & OMT: Omt is literally a hands on approach to patient care. It is the art of healing touch applied to diagnosis & treatment of musculoskeletal problems and can help treat many other issues such as asthma, migraines, sinusitis, menstrual pain, and can complement & sometimes replace need for drugs & surgery. It involves both subtle soft tissue techniques & also manual movement of muscles & joints. ...Read more

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What is the milnacipran treatment for fibromyalgia?

What is the milnacipran treatment for fibromyalgia?

Reuptake inhibitor: Milnacipran blocks reuptake of neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, thus increasing the availability of those neurotransmitters at neuronal synapses. The mechanism is similar to duloxetine, which is also indicated for fibromyalgia (and major depression). It is taken orally, 100-200mg per day, and can cause side effects similar to other serotonin reuptake inhibitors (e.g. Fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Is Gerson therapy effective for patients with fibromyalgia?

Is Gerson therapy effective for patients with fibromyalgia?

By itself?: The best thing about gerson therapy is its emphasis on excellent nutrition, very clean & anti-inflammatory. It's also a difficult therapy to keep up with, without help with all the juicing requirements. This treatment approach was developed specifically for various cancers. Fibromyalgia is not one of the conditions listed on the http://gerson.Org web site, so it's difficult to say yes or no. ...Read more

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How does low frequency sound therapy help relieve fibromyalgia?

? anxiety reduction: There is no study to answer the question-does low frequency sound help fibro. However, low frequencies seem to produce a relaxing and calming response. Anything which can induce this state (such as meditation) will help most chronically painful conditions as pain tends to make us tense. ...Read more

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