The Stomatognathic System

The Stomatognathic system is a fancy name for the everything encompassing the mouth (stoma) and jaws (gnath). I see relatively few people who come in and tell me they have problems in this area, but it’s still something to consider because osteopathy is holistic. If someone mentions jaw pain, like lower back pain, I want […]

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Bursitis

There are over a hundred fluid filled sacs called “bursae” in the body. Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. Symptoms can include focal pain, swelling, heat, and redness. In areas where tendons run closely to bone, you can often find bursae, as their function is to prevent friction. The two areas in which I see […]

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Osgood Schlatter’s Disease

Osgood Schlatter’s disease is a relatively common juvenile condition in which a fragment of bone from the tibia (shin bone) is pulled away by the quadriceps. This condition most often affects active 10-15 years olds. Symptoms include a tender swelling just below the knee cap (the tibial tubercle). Once the condition has run its course, […]

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

The thoracic outlet is a space where blood vessels and nerves leave the torso on their way to the arm. It is formed by the first rib and the collar bone. The outlet is tightly packed, and there are a number of things that can cause compression to those blood vessels, or nerves, or both. […]

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Osteopathy and Pregnancy

I’m currently treating an array of pregnant patients, from the start of the second trimester to a few weeks before the due date. The interesting thing is that they all present with a variation of the same thing: lower back and pelvis area pain. For some it is relentless, and may even need crutches. For […]

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