Osteopathy and Autism in Infants

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q: My daughter has had symptoms of autism since her 15 month old vaccines. She does not talk well and has many behavioral difficulties.  Is there any treatment techniques in osteopathy that are helpful with this diagnosis?

A:  I have had several children come to me with developmental delay or autism that had minimal speech and multiple behavioral disorders.  True osteopathy performed as it was created, utilized nature and animals in the treatment process. Many prescriptions included activities out in nature or interaction with animals. I use myofascial release and craniosacral therapy to balance the structure and then ask nature to help with the rest.

Intermittent Dizziness

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q:  I have had episodes of dizziness that comes on intermittently and seems to be occurring more frequently and it seems to happen whenever I lie down.  I have been getting treated for a car accident that occurred earlier this year, could they be related?

A:  There is a chance you have benign paradoxical vertigo. This is caused by an unequal distribution of inner ear matter. There are very simple exercises that can be done in sitting.  Turning your head to one side and falling to the opposite side touching the part of your head beneath your ear to the surface count to 30, up and follow the same directions to the other side.  

Why do I keep falling on my Right Side?

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q: I seem to frequently fall on my right side. I have had several injuries over the last ten years but it seems whenever I fall it is always on the right side. Do I have some type of neurological problem?

A: Sometimes when someone has an injury there can be an imbalance created at the pelvis. Especially if one leg went out in front and the other went backwards or if the fall was on one buttocks or the other. The ilia which is like a wing of the pelvis rotates on the sacrum, the ball and socket joint becomes compromised in that the leg for which the ilia is rotated in the forward plane appears longer to the rest of the body as compared to the other side.

Careful When Lifiting

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q:  I own a business that requires a lot of lifting boxes from 10-50 lbs.  Owning this business has required me to give up my workout time. Can lifting the boxes substitute for working out ? I did wrench my back pretty bad on a bigger box, I should mention I am a woman also.

Myofascial Release

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q:  I have had a great deal of myofascial release over the years and I would like to wrap up my need for treatment, how do you make the results last?

A:  When are you ever done with myofascial release is a great question.  Personally, I have found that I was living a good life in pain fairly early on. Treatment relieved pain gradually over time as though I was an emerging ice sculpture.  Treatments were expensive and being young I had a great deal to learn before I put myself first.  

Can Osteopathy Help With A Broken Rib?

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q: I fell off my horse two weeks ago and broke my rib.  My hip and shoulder are sore on that side to.  I could use treatment on the hip and shoulder however, can osteopathy help with the broken rib?

Why Can Some Practitioners Sense Your Pain?

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q: I have been a patient of yours in the past.  One thing always fascinated me that I was wondering if you could explain.  Sometimes I would not tell you where I was hurting and even if it was not the complaint I came to you for, you would drop your hand right on it.  How is it possible for a practitioner to know where the pain is without being told?

A: There is a great deal to this life time and this world we live in, that we cannot see.  A great deal of our world lies in the realm of quantum physics.  This aspect of living which the old time osteopaths were very aware of, has much to do with electromagnetic exchange of information that lies in the realm beyond bombarding of electrons: in the elements yet smaller than the electrons, protons and neutrons. 

Reducing the Stress when carrying heavy school backpacks

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q: My daughter has an incredibly heavy back pack.  How can I help her ward off pains when she grows up that may occur from years of this on going stress on her posture and muscles?

A: One thing to keep in mind, is that a long duration, low intensity stress is as damaging as a quick, high impact injury. The back pack is a low impact, repetitive, long duration stress. Carrying a heavy backpack long term, can make imbalances in the postural muscles such that the scalene muscles, pectoral muscles and psoas muscles are shortened causing forward head, rounded shoulder and lordotic low back posture. 

Osteopathy on Horses can effect you too!

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q:  You worked on my horse with osteopathy last month and it won a race later that day.  The results were immediate and now I feel inconsistency in his training sessions a fluctuation where some sessions are like race day and some are really off .  It seems if I am stiff or I have missed my stretching sessions it affects him, do you think I need to be treated to enhance his performance?

A: Many injuries for animals or people come from what we perceive as minor incidental occurrences that are easily overlooked. A twist or a kink that we feel will work it's way out. Sometimes after a fender bender or such symptoms are not felt for months.

Chronic Neck pain

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q: I am having a chronic problem that seems to go back and forth between my neck and my shoulder.  It seems when one hurts the other one does not and vice versa.  Why would this happen?  

A:  Neck pain can occur in conjunction with shoulder pain for many reasons.  The simplest reason is that a muscle in the neck becomes overused or strained to the point that it develops a trigger point.  Trigger points may develop in for instance the scalene muscles located at the lateral aspect of the neck on both sides that can cause symptoms that radiate into the shoulder even down the arm mimicking rotator cuff symptoms.

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