Have you ever thought about visiting an Osteopathic physician since being diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis?
Medical News Today explains that, “Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
This therapy is a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.”
The overall philosophy of treating the body with osteopathic care (complementary to other existing treatments) is what really stands out. So many times we see doctors and physicians who, although may do a terrific job, fail to integrate the important goal of whole body wellness into a plan for treatment.
“The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles are based on all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. When the body is free of restrictions in movement, Osteopathic treatment assists the body with pain minimization, reduced stress and greater mobility providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself.”
This is especially important for those living with various chronic illnesses. Naturally, the entire body should be functioning in a friendly manner but when the symptoms of chronic illness shows up, something within the system of our body has very obviously been thrown off.
General improvement in mobility and structural stability of the body are known benefits of osteopathic care. While this course of action may not be beneficial for all chronic conditions, It may play a positive part in the lives of Myasthenia Gravis patients. The possibility for improved overall body function due to improvement of structural stability and general mobility is there.
In addition, when the body is internally and physically at a resting, pain-free and stress-free state, other systems within body such as the circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems function more effectively. This is what osteopathic treatment aims to help.
Symptom relief for general wellbeing
While this is not by any means the end all be all of Myasthenia Gravis symptoms, I see great potential for osteopathic care to be a solid complementary treatment while working towards whole body health. It is important that we keep what muscle and strength we do have to push back against the potential for muscle atrophy – which can easily happen as many of us are not as mobile as we once were.
I have experienced the benefit of guided strength training as well as muscle release therapy for pain reduction myself. Both of which improved my mobility and general strength overtime. The key is to work with someone who is aware of the quick weakness and fatigue Myasthenia Gravis can cause. While you must ease into any physical treatment, given time, I feel that physical therapy or Osteopathic treatment has the potential to greatly help those living with Myasthenia Gravis.
Yes, we may have a few things pushing against us but as long as we’re pushing back, we will always have persistence and determination on our side.