Osteopathy for sleep disorders
Restorative sleep is the one that allows you to be in good shape the next day. A good night’s sleep not only recharges the batteries, sleep keeps the body in good physical and mental health.
Patients who come to consult for sleep disorders in osteopathy are generally surprised by the quality of the solutions provided over the long term.
Some difficulties in getting to sleep are in fact linked to external factors such as daily stress, anxiety, over-exposure to screens and muscle tension following poor posture.
Situations where the body, just before going to bed, finds itself significantly stimulated cognitively and physically. This stimulation relates to the neurovegetative system (NSV) on which the osteopath can intervene.
A group of symptoms that alter the quality and quantity of sleep. Dyssomnia affects middle-aged adults primarily, and reported symptoms include problems falling asleep, and frequent or early waking.
The causes are:
- Pain / Stress
- Migraine / Headaches
- Environment: dound, light
Restlessness, emotions, abnormal and unconscious perceptions and dreams that happen during a period of sleep are all symptoms of parasomnia. It affects children primarily.
- Night terror
Education targets health practices (eg, diet, exercise, and substance use) and environmental factors (eg, light, noise, temperature, and mattress) that may be harmful or beneficial for sleep. Although these factors are rarely serious enough to be the main cause of chronic insomnia, they can increase an existing problem and hinder the progress of treatment.
While poor sleepers are generally more knowledgeable about sleep hygiene, they also practice more unhealthy practices than good sleepers. Thus, the goals of sleep hygiene are to promote better health practices.
The interventions mainly consist of short-term cognitive-behavioral therapies. These methods work primarily by reducing increased autonomic and cognitive arousal, modifying maladaptive and self-perpetuating sleep patterns, changing dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes about sleep, and educating patients about healthier sleep practices.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Technique of paradoxical intention
- Relaxation therapies, meditation
Note: Behavioral intervention combined with pharmacological agents may be more effective than either approach alone.
The direct implication of osteopathy on clinical results is debatable today.
Osteopathy focuses on stimulation of the vagus nerve through musculoskeletal massage, myofascial techniques, and structural techniques.
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