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By Fontaine Center
October 26, 2020
Tags: Night Sweats  
Are you waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat? While the occasional bout of night sweats may simply mean that you need to turn down the thermostat in your bedroom before heading to bed if this is something that you are dealing with regularly then this could be a sign of an underlying health problem or condition. If your night sweats are regularly interrupting your sleep an osteopath may be able to help.

What causes night sweats?

When we think of night sweats, we most often associate this symptom with menopausal women; however, night sweats don’t just happen to women and they aren’t just a sign of menopause. If you are dealing with frequent night sweat episodes they could be caused by:

Excessive or chronic sweating: Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that causes people to sweat excessively regardless of the temperature. If your sweating isn’t just confined to the evening but you also drench multiple shirts during the day or sweat profusely for no reason, then you could have hyperhidrosis.

Infections: Sometimes night sweats are your body’s way of alerting you to the fact that you are sick. Certain infections can cause night sweats including tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, and endocarditis.

Stress: If you find yourself going to bed feeling anxious and worried then you may not be surprised to discover that stress and anxiety can also lead to excessive sweating, even at night.

Medication: If you take certain medications you may just have found your culprit. While not as common, certain drugs can cause night sweats. You may be more prone to night sweats if you are taking:
  • Medication for diabetes
  • Certain types of antidepressants (tricyclic or SSRIs)
  • Pain medications
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs
  • Steroids
How can an osteopath treat my night sweats?

First, we need to figure out what’s causing your symptom before we treat it. It’s not just about alleviating your night sweats but alleviating the root cause. We will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms before determining which tests need to be run.

You may need blood testing, thyroid tests, or tests that check for certain infections. We can recommend different medications, stress management options, ways to treat underlying infections or ways to manage chronic conditions that could be causing your symptoms. We are always focused on ways to improve your lifestyle to prevent problems from happening in the first place.

If you’ve made changes to your lifestyle and are still dealing with night sweats then it’s time to contact a qualified osteopath to find out how we can help you get a better, sweat-free night’s rest.
By Fontaine Center
October 07, 2020
Tags: Back Pain   Posture  
Posture and Back PainAre you one of the millions of Americans dealing with chronic or recurring back pain? While there are many reasons why you might be dealing with back pain, sometimes the answer is rather simple: it could be caused by bad posture. Most people don’t realize that they have bad posture until certain aches and pains set in.

Think about how you are currently sitting at your desk now. Are your shoulders rounded and hunched? Is your back curved rather than straight? Are your head and neck slightly forward? These are all signs that your posture could be to blame for your back pain. Luckily, an osteopath can help correct your posture and improve your back pain.

How do I know that I have bad posture?

You may be dealing with certain aches and pain as a result of bad posture. These problems include:
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Achy or sore muscles and joints
If you aren’t sure how to properly correct your posture, or if the steps you are currently taking aren’t helping your back pain, an osteopath can help you find the right measures to improve your posture and alleviate pain. An osteopath will help you make minor adjustments that provide amazing relief for everyday habits such as sitting at your desk or standing. You will need to be aware of your posture while making these corrections until it starts to become a habit.

An osteopath not only provides recommendations for how to improve posture but can also provide a variety of exercises and therapies to restore full function and mobility into restricted, tense, or problematic muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. We focus on non-invasive, drug-free, and non-surgical methods to improve your health and back pain with a variety of mobility exercises that you can even do on your own.

We also love nothing more than educating our patients on how to make certain lifestyle adjustments and changes to improve their posture, musculoskeletal problems, and quality of life. We want people to take their health into their own hands by tackling their poor posture and finding new, healthier, and more functional ways to move.

If you are dealing with a sore, aching back an osteopath can provide you with a variety of non-invasive, treatment options to help you prevent back pain for the long term. Turn to an osteopath today!
By Fontaine Center
September 18, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Lower Back Pain  
From poor posture to days spent hunched over a desk, there are many reasons why you may be experiencing lower back pain. Of course, you could just pop another pain pill but wouldn’t it be more effective to find out what’s causing your pain in the first place?

Lower Back PainThis is why many people end up turning to an osteopath, as these medical professionals can provide comprehensive and alternative treatment options that are designed to treat the root cause of your lower back pain without resorting to medication or surgery. An osteopath can find simpler and more practical solutions to help you manage chronic and persistent back pain.

What is an osteopath?

An osteopath is a medical doctor that provides manipulation therapy, massage and other techniques to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions as a whole. After all, when one part of the body experiences pain, this can trigger pain in other areas of the body. For example, your lower back pain could be due to flat feet or knee problems, and an osteopath will focus on all areas of the body to provide comprehensive care to improve overall balance throughout the musculoskeletal system.

An osteopath will be able to determine what’s causing your lower back pain and provide you with hands-on therapy to reduce pain and swelling and to help speed up the healing process. They can treat both short and long-term lower back pain conditions.

What could be causing my back pain?

Another injury or condition that affects the ligaments, nerves, muscles, tendons and other parts of the musculoskeletal system can be treated by an osteopath. There are many causes of lower back pain including,
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Bulging disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Nerve root compression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Traumatic injuries (can cause spinal compression or damage to the tissues, muscles or ligaments)
When should I see an osteopath?

If you are dealing with back pain that comes and goes, pain that lasts for several weeks or pain that’s severe and affects your daily routine then it’s time to see a doctor for care. An osteopath can diagnose injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, as well as provide a tailored treatment plan to help you on the road to recovery.

If you’re looking for a non-invasive way to treat your lower back pain, then it may be time to consult an osteopath to learn more about the services they can offer you.
By Fontaine Center
September 08, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Muscle Cramps   Treatment  
We all get muscle cramps from time to time. Maybe our feet cramp up when placed into tight shoes or high heels, or we experience muscle cramps after an intense workout; however, some people deal with chronic, recurring, and severe muscle cramping that can be painful and affect their daily routine. If recurring muscle cramps are happening to you, an osteopath can help.

Anyone can experience muscle cramps, but they are more commonly seen in seniors, athletes, and those who are overweight or obese. If you notice muscle cramping happening to you regularly, here are a few things that could be going on:
  • You are dehydrated (common if you are exercising in the heat)
  • There is an electrolyte imbalance in the body (e.g. sodium; potassium)
  • You aren’t stretching thoroughly and properly before exercising
  • Your muscles are tired (give ‘em a rest!)
How to Treat Muscle Cramps

While cramping can be a nuisance it’s usually not something to worry about and will go away on its own. If you are dealing with prolonged muscle cramping then you may want to massage the area, take ample time to rest, or apply moist heat to the area.

However, it may be time to see an osteopath if you are dealing with severe or frequent muscle cramps or if your cramps aren’t responding to rest and other home care. Sometimes muscle cramps can be a sign of other underlying issues such as hormone imbalances, medication side effects, circulation or nerve issues, or poor nutrition.

Osteopathy will focus on the root cause of your muscle cramps, ruling out potential nutritional deficiencies, health problems, and hormonal imbalances. Cramping caused by muscle tension is improved through regular osteopathic manipulative therapy. An osteopath can also provide you with a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises to perform on your own every day to ease cramping or spasms.

An osteopath also examines the whole picture when it comes to your health. That means providing you with nutritional recommendations, vitamins and supplements, and other natural and alternative methods to help address the causes of muscle cramps without just popping a painkiller when the problem arises.

Don’t let muscle cramps, spasms, and pain keep you from doing what you love. An osteopath can work with you to determine the cause of your symptoms to help you start feeling your best again. 
By Fontaine Center
August 21, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Osteopathy   Sleep  
Osteopathy and SleepSleep problems are no joke. If you’re dealing with weeks of tossing and turning you could, like millions of Americans, be dealing with insomnia. So what is the best way to treat it? You could try and take sleep medications, but they aren’t designed to be taken every night and there is a high risk for dependency. Maybe you’ve tried fixing some of your sleep hygiene habits and are now powering down electronics and avoiding bright lights after sundown, but still, your sleep is just out of whack. Enter, osteopathy.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy provides whole-body treatment and care for those patients experiencing a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints. An osteopath is trained to provide therapeutic and hands-on care that pinpoints and treats the root cause of your pain rather than just treating or “masking” your pain through medication. Osteopathic manipulative medicine uses manual therapy and other non-invasive techniques to improve mobility and functionality throughout the entire body while also reducing pain, stiffness, and discomfort.

What does this have to do with sleep?

There are many reasons why someone may not be able to get quality sleep. Everything from stress and anxiety to poor posture and exposure to blue lights can cause chronically poor sleep.

Stress and anxiety are common causes of sleep disturbances, and both can cause dysfunction within the central nervous system, which can mix-up signals in the body that help you sleep.

Misalignments within the vertebrae of the spine also can affect sleep. If you are dealing with chronic insomnia, regular osteopathic manipulative medicine can help to readjust and realign the spine and other areas of the body to improve sleep quality.

An osteopath will perform a thorough examination, asking you various questions about your health, lifestyle, habits, profession, and more. All of these are factors that can greatly impact your sleep. Our goal is to pinpoint the causes of your sleep issues and to provide non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free methods to fix these issues. Craniosacral techniques as well as soft tissue massage and visceral manipulation are particularly useful for treating insomnia and sleep disorders.

Are you curious about osteopathy and how it can improve your quality of sleep? If so, schedule an appointment with your osteopath to find out the different techniques and treatments we can offer to help you finally catch those ZZZs.




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