Are you someone who used to worship the sun in your younger years? If so, you probably remember a time or two (more maybe even more) where you faced a pretty bad sunburn. Maybe you are dealing with one now and you are looking for ways to gain a little relief and also speed up the healing process. While a sunburn will go away on its own, there are certainly measures you can take to make that painful burn a bit easier to bear.
Use a cool compress on the skin to provide a little instant relief. Take soothing, cool soaks in the tub or cool showers to help take the sting away temporarily. There are also some things you can place into the water to help ease the pain such as oatmeal, baking soda or apple cider vinegar. Some of these can help reduce irritation and redness while others will help balance out the skin’s pH.
Look for skin care products that contain sunburn-soothing ingredients like aloe vera. Aloe vera is also a great way to moisturize the skin if you are already dealing with peeling, burned skin.
Also, make sure that you are drinking enough water and staying hydrated. Your skin needs water in order to stay hydrated and moisturized. If you don’t drink enough water then your body won’t have what it needs to help heal your body more efficiently.
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers may also provide temporary relief for moments when the burn is causing you a lot of irritation and discomfort. Just make sure to always follow the instructions and talk to your doctor about whether these over-the-counter medications are safe for you.
Unfortunately, even once the painful red skin has disappeared, its effects can still linger. Maybe you are now dealing with sunspots or hyperpigmented skin thanks to all those years spent basking like a lizard in the hot sun. Fortunately, there are ways to handle skin hyperpigmentation, from applying creams and other skin care products everyday to undergoing laser treatments or chemical peels to remove the outer and most damaged layers of skin to reduce age spots, sun damage and lines and wrinkles.
Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce skin damage caused by the sun and find out whether skin hyperpigmentation treatment is the best way to improve your skin.
Many doctors work to treat a specific symptom or disease without focusing on how that problem affects other systems within the body. An osteopathic physician is a doctor who focuses on treating the patient as a whole in order to restore how the body works together as a unit. After all, any abnormality or dysfunction in one part of the body can certainly influence other parts of the body, as well. An osteopathic physician will also provide you with a variety of nonsurgical and non-medicinal treatment options to alleviate your symptoms.
What is involved in osteopathic manual medicine?
Osteopathic manual medicine involves a series of hands-on, non-invasive techniques that are designed to treat and realign areas of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. An osteopath will use manual manipulation to treat a wide range of injuries and disorders without resorting to drugs and surgery. In fact, osteopathic manual medicine may even prevent some patients from needing surgery.
Along with treatments that a patient may receive from their physician, many people still turn to an osteopathic doctor because they can provide alternative and complementary therapies that can enhance their existing treatment plan. Other patients turn to osteopathic medicine when other traditional therapies and treatment options have failed to provide relief.
Who can benefit from osteopathic medicine?
Since this type of therapy is non-invasive it is safe for all ages, from infants to seniors. Along with the standard neuromusculoskeletal issues an osteopath treats, this manual manipulation therapy can also improve other systems within the body such as the respiratory, cardiac, and digestive systems. Patients may turn to an osteopath to treat:
- Chronic and acute conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint pain
- TMJ disorder
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Sports-related injuries
- Other injuries
- Digestive issues
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sinus disorders
- Menstrual pain
- Back, knee, leg, and ankle pain
- Neck pain
Through regular osteopathic manual therapy your doctor can reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood flow and healing, boost range of motion and flexibility, and fix misalignments within the body so that everything works in harmony.
So many people can benefit from regular osteopathic manual therapy. Find out how it can help improve your body and your mind.
Are you a middle-aged man who is dealing with loss of sex drive, weight gain or hair loss? Are you a premenopausal or menopausal woman who is experiencing hot flashes, vaginal dryness or memory problems? If you said “yes” then you may be dealing with a hormonal imbalance. When we think about hormonal imbalances we often think about women who are going through menopausal but the truth of the matter is that even men deal with this issue.
As we get older, it’s normal for hormones to drop significantly, which can lead to these unpleasant symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal changes an osteopathic physician can both diagnose and treat the problem. Some of these signs and symptoms include:
- Low muscle mass
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Irregular or missing periods
- Irritability and mood swings
- Heavy periods
- Hair loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low libido
An osteopath is a medical doctor who is focused on treating conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, from back pain to joint stiffness. Of course, osteopaths can also treat a host of other issues that affect the respiratory, reproductive, and intestinal systems, as well as other problems such as high blood pressure and insomnia through non-invasive, non-medicinal therapies. Both men and women may also visit an osteopath for other issues such as joint stiffness and musculoskeletal pain and realize that their symptoms are actually the result of their hormonal imbalance.
The best way to test a hormonal imbalance is to perform a comprehensive hormone blood panel, which checks the level of estrogen, progesterone and other hormones in women while checking testosterone, DHEA, oxytocin, and other hormone levels in men. The patient will usually have to fast prior to getting this blood test performed.
Once the results of your test have been interpreted your osteopathic doctor will talk to you about the best approach for balancing your hormone levels. This usually involves hormone replacement therapy; however, when you turn to an osteopath the goal of treatment is to provide you with safe, effective ways to balance your hormones naturally. Sometimes further testing is necessary in order to determine the cause of your hormonal imbalance.
There are natural therapies that can ease symptoms and improve how the endocrine system functions (e.g. pituitary gland). Your osteopathic treatment plan may consist of diet and exercise, herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic treatment, and stress management. Your osteopath can work with you to find the right alternative and complementary therapies to meet your needs.
From a severe outbreak of itchy hives to trouble breathing, when we think of food intolerance we often think about these more serious side effects; however, it can be a bit more confusing when your symptoms are minor. Sometimes it can take up to 48 hours for symptoms to arise, leaving someone rather confused as to what might be causing their symptoms. If this sounds like something you are currently dealing with then you could be dealing with food sensitivities.
Unfortunately, this means that food sensitivity is rather misunderstand and often goes undiagnosed. It’s important that you are aware of any food sensitivities you might be dealing with. This is where an osteopath can help.
What is an osteopath?
An osteopathic physician is a doctor that focuses on the musculoskeletal system, from the joints and muscles to the spine. We focus on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems of the body.
Most people think of osteopathic medicine as complementary to their general medicine and treatment. While our goal is to help you prevent health problems, we are also here to provide comprehensive care that focuses on improving how the body’s different systems work together.
What are the signs of food sensitivity?
Symptoms of food sensitivity are often delayed, but can be immediate too. Common symptoms of food sensitivity or intolerance include:
- Acid reflux
- Flushed skin
- Abdominal pain
- Irritable bowels
Is food sensitivity the same as a food allergy?
These two issues are a bit different. While they both may cause the same symptoms, an allergy stimulates the immune system to treat the food as if it’s a foreign invader like an infection or bacteria, while food intolerance will not trigger the immune system. Furthermore, symptoms of intolerance tend to take a bit longer to show up than allergies. The most common food intolerances are:
How do you screen for food sensitivities?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above after eating certain foods it’s very possible that you’re dealing with a food sensitivity or intolerance. In this case, when you come in to see your osteopath for a food sensitivity screening we may perform a simple skin prick test, specific blood tests or breath test (often used for detecting fructose and lactose sensitivities).
An osteopathic physician may also place you on an elimination diet for several weeks to help figure out what food or foods to avoid. You’ll keep a diary of the foods you eat during this time, and as you slowly incorporate certain foods back into your diet you’ll want to keep track of any symptoms you experience.
If you suspect that you might be dealing with food sensitivity then it’s time to schedule a consultation with our osteopathic physician who can perform the proper diagnostic testing to see what food or foods could be impacting your health.
In the US, about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime. When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is key. Once a woman reaches the age of 40 it’s important that she starts seeing her doctor for annual breast cancer screenings. While mammograms are the most common screening tool it may not be as effective for detecting breast cancer for women under the age of 50. In this case a breast thermography may be a better option.
What is breast thermography?
Thermography, also known as thermal imaging, is a non-invasive test that only takes about 15 minutes. Unlike a mammogram, which presses on and squeezes the breast, a thermography does not. Of course, those who aren’t a fan of the discomfort associated with a mammogram shouldn’t assume that a thermography would be better suited to them. A mammogram is still considered the most effective breast cancer screening tool.
However, during a breast thermography, infrared imaging is used to pick up on small changes in the breast that affect its symmetry. Therefore, it will detect changes that are occurring in one breast that make it different from the other one.
Cancerous breast tissue compared to healthy breast tissue differs in blood flow and metabolic activity, two things that breast thermography can detect. A thermograph can be performed as early as 18 years old and may be a great baseline recording, particularly for women who are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer. A thermography can also be used in conjunction with annual mammograms.
What if my breast thermography detects an abnormality?
It’s important to understand that even if there is an abnormality found during your screening, your doctor will need to perform further testing to figure out what’s going on. An abnormality doesn’t necessarily mean that breast cancer has been found. These abnormalities can also be a sign of:
- An infection
- Vascular disease
- Fibrocystic disease
It’s important that you talk with your doctor to find out the next best step to reaching a diagnosis so that an effective treatment plan can be created.
If you have questions about breast thermography, or if it’s time to schedule a breast cancer screening then call your osteopath today to schedule an appointment.
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