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By Fontaine Center
June 17, 2021
Tags: Hearing Loss  
Hearing LossWhen you think about preventing or treating hearing loss you probably don’t immediately think about turning to an osteopath but maybe you should. After all, some forms of hearing loss can be avoided if you incorporate healthy habits and promote a safe environment that nurtures your hearing. Many osteopathic physicians are beginning to see even mild hearing loss in kids and teens and a lot has to do with blasting music for hours on end through their headphones. By determining these habits, an osteopath can map out effective solutions that can keep you and your family maintaining healthy hearing.
 
Are Your Headphones Too Loud?

The answer is “probably”. If you can’t hear someone talking to you or don’t know what’s going on around you when you put on your headphones, then this is a telltale sign that your headphones are too loud and you need to turn the volume down.

Kids that spend a lot of time using headphones may develop mild hearing loss, which in turn can delay speech and language. This is why it’s incredibly important for parents to monitor the number of time kids spend wearing headphones and to make sure they are listening to them at safe volumes.
 
Is it Possible to Prevent Hearing Loss?

Here are some simple strategies that you and the family can start implementing to preserve your hearing and protect against hearing loss,
  • When listening to headphones the sound should be no louder than 60 percent of the maximum volume. Limit headphone use to one hour a day.
  • If you decide to listen to your headphones for more than one hour, make sure to decrease the volume even further.
  • If you absolutely have to blast the music (but why would you?), the maximum amount of time to listen is five minutes for the day.
  • Instead of turning to earbuds, which may feel more comfortable, using larger headphones that sit over the ears are often better for your hearing.
Unfortunately, hearing loss is often gradual so you may be doing damage every day but not even realize it until it’s too late. Taking these steps now can reduce your risk for noise-related hearing loss. If you are concerned about your hearing, you may also want to talk with an osteopath about other tips and strategies for protecting your hearing.
 
Prevention is key, particularly when it comes to hearing loss. While we may not be able to stop age-related hearing loss there are strategies that we can help you put in place right now to protect your hearing for the future.
By Fontaine Center
June 02, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Allergy TestingFrom certain foods to pollen many substances can cause allergy symptoms. If you are dealing with allergies you may be surprised to hear that an osteopath may be able to help you with your itchy nose, cough, and watery eyes. Of course, before you turn to a doctor for treatment it’s best to turn to them first for allergy testing.
 
Should I get tested for allergies?

Not everyone will need to undergo allergy testing. People who will benefit the most from turning to their osteopath for allergy testing include,
  • Those dealing with allergy symptoms that are severe, recurrent, or last for more than two weeks
  • Those who aren’t experiencing relief through over-the-counter allergy medications
  • Those who are still dealing with symptoms despite avoiding the supposed allergen
  • Those who have a decreased quality of life due to their allergies
  • Those who have trouble breathing, chest tightness, or have asthma symptoms as a result of their allergies
Some people may think they know what they are allergic to, but you might be surprised to discover that you may have several things that you’re allergic to. This is where an allergy test can be beneficial, as it can isolate which allergens you have reactions to and then provide you with customized treatment.
 
What types of allergy testing is available?

The two most common types of allergy tests are a skin prick test and a blood test. Before getting an allergy test, particularly a skin prick test, it’s important to talk with your osteopath about any severe allergic reactions you’ve had in the past or whether you have certain chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as a skin prick test may not be the ideal allergy testing for you.

Allergy skin prick testing can be used to test suspect allergies to indoor and outdoor allergens, foods, insects, and certain medications. Most reactions will occur in as little as 15 minutes. Blood tests may be used if a patient is unable to undergo a skin prick test or if they experience angioedema or hives when they come in contact with a suspected allergen.

While less common, a patch test may be used if your osteopath suspects that you might have an allergy to certain fragrances, skincare products, fabrics, or metals.
 
Are you interested in getting allergy testing? If so, an osteopath can provide you with a comprehensive allergy panel and create an effective treatment plan to help you get your allergies under control. Before you treat your allergies it’s important to find out what’s triggering your symptoms.
By Fontaine Center
May 13, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Lower Back Pain  
Lower Back PainIf like millions of Americans, you sit for most of the day, then chances are good that you’re going to deal with lower back pain at some point during your lifetime. In fact, back pain is one of the common issues that bring people to see an osteopath. An osteopath is a medical doctor that specializes in osteopathic manipulative therapy and alternative approaches to alleviate pain, swelling, and inflammation of the musculoskeletal system.

What could be causing my lower back pain?

Your body works together as a whole, so while you might think that your back pain might have something to do with your back or spine, you may be surprised to discover that imbalances or other issues with the feet, ankles, thighs, and hips can also lead to problems with your back. Common causes of lower back pain include,
  • Foot imbalances and alignment issues (e.g. flat feet; pronation)
  • Straining or lifting heavy objects
  • Sitting in the same position for long periods of time
  • Using non-ergonomic workspaces
  • Accidents or injuries
  • Tight or weak muscles
  • Pregnancy
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging disc
  • Strains and sprains
How can an osteopath ease my lower back pain?

When you visit an osteopathic practitioner, the first thing they will do is gather detailed medical history to determine factors such as previous surgeries or accidents that may be contributing factors to your back pain. Once an osteopath determines the root cause then they can get to work devising a customized treatment plan to help you feel better. Osteopathic medication is focused on gentle, treatments that,
  • Improve blood flow
  • Speed up the healing process
  • Improve mobility and range of motion
  • Reduce tension and stiffness
  • Restore joint flexibility and mobility
  • Support lymphatic drainage
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
Osteopathic medicine involves hands-on manipulation therapy that applies pressure to certain areas of the body to eliminate pain and inflammation. An osteopath will also recommend other types of self-healing measures such as exercises you can perform at home, ergonomic recommendations, and lifestyle and dietary changes. An osteopath will take a natural, medicine-free approach to heal.

If you are dealing with persistent or severe lower back pain that is making it difficult to get through your daily routine, then you should turn to an osteopath who can provide you with gentle but effective methods to improve how your body feels and functions as a whole.
By Fontaine Center
April 21, 2021
Tags: Scars  
ScarsAre you dealing with a scar from past surgery or traumatic injury? While scars can be great conversation pieces and certainly be a source of pride for some, as doctors we also understand that scars have the ability to cause scar tissue and adhesions and even restrict movement in certain areas of the body. If this is something that you’re dealing with, an osteopath is the perfect medical professional to turn to for scar tissue release.
 
What is scar tissue release?

Through tissue manipulation and fascial release, an osteopath can help to break up adhesions and improve the texture and appearance of a scar. Even small scars can cause adhesions under the skin that can impact the deeper layers of tissue, so you mustn’t overlook a scar that may feel tight or painful. Through regular scar tissue release tailored to your needs, an osteopath can improve the overall movement and function of the tissue, ligaments, nerves, and muscles around the scar.
 
Should I consider scar tissue release?

While this osteopathic treatment may not be necessary for a lot of scars, this treatment can be beneficial if you want to,
  • Improve posture and mobility
  • Reduce or eliminate scar pain
  • Boost blood flow to the area and promote lymph drainage to facilitate faster and more effective healing
  • Improve mobility of the joints and tissues around the scar
  • Reduce the appearance of the scar
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Release tension in and around the scar
  • Prevent long-term complications or discomfort
It’s a good idea to speak with a qualified osteopath as soon as possible after a scar to determine whether scar tissue release is right for you. The sooner you start treatment the better since it can take months to see full results. This may be a great option for women who’ve just undergone a C-section or for athletes who’ve just had major surgery.
 
Whether your scar adhesions are due to a bad injury or from surgery, know that an osteopath can help reduce adhesions and other complications related to scars. Talk with your osteopath today to learn more about scar tissue release and other osteopathic treatment options.
By Fontaine Center
April 09, 2021
Vitamin DeficienciesWhile we can certainly get all of the nutrients that our bodies need from food, unfortunately, everything from stress to a poor diet can lead to malnutrition. In fact, around 10 percent of the US population has at least one nutritional deficiency. Learn more about the warning signs of a vitamin deficiency, as well as how an osteopath can help.

What are the most common types of vitamin deficiencies?

The most common vitamin deficiencies that occur in the US and worldwide including,
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Calcium
What are the symptoms of these vitamin deficiencies?

Vitamin deficiencies are going to manifest in different ways. For example, calcium deficiency can lead to abnormal heart rate as well as tingling fingers while those with a vitamin D deficiency may notice fatigue, weakness, and changes in mood. Other signs and symptoms of a vitamin deficiency include,
  • Hair loss
  • Achy joints
  • Brittle nails
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Swollen tongue
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
Women of childbearing age, as well as vegans and vegetarians, are more likely to deal with certain types of vitamin deficiencies, so it’s important to speak with an osteopath if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

How can an osteopath help?

An osteopath is dedicated to providing non-invasive and whole body-based treatment options that help your body perform at its best. An osteopath can provide you with supplementation along with dietary changes that you can make to make sure that you are incorporating more foods that contain the necessary vitamins and nutrients into your diet.

Along with supplementation and dietary changes, an osteopath can also provide you with IV infusion therapy. This can be incredibly beneficial for patients who are struggling with brain fog, fatigue, weakness, and other severe symptoms as a result of their vitamin deficiency. These infusions go directly into the bloodstream, providing fast, effective results over oral supplements.

If you are experiencing the signs of a vitamin deficiency, it may be time to schedule an appointment with an osteopath. An osteopath can provide you with recommendations, customized dietary options, and infusion therapy to help you feel your best.




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