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By Fontaine Center
July 31, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Tennis Elbow  
Tennis ElbowTennis elbow isn’t just a condition that happens to tennis players; this painful tendon problem can affect anyone, particularly those who perform repetitive motions of the arms and wrists. While this is common in athletes, anyone can deal with tennis elbow including painters and construction workers. How do you know that you have a tennis elbow?
  • You will notice pain in the forearm muscles, typically on the outside of your elbow
  • This pain may also radiate to the forearm and wrist
  • Weakness in your arm, particularly when holding or gripping something
You may find that pain relievers help to reduce your pain; however, if this is something that you continue to deal with for weeks on end, then it’s time to see a doctor. While medication can help to alleviate your symptoms, it won’t be able to treat the underlying problem. This is where turning to an osteopathic doctor for care may be to your advantage.

An osteopath is a medical doctor that is focused on providing a comprehensive and holistic approach to treatment. Instead of just dulling the pain, they focus on the cause and create a treatment plan that helps you move and function without pain and discomfort. While some people may find that tennis elbow goes away on its own, sometimes people (especially older adults) have trouble getting rid of their tennis elbow.

The good news is that osteopathic manipulation is effective for treating tennis elbow. For someone to experience the most benefit from the osteopathic treatment, they will need to come in a couple of times a week for several weeks. Manipulation helps to improve mobility and functionality while also:
  • Boosting blood flow and circulation
  • Speeding up the healing process
  • Reducing inflammation
An osteopath can also provide you with advice on which exercises and physical activities to avoid so that you can give your arm ample time to heal. They can also recommend certain types of recovery exercises you should be doing to help strengthen and improve mobility of the muscles and ligaments of the wrist, forearm, and elbow. There are a variety of manipulative techniques that your osteopath may use including myofascial release and soft-tissue massage.

If you are dealing with tennis elbow and aren’t finding relief through medication or traditional medicine, then you may want to consider seeing an osteopathic doctor for care. 
By Fontaine Center
July 17, 2020
Osteopathic MedicineOur body is made up of a variety of different interconnected systems; however, these systems all need to work together to function properly, so dealing with issues in one area of the body may likely originate from issues or disease in another area of the body. If you’re looking for a doctor that will provide you with a whole-person approach to treatment, then you will want to consider seeing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

What Is an Osteopathy Specialist?
A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine has specialized training in treating injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system. They also have extensive knowledge of how the nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones of the body all rely on each other to function properly. An osteopathy provider can provide you with the same advanced medical treatments and care as a traditional doctor, but with the knowledge and skills of someone entuned to how the body functions as a whole.

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine provides manipulative or manual therapy, which helps to reduce pain, improve circulation and blood flow, and improve mobility. An osteopathy provider will focus on non-invasive treatments that are drug-free to restore functionality into the body as a whole, while also strengthening the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and spine. Osteopathic therapy is considered an alternative and complementary therapy and is used along with conventional treatments to provide a more comprehensive treatment plan. An osteopath helps treat a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions including:
  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Pregnancy-related pains
  • Foot, ankle, hip or knee pain
  • Sciatica
Osteopathic medicine can also improve digestion, reduce anxiety and stress, and even help patients get better sleep. When you come in for a visit with an osteopathic doctor expect to work together with the doctor to find a treatment plan that works for you. You will become an active participant in your treatment plan along with your osteopath.

Most osteopathic examinations take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Based on your treatment plan, your doctor may prescribe weekly manual therapy sessions for several weeks along with other exercise recommendations, dietary changes, and other lifestyle modifications.
By Fontaine Center
July 01, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Arthritis  
ArthritisArthritis is a leading cause of disability in the US. More than 54 million people are currently living with arthritis, a progressive condition that causes joint pain, stiffness, limited mobility and even permanent damage to the joints without treatment. This is why it’s so important to catch arthritis early on. There are treatments and medications that can slow and even stop the progression of joint damage, while an osteopath can provide you with a variety of alternative and therapeutic treatments that can restore mobility and help you better manage your joint pain.

Why an osteopath?
So, why should you consider seeing an osteopath for arthritis treatment? Well, one thing is that osteopathic treatment can be quite effective for managing swelling, pain, and mobility issues. An osteopath is a medical professional that performs non-invasive manual manipulation therapies to improve how the body functions as a whole. Osteopathy is a complementary treatment that along with medications and other treatments you’re undergoing, may be able to provide you with even better relief.

Osteopathy is great because it offers patients a way to manage their arthritis symptoms without turning to medications and may even help people avoid surgery. Since osteopathic doctors focus on how the joints, spine and muscles of the body function they are ideal physicians for addressing any mobility problems and symptoms you are experiencing with arthritis. If you are looking for a drug-free, natural medicine that can help improve your health as a whole, then osteopathic medicine may be for you.

How will an osteopath treat my arthritis?
Even though there is no cure for arthritis there are many ways for an osteopathic physician to help you manage arthritis symptoms to improve your health and quality of life. An osteopathic treatment plan for arthritis will most likely include,
  • Lifestyle modifications (e.g. getting regular exercise; staying hydrated)
  • Home exercises to improve joint function and to reduce swelling and pain
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching exercises
  • Myofascial release
An osteopath can also work with your current doctors to make sure that you are receiving an all-encompassing treatment plan that will provide you with the most benefit and help you live a healthy, happy life.

If you are looking for non-invasive therapies that can improve your arthritis symptoms without having to rely on long-term pain medications and other invasive treatments, then it’s time to speak with a qualified osteopath about how they can help you manage your arthritis.
By Fontaine Center
June 01, 2020
Tags: chronic pain  
In today’s world, doctors are growing less and less likely to prescribe medications like opioids for pain management. This limits treatment options for patients with chronic pain. That’s where your osteopathic doctor (DO) comes in. Osteopaths believe in natural treatment for your aches and pains, focusing instead on full-body health. They work with you to find safe and holistic treatment for your chronic pain. 
 
What Is an Osteopath?
An osteopath focuses on how your muscles, bones, organs, and more work together. When one area is injured, the entire body is thrown out of whack. They practice what is known as a whole-body approach in terms of treatment. By locating the source of your pain, they can treat the root of your problem. This is different from other medical professionals who just focus on your symptoms. 
 
Your Appointment
At your first appointment, you’ll get a full-body physical from your osteopath. This gives your DO insight into what exactly is going on. They’ll also ask your questions about your past medical history, your diet and exercise regimen, and how long you’ve had these symptoms. Osteopaths believe that these questions reveal all the contributing factors to your pain. 
 
Treating Your Chronic Pain
There are a few possibilities for relieving your chronic pain. The most common osteopathic technique is called osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). The osteopath uses their hands to move your joints and muscles with gentle pressure. They target sensitive areas to help your pain. The belief is that OMT increases your circulation, helping the body heal quicker. This is important for chronic pain relief. 
 
There are many benefits for patients with chronic pain when they receive OMT. The biggest is the restoration of proper posture in the musculoskeletal system. These negative manifestations are often reactions to socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, or psychological events, creating the physical effects on your body. OMT corrects the dysfunction creating your chronic pain. 
 
Your osteopath will work with you to find the right treatment schedule. The severity of your chronic pain and your overall health determine the right frequency. You’ll most likely start with appointments on a bi-weekly basis that lessens as the months go by. Either way, osteopathic treatment is never a one-and-done deal. You need frequent checkups to obtain a positive outcome. 
By Fontaine Center
May 15, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Back PainOsteopathic physicians (DO) are differentiated from other medical professionals through their focus on the body as a whole. They believe that the musculoskeletal system is one of the key elements of health. That’s why if you experience back pain, your osteopathic physician focuses on treating the cause, not the symptoms of your discomfort. Osteopathic treatments focus on Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT). 
 
Why Try Osteopathic Manipulation (OMT)?
 
OMT is an evaluatory system of the entire body. The purpose of it is to help patients achieve normalcy and harmony. DO’s believe that discrepancies in the spine affect the nerves, damaging the organs and causing medical problems. Manipulating the spine with manual pressure treats back problems and pain. 
 
Types of Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Muscle energy technique: The patient gets into the specified position, using their muscles to push against a counterforce applied by the DO.
  • Thrust technique: This is also known as the cracking form of manipulation. High-velocity force to the joint creates motion. This reverses tissue changes, range-of-motion, and tenderness.
  • Soft tissue technique: Patterns of deep pressure and traction are placed on the soft tissue around the spine. 
  • Counterstain technique: The patient moves back and forth from a painful position to a comfortable one.
Talk to your osteopathic physician about whether OMT is right for you. Patients with bone cancer or infection, spinal fusion, or osteoporosis should avoid this treatment. 
 
Finding the Right Osteopathic Treatment for You
 
Everyone has different needs when it comes to treating their lower back pain. A technique that works perfectly for one patient may not work on the next. That’s why it’s up to you and your DO to find what works best for you. Besides the types of OMT mentioned above, there are many other techniques. Your DO selects the proper treatment based on your age, pain levels, and medical conditions. Not all patients can handle the intensity of various high-velocity types. 
 
There is no standard time frame for osteopathic treatment of the lower back. It all depends on what you and your DO decide. The recommended treatment format starts with patients receiving treatment 1-2 times a week for the first 3-4 weeks. Then the frequency is downgraded to once every two weeks for 1-2 months. Finally, OMT is performed monthly for 2-3 months.




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