Posts for category: Osteopathic Treatment
By Fontaine Center
September 29, 2021
Tags: Carpal Tunnel
When the large nerve within the hand, known as the median nerve, is compressed you may develop numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand and wrist. This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome, and it’s more common than you might realize; however, carpal tunnel does require proper treatment to prevent permanent damage. An osteopath is a doctor that focuses on providing therapeutic and hands-on care to improve not just how the hand and wrist function but also how the body functions as a whole.
How is carpal tunnel typically treated?
How carpal tunnel is usually treated will depend on the severity of your symptoms. For most, rest is important; however, this may be more challenging for people who have to type or perform certain labor-intensive tasks for work. Splinting the wrist at night can help to reduce numbness and tingling while you sleep, while cortisone injections may be beneficial for those dealing with more moderate to severe pain.
Of course, when conservative treatment hasn’t worked, many doctors recommend surgery; however, surgery should not be taken lightly. In fact, an osteopath may be able to provide you with the treatment and relief you need from carpal tunnel syndrome without ever needing to resort to surgery.
How can an osteopath help me?
Through spinal adjustments and manipulative techniques, an osteopath can realign the spine, improve blood flow to the wrists (and other areas of the body), stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms, and also improve the nervous and lymphatic systems. The techniques that an osteopath will employ will focus on taking pressure off of the median nerve to improve wrist functionality and range of motion, while also reducing pain and swelling. By improving circulation within the wrist, we can also stimulate better blood flow and healing to the tissue and nerves of the wrist and hands.
You must see an osteopath regularly for manipulation therapy. Yes, many people experience relief from their symptoms after a single session but most people will benefit the most from several sessions. Even once the problem has been fully addressed, coming in for maintenance sessions can also prevent a relapse.
If you are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, you must seek the proper medical care you need to prevent further complications, and an osteopath is just the physician for the job.
By Fontaine Center
September 27, 2021
When you’re dealing with debilitating migraines you may think your first stop would be to visit a neurologist. While a neurologist may put you on medication that can lessen the symptoms once a migraine starts, wouldn’t it be better to find a treatment plan that actually pinpoints the root cause of your migraines and works to stop the cause rather than just treating the symptoms? This is why many people turn to an osteopath for migraine treatment.
Migraines are brutal, sometimes lasting for days. Migraines can make it challenging for people to go about their daily routines, and sufferers truly experience intense and unrelenting pain. If you have migraines, you know the impact these severe headaches have on your life. Fortunately, an osteopath can help.
Treating Migraines with Osteopathic Therapy
Osteopathic medicine provides patients with an alternative therapy that avoids simply using pain medications to mask pain. An osteopath is a holistic practitioner that takes a whole-body approach to treatment. After all, migraines can have several causes, and it’s up to your osteopath to figure out what’s triggering your symptoms. An osteopath will take into account all factors that could be playing a role, ensuring that you get the answers you need as quickly as possible.
There are several strategies and techniques that osteopaths will employ to help alleviate tension and reduce the risk for migraines. These treatment options include:
- Manipulative therapy, which involves stretching the joints and ligaments of the body to improve blood flow and mobility
- Myofascial release, which breaks apart knots in the muscles
- Soft tissue massage, which improves misalignments and imbalances in the soft tissues of the body
- Cranial therapy, which applies gentle pressure to the head to prevent tension-elated migraines
- Ergonomic and posture training and education
Since an osteopath utilizes a more complementary and drug-free way of care, they will also look into your medical history and consider whether natural remedies and supplementation may also benefit your migraines. In some cases, people who take magnesium found some relief from their symptoms, as this mineral helps alleviate muscle tension and promotes relaxation. Of course, you should always speak with your doctor before starting any new vitamins or supplements to make sure that they are right for you.
If you are dealing with migraines and you’re looking for safe, effective, and drug-free relief, an osteopath might just be the ideal doctor for you to turn to for care.
By Fontaine Center
August 27, 2021
Tags: Hormonal Imbalance
Are you dealing with fatigue, brain fog, weight gain, and hair loss? If so, your hormones could be to blame. There are many reasons that both men and women deal with hormonal imbalances, from certain health problems to menopause, and it’s important to know where to turn for help. An osteopath can provide you with the alternative solutions and holistic care you’re looking for, including hormone balancing services to improve your health and wellbeing.
Signs of Hormonal Imbalances
While doctors often see women for hormonal imbalances, the truth is that this problem can impact both men and women, especially as they age. Warning signs of hormonal imbalances include:
- Thinning hair
- Joint pain
- Bowel changes
- Dry skin
- Weight gain or loss
- Decreased libido
- Sleeping issues
For men, hormonal imbalances can also lead to muscle loss, erectile dysfunction, and increased breast tissue development.
Women are more likely to deal with hormonal imbalances due to:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
If you are experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance, you must seek an expert medical professional who will listen to your needs and concerns and provide you with the thorough and unique care you deserve. An osteopath may just be the ideal physician to help correct your hormonal imbalance.
An osteopath can provide a variety of integrated treatment plans that take your unique health factors, age, and lifestyle into account to ensure that you get the proper and most effective solutions.
Your treatment plan may include,
- Dietary changes
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
- Stress management
When you come into the clinic for an evaluation, an osteopath will perform an extensive physical examination and go through your medical history. They will also ask a variety of questions about your symptoms. Your osteopath may also recommend a blood test to be able to look at and analyze hormone levels including:
- TSH, free T3 and T4 (thyroid hormones)
- Testosterone and free testosterone
- Growth hormone (IGF-1)
Once blood testing has been performed and your osteopath understands what hormones are out of whack, your doctor will provide you with an integrative and holistic plan to help restore hormone balance naturally and effectively.
By Fontaine Center
June 30, 2021
Tags: Sore Throats
We all know just how painful sore throats can be, and they are one of the most common reasons that people turn to their doctors. In fact, around 13 million people visit their doctor each year for a sore throat. From infections to trauma, there are many reasons why someone may deal with a sore throat. As osteopathic physicians, our main goal is to discover preventive measures you can take to prevent sore throats based on what we uncover about your environment, lifestyle, and habits.
What causes a sore throat?
Sore throats are incredibly common and most of the time it isn’t something that should cause too much concern. Common causes of a sore throat include,
- Common cold
- Air pollution
- Overuse (e.g. yelling or singing loudly at a concert)
- Low humidity
- Postnasal drip
However, sometimes a sore throat can be a sign of bacterial or viral infection, so it’s important to see a doctor if your sore throat is severe or you have trouble swallowing, as these could be signs of strep throat or “mono”. Of course, recurrent sore throats also tell us that something more is at play here.
It could be a sign of a chronic sinus problem or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). We will look at your lifestyle to determine if certain things such as heavy drinking or smoking could also play a role in the symptoms you are experiencing.
How is a sore throat treated?
The treatment plan you receive from your osteopathic physician will depend on the root cause. For example, bacterial infections such as strep may require antibiotics while viral infections such as a common cold or mono will simply need to run their course. Some ways to ease your symptoms include,
- Staying hydrated
- Drinking hot tea, liquids, or broths, which can be soothing to the throat
- Using a Neti pot to clean out the sinuses to help drain mucus
- Gargle with salt water a couple of times a day, which can reduce pain and swelling
- Try throat lozenges or over-the-counter pain relievers
Home care is typically all you need to treat sore throats; however, if you develop a fever, you have trouble swallowing, or can’t sleep because of your sore throat, you should call your osteopath.
Good hygiene, adequate sleep, and replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months (or immediately after being sick) are just ways to reduce your risk of getting a sore throat.
While osteopaths can certainly provide you with treatment options, their primary goal is to help patients find effective preventive strategies that improve their health and wellbeing. An osteopath will look at every facet of your life, from your work environment and social groups to your home life and emotional health to determine steps for helping you maintain optimal health.
By Fontaine Center
April 21, 2021
Are 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.