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By Fontaine Center
April 05, 2019
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Sarcoidosis  

Have you been diagnosed with sarcoidosis? If you have then you already know that this condition causes swollen, red bumps to develop on organs. While thisSarcoidosis condition can affect just about any system within the body, these bumps often develop on the lungs and skin; fortunately, for many people with this condition, their symptoms will start to go away on their own after a couple months (or even a couple of years). Of course, there are some who deal with chronic forms of sarcoidosis and don’t experience any reprieve from their symptoms.

So, how can an osteopath help you if you have sarcoidosis? It’s no surprise that the development of red bumps on the skin, lungs or other organs can lead to discomfort or even pain. An osteopath can handle pain and a variety of other symptoms and focus on non-medicinal ways to improve you condition and your quality of life. Many people with sarcoidosis find that they suffer from back, shoulder or neck pain. The pain may even be so bad that it radiates to other areas of the body like the legs. This can greatly affect a person’s mobility.

While it might sound odd, an osteopath can greatly improve your symptoms associated with this condition. Through gentle manual techniques we can help to realign the body, improve circulation and blood flow, boost your body’s natural healing response, reduce pain and swelling, enhance mobility and improve your quality of life.

An osteopath can also sit down with you and discuss certain lifestyle modifications, supplements and exercises you can do to not only reduce your symptoms and keep them under control but also to improve your quality of life. While managing your symptoms and treating your pain is one of the main goals of an osteopath, we also focus on your mental wellbeing, as well.

Chronic and severe conditions can take a toll on your mental health, and through our lifestyle recommendations and manipulative treatments we hope to provide comforting, compassionate care that treats both the physical symptoms and promotes a healthier mentality.

We know that anxiety and depression are common in those with chronic conditions, which can amplify symptoms and make pain worse. As your osteopath, our goal is to provide tailored and comprehensive therapeutic care to reduce and even eliminate your symptoms while improving your overall wellbeing.

By Fontaine Center
March 15, 2019
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Pain   Pregnancy  

While pregnancy is an exciting time it’s a different experience for every woman. Some women never experience morning sickness while others continue toPregnancy, Pain suffer from it throughout their pregnancy. Some women breeze through their pregnancy with only mild discomfort, while other women may deal with significant musculoskeletal pain. With the added weight and the hormonal changes it’s only natural that you may experience aches and pains. Of course, you want to find a way to tackle your problems while also keeping you and the baby healthy and safe. This is where an osteopath can help.

One of the most common complaints pregnant women have is lower back pain. Fortunately, lower back pain is one symptom that responds best to osteopathic treatment. It’s also pretty common to deal with digestive issues at some point, whether it’s gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or constipation. While these are certainly conditions that can be improved through medication, if you want to treat your symptoms without medication then osteopathic therapy may be your best option.

Osteopathic medicine employs stretching, massage and manual therapy to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions. As the pregnancy progress, the weight gain can affect the biomechanical balance and cause certain misalignments within the body. The can lead to pain in the back, neck, legs or shoulders. By applying safe manual thrusts to certain areas of the body we can realign the spine, take pressure off certain joints, increase blood flow and improve healing in areas where there is pain and inflammation.

Osteopathic therapy is also a great stress reliever. While your body is undergoing a lot of changes and the symptoms that go with it can be managed through an array of alternative therapy techniques, it’s also important to note the emotional and mental toll pregnancy can take. Having an effective way to reduce stress, anxiety and depression during your pregnancy is so very important. By turning to an osteopath, we can also help keep stress and anxiety in check, which will also improve how your body functions. Less stress equals less muscle tension. By providing your body with the tender and gentle care it needs we can help make pregnancy an enjoyable and easier experience.

If you are dealing with any musculoskeletal problems during your pregnancy then it’s time you turned to an osteopath to find out how we can help you.

By Fontaine Center
March 01, 2019
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Osteopaths   Medication  

Has your doctor recommended that you visit an osteopath? Are you wondering what an osteopath is and what they can do for you? If you don’t know what anOsteopaths, Medication osteopath is, don’t worry. We are here to tell you.

Unlike physicians, who have a standard medical degree, osteopathic doctors earn a DO degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree). An osteopath is a medical doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions or problems of many systems within the body as well as the musculoskeletal system. If you are dealing with pain or other issues with your ligaments, tissue, bones, muscles or joints, then an osteopath may be able to help ease your symptoms and improve how your body functions.

How does an osteopath treat your musculoskeletal issues? Osteopathic medicine is often considered complementary or alternative therapy because it’s often recommended along with traditional medicine and other treatment options to help manage your symptoms. Through physical manipulation, stretching exercises and massage an osteopath can:

  • Improve blood flow and circulation
  • Promote more efficient and faster healing
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Improve range-of-motion, flexibility and mobility

While an osteopath is a medical doctor and can prescribe medication, an osteopath takes a more natural and holistic approach to treating your problems. An osteopath also doesn’t turn to surgery. In fact, osteopathic medicine can be a great option for someone who doesn’t want to consider surgery but isn’t responding to other treatment options.

So, who can benefit from visiting an osteopath? There are many conditions and injuries that can be improved through osteopathic therapy, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Posture and alignment issues
  • Menstrual problems and pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Arthritis

While osteopathic medicine can offer amazing results for a wide variety of problems, lower back pain tends to respond best to this type of alternative medicine. It may also be a great option for someone who is recovering from certain musculoskeletal surgeries and who wants to find ways to reduce pain and swelling while also speeding up the healing process.

An osteopath will try and provide you with the tailored, individualized care you need to handle your chronic or severe symptoms without the need for medication. If you don’t want to start a medication regimen to handle your symptoms, then osteopathic medicine could be the right option for you.

By Fontaine Center
February 15, 2019
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Thyroid Panels  

A thyroid panel is a common set of lab tests used to determine your level of thyroid function. Your thyroid produces hormones which are vital to the health and proper functioning of your body.

The thyroid panel measures “markers” which indicate thyroid health. These markers are produced by the thyroid gland and other organs which regulate the thyroid, including the pituitary gland. The thyroid panel indicates the presence of six substances in the blood including hormones, proteins, and immune cells.

The thyroid panel measures:

  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), a hormone produced by the pituitary gland which acts on the thyroid to either produce or limit the production of hormones
  • Thyroxine (T4), a hormone which is a storage hormone, and doesn’t act on its own to produce energy
  • Riiodothyronine (T3), which is the active form of T4 that has bonded to a protein
  • Thyroglobulin (Tg), which is a protein produced by the thyroid; it works as a tumor marker which can indicate thyroid cancer.
  • Thyroid antibodies, which can be an indicator of an autoimmune disease; the antibodies are secreted in response to an attack on the body’s own cells.
  • Thyroid binding proteins, which can help indicate the type of thyroid disorder

If the thyroid panel indicates your thyroid function is lower than normal, you have hypothyroidism, for which medication is given to boost thyroid function. Common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Difficulty keeping warm
  • Chronic fatigue and muscle pain
  • Hair loss or dry skin
  • Constipation or weight gain

If the thyroid panel indicates your thyroid function is higher than normal, you have hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is typically treated with medication to decrease thyroid function. Common signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Your body feels hot
  • Increased perspiration
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Protruding eyes
  • Vision issues
  • Weight loss

A thyroid panel can also indicate the presence of abnormal cells, precancerous tissue, or thyroid cancer. A thyroid panel is a critical tool to diagnose thyroid problems so they can be treated early and help you regain your good health.

By Fontaine Center
February 01, 2019
Category: Osteopathy

What is Intravenous Therapy?

Intravenous therapy, also known as IV therapy or infusion therapy, is a system involving injecting liquid substances directly into a vein. A needle is placed directly into a vein. The needle is connected to tubing, which is connected to a bag containing liquid medication, fluids, and other substances. It’s known as a drip system, and it offers the fastest route to deliver medications, nutrients, fluids, vitamins, and other liquids.

Intravenous therapy is used to deliver a variety of liquid substances including:

  • Antibiotics to treat infection and eliminate bacteria
  • Anti-inflammatories to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
  • Chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer and to shrink tumors
  • Fluids and electrolytes to replenish fluids and treat dehydration
  • Blood transfusions to replace blood loss due to an illness, accident, or medical condition
  • Pain medication to treat acute pain due to injury, accident, or other causes

Another popular use of intravenous therapy is to deliver nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and supplements to help boost the immune system, increase energy levels, and help people feel better. This type of IV therapy is increasingly being used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

An example of this type of IV solution is known as the Myers’ cocktail. It contains magnesium, vitamin C, calcium, and B vitamins. It is understood that this type of IV therapy provides faster and better absorption of the nutrients than taking the nutrients in pill form.

Intravenous therapy is beneficial for people who have difficulty swallowing medication in pill form, people who are incapacitated, or dealing with nausea. IV therapy allows for faster treatment with less expense because there is typically no hospital stay involved. IV therapy is typically delivered in an outpatient setting.

Intravenous therapy is an important way to deliver medications, fluids, nutrients, and other liquids to keep your body functioning well. IV therapy is of great benefit to people suffering from acute or chronic illnesses and people who want to feel their best.