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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.
By Fontaine Center
May 04, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Headaches  
HeadachesAn osteopathic physician approaches and treats medical conditions by examining the body as a whole. These doctors examine how the various systems in your body relate and connect. Understanding your lifestyle and environmental factors are a huge part of the process. It’s what allows for the success of osteopathic doctors, especially when it comes to treating headaches. 
 
Headaches affect more than 45 million Americans. There is no known cause for them, leaving people missing out on work and time with their families due to the pain. If you suffer from frequent headaches, an osteopath can help. 
 
Diagnosis From an Osteopathic Professional 
 
Before your osteopath can start treatment, a proper diagnosis is needed. The doctor will ask for a thorough background of your medical history and a physical evaluation. They need to know everything they can about your headaches. 
 
Be prepared to answer questions concerning:
  • The onset of the headache
  • How frequently you get them
  • How long a headache episode lasts
  • What the headache feels like (throbbing, sharp, dull)
From these answers, your osteopath can determine what type of headaches you’re experiencing. 
 
Osteopathic Treatment for Headaches
 
There are four types of treatments available: prophylactic, symptomatic, abortive, and a combination. Your osteopath will help you decide which is best for you. 
  • Abortive therapy focuses on reversing a headache once it has begun.
  • Prophylactic treatment works to prevent and minimize headaches. This is accomplished through daily medications and certain lifestyle changes.
  • Symptomatic concentrates on relieving your symptoms once they begin. 
  • The combination style uses a mixture of two or all the options mentioned above. 
Migraines
 
Your osteopath can also help with the treatment of migraine headaches. These are incredibly painful and the usual treatments do not suffice. Patients experience unilateral pain, meaning it is located on just one side. Other symptoms include: 
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Neck pain
Your osteopath works with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan includes medication, lifestyle changes, and behavior modifications. The worse and more frequent your migraines are, the more severe your osteopathic treatment will be. It’s also recommended that you avoid certain foods and drinks. This includes fast food, caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and others. 
By Fontaine Center
April 03, 2020
Category: Osteopathy

While the summer months greet us with the beautiful sunny weather and seem to rejuvenate us, osteopaths notice a drastic change during the winter months. It’s no doubt that having days of more darkness can take a toll on energy levels, but could you be dealing with a vitamin D deficiency?

What is Vitamin D Deficiency?

It’s true that not getting enough sunlight is one of the main reasons for vitamin D deficiencies, and having enough vitamin D is important because it helps our bodies absorb other essential nutrients like calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. While we can find vitamin D in certain foods, it’s often not enough on its own to provide us with the proper amount of vitamin D. Some signs of vitamin D deficiency are:

  • Feeling exhausted throughout the day
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Being prone to sickness
  • Feeling low or depressed

Many pepole experience these symptoms but have no idea that what they lack is this key and necessary vitamin.

Why See Your Osteopath?

What makes osteopaths different from seeing your general practitioner is that they can dedicate more time during your visit. This means that you get the thorough and individualized care you need and you have enough time to get all questions answered and concerns addressed. Our goal is not to rush you out of the office. We want you to understand your health and what you can do to improve it.

Those with a vitamin D deficiency often have musculoskeletal problems. You may suffer from general pains and soreness or you may be dealing with more specific problems like lower back pain. A vitamin deficiency can easily be detected through a blood test. If your symptoms are indicative of a deficiency then we will recommend that you get blood work.

After you have been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency this will help us create a more effective treatment plan to tackle your musculoskeletal problems that are due to your vitamin D deficiency and not another issue. We can recommend certain lifestyle modifications that will improve your symptoms and treat your deficiency. Your osteopath can also recommend certain supplements that can ensure that your body gets the amount of vitamin D that it needs to also absorb other vital nutrients that your body requires to stay healthy.

If you feel tired all the time and just have this overall achy feeling then it’s time you talked to an osteopath to find out if your symptoms could be due to a vitamin D deficiency.

By Fontaine Center
March 16, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Chronic Disease  

If you were to put your lifestyle under a microscope and study everything you do that either hinders or supports your health, how many things would you find that actually support your health and how many actually hurt it? Our lifestyle is one of the biggest contributing factors to whether we develop chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In fact, chronic diseases are often influenced by these top 3 risk factors:

  • Poor diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Tobacco use
  • Heavy alcohol consumption

The good news is that you have the ability to influence these risk factors to prevent chronic disease from happening to. If you have a family history of certain health problems it’s even more important that you improve your lifestyle. If you’re not sure where to start an osteopath can help.

What is an osteopath?

An osteopath is a medical doctor that focuses on improving how all systems within the body function as a whole, from the joints and muscles to the spine and nerves, through a variety of manipulative techniques and treatments that offer patients a safe, effective, non-invasive, and drug-free approach to care.

An osteopath has the ability to diagnose and treat a wide range of chronic diseases, and many people turn to an osteopath as a complementary, holistic therapy to more effectively manage their long-term symptoms. In fact, osteopathic medicine along with traditional medicine may be able to provide additional benefits to health and well-being that traditional medicine alone can’t.

How can an osteopath help with your chronic disease?

Manipulative therapy alone can improve a wide range of problems and provide amazing benefits include:

  • Boosting blood flow
  • Speeding up healing
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improving mood
  • Releasing tension
  • Improving range of motion
  • Boosting nerve function
  • Alleviating pain
  • Improving sleep

Along with manipulative therapy, an osteopath provides other services as well that can improve your lifestyle to reduce your risk for developing a chronic disease. An osteopath can help assist with dietary needs and nutritional counseling, recommend lifestyle changes and also advise you on which athletic or exercise programs would be right for you.

Common chronic conditions that an osteopath can help treat or manage include:

  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Neuropathy
  • Migraines
  • Asthma
  • Degenerative spinal disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic back pain

Whether you want to find new ways to improve your health and life with chronic disease or you want to invest in your health to prevent problems from happening an osteopath can help you lead a healthier life.

By Fontaine Center
February 27, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Eating Disorder  

Facing an eating disorder, whether it’s your own or someone you love, can be challenging and a sensitive subject to brooch; however, it’s important to shed light on all health problems, particularly conditions like this one that affect over 30 million people in the US alone.

All medical professionals play a role in being able to identify and provide treatment and support to patients dealing with eating disorders to ensure a healthier long-term outlook. Find out how an osteopath may be able to help you with your eating disorder recovery.

Eating orders affect a person’s body image and ability to safely and properly manage weight. Eating disorders lead people to have unhealthy preoccupations with foods that can interfere with their social, personal and even professional lives.

While people often associate eating disorders with women, this condition can affect both men and women of various ages. People with eating disorders are more likely to restrict or avoid foods, abuse certain foods, follow extreme diets or have an obsessive attitude around exercise.

Common types of eating disorders include:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Rumination disorder
  • Avoidant/restrictive foot intake disorder

Signs of an eating disorder are vast and can vary depending on the type of eating disorder a person has; however, those with eating disorders may experience:

  • Sudden weight changes
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance
  • Irregular menstrual cycles for women
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fussy or compulsive eating habits
  • Social avoidance and isolation

How an Osteopath Can Help

Eating disorder have both physiological and psychological ramifications, and an osteopath can focus on all of the ways that this condition can impact the mind and body to provide a more comprehensive treatment plan. An osteopath is a licensed medical professional that is focused on provide comprehensive treatment that include both traditional and alternative therapies that are geared to promoting better overall health and well-being.

An osteopath can perform the same diagnostic tests and procedures as a regular doctor and also prescribe medication; however, they are mostly focused on providing a variety of treatment options including manipulative therapy to improve long-term health and to treat a variety of health problems.

Since eating disorders are such complex conditions, it’s important to have a team of caregivers and medical professionals to provide thorough and ample support to you or someone you love who is experiencing an eating disorder. It’s can be a challenging journey but having an osteopathic doctor can help alleviate symptoms, whether physiological or psychological, around your disorder. Some ways to treat eating disorders include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Education regarding nutrition and eating disorders
  • Providing valuable tools and knowledge to prevent relapse of symptoms

Osteopathic manipulative therapy can also reduce anxiety and depression through a variety of manipulative techniques that help to release tension, increase blood flow, and help the body relax. We can also bring awareness back into the body to help with balance.

Learn more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you manage your eating disorder by calling your osteopath today.