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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 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
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.