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By Fontaine Center
June 17, 2019
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Food Sensitivities  

From a severe outbreak of itchy hives to trouble breathing, when we think of food intolerance we often think about these more serious side effects; however, it can be a bit more confusing when your symptoms are minor. Sometimes it can take up to 48 hours for symptoms to arise, leaving someone rather confused as to what might be causing their symptoms. If this sounds like something you are currently dealing with then you could be dealing with food sensitivities.

Unfortunately, this means that food sensitivity is rather misunderstand and often goes undiagnosed. It’s important that you are aware of any food sensitivities you might be dealing with. This is where an osteopath can help.

What is an osteopath?

An osteopathic physician is a doctor that focuses on the musculoskeletal system, from the joints and muscles to the spine. We focus on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems of the body.

Most people think of osteopathic medicine as complementary to their general medicine and treatment. While our goal is to help you prevent health problems, we are also here to provide comprehensive care that focuses on improving how the body’s different systems work together.

What are the signs of food sensitivity?

Symptoms of food sensitivity are often delayed, but can be immediate too. Common symptoms of food sensitivity or intolerance include:

  • Headaches
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Acid reflux
  • Flushed skin
  • Bloating
  • Malaise
  • Cough
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irritable bowels

Is food sensitivity the same as a food allergy?

These two issues are a bit different. While they both may cause the same symptoms, an allergy stimulates the immune system to treat the food as if it’s a foreign invader like an infection or bacteria, while food intolerance will not trigger the immune system. Furthermore, symptoms of intolerance tend to take a bit longer to show up than allergies. The most common food intolerances are:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Caffeine
  • Salicylates
  • Fructose
  • Sulfites

How do you screen for food sensitivities?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above after eating certain foods it’s very possible that you’re dealing with a food sensitivity or intolerance. In this case, when you come in to see your osteopath for a food sensitivity screening we may perform a simple skin prick test, specific blood tests or breath test (often used for detecting fructose and lactose sensitivities).

An osteopathic physician may also place you on an elimination diet for several weeks to help figure out what food or foods to avoid. You’ll keep a diary of the foods you eat during this time, and as you slowly incorporate certain foods back into your diet you’ll want to keep track of any symptoms you experience.

If you suspect that you might be dealing with food sensitivity then it’s time to schedule a consultation with our osteopathic physician who can perform the proper diagnostic testing to see what food or foods could be impacting your health.

By Fontaine Center
May 15, 2019
Category: Osteopathy

In the US, about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime. When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is key. Once a woman reaches the age of 40 it’s important that she starts seeing her doctor for annual breast cancer screenings. While mammograms are the most common screening tool it may not be as effective for detecting breast cancer for women under the age of 50. In this case a breast thermography may be a better option.

What is breast thermography?

Thermography, also known as thermal imaging, is a non-invasive test that only takes about 15 minutes. Unlike a mammogram, which presses on and squeezes the breast, a thermography does not. Of course, those who aren’t a fan of the discomfort associated with a mammogram shouldn’t assume that a thermography would be better suited to them. A mammogram is still considered the most effective breast cancer screening tool.

However, during a breast thermography, infrared imaging is used to pick up on small changes in the breast that affect its symmetry. Therefore, it will detect changes that are occurring in one breast that make it different from the other one.

Cancerous breast tissue compared to healthy breast tissue differs in blood flow and metabolic activity, two things that breast thermography can detect. A thermograph can be performed as early as 18 years old and may be a great baseline recording, particularly for women who are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer. A thermography can also be used in conjunction with annual mammograms.

What if my breast thermography detects an abnormality?

It’s important to understand that even if there is an abnormality found during your screening, your doctor will need to perform further testing to figure out what’s going on. An abnormality doesn’t necessarily mean that breast cancer has been found. These abnormalities can also be a sign of:

  • An infection
  • Vascular disease
  • Fibrocystic disease

It’s important that you talk with your doctor to find out the next best step to reaching a diagnosis so that an effective treatment plan can be created.

If you have questions about breast thermography, or if it’s time to schedule a breast cancer screening then call your osteopath today to schedule an appointment.

By Fontaine Center
May 02, 2019
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Acute Diseases  

Treating Acute Diseases

Are you living with an acute disease? Acute diseases develop suddenly and last a short time, often only a few days or weeks. Chronic diseases develop slowly and may worsen over time. Finding out that you have an acute disease can be very hard. It can also disrupt your life. We offer evaluation and treatment for a wide range of acute diseases.

Types of Acute Diseases

Examples of acute conditions include the common cold, flu, broken bones, burns, respiratory infection, bronchitis, and strep throat. Many acute diseases may go away on their own, or can be treated with medications. There are some acute illnesses, however, that produce life-threatening symptoms. These include: asthma attack, heart attack, appendicitis, pneumonia, or organ failure. Serious acute conditions require urgent medical care. If you suspect you may have a severe acute diseases, it's important that you call 911 or go to an emergency room.

Causes of Acute Diseases

Acute diseases are often caused by an infection or a virus, but can also be caused by an injury resulting from an automobile accident or a fall, or by the misuse of medications or drugs. Chronic diseases are often caused by unhealthy behaviors that increase the risk of diseases such as smoking, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, or excessive alcohol use. As people age, they are more likely to develop one or more chronic illnesses.

Symptoms of Acute Diseases

The symptoms of an acute disease can include sore throat, fever, cough, sneezing, earache, diarrhea, nausea, runny nose, and headache. Through a physical examination and identifying your symptoms, our doctor can provide a diagnosis and treatment plan to care for your acute disease. Any disease with serious symptoms warrants a visit to a doctor as soon as possible. Even harmless symptoms should be evaluated if they worsen or persist.

Treating Acute Diseases

Our doctors diagnose and treat all types of acute diseases, providing the most appropriate care for you. Treatment for acute illnesses aims at providing fast relief from discomfort, or reducing the severity of symptoms. We offer a number of acute diseases treatments to the patients we serve. By seeking treatment for your acute disease quickly, you lessen the chance for further complications and long-term health issues.

Ready to take charge of your health? You need to take control! Call our office right now to schedule an appointment. We will help you heal your illness once and for all. We can provide all the relief you need, with relatively little hassle or expense. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at our office.

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.