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By Fontaine Center
July 15, 2019
Category: Osteopathy

Many doctors work to treat a specific symptom or disease without focusing on how that problem affects other systems within the body. An osteopathic physician is a doctor who focuses on treating the patient as a whole in order to restore how the body works together as a unit. After all, any abnormality or dysfunction in one part of the body can certainly influence other parts of the body, as well. An osteopathic physician will also provide you with a variety of nonsurgical and non-medicinal treatment options to alleviate your symptoms.

What is involved in osteopathic manual medicine?

Osteopathic manual medicine involves a series of hands-on, non-invasive techniques that are designed to treat and realign areas of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. An osteopath will use manual manipulation to treat a wide range of injuries and disorders without resorting to drugs and surgery. In fact, osteopathic manual medicine may even prevent some patients from needing surgery.

Along with treatments that a patient may receive from their physician, many people still turn to an osteopathic doctor because they can provide alternative and complementary therapies that can enhance their existing treatment plan. Other patients turn to osteopathic medicine when other traditional therapies and treatment options have failed to provide relief.

Who can benefit from osteopathic medicine?

Since this type of therapy is non-invasive it is safe for all ages, from infants to seniors. Along with the standard neuromusculoskeletal issues an osteopath treats, this manual manipulation therapy can also improve other systems within the body such as the respiratory, cardiac, and digestive systems. Patients may turn to an osteopath to treat:

  • Chronic and acute conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ disorder
  • Herniated or bulging disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Whiplash
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Other injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sinus disorders
  • Menstrual pain
  • Back, knee, leg, and ankle pain
  • Neck pain

Through regular osteopathic manual therapy your doctor can reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood flow and healing, boost range of motion and flexibility, and fix misalignments within the body so that everything works in harmony.

So many people can benefit from regular osteopathic manual therapy. Find out how it can help improve your body and your mind.

By Fontaine Center
July 01, 2019
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Hormones   Hormone Panel  

Are you a middle-aged man who is dealing with loss of sex drive, weight gain or hair loss? Are you a premenopausal or menopausal woman who is experiencing hot flashes, vaginal dryness or memory problems? If you said “yes” then you may be dealing with a hormonal imbalance. When we think about hormonal imbalances we often think about women who are going through menopausal but the truth of the matter is that even men deal with this issue.

As we get older, it’s normal for hormones to drop significantly, which can lead to these unpleasant symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal changes an osteopathic physician can both diagnose and treat the problem. Some of these signs and symptoms include:

  • Low muscle mass
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Irregular or missing periods
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Heavy periods
  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Acne
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low libido

An osteopath is a medical doctor who is focused on treating conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, from back pain to joint stiffness. Of course, osteopaths can also treat a host of other issues that affect the respiratory, reproductive, and intestinal systems, as well as other problems such as high blood pressure and insomnia through non-invasive, non-medicinal therapies. Both men and women may also visit an osteopath for other issues such as joint stiffness and musculoskeletal pain and realize that their symptoms are actually the result of their hormonal imbalance.

The best way to test a hormonal imbalance is to perform a comprehensive hormone blood panel, which checks the level of estrogen, progesterone and other hormones in women while checking testosterone, DHEA, oxytocin, and other hormone levels in men. The patient will usually have to fast prior to getting this blood test performed.

Once the results of your test have been interpreted your osteopathic doctor will talk to you about the best approach for balancing your hormone levels. This usually involves hormone replacement therapy; however, when you turn to an osteopath the goal of treatment is to provide you with safe, effective ways to balance your hormones naturally. Sometimes further testing is necessary in order to determine the cause of your hormonal imbalance.

There are natural therapies that can ease symptoms and improve how the endocrine system functions (e.g. pituitary gland). Your osteopathic treatment plan may consist of diet and exercise, herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic treatment, and stress management. Your osteopath can work with you to find the right alternative and complementary therapies to meet your needs.

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.

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