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By Fontaine Center
January 15, 2020
Tags: Allergies   Allergy Panels  

Are you tired of dealing with those itchy, watery eyes and runny nose? If you said “yes” then chances are good that you are dealing with allergies. Allergies affect an estimated 50 million Americans. No matter whether you are dealing with food allergies, seasonal allergies or allergies that flare-up anytime of the year, turning to an osteopath could provide you with the relief and maintenance you need to combat those pesky allergy symptoms.

Osteopathic Care and Allergies

When you turn to a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), you are turning to someone who emphasizes the importance of preventive care. This means that the doctor will go through your medical history and personal history and look at the bigger picture when it comes to treating your condition.

For example, an osteopathic doctor won’t just give you a nasal spray to target nasal inflammation and congestion but rather will look at the environmental and lifestyle factors that could be causing your symptoms in the first place. An osteopath doesn’t provide quick fixes, only long-term wellness and relief.

Treating Allergies with Osteopathic Medicine

When someone is dealing with allergies this simply means that the body sees a harmless substance (e.g. pollen; mold; pet dander) as a danger, which causes the immune system to work overtime to produce histamines to fight the allergy. This usually results in any of these symptoms:

  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Watery, red, and itchy eyes
  • Coughing

The best way to treat your allergies is to avoid your triggers as much as possible. So first, you need to know what you are allergic to. This is something an osteopath can help with. Through simple allergy testing (skin prick tests or a blood test), your doctor can determine what elements you are allergic to so that you an avoid them. Avoidance is the most effective step you can take; however, we also realize that sometimes this isn’t always possible. This is where regular osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) can help.

OMT uses a variety of hands-on approaches and therapies to reduce muscle tension, congestion, sinus problems, breathing issues, headaches, and inflammation associated with allergies. Regular OMT can also boost blood flow and circulation, help the lymphatic system drain properly and enhance your immune system. Routine OMT along with other complementary therapies such as massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, and chiropractic care can also help regular allergy sufferers find relief without being dependent on over-the-counter medications.

Don’t let allergies make you suffer. Find out today how an osteopath can get you feeling better quickly.

By Fontaine Center
December 13, 2019
Tags: Heart Health  

With heart disease being the leading cause of death for both men and women it’s so important for patients to be able to get the care they need, especially when it comes to their heart. Keeping your heart healthy really isn’t that difficult and patients who are at an increased risk for heart disease will most certainly want to incorporate these heart-healthy habits into their daily routine. After all, preventing heart problems from occurring is far easier than trying to treat or manage the problem once it has developed.

Follow these rules for a healthy heart:

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep every night, as a lack of sleep can greatly increase your risk for heart disease in people of all ages.
  • Get regular exercise and get up and moving throughout the day, as leading a sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to heart disease.
  • Avoid or quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible, as even secondhand smoke can increase your risk for developing heart disease.
  • Make sure that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet that contains lean protein, vegetables, fruit, whole grains and healthy fats. Avoid trans fats, as this can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. Trans fats are anything found in packaged snack foods or baked goods, as well as fast and fried foods.
  • Practice good oral hygiene, which includes flossing daily and brushing twice a day. After all, the state of your gums can tell your doctor a lot about your overall health. In fact, those with gum disease are at an increased risk for developing heart disease.

So, where does an osteopath come in? First, it’s important to understand what an osteopath does. An osteopath is a medical doctor who uses drug-free, manual therapies to manipulate the joints, ligaments, muscles and other tissue within the body to reduce pain, swelling and other musculoskeletal complaints; however, the benefits of osteopathic medicine don’t just stop at improving any achy back or stiff neck. It can also provide relief for a wide range of physical problems, from respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders to migraines and even heart disease.

It’s not surprising that many people don’t realize the benefits of getting osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) for treating cardiovascular disease. While patients will still want to follow their doctor’s advice when it comes to medications to take and other treatments to undergo, many patients living with heart disease can also benefit from adding an osteopath to their treatment plan.

An osteopath can provide complementary and non-invasive therapies to improve muscle energy and correct dysfunctions within cardiac lymph flow. By performing mobilization therapy on areas around the heart and also prescribing special home exercises, most patients experience some relief from their heart disease symptoms such as high blood pressure and feeling fatigued.

If you or a loved one is dealing with heart disease, find out today if osteopathic manual therapy is the right way to help manage your heart disease symptoms.

By Fontaine Center
December 03, 2019
Tags: Preventative Care   Wellness  

Why does it always seem that the only time that we can stop and take care of ourselves is when we get sick? Instead of dealing with sickness when it occurs why not simply provide your body with what it needs to prevent problems in the first place? Yes, preventive care isn’t foolproof, but it can certainly help you stay as healthy as possible and prevent illnesses that could cause you to miss days from work or even land you in the hospital.

How can an osteopath promote better health and wellness?

Healthcare continues to change for the better, providing more of an emphasis on preventative care. An osteopath is a doctor that can provide you with routine care while also recommending simple lifestyle modifications tailored to improving your overall health and well being. An osteopath uses non-invasive manual therapy and other therapeutic options that focus on improving how the body functions as a whole, which includes the nervous, lymphatic and circulatory systems.

While osteopathic manipulative medicine can be used to treat a wide range of conditions it can also be used as a preventive or maintenance treatment, and if osteopathic treatment has been used before symptoms even start (as a form of early intervention), this can ensure that problems never arise in the first place. By keeping up with physical exams and preventive checkups on a routine basis we can also discuss any physical changes or symptoms you may be experiencing and address them early on to reduce your risk for dysfunction or injury. This can be particularly valuable for athletes and those who lead a very physically active lifestyle.

In fact, athletes can benefit greatly from having an osteopath that they turn to for regular manual medicine, which can help to strengthen and improve how the musculoskeletal system functions. This non-invasive, hands-on approach can improve blood flow, speed up healing, reduce pain and inflammation, and correct faulty biomechanics within the body without drugs.

An osteopath uses gentle pressure, resistance and stretching to enhance and improve somatic function, and while patients may not see the same immediate benefits from osteopathic medicine as a patient who is dealing with chronic pain or other conditions, maintaining a healthy body through regular osteopathic care can be a major benefit to the patient’s overall health and well being in a way that far surpasses what curative care could do.

If you want to learn more about osteopathic manipulative medicine and how it could improve the way you feel then call an osteopath today to schedule a consultation.

By Fontaine Center
November 22, 2019
Tags: Nutrition   Diet  

How a Proper Diet and Nutritional Information Can Help You

A healthy diet can do so much for us, both inside and out. It can make our skin glow, our energy levels increase and our sleep improve, among an ever-growing list of other incredible benefits. You’ve probably heard people say food is medicine, and there is definitely some truth to that.

After all, we eat to provide our bodies with the vitamins and nutrients they need, and when we don’t provide our bodies with what they need they certainly let us know it. From obesity and joint pain to chronic inflammation, there are many health problems that can arise if you aren’t smart about your diet. Luckily, an osteopath can help you get back on track.

An osteopath is a licensed medical doctor who focuses on providing comprehensive care and treatment that ensures that a person’s body functions optimally as a whole. An osteopathic doctor uses a combination of traditional medicine, lifestyle modifications and recommendations, and osteopathic manipulative medicine to improve a person’s health, overall wellbeing, and quality of life.

For example, patients who are overweight or obese are also prone to other serious health problems, as well as a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Being overweight makes the muscles, bones, ligaments and other soft tissue work harder, which can lead to muscle strain, sprains and chronic joint pain. Through nutrition counseling, an osteopath can help you safely and effectively lose weight through proper diet and exercise while also providing manipulative therapy to ease sore muscles, boost blood flow, speed up healing, and improve how the joints, muscles and other parts of the musculoskeletal system function as a whole.

An osteopath is also dedicated to the prevention of disease. By turning to an osteopath regularly, they can provide you with recommendations including lifestyle changes you can make to reduce you risk for certain health problems. Instead of just treating the problem once it has already surfaced, an osteopath focuses on providing proper nutritional counseling, supplementation, and other alternative treatment options to improve health and ward away disease.

An osteopath looks at the big picture, which means better and more detailed nutritional guidance and monitoring that can help you change your habits, understand why you are making these changes, and help you stick with it for a healthier you.

Whether you are confused about what constitutes a healthy diet or you want to learn more about osteopathic medicine and how it can improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, call an osteopathic physician today to schedule a consultation.

By Fontaine Center
November 08, 2019
Tags: Scar Therapy  

Do you have a scar from an accident, injury, or surgery? While a scar is usually a sign that the body is healing and mending itself, in some situations scars can actually cause issues. As the skin heals from surgical incisions or an injury this can lead to the buildup of adhesions (scar tissue), which can pull the skin and neighboring tissue around organs and muscles. As a result, this can restrict function and movement and lead to other problems such as pain, muscle weakness, musculoskeletal imbalances, nerve impingement, and numbness.

Since scar tissue has the ability to spread, even internally, it is important that you consult with an osteopath to find ways to minimize scar tissue. An osteopath is a medical professional that specializes in providing drug-free and non-invasive treatment options including osteopathic manipulative medicine to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions as a whole. Rather than focusing on a specific symptom or a localized area, an osteopath provides systemic care to ensure that all parts of the body function and work together properly.

An osteopath can treat scar tissue through a gentle therapeutic technique known as scar tissue release therapy, which is used to reduce pain, adhesions, and darkening of scar tissue. Scar tissue release may also be combined with customized massage therapy to improve functionality.

Patients may feel a slight tugging as the scar tissue is released during therapy. This is completely normal and well-tolerated. Even once the session is over, you may still notice changes occurring to the scar tissue as it releases and heals over the next 1-2 days.

There are many benefits to getting scar tissue release therapy including,

  • Improved posture
  • Better athletic performance
  • Reduced scar visibility
  • Improved movement and flexibility
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Better posture
  • Less stress placed on the body
  • Improved circulation and blood flow to the area to speed up healing
  • Improved joint mobility

When you come into the office, your osteopath will be able to examine the scar and determine which treatment or treatments will provide the best results. Of course, the sooner patients begin scar release therapy after an injury or surgery, the better. Depending on the size and severity of the scar, results can appear in as little as a few weeks of regular release therapy, while more significant scars may take months or years to see results.

Whether you are dealing with a visible C-section scar or a scar from a bad fall, an osteopath is able to help reduce adhesions and other complications through scar tissue release therapy. Contact your local osteopathic doctor to find out if this treatment is right for you!