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By Fontaine Center
August 21, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Osteopathy   Sleep  
Osteopathy and SleepSleep problems are no joke. If you’re dealing with weeks of tossing and turning you could, like millions of Americans, be dealing with insomnia. So what is the best way to treat it? You could try and take sleep medications, but they aren’t designed to be taken every night and there is a high risk for dependency. Maybe you’ve tried fixing some of your sleep hygiene habits and are now powering down electronics and avoiding bright lights after sundown, but still, your sleep is just out of whack. Enter, osteopathy.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy provides whole-body treatment and care for those patients experiencing a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints. An osteopath is trained to provide therapeutic and hands-on care that pinpoints and treats the root cause of your pain rather than just treating or “masking” your pain through medication. Osteopathic manipulative medicine uses manual therapy and other non-invasive techniques to improve mobility and functionality throughout the entire body while also reducing pain, stiffness, and discomfort.

What does this have to do with sleep?

There are many reasons why someone may not be able to get quality sleep. Everything from stress and anxiety to poor posture and exposure to blue lights can cause chronically poor sleep.

Stress and anxiety are common causes of sleep disturbances, and both can cause dysfunction within the central nervous system, which can mix-up signals in the body that help you sleep.

Misalignments within the vertebrae of the spine also can affect sleep. If you are dealing with chronic insomnia, regular osteopathic manipulative medicine can help to readjust and realign the spine and other areas of the body to improve sleep quality.

An osteopath will perform a thorough examination, asking you various questions about your health, lifestyle, habits, profession, and more. All of these are factors that can greatly impact your sleep. Our goal is to pinpoint the causes of your sleep issues and to provide non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free methods to fix these issues. Craniosacral techniques as well as soft tissue massage and visceral manipulation are particularly useful for treating insomnia and sleep disorders.

Are you curious about osteopathy and how it can improve your quality of sleep? If so, schedule an appointment with your osteopath to find out the different techniques and treatments we can offer to help you finally catch those ZZZs.
By Fontaine Center
January 31, 2020

More and more people are turning to osteopathic physicians to get relief from their everyday and chronic aches and pains. Osteopathic manipulative treatment includes around 40 different manual techniques that involve applying the appropriate amount of pressure to certain areas of the body. Some of these techniques include soft tissue therapy, active release, and myofascial release.

An osteopath will often recommend osteopathic manipulative treatment to people dealing with a variety of painful musculoskeletal conditions. It can be particularly beneficial for people dealing with:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Shoulder problems
  • Knee problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Stress injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • TMJ disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pregnancy related pains (in the third trimester)

This hands-on approach can treat a wide range of biomechanical issues that lie within the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. Along with musculoskeletal problems, patients dealing with heart problems, digestive disorders, asthma, and sinus disorders may also experience some relief from their symptoms with regular manipulation therapy.

An osteopath understands how everything in the body is interconnected and how each system can affect one another to provide you with the comprehensive and individualized care you need to treat your condition and symptoms.

Osteopathic manipulation treatment offers a variety of benefits including:

  • Improving circulation
  • Easing pain
  • Reducing swelling
  • Speeding up the healing process
  • Treating imbalances within the muscles and tissues
  • Correcting spinal misalignments
  • Improving joint mobility and range of motion
  • Reducing muscle tension and stress
  • A drug-free approach to care
  • Preventing surgery
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Breaking up scar tissue
  • Improving flexibility
  • Boosting athletic performance

Another reason people turn to osteopathic manipulative treatment is that it’s safe for everyone, from newborns to seniors. Athletes may find regular sessions particularly beneficial for preventing sprains, strains and other injuries while also keeping their body in peak performance; however, everyone can benefit from regular osteopathic treatment even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms.

Along with providing manual adjustments, an osteopath can also provide you with a wide range of other complementary treatments including chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage therapy and nutritional counseling. Whether you choose to use osteopathic manipulation therapy along with other alternative therapies or alone, you may finally be able to get the pain relief you’ve been looking for.

By Fontaine Center
August 14, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Find out the best treatment option for correcting a hormonal imbalance in women.

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to improve the way the musculoskeletal system and body functions as a whole. An osteopath is a professional who focuses on everything from joint pain and osteoporosis to reproductive problems (e.g. hormonal imbalance) and digestive disorders. It’s common for a hormonal imbalance to occur in women during menopause and perimenopause.

Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include:

  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased libido
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Weakened immune system
  • “Mental fog” and memory loss
  • Muscle weakness or loss of muscle

As women reach menopause the body is no longer producing estrogen and progesterone because these are hormones that are vital only for childbearing years. Of course, it’s important to improve hormone levels within the body to reduce symptoms and to prevent complications such as osteoporosis, a progressive condition that leads to a weakening of the bones and fractures.

The most obvious way to improve hormone levels is through hormone replacement therapy. There are many options out there for optimizing hormone levels and your osteopath will discuss the best approach for you based on the symptoms you are experiencing and your current health.

In the past the only option was traditional hormone replacement therapy that used synthetic hormones, which was known to cause some unpleasant side effects. Of course, now there are safer options such as bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT). These hormones are derived from plant estrogens and mimic the natural hormones found within the body. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are the most common hormones used in these replacement therapies.

There are many hormonal replacement therapy forms such as pills, patches, topical ointments, injections and even implants. Again, your osteopath will help you determine the right method for hormone replacement. For example, if you think you may forget to take a pill once a day you may want to opt for another option such as a patch or implant.

If you are a woman experiencing the symptoms of menopause it’s important that you talk to an osteopathic specialist to determine the best way to balance your hormones to reduce your risk for certain long-term and progressive health problems such as osteoporosis.

By Fontaine Center
July 02, 2018
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Osteopathy  

Millions of Americans deal with back, neck and joint pain and discomfort and don’t know how to treat or even manage their symptoms. While some people may turn to medication to at least temporarily dull or eliminate pain, some people are looking for a long-term, non-invasive, and drug-free approach to treating their symptoms.

Those who are dealing with problems of the musculoskeletal system (this includes the spine, muscles, ligaments, joints, and connective tissue) can turn to an osteopathic physician to improve not just the musculoskeletal system but also how the nervous, circulatory, and even lymphatic systems within the body function.

When you turn to an osteopath they won’t just focus on a specific area of the body but rather focus on holistic care, or treating the body as a whole to make sure that everything is functioning as it should. Good quality of life and physical and mental well-being begin with a sound, healthy body without the need for medication.

Osteopathic medicine involves a variety of therapeutic manual techniques such as stretching, applied pressure, and resistance, that can help realign and restore the body to improve musculoskeletal function while boosting blood flow to certain areas (which speeds up the healing process) and reducing pain and discomfort.

Osteopathic medicine can be a great option for people dealing with:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy aches and pains
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Digestive disorders and issues

During your first visit, an osteopathic physician will ask you a series of questions regarding the symptoms you are experiencing before performing a thorough physical examination. Remember that your initial consultation may take up to one hour or more to complete in order to determine what is going on and the best treatment options for you. It’s also normal to feel a little sore for a day or two after your osteopathic manipulation treatment.

Along with regular osteopathic sessions, your physician may also recommend other options including stretching and strengthening exercises, dietary changes, ergonomic recommendations and other lifestyle modifications to improve symptoms for the long term without having to turn to medicine or surgery.

Regular osteopathic treatment sessions are also a great way to not only treat current musculoskeletal issues but also to prevent future problems. Osteopathic medicine can also provide therapeutic effects not just for the body but also the mind. Based on the type and severity of your condition, your osteopathic physician will tell you how many visits you’ll require to treat the issue.