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By Fontaine Center
December 02, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Aloe Vera  
Aloe VeraAloe vera is a gelatinous substance that can be obtained from the leaves of the aloe plant, a spiky plant that grows in dry, hot climates such as Africa and the southern and western US. Aloe vera was once referred to as the “plant of immortality” during Ancient Egypt, and even today aloe vera has been touted for treating a variety of injuries, burns, and health conditions due to the high number of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids it contains. Here are just some of the things that aloe vera might be able to offer.

Reduce Blood Glucose Levels

Some studies have found that consuming aloe can actually reduce fasting blood glucose in those with diabetes after just two weeks. It may also be able to improve glucose intolerance and insulin resistance.

Wound Healing

Research has also found that aloe vera can increase the production of fibroblast cells, cells that are found in connective tissue, which make collagen and elastin. As a result, consuming aloe vera may assist in producing more fibroblast cells, which could aid in healing minor soft tissue wounds.

Improve Digestion and Alleviate Heartburn

Dealing with an upset stomach? Fighting heartburn? If so, drinking aloe vera may help with these common digestive problems. After all, enzymes within aloe vera are responsible for breaking down fats and sugars, making it easier to digest certain foods. It may also help to reduce irritation of the digestive tract to provide relief for those dealing with heartburn.

It Can Alleviate Constipation

If you’re having a hard time going to the bathroom you may be surprised to discover that aloe vera may be able to help. That’s because aloe vera also contains aloin, which is known for its laxative properties. While you won’t find an aloe vera-based laxative on the market these days, you may want to try adding consumable aloe vera (read all instructions before consuming) to your daily diet.

If you are looking for advice and recommendations regarding natural alternatives, treatments, and supplements to improve your health and wellbeing, an osteopath is going to be a helpful medical professional to turn to. An osteopath focuses on holistic treatment options to help you feel your best.
By Fontaine Center
November 15, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Detox  
DetoxMost people these days complain of chronic fatigue, energy zaps, brain fog, and increased weight gain. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the best way to restore balance in their bodies. An osteopath can offer a natural and gentle solution to help detox and cleanse the body to alleviate symptoms and to help you feel your best.

What is a holistic detox?

Most people think of detox and they think of a digestive cleanse. The only difference is that instead of just trying to cleanse and clean the GI tract, we are going to cleanse and detox the body as a whole, helping the body to expel toxins caused by:
  • Alcohol and recreational drug use
  • Prescription medications
  • Pollutants
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides
It’s believed that heavy metals and other pollutants in the body have the ability to cause:
  • Acne, rashes, and other skin problems
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Digestive problems
  • Unexplained weight gain
While these cleanses won’t actually improve the function of the liver (the liver is already designed to naturally eliminate toxins from the body), what a holistic detox will do is help to cleanse different pathways in the body to more swiftly and efficiently remove these toxins to improve how the body functions as a whole.

What is involved in a holistic detox?

Every doctor is different when it comes to how they perform a holistic detox. When you visit your osteopath, they will discuss with you the diet you’ll follow, how long you’ll need to follow that diet and whether you’ll need supplements or other therapies such as sauna to improve the detoxification process. During your detox, it’s important that you are drinking a lot of water to help the body flush out toxins and other harmful elements in the body.

What are the benefits of holistic detox?

Everyone experiences different relief and health benefits as a result of a holistic detox. Once the toxins have been eliminated you may find that your digestive tract works more smoothly and you’re able to pass stools more easily. You may also see healthier and more radiant skin, improved energy, a boost to your immune system, a reduction in stress, and curbed cravings.

Whether you’re looking to nix sugar cravings, improve your metabolism, or just feel more energized, a holistic detox may be able to help. Talk with your osteopath today to kickstart your holistic detox plan so you can start feeling better.
By Fontaine Center
October 15, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Muscle Cramps   Stretching  
Muscle CrampsThere are a variety of reasons why people can get muscle cramps. From dehydration to lack of vitamins and minerals, muscle cramps can be painful and even scary. Luckily, most muscle cramps are thought to be due to the overuse of muscles, muscle strains, or holding a position for too long.

Stretching can help tackle these common causes of muscle cramps and help people find relief from cramps. In addition, stretching can help prevent future muscle cramps from forming and strengthen your body overall.

How Can Stretching Help my Muscle Cramps?

Stretching your muscles helps cramps by massaging out the affected muscle and allowing it to relax again. Cramps are caused by muscles not being able to relax, causing a contraction that is uncontrollable. Stretching, using a warm compress, and making sure to stay hydrated can all help alleviate even the most painful muscle cramps.

Proper Stretching Techniques

No matter the muscle you stretch, it's important to never over-extend muscles through stretching. This can cause increased injury and can even lead to muscle sprains and strains. Instead, when stretching your muscles, start off slow and warm up your muscles by walking or doing gentle movements. For the arms, arm circles are a good start. For the legs, doing gentle running in place or walking can help.
Every muscle can benefit from different stretches. For instance, intense back cramps can benefit from the child's pose in yoga, which involves kneeling on the ground and placing your front torso forward with outstretched arms. Alternatively, you can try knees to chest stretch, or a lumbar rotation stretch.
More common muscle cramps that involve the calf can be treated with gentle stretching by pulling the toes toward the body while keeping the knees as straight as possible. 

How Long Do I Stretch For?

Whatever stretch you choose to do, it's important to remember to hold a stretch for at least 30 seconds. It takes time for the muscle to fully benefit from the stretch. However, if you find yourself in extreme pain, do not continue with the stretch. Instead, go back to the least painful position and hold the stretch from there.

Other Benefits of Stretching

Besides being good for muscle cramps, stretching can also help people with:
  • Stress relief
  • Improve their posture
  • Improve blood flow to the muscles
  • Improve flexibility
  • Help range of motion
Stretching can help you feel immediate relief from cramps and are a great alternative to muscle relaxers and other pain medication. However, if you feel stretching doesn't help your cramps, or your cramps continue, speak to your osteopath today.
By Fontaine Center
September 29, 2021
Tags: Carpal Tunnel  
Carpal TunnelWhen the large nerve within the hand, known as the median nerve, is compressed you may develop numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand and wrist. This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome, and it’s more common than you might realize; however, carpal tunnel does require proper treatment to prevent permanent damage. An osteopath is a doctor that focuses on providing therapeutic and hands-on care to improve not just how the hand and wrist function but also how the body functions as a whole.

How is carpal tunnel typically treated?

How carpal tunnel is usually treated will depend on the severity of your symptoms. For most, rest is important; however, this may be more challenging for people who have to type or perform certain labor-intensive tasks for work. Splinting the wrist at night can help to reduce numbness and tingling while you sleep, while cortisone injections may be beneficial for those dealing with more moderate to severe pain.
Of course, when conservative treatment hasn’t worked, many doctors recommend surgery; however, surgery should not be taken lightly. In fact, an osteopath may be able to provide you with the treatment and relief you need from carpal tunnel syndrome without ever needing to resort to surgery.

How can an osteopath help me?

Through spinal adjustments and manipulative techniques, an osteopath can realign the spine, improve blood flow to the wrists (and other areas of the body), stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms, and also improve the nervous and lymphatic systems. The techniques that an osteopath will employ will focus on taking pressure off of the median nerve to improve wrist functionality and range of motion, while also reducing pain and swelling. By improving circulation within the wrist, we can also stimulate better blood flow and healing to the tissue and nerves of the wrist and hands.

You must see an osteopath regularly for manipulation therapy. Yes, many people experience relief from their symptoms after a single session but most people will benefit the most from several sessions. Even once the problem has been fully addressed, coming in for maintenance sessions can also prevent a relapse.

If you are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, you must seek the proper medical care you need to prevent further complications, and an osteopath is just the physician for the job.
By Fontaine Center
September 27, 2021
Tags: Migraines  
MigrainesWhen you’re dealing with debilitating migraines you may think your first stop would be to visit a neurologist. While a neurologist may put you on medication that can lessen the symptoms once a migraine starts, wouldn’t it be better to find a treatment plan that actually pinpoints the root cause of your migraines and works to stop the cause rather than just treating the symptoms? This is why many people turn to an osteopath for migraine treatment.

Migraines are brutal, sometimes lasting for days. Migraines can make it challenging for people to go about their daily routines, and sufferers truly experience intense and unrelenting pain. If you have migraines, you know the impact these severe headaches have on your life. Fortunately, an osteopath can help.

Treating Migraines with Osteopathic Therapy

Osteopathic medicine provides patients with an alternative therapy that avoids simply using pain medications to mask pain. An osteopath is a holistic practitioner that takes a whole-body approach to treatment. After all, migraines can have several causes, and it’s up to your osteopath to figure out what’s triggering your symptoms. An osteopath will take into account all factors that could be playing a role, ensuring that you get the answers you need as quickly as possible.

There are several strategies and techniques that osteopaths will employ to help alleviate tension and reduce the risk for migraines. These treatment options include:
  • Manipulative therapy, which involves stretching the joints and ligaments of the body to improve blood flow and mobility
  • Myofascial release, which breaks apart knots in the muscles
  • Soft tissue massage, which improves misalignments and imbalances in the soft tissues of the body
  • Cranial therapy, which applies gentle pressure to the head to prevent tension-elated migraines
  • Ergonomic and posture training and education
Since an osteopath utilizes a more complementary and drug-free way of care, they will also look into your medical history and consider whether natural remedies and supplementation may also benefit your migraines. In some cases, people who take magnesium found some relief from their symptoms, as this mineral helps alleviate muscle tension and promotes relaxation. Of course, you should always speak with your doctor before starting any new vitamins or supplements to make sure that they are right for you.

If you are dealing with migraines and you’re looking for safe, effective, and drug-free relief, an osteopath might just be the ideal doctor for you to turn to for care.

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