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By Fontaine Center
November 30, 2018
Category: Osteopathy

Do you hate being in pain all the time? Do you have trouble sleeping thanks to insomnia? Do you want to treat your symptoms and improve your quality of lifeOsteopathic Manipulative Therapy without needing to take medication for the rest of your life or needing to resort to invasive surgery? If so, then it might be time to turn to an osteopath for care.

An osteopath is a medical doctor who improves how the body functions, treats certain symptoms, and also improves the nervous, lympathic, digestive and circulatory systems through manual therapeutic techniques, massage, supplementation and lifestyle changes.

Could osteopathic manipulative therapy help you? There are many people who can benefit from this alternative treatment. If you are dealing with any of these problems then it might be time to consider how osteopathic manipulative therapy could improve your health and wellbeing:

  • Arthritis
  • Work injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back and pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy-related aches and pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Circulation problems
  • Headaches and migraines

These are only some of the many conditions or symptoms that can benefit from this complementary therapy. If you aren’t sure whether osteopathic manipulation treatment is right for you, then it’s time you booked a one-on-one with us to find out.

When you get osteopathic manipulation treatment there are many benefits that it can offer both physically and mentally:

  • Reduce muscle and joint pain
  • Improve blood flow and circulation
  • Promote faster healing
  • Improve flexibility, mobility and range of motion
  • Improve posture and spinal alignment
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Release muscle tension
  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improve sports-related and car accident-related injuries

While your body has the amazing ability to heal itself, sometimes it needs a little extra help. This is where osteopathic medicine can help the body function and heal more efficiently while also improving your quality of life. Sometimes your body just needs a little extra boost and turning to an osteopath you know that you’ll get comprehensive care that focuses on the body as a whole.

If you want to find out more about osteopathic manipulative treatment and how it can benefit you then call your osteopath today.

By Fontaine Center
November 16, 2018
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Good Posture  

Most of us are slumped over our desks day in and day out. So it should come as no surprise that so many people are dealing with lower back pain, as well as neckGood Posture and shoulder problems. Maintaining proper posture is so very important to a happy, healthy body. If you are noticing aches and pains or if your body just isn’t moving with the same ease it once did then you may want to evaluate your posture.

Why is posture so important? Bad posture could be a pretty good indicator that there is a biomechanical or muscular imbalance somewhere in the body. Over time this can cause irritation, pain and swelling of certain parts of the musculoskeletal system. You may find that back pain has become chronic or that you experience more headaches as a result of bad posture. Fortunately, an osteopath can easily evaluate your physical health and determine what areas of the body may be faulty and require osteopathic treatment.

What can an osteopath do for your posture? Besides showing you a variety of exercises that you can perform on a daily basis that can strengthen the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments in the body and help provide better functioning and support, we can also offer up ergonomic recommendations to keep your posture at its best regardless of whether you are hard at work or relaxing in the comfort of your own home.

It’s amazing how easy it is to fall into bad habits when it comes to your posture. Take a second to evaluate how you are sitting at your desk right now and you may finally realize just how bad your posture truly is. By coming in for an osteopathic assessment we can screen you for certain problems and then recommend specific manual therapies to help realign and readjust specific areas of the body to improve blood flow, reduce tension and pain, and make mobility easier and less taxing on the body.

If you just ignore your bad posture this can lead to some pretty serious wear and tear on your body, which can also greatly impact your quality of life. By turning to osteopathic therapy to improve your posture we can also provide you with the peace of mind and relaxation you need to better care for your body for the future. Besides providing you with an array of treatments we also provide you with the knowledge you need to improve and correct your posture and boost your health in the long run.

It’s never too late to turn to an osteopath to get the care your body needs. Most people can benefit from getting an evaluation, whether you are on your feet all day or you work at a desk. Find out the many ways your body could benefit from osteopathy.

By Fontaine Center
November 01, 2018
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Whether you consider yourself to be an athlete or you are just someone who enjoys taking a stroll through the neighborhood every few days, you could still benefitSports Injuries from visiting an osteopath. After all, one of the goals of an osteopath is to prevent sports-related injuries from happening to you no matter your activity level.

We often see athletes who come in complaining of musculoskeletal pain, wrist and ankle injuries, and strains and sprains. Structural imbalances or alignment issues within the spine could lead to reduced range-of-motion, flexibility and movement. Over time, this could put you at risk for an injury. When you turn to an osteopath we can provide you with everyday strengthening and stretching exercises, as well as other easy habits to adopt to make sure that your body is ready to get out on the field and play a fun game without getting hurt.

Of course, accidents happen despite all of our best efforts. While some people may turn to the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for treating mild-to-moderate sprains, strains and other tendons, muscle, ligament and soft tissue injuries, there are some people who may require further treatment.

Before considering more invasive treatments, an osteopath may be able to improve your condition and promote faster healing through a variety of manipulative techniques, which can improve blood flow to certain areas of the body while also boosting mobility and function. Osteopathic treatment is a great option for someone who doesn’t want to turn to medication to relieve their pain and discomfort.

Osteopathic treatment will continue over several sessions. Once we determine the cause of your injuries we will be able to create a treatment plan and let you know how often you will need to come in for treatment. In many cases, you will need to come in pretty regularly for about the first two to three weeks, with maintenance osteopathic treatments performed less frequently after that.

Osteopaths are equipped to treat a variety of sports-related injuries including:

  • Shin splints
  • Lower back pain
  • Shoulder and wrist problems
  • Inflamed tendons
  • Neck pain
  • Achilles injuries
  • Foot pain

If you are dealing with sports-related aches and pains you could benefit from visiting an osteopath. Find out what we could do for you! Be kind to your hardworking body and it will be good to you.

By Fontaine Center
October 17, 2018
Category: Osteopathy

If you are dealing with severe and chronic pain then you may be desperate to find relief. Perhaps you haven’t found anything that has helped get your pain underNerve Blog and Pain control and a doctor has recommended getting a nerve block. Of course, the idea of getting this invasive injection may have you a bit nervous and on edge. After all, it sounds rather intrusive and possibly painful.

While a nerve block may sound rather scary it only takes a few minutes to administer. Sometimes sedation or even anesthesia is offered to make the process a bit easier to tolerate. You may find that a nerve block reduces your pain almost instantly, while others may require multiple nerve block sessions in order to achieve the relief they need.

How your body responds to a nerve block will really depend on the severity of your pain. Those with chronic pain that’s been going on for several years will often need several injections before noticing any changes to their pain; however, not everyone likes the idea of getting a nerve block and they want to try and find ways to treat the pain more effectively without turning to invasive options. If this sounds like you then it might be time to talk to an osteopath. An osteopath will be able to provide safe yet effective ways to manage your pain and to get the bottom of your symptoms.

Nerve blocks may be recommended for back pain, headaches, sciatic nerve issues, fibromyalgia, shingles and other pain conditions. Of course, many of these same painful conditions can be addressed just as effectively through physical therapy, certain exercises, and manipulation to improve how the body moves and functions.

Osteopathic medicine offers a non-medicinal and non-surgical way to manage your pain for the long-term without the risk of complications or side effects. No need for invasive needles or other procedures in order to get the relief you’ve been looking for. When you come in for a consultation we will be able to fully determine which osteopathic options will give you the best results for pain-free living.

Don’t let pain have the final say. Osteopathic medicine can help get you on the path to recovery. You’ll be feeling better in no time.

By Fontaine Center
September 13, 2018
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Pain  

No one wants to be in pain and yet all people will experience a specific form of pain at some point during their lifetime. Knowing the kind of pain you are in is importantPain for properly communicating your needs to an osteopath or doctor. Different kinds of pain include:

  • Acute pain (pain that is only temporary)
  • Chronic pain (pain that is persistent and doesn’t go away)
  • Bone pain
  • Tissue pain (this includes tendons, ligaments, muscles, organs and other soft tissue)
  • Nerve pain (often caused by damage to one or more nerves)
  • Referred pain (pain that radiates to other areas of the body)
  • Complete pain (pain that includes physical, mental and emotional elements)

Everyone experiences pain differently and some people may have a higher pain tolerance than others. Being able to know what kind of pain you are in will be able to help us figure out how to best treat your symptoms and underlying problems. It’s also a good idea to take specific notes about your pain as it happens.

Describe in detail how the pain feels (is it stabbing, burning or aching?), where it is if it came about suddenly or appeared over time if anything makes the pain feel better or worse, when the pain showed up and how severe it is.

If you are in pain you may not know exactly what’s going on. This is where an osteopath can truly help you get on the road to recovery. By being able to sit down with an osteopath one-on-one we can help diagnose the cause of your pain and then come up with the non-invasive treatment options for helping treat or manage your pain.

An osteopath’s goal is to improve how your body functions as a whole to improve your physical and mental well-being and your quality of life. By providing an array of different manipulative techniques to all areas of the body, we can improve how all systems within the body function.

We don’t just focus on the source of the pain but how your entire body functions as a whole so we can provide more comprehensive and thorough care. Through stretching, active and passive resistance and applying manual pressure to the musculoskeletal system we can promote faster and more efficient healing to reduce and even eliminate your pain.

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