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By Fontaine Center
July 27, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Diet  
Finding the Right Diet for YouWhen it comes to a patient’s health and wellbeing, an osteopath is a doctor that focuses on providing holistic and natural solutions to improve how the body functions and feels as a whole. As you probably can guess, an osteopath is also focused on ways to improve a patient’s habits, diet, and lifestyle to ensure better health and wellbeing. An osteopath can also help you adopt healthy nutritional habits and even help you find the ideal diet to suit your health and lifestyle.
 
When you visit an osteopath for a nutritional consultation here’s what to expect:
 
We’ll Discuss Your Current Diet

It’s important to understand what you are currently eating now so we can understand what is working and what’s not. Most of the western world eats a diet full of sugar, processed meats, sodium, and vegetable oils. An osteopath will ask you a range of questions regarding your current health and diet to better understand where you are right now and where you need to be, diet-wise.
 
We’ll Discuss Your Health Goals

We also want to understand what your goals are for your diet. Are you looking to shed just a few pounds or over 100 pounds? Are you looking to get ripped? Do you simply want to feel better or are you trying to reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes? Your doctor needs to understand your diet goals, as each goal has its own unique needs and requirements.
 
We’ll Go through Your Medical History

We will also want to know your current health and medical history to better determine the type of diet that will work best for you. For example, people with hypertension will want to stick with a low-sodium diet while people with high cholesterol may want to follow a mostly plant-based diet such as the Mediterranean diet. Your doctor needs to see your complete and detailed medical history first before crafting a diet plan that will work for you.
 
We’ll Create Your Custom Diet

An osteopath is all about educating patients so that they aren’t just being told what to do but that they actually understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. We will sit down with you to discuss your diet in detail. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have during this time (as we know you might have quite a few!).

An osteopath doesn’t believe in fad diets that promise to shed tens of pounds in days. They don’t believe in diet teas or pills, either; just simple, nutritional changes that you can easily implement every day into your routine to lead a healthier life. The term “diet” has a negative connotation. It makes people think that they have to avoid all of their favorite foods. An osteopath will equip you with a healthy nutritional lifestyle that doesn’t feel restrictive and allows you to still enjoy so many amazing and nutrient-rich foods.
 
If you are concerned about your current diet, know that an osteopath can help you create the ideal nutritional plan to fit your needs. By focusing on ways to improve your diet you can reduce your risk for a variety of health problems including diabetes and heart disease. Let an osteopath help you get your diet back on track.
By Fontaine Center
July 13, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Essential Oils  
Essential OilsFrom diffusing essential oils to diluting them and placing them directly on your skin, there are many ways to utilize these popular products. Maybe you know someone who uses essential oils and swears by them. After all, essential oils have been touted as providing a variety of benefits, from reducing stress to improving circulation. So, are essential oils everything they’re cracked up to be? While the debate might still be out, an osteopath can show you effective ways to incorporate these safe and therapeutic oils into your daily routine.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are plant extracts that come from the flower, leaves, or fruit of a plant. Along with capturing and bottling the fragrance of the plant, essential oils may also capture some of the benefits that these plants offer. Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils. While people may inhale these oils to trigger the emotional centers of the brain, essential oils can also be diluted and applied to the skin for fast absorption. During a massage therapy session, an osteopath may employ essential oils to help create a calming, relaxing environment while also easing tight, stiff muscles.

What are the benefits of essential oils?

While there are studies out there that have found benefits to essential oils, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done. While essential oils can be used for a wide range of conditions and ailments, here are some of the most common:
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle aches, pain, and stiffness
  • Sinusitis and other respiratory infections
  • Stomachaches and nausea
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disturbances
The reason essential oils have become so popular is that it provides many people with relief through natural, drug-free remedies that can easily be utilized from the comfort of your own home with little to no possible side effects.

It is important to note that essential oils are incredibly powerful and should not be placed directly on the skin without first being diluted, otherwise you risk severe burns. You must test a drop or two on a very small patch of skin to see how it reacts before applying to a larger surface.

While essential oils may alleviate headaches for some, the fragrances and scents may cause headaches in others. If you are particularly sensitive to scents, then essential oils may not be right for you. People with allergies and asthma may also be more at risk for asthma attacks and breathing issues when inhaling essential oils so it’s important to speak with your osteopath about these possible side effects before using essential oils.

If you are looking for a safe, drug-free, and natural way to improve your wellbeing and wellness then adding essential oils into your daily routine may provide you with additional relief. If you’re not sure where to begin, an osteopath can help guide you on the path to essential oil use.
By Fontaine Center
June 30, 2021
Tags: Sore Throats  
Osteopathic Treatment and Sore ThroatsWe all know just how painful sore throats can be, and they are one of the most common reasons that people turn to their doctors. In fact, around 13 million people visit their doctor each year for a sore throat. From infections to trauma, there are many reasons why someone may deal with a sore throat. As osteopathic physicians, our main goal is to discover preventive measures you can take to prevent sore throats based on what we uncover about your environment, lifestyle, and habits.
 
What causes a sore throat?

Sore throats are incredibly common and most of the time it isn’t something that should cause too much concern. Common causes of a sore throat include,
  • Common cold
  • Smoking
  • Air pollution
  • Overuse (e.g. yelling or singing loudly at a concert)
  • Low humidity
  • Postnasal drip
However, sometimes a sore throat can be a sign of bacterial or viral infection, so it’s important to see a doctor if your sore throat is severe or you have trouble swallowing, as these could be signs of strep throat or “mono”. Of course, recurrent sore throats also tell us that something more is at play here.
It could be a sign of a chronic sinus problem or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). We will look at your lifestyle to determine if certain things such as heavy drinking or smoking could also play a role in the symptoms you are experiencing.
 
How is a sore throat treated?

The treatment plan you receive from your osteopathic physician will depend on the root cause. For example, bacterial infections such as strep may require antibiotics while viral infections such as a common cold or mono will simply need to run their course. Some ways to ease your symptoms include,
  • Staying hydrated
  • Drinking hot tea, liquids, or broths, which can be soothing to the throat
  • Using a Neti pot to clean out the sinuses to help drain mucus
  • Gargle with salt water a couple of times a day, which can reduce pain and swelling
  • Try throat lozenges or over-the-counter pain relievers
Home care is typically all you need to treat sore throats; however, if you develop a fever, you have trouble swallowing, or can’t sleep because of your sore throat, you should call your osteopath.
Good hygiene, adequate sleep, and replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months (or immediately after being sick) are just ways to reduce your risk of getting a sore throat.
 
While osteopaths can certainly provide you with treatment options, their primary goal is to help patients find effective preventive strategies that improve their health and wellbeing. An osteopath will look at every facet of your life, from your work environment and social groups to your home life and emotional health to determine steps for helping you maintain optimal health.
By Fontaine Center
June 17, 2021
Tags: Hearing Loss  
Hearing LossWhen you think about preventing or treating hearing loss you probably don’t immediately think about turning to an osteopath but maybe you should. After all, some forms of hearing loss can be avoided if you incorporate healthy habits and promote a safe environment that nurtures your hearing. Many osteopathic physicians are beginning to see even mild hearing loss in kids and teens and a lot has to do with blasting music for hours on end through their headphones. By determining these habits, an osteopath can map out effective solutions that can keep you and your family maintaining healthy hearing.
 
Are Your Headphones Too Loud?

The answer is “probably”. If you can’t hear someone talking to you or don’t know what’s going on around you when you put on your headphones, then this is a telltale sign that your headphones are too loud and you need to turn the volume down.

Kids that spend a lot of time using headphones may develop mild hearing loss, which in turn can delay speech and language. This is why it’s incredibly important for parents to monitor the number of time kids spend wearing headphones and to make sure they are listening to them at safe volumes.
 
Is it Possible to Prevent Hearing Loss?

Here are some simple strategies that you and the family can start implementing to preserve your hearing and protect against hearing loss,
  • When listening to headphones the sound should be no louder than 60 percent of the maximum volume. Limit headphone use to one hour a day.
  • If you decide to listen to your headphones for more than one hour, make sure to decrease the volume even further.
  • If you absolutely have to blast the music (but why would you?), the maximum amount of time to listen is five minutes for the day.
  • Instead of turning to earbuds, which may feel more comfortable, using larger headphones that sit over the ears are often better for your hearing.
Unfortunately, hearing loss is often gradual so you may be doing damage every day but not even realize it until it’s too late. Taking these steps now can reduce your risk for noise-related hearing loss. If you are concerned about your hearing, you may also want to talk with an osteopath about other tips and strategies for protecting your hearing.
 
Prevention is key, particularly when it comes to hearing loss. While we may not be able to stop age-related hearing loss there are strategies that we can help you put in place right now to protect your hearing for the future.
By Fontaine Center
June 02, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Allergy TestingFrom certain foods to pollen many substances can cause allergy symptoms. If you are dealing with allergies you may be surprised to hear that an osteopath may be able to help you with your itchy nose, cough, and watery eyes. Of course, before you turn to a doctor for treatment it’s best to turn to them first for allergy testing.
 
Should I get tested for allergies?

Not everyone will need to undergo allergy testing. People who will benefit the most from turning to their osteopath for allergy testing include,
  • Those dealing with allergy symptoms that are severe, recurrent, or last for more than two weeks
  • Those who aren’t experiencing relief through over-the-counter allergy medications
  • Those who are still dealing with symptoms despite avoiding the supposed allergen
  • Those who have a decreased quality of life due to their allergies
  • Those who have trouble breathing, chest tightness, or have asthma symptoms as a result of their allergies
Some people may think they know what they are allergic to, but you might be surprised to discover that you may have several things that you’re allergic to. This is where an allergy test can be beneficial, as it can isolate which allergens you have reactions to and then provide you with customized treatment.
 
What types of allergy testing is available?

The two most common types of allergy tests are a skin prick test and a blood test. Before getting an allergy test, particularly a skin prick test, it’s important to talk with your osteopath about any severe allergic reactions you’ve had in the past or whether you have certain chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as a skin prick test may not be the ideal allergy testing for you.

Allergy skin prick testing can be used to test suspect allergies to indoor and outdoor allergens, foods, insects, and certain medications. Most reactions will occur in as little as 15 minutes. Blood tests may be used if a patient is unable to undergo a skin prick test or if they experience angioedema or hives when they come in contact with a suspected allergen.

While less common, a patch test may be used if your osteopath suspects that you might have an allergy to certain fragrances, skincare products, fabrics, or metals.
 
Are you interested in getting allergy testing? If so, an osteopath can provide you with a comprehensive allergy panel and create an effective treatment plan to help you get your allergies under control. Before you treat your allergies it’s important to find out what’s triggering your symptoms.




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