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.
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.
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
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.
What could be causing my lower back pain?
Your body works together as a whole, so while you might think that your back pain might have something to do with your back or spine, you may be surprised to discover that imbalances or other issues with the feet, ankles, thighs, and hips can also lead to problems with your back. Common causes of lower back pain include,
- Foot imbalances and alignment issues (e.g. flat feet; pronation)
- Straining or lifting heavy objects
- Sitting in the same position for long periods of time
- Using non-ergonomic workspaces
- Accidents or injuries
- Tight or weak muscles
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Strains and sprains
When you visit an osteopathic practitioner, the first thing they will do is gather detailed medical history to determine factors such as previous surgeries or accidents that may be contributing factors to your back pain. Once an osteopath determines the root cause then they can get to work devising a customized treatment plan to help you feel better. Osteopathic medication is focused on gentle, treatments that,
- Improve blood flow
- Speed up the healing process
- Improve mobility and range of motion
- Reduce tension and stiffness
- Restore joint flexibility and mobility
- Support lymphatic drainage
- Reduce pain and inflammation
If you are dealing with persistent or severe lower back pain that is making it difficult to get through your daily routine, then you should turn to an osteopath who can provide you with gentle but effective methods to improve how your body feels and functions as a whole.
Through tissue manipulation and fascial release, an osteopath can help to break up adhesions and improve the texture and appearance of a scar. Even small scars can cause adhesions under the skin that can impact the deeper layers of tissue, so you mustn’t overlook a scar that may feel tight or painful. Through regular scar tissue release tailored to your needs, an osteopath can improve the overall movement and function of the tissue, ligaments, nerves, and muscles around the scar.
While this osteopathic treatment may not be necessary for a lot of scars, this treatment can be beneficial if you want to,
- Improve posture and mobility
- Reduce or eliminate scar pain
- Boost blood flow to the area and promote lymph drainage to facilitate faster and more effective healing
- Improve mobility of the joints and tissues around the scar
- Reduce the appearance of the scar
- Improve athletic performance
- Release tension in and around the scar
- Prevent long-term complications or discomfort
What are the most common types of vitamin deficiencies?
The most common vitamin deficiencies that occur in the US and worldwide including,
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12
Vitamin deficiencies are going to manifest in different ways. For example, calcium deficiency can lead to abnormal heart rate as well as tingling fingers while those with a vitamin D deficiency may notice fatigue, weakness, and changes in mood. Other signs and symptoms of a vitamin deficiency include,
- Hair loss
- Achy joints
- Brittle nails
- Cold hands and feet
- Swollen tongue
- Loss of appetite
How can an osteopath help?
An osteopath is dedicated to providing non-invasive and whole body-based treatment options that help your body perform at its best. An osteopath can provide you with supplementation along with dietary changes that you can make to make sure that you are incorporating more foods that contain the necessary vitamins and nutrients into your diet.
Along with supplementation and dietary changes, an osteopath can also provide you with IV infusion therapy. This can be incredibly beneficial for patients who are struggling with brain fog, fatigue, weakness, and other severe symptoms as a result of their vitamin deficiency. These infusions go directly into the bloodstream, providing fast, effective results over oral supplements.
If you are experiencing the signs of a vitamin deficiency, it may be time to schedule an appointment with an osteopath. An osteopath can provide you with recommendations, customized dietary options, and infusion therapy to help you feel your best.
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