Signs of Hormonal Imbalances
While doctors often see women for hormonal imbalances, the truth is that this problem can impact both men and women, especially as they age. Warning signs of hormonal imbalances include:
- Thinning hair
- Joint pain
- Bowel changes
- Dry skin
- Weight gain or loss
- Decreased libido
- Sleeping issues
Women are more likely to deal with hormonal imbalances due to:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
An osteopath can provide a variety of integrated treatment plans that take your unique health factors, age, and lifestyle into account to ensure that you get the proper and most effective solutions.
- Dietary changes
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
- Stress management
- TSH, free T3 and T4 (thyroid hormones)
- Testosterone and free testosterone
- Growth hormone (IGF-1)
This proactive screening tool utilizes highly sensitive infrared cameras to evaluate the physiology of the breasts to look for possible risk factors that could increase your chances of breast cancer. This non-invasive thermal imaging test can be performed by your osteopath and it looks for patterns or changes in temperature between the left and right breast.
It can also look at the vascular system and detect inflammation. Just as a Pap smear checks the cells of the cervix or a blood test monitors your blood sugar levels for the presence of diabetes, breast thermography does the same for possible malignant tumors and growth.
While this test is valuable it should not take the place of traditional mammography. Breast thermography is often performed between mammograms (especially in women who may have a higher risk for developing breast cancer) or for women who are under 50 years old who aren’t old enough to begin getting mammograms. Women with denser breast tissue, which can make it more challenging to detect suspicious growths, may also benefit from getting breast thermography.
Malignant tumors often grow rapidly, particularly in women under 50 years old. This growth generates more heat, which can easily be detected on breast thermography. So, by getting this diagnostic screening, there is an increased chance of detecting cancerous lesions quickly, which can save lives.
Breast thermography is ideal for women between the ages of 30-50, as well as women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer. How often you require this screening will depend on your age, medical history, risk factors, and the results of past thermography screenings. Patients can get screened every 3, 6, or 12 months.
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 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 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.
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.
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
- Muscle aches, pain, and stiffness
- Sinusitis and other respiratory infections
- Stomachaches and nausea
- Sleep disturbances
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.
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
- Air pollution
- Overuse (e.g. yelling or singing loudly at a concert)
- Low humidity
- Postnasal drip
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
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