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By High Desert Family Medicine
August 27, 2021
Tags: Hormonal Imbalance  
Hormonal ImbalanceAre you dealing with fatigue, brain fog, weight gain, and hair loss? If so, your hormones could be to blame. There are many reasons that both men and women deal with hormonal imbalances, from certain health problems to menopause, and it’s important to know where to turn for help. An osteopath can provide you with the alternative solutions and holistic care you’re looking for, including hormone balancing services to improve your health and wellbeing.

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
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bowel changes
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Decreased libido
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping issues
For men, hormonal imbalances can also lead to muscle loss, erectile dysfunction, and increased breast tissue development.

Women are more likely to deal with hormonal imbalances due to:
  • Pregnancy
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Menopause
If you are experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance, you must seek an expert medical professional who will listen to your needs and concerns and provide you with the thorough and unique care you deserve. An osteopath may just be the ideal physician to help correct your hormonal imbalance.

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.
Your treatment plan may include,
  • Supplementation
  • Dietary changes
  • Exercise
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Stress management
When you come into the clinic for an evaluation, an osteopath will perform an extensive physical examination and go through your medical history. They will also ask a variety of questions about your symptoms. Your osteopath may also recommend a blood test to be able to look at and analyze hormone levels including:
  • TSH, free T3 and T4 (thyroid hormones)
  • DHEA
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone and free testosterone
  • Growth hormone (IGF-1)
Once blood testing has been performed and your osteopath understands what hormones are out of whack, your doctor will provide you with an integrative and holistic plan to help restore hormone balance naturally and effectively.
By High Desert Family Medicine
August 11, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Breast ThermographyIt doesn’t need to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month for us to talk about the importance of screening for breast cancer. Patients must understand all of their options when it comes to screening for and protecting against breast cancer. An osteopath may not be the first doctor you would think to turn to; however, an osteopath focuses on ways to improve your health to reduce risk factors while also providing you with preventive measures and screening tools to prevent health problems from occurring in the first place. If this is your first time getting screened for breast cancer, you may have questions. Luckily, we have answers.
 
What is breast thermography?

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.
 
Does this test take the place of a mammogram?

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.
 
When should I get my first breast thermography?

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.
 
Whether you have questions about your upcoming breast thermography or you’d like to schedule your screening today, turn to an osteopath who can provide you with the comprehensive alternative care you’re looking for today.
By High Desert Family Medicine
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 High Desert Family Medicine
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 High Desert Family Medicine
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.




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