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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.