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
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.
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