Our Physical Therapy Blog
By Total Health Center, Inc.
May 09, 2018
Category: Pain
Tags: back pain   neck pain  

Neck and back pain doesn’t have to take over your life. We can help!neck pain, back pain

Did you know that most Americans will experience back or neck pain at some point during their lifetime? Even though these are common problems this doesn’t mean that it’s just something to suffer through until the issues go away. Our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry is here to tell you when physical therapy might be the best option for easing your neck and back problems.

While there are some people who can get away with treating minor neck or back pain with simple at-home measures and rest, there are many people who can also benefit greatly from physical therapy. When you come into our office for care, our Battle Creek, MI, physical therapist can provide ample techniques for stretching and strengthening the muscles, ligaments and tendons while also correcting misalignments within the spine to improve the health and function of your neck or back.

You may not realize it, but bad posture could be to blame for your neck or back pain. This is an issue we see a lot in those who sit in front of computers for the majority of the day. We can recommend more ergonomic ways to sit at your desk without allowing your shoulder and neck muscles to hunch and strain, which could eliminate your current symptoms while also preventing future neck and back pain.

Your First Physical Therapy Session

The first time you come in we will perform a thorough physical examination as well as go through your medical history. We will also need to determine the root cause of your neck or back pain. Once the cause is determined we can decide the best course of action for getting on the road to recovery.

Physical therapy is a benefit to many people dealing with neck or back pain, as we can show you a variety of different exercises that will improve the muscles of the back and neck to strengthen them. We will also show you exercises that will enhance flexibility and range of motion while also promoting better posture.

Our osteopractor, Dr. Chawdhry, can also provide care to gently realign the spine and improve form and function while reducing pain and stiffness. These adjustments can be a great way to alleviate your symptoms while also promoting faster healing. Of course, not all neck and back pain can be treated with physical therapy.

Total Health Center in Battle Creek, MI, wants to help you find the right treatment options to manage chronic or severe pain and to improve your quality of life. We believe everyone should lead a pain-free life. Call us today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
March 29, 2018
Category: Pain

Physical therapy can help if you're dealing with certain injuries. Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry, your Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor, can help with physical therapy, occupational therapyissues like bone fractures or arthritis.

Here's a list of common health problems:

Geriatric

This type of physical therapy focuses on older adults and their mobility. The purpose is to help restore movement and reduce pain while taking into consideration physical limitations.

Your Battle Creek doctor uses physical therapy to help relieve symptoms of:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Joint replacement
  • Balance disorders

Orthopedic

This type of physical therapy is most useful for athletes because it restores the musculoskeletal system: joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

Treatments include:

  • stretching
  • endurance exercises
  • joint mobilization
  • hot and cold packs
  • ultrasound
  • electrical muscle stimulation
  • strength training

Neurological

Neurological physical therapist work with patients to evaluate mobility issues due to illnesses and/or diseases.

Here are a few examples of diseases:

  • brain injury
  • cerebral palsy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • stroke

Treatment plans attempt to teach patients how to adapt to several loss impairments such as:

  • visual deterioration
  • spinal cord injury
  • balance
  • mobility
  • muscle loss

Cardiopulmonary

This helps people with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, and who need help improving their endurance and functional capabilities. In other words, it's a cardiac and pulmonary rehab for people who have suffered from:

  • Heart attacks
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Pediatric

Infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents need pediatric physical therapy to prevent inhibited natural movement and learning.

Here are diseases children may suffer from:

  • acute injury
  • head trauma
  • limb deficiencies
  • muscle diseases
  • orthopedic disabilities

Treatments include:

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Processes that alleviate pain
  • Exercising to regain strength
  • Improving range of motion
  • Helping to improve children's physical capabilities, such as balance, flexibility, and fine motor skills.

Your doctor offers other types of physical therapies:

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation to help with balance problems
  • Women's Health, which focuses on eliminating pelvic pain

If you have any questions or concerns, call Dr. Chawdhry in Battle Creek, MI, today!

By Total Health Center, Inc.
December 28, 2017
Category: Pain
Tags: leg pain   foot pain  

Don’t let pain affect you. Find out what might be going on and what you can do about it.leg pain, foot pain

It’s pretty common for most people to deal with some form of leg and foot pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you ran too far on the treadmill or you wore the wrong shoes, these are easy scenarios in which it makes sense to deal with pain. Unfortunately, the source of your leg and foot pain isn’t always that obvious. From the office of our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor, Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry, find out what could be causing your leg or foot problems.

Causes of Leg Pain

A lot of the time, leg pain occurs as a result of overuse or injury to the soft tissue, joints or bones in the legs. In some instances, a health problem or spinal issues can bring about leg problems. Here are just some of the most common causes of leg pain:

  • Bursitis
  • Injury to the ACL (a ligament in the knee)
  • Herniated disk
  • Shin splints
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strains or sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Varicose veins
  • Neuropathy
  • Peripheral artery disease

You should turn to our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor if you are experiencing severe or worsening pain, if you have difficulty walking, if there is swelling in the legs or if you find that your symptoms don’t improve with at-home care. Physical therapy can help ease your pain and help get you back on your feet.

Simple at-home measures for treating your symptoms and improving leg pain include:

  • Taking OTC painkillers and anti-inflammatories
  • Icing the leg
  • Avoiding certain physical activities that could make symptoms worse
  • Elevating your feet
  • Wearing compression garments to improve blood flow to the legs

Causes of Foot Pain

There are many problems that can lead to foot pain. It’s also important to recognize other symptoms such as weakness, numbness or tingling that is accompanied by pain, as these issues need to be treated right away. Common causes of foot pain include:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Broken bone
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Just as we mentioned for leg pain, it’s important that you seek proper medical attention if your symptoms are severe, if they get worse, if you can’t put weight on the affected foot or if conservative home care doesn’t improve your condition.

If you are dealing with new or worsening leg and foot pain it’s time to call in the experts. Turn to Total Health Center in Battle Creek, MI, today for the care you need to get back on your feet again.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
October 30, 2017
Category: Pain
Tags: back pain   neck pain  

Persistent back and neck pain can be detrimental to your entire life. Not knowing what's causing it only adds to your frustration. At the Total back pain, neck painHealth Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, our osteopractor, Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry, has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating back and neck pain. In this post, he outlines some common causes of spinal discomfort and how he can help you manage it effectively with physical therapy.

Common causes of back and neck pain

Often your Battle Creek osteopractor finds that a herniated, or bulging, spinal disc is the primary cause for back and neck pain. These flexible discs, which provide cushioning between the bones in the spinal column, can sustain trauma that pushes them out of place. Many people who have chronic, or ongoing, back and neck pain have been in a motor vehicle or sports-related accident that has caused a jolt to their spinal column. These injuries can occur years before the pain manifests itself. Other patients at Total Health Center experience degeneration, or the gradual wearing down of these discs, that leads to back and neck pain; arthritis is often to blame in this case. There are many other causes of back and neck pain; these are just a few of the most common ones that are diagnosed.

How back and neck pain is treated

Your Battle Creek osteopractor starts by talking to you about your back and neck pain: how long it's been going on, where it hurts, and how your medical history might play a part. Once diagnosed, you can begin a physical therapy routine that is tailored to your unique needs. This may include in-office procedures to help you regain flexibility and mobility; you may also have exercises to do at home that enhance your treatment. Our goal is to reduce your back and neck pain and help you restore your activity and promote good health after you've healed.

If you're suffering from back and neck pain, you have a caring and skilled osteopractor on your side in Battle Creek, MI. Contact Total Health Center today to schedule an appointment with Mohinder Chawdhry.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
August 29, 2017
Category: Pain
Tags: Arm Pain   Shoulder Pain  

Discover the best ways to tackle your shoulder and extremity pain.Arm Pain, Shoulder Pain

 

While aches and pains will happen to everyone at some point during their lifetime this doesn’t mean that pain should become the norm for you. If you are someone who is experiencing shoulder and arm pain you are probably curious to find out what is causing these symptoms and how our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry could help get rid of this issue.

There are many reasons why you may be faced with shoulder and/or arm pain including:

  • Tendinitis
  • Injuries to the rotator cuff
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis

If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions in your shoulder or arm then you’re in luck because our Battle Creek, MI, physical therapist can easily help you. Physical therapy has been a wonderful and effective alternative treatment for handling a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions from whiplash to sciatica.

There are many ways in which we can help alleviate your symptoms and improve how your body functions through heat or ice therapy, massage therapy, spinal adjustments, stretching and strengthening exercises and even electrical stimulation.

Not only will we provide you with therapeutic treatments when you come into the office but we will also show you a variety of exercises you can perform multiple times a day to ease your symptoms and improve your health.

What are the benefits of physical therapy?

There are many benefits to getting physical therapy in Battle Creek, MI. If you would prefer to manage your symptoms without relying on medication to do it then this is an ideal way in which to do so.

Plus, there are many ways in which physical therapy can help, from reducing pain to boosting healing to improving range-of-motion and stability within the ligaments, tendons, muscles and other soft tissue in your shoulders and arms. While multiple spinal adjustment sessions are usually required to experience relief, many patients report feeling a difference after just a couple of sessions.

Are you ready to find out how Total Health Center in Battle Creek, MI, could improve how your body functions? Say goodbye to your musculoskeletal pain today. Call our office to schedule your consultation.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
June 26, 2017
Category: physical therapy
Tags: leg pain   foot pain  

Isn’t it time you got the answers you were looking for regarding your pain?foot pain, leg pain

Are you dealing with foot or leg pain? If so, find out what could be causing these issues and when you should turn to our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry for relief.

Common Causes of Leg Pain

While there are many reasons why someone may develop pains in their legs, it’s most likely to be the result of an injury or from overuse. We often don’t realize all the wear and tear we put our bodies through, particularly our legs and our feet. Most of the time the only way your legs have the ability to warn you that something is wrong is through pain. You need to listen to your body.

Causes of leg pain include"

  • Sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Broken bones
  • A hamstring injury
  • Bursitis
  • Herniated disk
  • Injury to the ACL
  • Arthritis
  • Shin splints
  • Tendinitis

So, when should you seek professional care? If you are noticing signs of an infection, if you have severe swelling or pain, or if you are having trouble breathing then you need to head to your nearby ER.

If you are dealing with pain, limited range-of-motion or other musculoskeletal issues then it’s time to find out the many treatment options we offer for getting you back on your feet without pain. We would be happy to sit down with you for a consultation to determine the cause of your pain and to create a treatment plan.

Common Causes of Foot Pain

Feet are made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles and ligaments, so it’s not surprising that at some point most people will experience issues. If you are experiencing foot pain there are so many things that could be to blame. Some common injuries and problems that could lead to foot pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Bunion
  • Neuropathy
  • Gout
  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Arthritis

For minor issues, you may be able to apply ice to the area and avoid certain activities to speed up the healing process. Of course, if you are dealing with symptoms for several weeks or if symptoms just keep getting worse, it’s a good time to talk to us about how getting physical therapy in Battle Creek, MI could benefit your foot health.

Your body doesn’t have to hurt all the time. Whether you are dealing with a chronic condition or a short-lived injury, Total Health Center in Battle Creek and Odessa, MI, is here to take the pain away. Call us today.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
April 07, 2017
Category: physical therapy
Tags: welcome   battle creek  

Welcome to the Blog of Total Health Center, Inc.

Total Health Center, Inc. would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about physical therapy and our practice.

At Total Health Center, Inc. we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their physical health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with the latest physical therapy developments and valuable health advice from our dedicated team. 

Total Health Center, Inc. hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper physical therapy techniques and treatments.

We welcome all comments and questions.

-- Total Health Center, Inc.





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