Our Physical Therapy Blog
By Total Health Center, Inc.
August 25, 2020
Tags: Arm Pain   Shoulder Pain  

Are you suffering from some sort of shoulder or arm pain? Have you been living with it for quite some time and need help? Do you think you may need physical therapy? Osteopractors, Mohinder Chawdry of Total Health Center in Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI, can help relieve your pain.

Why do I have shoulder or arm pain?

Shoulder or arm pain can occur due to a variety of conditions, including:

  • Bursitis: This is an inflammation of a bursa sac, a fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between tissues of the body, like bone, muscle, tendons, and skin. When this sac becomes inflamed, or irritated, pain shoots down your arm and limits your range of motion. Bursitis is common in adults over the age of 40. It is also common in people who do activities that put repeated pressure on a joint, like gardening, raking, painting, scrubbing, tennis, and golf. It also affects people who sit or stand for a long time at work or home, and people who don't stretch properly before exercising.
  • Tendinitis: This is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon, which causes pain and tenderness. Tendinitis can occur in any tendon, but it's most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels. Common names include: jumper's knee, swimmer's shoulder, pitcher's shoulder, golfer's elbow, and tennis elbow. Tendinitis can be successfully treated but if it's severe, this may lead to a ruptured tendon and require surgery.

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapy stabilizes your shoulder joint, strengthens muscles, improves range of motion and decreases pain.

  1. Physical therapy involves stretching muscles in joints.
  2. Your Battle Creek or Lake Odessa osteopractor uses heat, ice packs, massage and electrical stimulation to decrease pain.
  3. You're taught other specific exercises to strengthen your arm and improve your range of motion.
  4. Exercises include using resistance bands and weight training to help you use your shoulder and arm without pain.

Do you need to speak with an osteopractor?

Do you have shoulder or arm pain? Call your Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI, osteopractor Mohinder Chawdhry, at (269) 968-0888 to schedule an appointment.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
May 26, 2020
Category: Therapy Services
Tags: Therapy Services  

Recovering from an injury or illness may be more challenging than you anticipated. Fortunately, physical and occupational therapy services offered by Mohinder Chawdhry, Kristy Penick and Glennda Chawdhry of Total Health Center in Battle Creek, MI, can help ease your pain and improve your mobility.

What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?

Physical therapy may be recommended if you have trouble moving normally after an injury, surgery, or illness. It involves exercises and treatments designed to increase range of motion and joint mobility, strengthen your muscles, ease pain, and improve your balance.

Occupational therapy helps you improve your ability to perform everyday tasks, such as brushing your teeth, turning a steering wheel, using a walker, writing with a pen, or getting dressed. Your therapist may also recommend modifications to your home, such as grab bars in the shower or levers on doors.

Depending on your illness or injury, your treatment plan may include one or both types of therapies.

What kind of treatments and services are offered?

During your treatment, you may perform carefully supervised exercises designed to strengthen your muscles and joints, reduce pain and improve your ability to move with ease. Other treatments and services offered include:

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization: Soft tissue mobilization helps break up scar tissue and adhesions that restrict your movement. The hands-on therapy involves gently stretching and pushing your muscles, tissues, tendons and ligaments.
  • Ultrasound: Ultrasound waves penetrate deep into your tissues and are helpful in softening scar tissue, decreasing inflammation, reducing pain and promoting healing.
  • Dry Needling: Dry needling reduces pain and eases muscle restrictions caused by trigger points, hard knots that form in muscles. During the treatment, your therapist inserts a thin needle into the knot to inactivate it.
  • Occupational Therapy Exercises: Your therapist may use a series of steps to help you accomplish your goals. For example, before you can wash dishes, you might regain hand strength and dexterity by forming putty into balls, stacking or sorting objects, or squeezing a soft ball.

A few of these treatments may also be part of your therapy plan:

  • Cupping
  • Massage
  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Gait and balance training
  • Work hardening
  • Gait and balance training
  • Vestibular rehab
  • Cryotherapy
  • Herbal supplements
  • Nutritional education
  • Spinal Stabilization training
  • Mechanical traction
  • Electrical stimulation therapy

Who can benefit from physical and occupational therapy?

Visiting your Battle Creek physical or occupational therapist may be helpful if you're recovering from surgery or a sports injury, had a stroke or brain injury, or were hurt in an auto accident or fall. The therapies can also be beneficial if you have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, headaches, back and neck pain, whiplash, sprains and strains, movement disorders, or pain in your jaw, leg, foot, shoulder, arm, or hand.

Could you benefit from occupational or physical therapy? Call the staff at Total Health Center in Battle Creek, Mohinder Chawdhry, Kristy Penick and Glennda Chawdhry, at (269) 968-0888 or (269) 962-0888 to schedule your appointment in Battle Creek.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
April 13, 2020
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Arm Pain   Shoulder Pain  

Do you have shoulder and arm pain which persists and affects your quality of life? At Total Health Center Inc. in Battlecreek, MI, osteopractor Mohinder Chawdhry helps people manage their pain and regain function and range of motion. Innovative care plans are individualized to your diagnosis and lifestyle so you feel better and can go about your daily routine.

What causes shoulder and arm pain?

Sudden trauma can, as from a car accident or sports injury. An arm may be dislocated during a basketball game or a rotator cuff torn in a biking mishap. Both problems cause severe pain and loss of normal function and range of motion.

Additionally, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis, tendonitis and bursitis cause chronic pain due to wear and tear on the complex shoulder joint and because of inflammatory changes. Bursitis, in particular, causes pain to radiate from the shoulder down the arm.

Additionally, nerves in the complex shoulder joint may become pinched. This impingement actually tightens the joint, resulting in limited movement, says the American Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons (AAOS).

Treating shoulder and arm pain

Physical examination, range of motion measurements and digital X-rays (and other kinds of imaging) help the team at Total Health Center Inc. in Battle Creek, MI, locate the source and kind of shoulder and arm pain. It's best to see your physician right away after an injury. For escalation of chronic pain, contact your doctor or osteopractor when the symptoms do not subside within a week or two.

At Total Health Center Inc., your treatment plan may involve a combination of conservative interventions, including:

  • Over the counter analgesics to reduce inflammation and relieve discomfort
  • Physical therapy exercises and massage to strengthen supporting muscles and increase your range of motion
  • Interventions to improve posture
  • Application of ice, heat and/or electrical stimulation
  • Resistant and weight training to improve strength
  • Dry needling which targets the musculoskeletal trigger points of pain

Get your life back

At Total Health Center Inc. in Battlecreek, MI, your physical therapy team will set you on a path toward better function and relief of your shoulder and arm pain. Call us today for a consultation. We have three locations to serve you. Battle Creek, MI, office at (269) 968-0888, Lake Odessa, MI, office at (616) 374-0099, or Brickyard Site, MI, office at (269) 441-0888.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
March 06, 2020
Category: Pain
Tags: leg pain   foot pain  

Foot and leg pain differ in intensity and type, depending on the individual’s lifestyle and underlying health conditions. Aside from leg and foot pathology, foot and leg pain can result from a condition that affects the pelvic area, hip, or lower back. The specific kind of pain might vary depending on the cause. Here at Total Health Center Inc., our osteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry determines the specific cause of your pain either in our Lake Odessa, Brickyard Site, or Battle Creek, MI, office. Once he has pinpointed the cause of your pain, he can recommend a treatment plan for your condition.

Leg Pain and Spinal Conditions

Issues with your lower spine impact your spinal nerve roots and lead to pain that radiates into your leg and foot. These conditions include spine degeneration, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and spinal cord compression in the lower back or neck region.

Common Foot Pain Causes

Various things lead to foot pain, not all of them accompanying leg pain. These include injuries such as sprains and fractures. Conditions such as arthritis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, bursitis, gout, and hammertoe among many others cause numbness and/or pain in your foot.

Hip and Pelvis-Related Foot and Leg Pain Causes

Muscle and joint pain from the hip and pelvis are felt in your legs. Causes include hip osteoarthritis, piriformis syndrome, trochanteric bursitis, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Issues with your hip joint or fractures in your pelvic region due to degeneration, overuse, or trauma could likewise result in foot and leg pain.

Leg Pain and Problems with The Blood Vessels

Your leg veins or arteries can get blocked or inflamed due to blood vessel disorders, resulting in pain in the foot and leg. These disorders include deep vein thrombosis, peripheral artery disease, and superficial thrombophlebitis. Blood vessels can also rupture and lead to bleeding inside the leg's tissue spaces, resulting in acute swelling and pain.

Nutritional Deficiencies and Foot and Leg Pain

Deficiency of minerals and vitamins such as vitamin B12, copper, and vitamin B6 may lead to peripheral nerve damage, causing weakness and pain in your foot and leg.

Nerve Damage and Leg and Foot Pain

Some medical problems create peripheral nerve damage in the leg. These include metabolic disorders like hypothyroidism and diabetes. Additionally, infections including bacterial infections in the vertebral disc and bone, Lyme disease, HIV, epidural abscess, and herpes zoster also lead to foot and leg pain.

Leg and foot pain often exhibit overlapping symptoms. This is why it’s crucial to get an accurate diagnosis. Our osteopractor in our Lake Odessa, Brickyard Site, and Battle Creek, MI, locations can help find out why you’re experiencing leg and foot pain. Dr. Chawdhry will then rule out serious health issues and seek proper treatment.

Concerned About Leg and Foot Pain?

Arrange an appointment with our osteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry here at Total Health Center Inc. You can call our Battle Creek, MI, office at (269) 968-0888, Lake Odessa, MI, office at (616) 374-0099, or Brickyard Site, MI, office at (269) 441-0888 to schedule your consultation date.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
January 10, 2020
Category: physical therapy
Tags: Headaches  

Find out how physical therapy and osteopathic care can relieve your headaches.

Are you dealing with persistent or severe headaches? Are they interfering with your ability to get your work done? Are you experiencing headaches several times a month? Our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor and physical therapist Dr. Glennda Chawdhry has helped patients treat everything from tension headaches to migraines with simple, non-invasive and drug-free treatment options.

What is an osteopractor?

Our osteopractor is a medical doctor who provides physical therapy, manual manipulative therapies and a variety of complementary treatments aimed at treating and managing acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and symptoms that arise as a result of certain misalignments and issues within the body. Our Battle Creek, MI, physical therapist focuses on treating the body as a whole rather than spot treating specific areas.

This kind of comprehensive full-body treatment can be beneficial for many people who are dealing with chronic pain, headaches and other issues that aren’t responding to traditional medical treatments. Many treatment plans provide medication, which doesn’t actually treat the problem only masks the symptoms. Our goal is to target the underlying cause to get rid of your migraines or headaches.

How can osteopathic care treat my headaches?

Many headaches are caused by tension somewhere in the body, most often the neck and shoulder. This is very common in those who work desk jobs or lead sedentary lives. Our osteopractor can alleviate you tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines through a variety of different techniques and treatments including,

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Dry needling
  • Myofascial release
  • Physical therapy exercises focused on addressing posture, joint mobility and range of motion
  • Manual manipulative techniques
  • Cryotherapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation therapy

Migraines can cause debilitating pain and impact a person’s quality of life and work performance. If you are struggling with migraines that aren’t responding to medications and other treatment options then it might be time to turn to our physical therapist and osteopractor for comprehensive and complementary treatment. All the treatments above are non-invasive or minimally invasive, offering long-term relief. Manual manipulation therapy is safe and effective for patients of all ages.

Total Health Center Inc. in Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI, is here to help you finally get your headaches under control. If you want to talk with us about the treatments we offer and how they can ease chronic headaches call us today at (269) 968-0888.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
September 26, 2019
Category: physical therapy
Tags: Back and Neck Pain  

Is neck and back pain keeping you from doing your favorite activities? Is it causing you to lose sleep at night? Does it hurt to simply move?Back-Pain Dr. Glennda Chawdhry, osteopractor and physical therapist at Total Health Center Inc. Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI, can help you identify the cause of your pain and put you back on the path to feeling great and being active.

 

What causes neck and back pain?

Neck and back pain is usually caused by a muscle injury, whether from overuse or repetitive movements. Strenuous exercises and continuous lifting of heavy objects can be factors in neck and back pain, as can damage to your vertebrae, ligaments, nerves or disks.

Other potential causes include growths such as a bone spur, muscle spasms, arthritis, osteoporosis or lack of muscle tone. Smoking or being overweight can also cause back and neck pain.

You may experience back pain that is dull, sharp, shooting or even excruciating depending on the cause of your pain. Other sensations might include numbness or tingling, chronic aching, or stiffness.

Neck pain can be shooting or dull and may result in numbness or tingling in your arm, shoulder pain or headaches.

 

How will my Battle Creek doctor diagnose my neck and back pain?

After going over your medical history, asking about your activity level and performing a physical, your doctor may choose to take x-rays.

 

How can my pain be treated?

Depending on the source of your neck and back pain, it may go away on its own. General rest and restriction of activities affecting the back and neck can help alleviate any pain, as can an over the counter pain reliever.

If the pain remains after a month or so, you may need to try other treatments. Heat or ice packs applied to the area work for some people, and wearable options include a neck or back brace to offer support.

Other nonsurgical treatments include physical therapy with exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles, and moderate aerobic activity to increase your strength and flexibility. Your doctor may also suggest acupuncture, pain relief injections or hands-on physical manipulation of your muscle tissue.

Don't let back and neck pain keep you from living your best life. Call your Total Health Center, Inc., with offices in Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI today at 269-968-0888.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
July 25, 2019
Category: physical therapy

Occupational therapy is a profession that helps people of all ages recover from disability, illness, or injury and participate in activities of doctorsdaily living. The main benefit of physical and occupational therapy is the mastery of skills that help patients develop, maintain or recover daily living skills. Total Health Center, Inc., with offices in Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI, offers a complete range of occupational therapy services to their patients.

 

What is Occupational Therapy?

Your life is made up of occupations—life activities. These occupations can include multiple roles, like being a musician, spouse, or parent. If you're recovering from an injury, your occupations may be disrupted. Occupational therapy incorporates your occupations into the rehabilitation process. Occupational therapy treatment can help you be as independent as possible in all areas of your life. It can help you achieve function, meaning, and satisfaction in all aspects of your life.

 

Who Are OT Practitioners?

Occupational therapy practitioners are either occupational therapy assistants or occupational therapists. Occupational therapists get special graduate training in occupational therapy. They must be licensed and pass an exam to be certified to practice. Occupational therapy assistants need an associate’s degree. They help with some parts of your treatment. Occupational therapy practitioners use research and scientific evidence to ensure that their interventions help their patients achieve their goals.

 

Why Would You Need OT?

Occupational therapy can help if you have an illness, injury, pain, or disability that makes it hard for you to do your job, care for yourself, move around, complete household chores, or take part in activities. You’ll meet with an occupational therapy practitioner who can come up with ways to change your movements so you can take care of yourself, get your work done, and stay active. Your Osteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry can evaluate how your condition is affecting your participation in life and provide ways to overcome barriers while using a holistic perspective.

 

What Happens During an OT Evaluation?

Occupational therapy treatment starts with an evaluation. If a medical record is available, your therapist will review it to obtain information about you and your medical situation. Your therapist in Battle Creek will then interview you to fill in the gaps. He or she will perform assessments to obtain information about your health and how your diagnosis is impacting your ability to function. After the evaluation, your Osteopractor - Physical Therapist will work with you to establish a treatment plan that is designed to help you improve your ability to function.

It's time to get your life back! Don't delay- call one of Total Health Center, Inc.'s offices to schedule an appointment or ask any questions about physical and occupational treatment- (269) 968-0888- Battle Creek, MI; (616) 374-0099- Lake Odessa, MI; (269) 441-0888- Battle Creek, MI. With occupational therapy treatment, you'll be back on track before you know it!

By Total Health Center, Inc.
May 16, 2019
Category: physical therapy
Tags: physical therapy  

Discover the amazing health benefits of undergoing physical therapy.

Physical therapy has helped treat a variety of conditions and injuries that can impact a person’s ability to move and perform even simple physical therapyday-to-day tasks. The goal of physical therapy is to improve a person’s level of functioning while also providing patients with simple lifestyle adjustments that can improve their health and quality of life. Wondering whether it’s time to turn to our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry for physical therapy?

Here are some of the benefits of physical therapy:

Reduce Pain

Through a variety of therapeutic exercises, mobilization therapy and other treatment options like ultrasound and electrical stimulation, your physical therapist in Battle Creek, MI, can target and eliminate back and neck pain associated with a variety of conditions and injuries including:

  • Post-surgical pain
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain/whiplash
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Pulled muscle
  • Work-related injuries
  • Tennis elbow

Improve Mobility and Functionality

Do you find it difficult to stand, walk or go up stairs due to limited mobility? If so, there are many ways in which physical therapy can help make everyday movements easier. We can provide you with a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises to improve flexibility and range-of-motion for the tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles. We will also customize your treatment plan based on the issues you are having and your goals for physical therapy.

Prevent Surgery

A major benefit of physical therapy is that it can often provide you with proper back and neck pain relief to manage chronic conditions or promote faster healing for certain injuries where surgery may have been recommended. Of course, even those who do have to undergo surgery can benefit from post-surgical physical therapy to promote a stronger body and to speed up the recovery process.

Fall Prevention

Are you dealing with a condition that affects your balance and coordination? Are you worried that you or a loved one might fall? If you are at an increased risk for a fall, physical therapy can provide you with ample exercises that will improve balance and coordination. Even if your balance is the result of inner ear issues, there are certain maneuvers and techniques that can improve vestibular functioning to treat symptoms of vertigo.

These are only some of the benefits of getting physical therapy. In some cases, getting regular physical therapy can even prevent problems from arising in the first place. If you are interested in getting physical therapy in Battle Creek, MI, then call Total Health Center today.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
March 14, 2019
Category: Pain
Tags: Back and Neck Pain  

Are you dealing with neck or back pain in Battle Creek, MI? Find out how our chiropractor can help.

If you are having to battle with back or neck pain, you certainly aren’t alone. Luckily, our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor, Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry, can offer up ways to improve the health of your spine and reduce your back and neck problems.

 

What is causing my back or neck pain?

In most cases of acute pain, the problem is an injury to a muscle. A muscle injury can be the result of overuse, heavy lifting, or repetitive actions that put too much pressure/strain on the back and neck muscles.

However, if you are dealing with chronic pain, this is something you certainly don’t want to ignore. Common causes of chronic back and neck pain include,

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or bulging disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

 

Who is at risk for neck or back pain?

Unfortunately, too many of us sit at a desk staring at a computer screen or hunched over our phones for long periods throughout the day. Now, couple that with a sedentary lifestyle or even heavy, repetitive lifting and you have a recipe for musculoskeletal disaster.

While anyone can develop neck or back pain, if you have a labor-intensive job or if you sit at a desk all day, then you may be prone to chronic aches and pains.

 

How can a chiropractor help me?

Whether you want to avoid taking medication or you are looking for a non-invasive or non-surgical approach to getting your chronic back and neck pain under control, our Battle Creek, MI, physical therapist can help. We offer a variety of physical and occupational therapy treatments that can provide you with the relief you need from your discomfort. These treatments include,

  • Orthopedic rehab
  • Manual and manipulation therapy (e.g. myofascial release)
  • Mechanical traction
  • Exercises and conditioning/retraining
  • Functional training to improve ergonomics and posture
  • Ultrasound and electrical stimulation
  • Dry needling
  • Moist heat
  • Cryotherapy

Don’t let back or neck issues affect your daily routine. Our chiropractic services in Battle Creek, MI, can provide your body with the care it needs to function at its best. Call Total Health Center today at (269) 968-0888 to schedule your next appointment!

By Total Health Center, Inc.
January 31, 2019
Category: Pain
Tags: Back and Neck Pain  

Neck and back pain can quickly have a negative effect on your daily life and cause difficulty walking or even standing. However, finding the right care for your condition is the foundation of your journey to a pain-free life. Your physical therapist can help you find the best treatment and exercises to help you fully recover. Find out more about physical therapy for back and neck pain with Total Health Center in Battle Creek, MI.

What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is comprised of specialized, hands-on treatments which treat disease, deformity, or injury. Physical therapy focuses on rebuilding the body’s muscle and conditioning its tissues to perform more efficiently. Physical therapy benefits patients of all ages and medical backgrounds and can help various problems in a wide range of situations:

  • Relieve pain
  • Manage a condition or chronic illness
  • Recover from trauma or injury
  • Regain control of bodily functions
  • Adjust to an artificial limb
  • Rehabilitate the body after a stroke
  • Improve range of function or mobility

What is a physical therapist?
A physical therapist — also often referred to as a PT or physiotherapist — is a licensed healthcare professional who has extended graduate education in physical therapy. To be gain a physical therapy certification, they must pass a national examination before being licensed by their state. A physical therapist will work closely with your doctor to provide a successful plan of treatment specialized to your needs.

Physical Therapy for Back and Neck Pain in Battle Creek, MI
Neck and back pain are common complaints of physical therapy patients. Your physical therapist will use an examination to assess your body’s makeup and mobility, gather information on your medical and lifestyle history and begin their treatment plan. They may use any combination of massage, exercise, stretching, TENS treatments, mobilization, hot/cold therapy, or even laser therapy. Your PT can help you determine the best treatments for you.

For more information on back or neck pain, please contact physical therapist at Total Health Center in Battle Creek, MI. Call (269) 968-0888 to schedule your appointment with your physical therapist today!

By Total Health Center, Inc.
November 09, 2018
Category: Pain
Tags: back pain   neck pain  

Find out why you might be dealing with chronic or recurring back or neck problems.

Neck and Back PainBack and neck pain are the two most common complaints. There are so many reasons that people experience these symptoms, from poor posture to hunching over a computer all day. Of course, the goal our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry at Total Health Center is to use effective physical and occupational therapy techniques to improve how your body functions as a whole.

The most common causes of back and neck pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Bad posture
  • Muscle injury
  • Whiplash
  • Bulging discs
  • Pinched nerve
  • Disc herniation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis

While some cases of back pain or neck pain will clear on its own with rest and at-home care, if your symptoms last a few weeks or don’t get better over time then it might be time to see our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor to find out what’s going on.

Physical Therapy for Neck and Back Pain

We offer a full range of physical and occupational therapy treatments to cater to your specific symptoms and issues. Many patients turn to us because they aren’t experiencing relief from at-home treatments, or they want a non-surgical and non-medicinal way to effectively treat the underlying problem.

In most cases, our physical therapist will recommend a variety of different treatments and techniques to help sooth and ease symptoms while improving the alignment of the spine and targeting the main cause of your pain. We don’t want to just temporarily alleviate your symptoms, we want to focus on what’s causing the problem and address that specifically to provide you with long-term relief.

Common treatment options include:

  • Functional training (e.g. ergonomics; posture)
  • Dry needling
  • Ultrasound and electrical stimulation therapy
  • Guided exercise and reconditioning
  • Manual spinal manipulation therapy (e.g. myofascial release; joint mobilization)
  • Orthopedic and sports rehab
  • Mechanical spinal traction

When you come in for an evaluation we will perform a thorough physical examination and discuss the symptoms you are having so that we can choose the right physical therapy treatment options to meet your needs.

If you are dealing with neck pain or back pain in Battle Creek, MI, and want to find out how physical and occupational therapy could provide you with long-term relief then schedule an appointment today with Total Health Center.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
August 28, 2018
Category: physical therapy

Find out if these rehabilitation therapies could get you on the road to recovery.

 

Physical Therapist Massages Shoulder PainHas a long-term or serious health problem suddenly made it more difficult to complete tasks around your home? Are you dealing with a sports-related injury or injuries from an accident? If you said yes, then our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor Dr. Glennda Chawdhry can help you. Discover the differences and unique benefits of getting physical therapy and occupational therapy through our office.

What is an osteopractor?

Before you understand the services we offer it’s important to understand the purpose of an osteopractor. An osteopractor is a doctor that focuses on how the body functions as a whole, from the joints and muscles to the ligaments, tissues and nerves within the musculoskeletal system.

We believe that by providing alternative medicine and specific therapies such as manual adjustments (spinal manipulation) we can improve not just how the musculoskeletal system functions but also how other systems (e.g. circulatory; nervous) function, as well. Everything is interconnected when it comes to the body, so your care and treatment should be comprehensive enough to take all of these systems into account.

What is physical and occupational therapy?

It’s important to understand that there is a difference between these two therapies. Physical therapy is focused on rehabilitation to improve and even treat an injury or condition while occupational therapy is focused on providing ways to make daily tasks and activities easier despite a chronic injury or lifelong condition that can’t be cured.

While physical therapy is often more short-term and focused on treating the actual injury itself, occupational therapy can be used for many years to help people manage their long-term symptoms through customized treatment options and interventions to make day-to-day living easier. Occupational therapy can help those with conditions and disabilities that affect emotional and behavior states as well as motor skills.

How can the Total Health Center help me?

Our Battle Creek, MI, osteopractor and physical therapist offers a full range of therapeutic services to help you treat or manage your symptoms. There are many people who can benefit from visiting an osteopractor including those dealing with:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Chronic pain (E.g. fibromyalgia)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis and tendinitis
  • Neck or back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Overuse injuries
  • Shoulder issues
  • Certain types of arthritis

We offer everything from cupping, post-surgery rehab, and specific exercises to balance and functional training, manipulation and cryotherapy to provide you with the specific and tailored occupational therapy or physical therapy you need.

Total Health Center is dedicated to helping alleviate and manage conditions that may be causing your chronic or severe pain through a variety of comprehensive and full-body treatments and techniques. Wondering if you could benefit from physical therapy or occupational therapy? Call our office today to learn more.

By Total Health Center, Inc.
July 19, 2018
Category: Pain
Tags: leg pain   foot pain   physical therapy  

Are you suffering from leg or foot pain? Do you want to avoid medicating yourself? Have you considered physical therapy? If so, physical therapyosteopractor Dr. Mohinder Chawdhry of Total Health Center in Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI, can offer you a drug-free treatment. They'll ease your pain and help you regain use of your foot or leg.

What can physical therapy help with?

The physical therapists of Battle Creek and Lake Odessa help patients with a variety of issues and conditions, including these ones:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: The pain you're feeling may be caused by the inflammation of a connective tissue known as plantar fasciitis. This connective tissue isn't just in your heel though, it extends past the arch of your foot, reaching your toes. This fibrous band becomes inflamed and irritated when too much stress from jumping or running is placed on it.
  • Achilles Tendonitis: This conditions, often causing lack of flexibility, results in irritation, or inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the lower calf that is attached to the heel.
  • Stress Fracture: It's a fracture in your lower limbs is quite common among athletes. You may suffer from a stress fracture due to repetitive forces and symptoms include localized pain and swelling that worsens over time. The fractures may occur over a period of days, weeks, or even months.
  • Knee Replacement: After surgery, people experience swelling, which makes it difficult to move the knee. This inhibits walking. Therapists use several techniques like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and hot and cold treatments to relieve you of pain and reduce swelling.

Your health is of the utmost importance. If you feel discomfort, difficulty moving and walking, then you need to speak with your physical therapists. Call Dr. Chawdhry of Total Health Center in Battle Creek, MI, (269) 968-0888, and Lake Odessa, MI, (616) 374-0099 to schedule an appointment today!

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.

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