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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.
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.