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By Total Health Center, Inc.
December 30, 2020
Category: physical therapy
Tags: leg pain   foot pain  

After a long day of work, and when all we want to do is unwind, it's too tempting to reach for the medicine cabinet for something that will ease our daily aches. This is especially true for those of us who spend long hours on our feet, although it's also applicable for professional and weekend athletes. If all we do is bear through the pain, or try to dull it with painkillers, we are not addressing the problem and may even risk complications. Your Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI, professionals of Total Health Center, Inc., can treat a variety of leg and foot conditions through physical therapy to help get you back on your feet. Get in contact with them to learn more.

Home Treatment

A number of mild legs and foot conditions, especially some injuries, such as sprains, can be managed at home. The most common method is widely known by its acronym, RICE, as it involves the steps, rest, ice, compress, and elevate.

Rest is essential to the first phase of healing of almost any ailment. It's very important that you limit the mobility of the ailing limb, and use crutches if you must walk.

Ice should not be applied directly to the skin, instead, put it in a plastic bag and wrap that in a towel, or use over-the-counter cooling pads. Do this for no longer than 15 to 20 minutes every few hours, it will help with the pain and swelling.

Bandaging can also help in that regard, as well as help limit movement. Elevation serves a similar purpose, and the aim is to keep your injury above the level of your heart. Anti-inflammatory medication can further help you with your symptoms.

Leg and Foot Pain Treatment in Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI

You should notice some improvement with at-home treatment, but if you don't, or your condition is chronic, then it's time to seek the help of an expert.

Rest is an excellent first step, but exercise is just as key once you've begun to heal to help restore your range of movement. Physical therapy at the hands of a professional provides you a controlled return to form.

They can also help assess your condition, so if you have a hard time determining whether your injury is indeed mild and not a fracture, then it's important to consult with your physical therapist.

The professionals of Total Health Center, Inc., can help guide you to the best treatment and are equipped to help you with a number of leg and foot ailments. So don't delay in making your appointment and get back on your feet, call (269) 968-0888 for the Battle Creek, MI location and (616) 374-0099 for Lake Odessa, MI.

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 daily 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.
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.
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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