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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.
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!