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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.
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.
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:


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


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 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


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


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!