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October 08, 2021
Tags: Women's Health  

Your primary doctor provides women’s health services through all stages of their female patients' lives.

While most women turn to their OBGYNs for matters related to women’s health, they also shouldn’t forget the importance of having a primary doctor that they can turn to for annual visits, screenings, and more. Along with the traditional medical care we offer for women’s health, our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers also offer osteopathic medicine. Find out what this means for you, your health, and your wellbeing.

Why do women need a primary doctor?

Yes, you will turn to your OBGYN for Pap tests, annual exams, and screenings but this doesn’t mean that your OBGYN replaces your regular doctor. After all, our team of doctors understands your unique medical history. We also know the appropriate screenings, tests, and exams to perform to detect hormonal issues that may be impacting your mood, health, and energy levels.

We also know the unique screenings that women will require such as bone density testing to check for osteoporosis, which is particularly important for menopausal women to prevent bone loss and other issues associated with this drop in hormone levels. We can also help women balance out their hormones naturally.

What is osteopathic medicine and how can it help me?

Osteopathic medicine focuses on the body as a whole, and how every system in the body has to work together to help you function at your best. Our Brandon, FL, doctors understand the unique role that hormones play in women’s health and how hormonal fluctuations and imbalances can impact health and wellbeing. Through osteopathic manipulative medicine, we have helped women through all stages of life.

For one, osteopathic manipulation therapy can help ease pregnancy-related aches and pains and improve posture. By rebalancing the body, osteopathic medicine can also improve joint and muscle pain associated with stress hormones, cortisol increases, and rising estrogen levels, making this a great way to ease stress, anxiety, fatigue, and other pre-menstrual symptoms. It may also help with headaches and hot flashes caused by menopause.

Osteopathic medicine also offers women a safe, effective, and drug-free approach to managing and treating their issues that can complement their current treatment plan, whether they are dealing with pregnancy pains, premenstrual issues, or menopausal symptoms.

Here at Biggers Family Medicine, our doctors are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality women’s health care you can find in Brandon, FL. If you have questions about osteopathic medicine and how it could improve your health and wellbeing, call our practice today at (813) 655-4646.

May 12, 2021

Could osteopathic manipulation help you feel better?

More and more people are turning to osteopathic manipulation and care to improve their health, lifestyle, and wellbeing. Osteopathic treatment provides a therapeutic, hands-on approach to care that is safe and effective for all ages. By utilizing various osteopathic manipulative techniques, we can improve the functionality and mobility of your body as a whole. Here are some of the benefits of turning to our Brandon, FL, family medicine doctors Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers for osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT).

What is osteopathic medicine?

Instead of just treating pain or swelling in one part of the body, osteopathic medicine focuses on treating the person as a whole rather than just the symptoms. We provide treatments that are drug-free and non-invasive to help alleviate musculoskeletal pain.

We first identify the root cause of your pain, swelling, and other physical impairments. Osteopathic medicine is designed to target muscles, tendons, joints, connective tissue, and ligaments through various techniques including,

  • Myofascial release
  • Active release techniques
  • Cranial-sacral manipulation
  • Lymphatic pump
  • Dry needling

What are the benefits of osteopathic medicine?

There are many advantages to turning to our Brandon, FL, family medicine team for osteopathic care. OMT can treat a wide range of conditions including,

  • Chronic back, knee, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Digestive issues
  • Poor motor control and coordination issues
  • Menstrual pain
  • Kidney disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Sleep disorders

The benefits of getting regular osteopathic medicine include,

  • A safe, natural, and drug-free way to alleviate chronic pain
  • Can reduce the number and severity of your headaches and migraines
  • Can improve sleep quality
  • Can break up scar tissue
  • Can boost the body’s natural healing mechanisms
  • May speed up recovery after injury
  • May improve respiratory function
  • It can be used on patients of all ages
  • There are no side effects to treatment
  • It may provide relief when other methods haven’t

If you are interested in a family medicine practice that also provides osteopathic care, then turn to the team at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL. To schedule your first osteopathic appointment, call us at (813) 655-4646.

February 05, 2021

Put simply, osteopathic medicine offers a unique approach and view to patient care by blending the art and science of medicine. D.O.s or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine have licenses to practice surgery and primary care medicine as well as extra training in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. A key principle of osteopathic medicine is the belief that plenty of diseases cause, or are due to, issues with the musculoskeletal system that includes your bones, muscles, and nerves.

Here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, your D.O.s, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers pay special attention to how the body parts function together for treating and preventing health problems.

The History of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still established osteopathic medicine during the late 1800s. Essentially, its main philosophy focuses on the identification and treatment of a health problem’s root cause, instead of just alleviating the symptoms. The key principles of osteopathic medicine include:

  • Your body functions as one whole unit. It’s not just a sum of its body parts.
  • Function and structure are interrelated.
  • Your body was made with the innate ability for self-healing.

This means that understanding your overall health, not just your physical health, but the health of your mind as well, will help enhance your body’s natural healing abilities, further empowering and energizing it.

Practitioners of osteopathic medicine utilize OMT or osteopathic manipulation treatment to facilitate healing and proper functioning. This treatment involves gentle resistance and pressure for working your muscles, joints, and connective tissues. It aims to relieve pain, restore mobility, increase ROM or range-of-motion, and support your body’s structure to aid it in functioning as expected or more efficiently. Patients are provided with customized treatment plans.

Who Can Benefit from Osteopathic Medicine?

Here at our practice in Brandon, FL, we provide osteopathic medicine treatments to people of all ages. In general, we work with patients suffering from headaches, neck and/or back pain, stomach issues, reflux, constipation, asthma, arthritis, scoliosis, and pelvic pain.

Interested in Osteopathic Medicine? Reach Out to Us

Call (813) 655-4646 to arrange a consultation with one of our Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL.

January 29, 2021
Tags: mental health  

How's your mental wellness? This is an important question because your physical health depends on your mood and mental/emotional function. At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers want their patients to take care of their mental health. These osteopathic physicians can help you do just that.

Take good care

Here are some practical ways to check on your mental health and actually improve it. You'll feel better, work better and interact well with your family and friends. The team at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, will help you.

Mental health impacts every stage of your life--childhood through your senior years, says the US Department of Health and Human Services. So, please attend to it.

1. Avoid isolation. Reach out to someone you love and trust. Develop your friendships.

2. Enjoy a hobby. If you don't have one, start one. You build new neuro-pathways in your brain and give yourself something to look forward to and enjoy.

3. Exercise. Healthline says routine exercise raises the levels of serotonin in your brain. This neurotransmitter increases energy, happiness and contentment.

4. Help others. Service brings you out of your own world and set of worries and refocuses your attention.

5. Pray. Develop your spirituality.

6. Get adequate rest--eight to nine hours a night. Include a brief power nap during the day as time allows.

7. Speak to a professional therapist who can help you identify areas of stress or diagnoses such as depression or anxiety. Medication helps in some cases. Talking it out can be beneficial, too.

Warning signs

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) outlines some signs which indicate you may be struggling with your mental/emotional health. They include:

1. Excessive feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and sadness.

2. Difficulties with memory, concentration and finishing routine tasks

3. Low energy, fatigue and problems with sleeping

4. Poor sex drive

5. Overeating, lack of appetite and excessive alcohol consumption

6. Anger

7. Thoughts of self-harm

8. Avoiding social interaction

9. Poor work or school performance

10. Reduced empathy with others

It's so important

At Biggers Family Medicine, we want to know how you really are. That includes your mental function and well-being. So, call our office in Brandon, FL, for a talk with Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers. They'll listen, and they can help. Phone us at (813) 655-4646.

December 14, 2020
Tags: Arthritis  

Here are the telltale signs that you might have arthritis.

While the day after a long run may leave you dealing with sore, achy joints, if joint problems are persistent then you may be wondering if these are signs of arthritis. Since it’s important that you receive a diagnosis and proper treatment as quickly as possible to slow the progression of the disease, it’s also important to recognize the signs that it’s time to visit our Brandon, FL, family doctors Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers.

The Classic Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis

Wondering if you could be dealing with arthritis? Here are some of the telltale signs,

  • Joint swelling: some types of arthritis result in red, swollen skin around the joint that can feel warm to the touch
  • Joint pain: pain may be persistent, or it may flare-up. You may notice increased pain with movement
  • Joint stiffness: along with pain, it is common to experience stiffness in the affected joints. Stiffness may be worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity

If you suspect that you have arthritis, you can easily turn to our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians for an evaluation. We are also happy to refer you to a specialist who focuses on treating and managing arthritis.

Arthritis often affects multiple joints, and you may experience joint problems on one side or both sides of the body. While arthritis can affect just about any joint in the body, it most commonly affects the,

  • Wrists and hands
  • Feet and ankles
  • Elbows and shoulders
  • Knees, lower back, and hips

Treating Arthritis

It’s important that we determine which type of arthritis you have before creating a treatment plan. After all, not all forms of arthritis are treated in the same way. Common ways to treat arthritis include,

  • Medications that ease symptoms and also slow joint damage
  • Occupational therapy, which can show you more efficient ways of moving and performing certain tasks that can make day-to-day living with arthritis easier and less painful
  • Lifestyle modifications including dietary changes, exercising, and certain supplements can also improve arthritis symptoms
  • Alternative therapies such as massage therapy and acupuncture
  • Surgery may be necessary if severe joint damage is affecting mobility and quality of life

If you are experiencing the symptoms of arthritis it is important that you see a qualified medical professional here in Brandon, FL, that can help.

Call Biggers Family Medicine at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an evaluation.