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By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
May 24, 2019
Tags: mental health  

Many patients believe that being physically fit and feeling good is all that’s necessary for good health and wellness. However, another major aspect of being wholly well is to have strong mental health. Both what you think and how you think can have a large bearing on how you feel day-to-day, and can even affect your bodily systems in some cases! That's why here at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL, we offer mental health counseling—read on to learn how these appointments can help you.

What Is Mental Health Care?
As opposed to physical health (which pertains to bodily functions), mental health is concerned with how we feel, think, and act on a daily Familybasis toward both ourselves and others. Mental health care is focused on helping patients maintain good mental health and also treating patients with therapy or medication when something is not quite right. The most common mental health conditions include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

Mental Health: As Important as General Health
Many mental health problems are inherited from family members, which is why it’s a good idea to do some research into your family history. A physician at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL can help guide you to the mental health treatments solutions that you need to feel better about yourself and navigate your life successfully. In a number of ways, mental health is just as important as caring for your general health., for when you are mentally well, you fully understand the importance of taking care of yourself by means of eating well, exercising, communicating with others, and participating in self-care activities.

Mental Health Treatment Options
If you or a family member is potentially experiencing issues related to mental illness, early intervention is best. The first step is seeing your trusted family physician to talk about what’s going on, and to receive a referral for mental health care if necessary. Mental health treatments may include medication, talk therapy, or behavioral therapy. Also note that some symptoms may be related to a physical issue that your Brandon, FL, physician can help you address.

Schedule a Mental Health Checkup
Maintaining good mental health should be one of your top priorities. See your primary care physician for a referral to a qualified mental health professional. Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. has moved to a new location in Brandon, FL. Call the new number at (813) 655-4646 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
April 18, 2019

Do you remember the last time you had a physical? If you only visit the doctor when you're sick or injured, you may be neglecting your Doctorhealth. Luckily, osteopathic wellcare offered by Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, can help you maintain your good health and even prevent common illnesses and conditions.

What is osteopathic wellcare?

Osteopathic wellcare is offered by doctors of osteopathic medicine. If your doctor has attended an osteopathic medical school, he or she will use the initials "D.O." after his name.

Just like medical doctors (M.D.s), D.O. treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, but focus on the whole person, not just a specific body part or symptom. They may also use hands-on osteopathic manipulative treatment to diagnose and treat ailments and promote self-healing.

Wellcare focuses on preventing illnesses and diseases before they can significantly impact your life. Like most things in life, it's often easier and less expensive to prevent a problem than correct or treat it.

During wellcare visits, your Brandon doctor will consider all of the factors that affect your physical and mental health, including family, career, and environment.

How can you benefit from osteopathic wellcare?

Osteopathic wellcare visits can:

  • Identify Potential Health Issues: Diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases may not produce any symptoms during the early stages. Screenings performed during wellcare visits help your doctor diagnose these diseases and ensure that you receive appropriate treatment.
  • Make Managing Chronic Conditions Easier: Wellcare is essential if you have a chronic disease or condition. Although medication may be needed, your D.O. will also consider other approaches to control your disease or symptoms.
  • Reduce Stress: Stress can affect your body and plays a role in many health conditions ranging from asthma to heart disease to gastrointestinal problems. Your doctor can offer recommendations that will help you decrease your stress level.
  • Help You Develop a Partnership with Your Doctor: You're much more likely to follow recommendations and make changes to your health if you're an active participant in your care.

Would you like to improve your health with osteopathic wellcare? Call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
November 15, 2018

With the increase in serious chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, more and more people are osteopathic medicineconsidering the benefits of preventive medicine for protecting their health. Here in Brandon, FL, our family doctors Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elisabeth Biggers believe nothing is more important than providing you with the care you need to prevent health conditions from developing in the first place. One way in which we can do that is through osteopathic medicine.

What is osteopathic medicine?

Instead of just focusing on certain symptoms and how to alleviate them, our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians provide a “whole body” approach to caring for your health. After all, everything in the body is interconnected and when one thing is dysfunctional chances are good that other systems and areas of the body will also be dysfunctional. Osteopathic medicine provides manipulative therapy and techniques to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions, which in turn improves other systems within the body as well.

Why should I turn to an osteopathic doctor (DO)?

First and foremost, our goal is to prevent health problems whenever possible. While we offer a full range of manipulative treatments to improve the body, this isn’t the only thing we can do. We will also go through your medical history and discuss lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health for the long term and to reduce your risk for developing certain health problems.

Even though we focus on preventing health problems, we also have the tools to provide care to those dealing with certain conditions. Through manipulation and other therapeutic techniques, we can promote faster and more efficient healing within the body.

We believe it’s important to look past just the symptoms you are experiencing and to truly determine the best approach for improving your overall health. Of course, an osteopathic doctor can also prescribe medication and provide other treatment options when necessary.

Who can benefit from osteopathic medicine?

While most people can benefit from the therapeutic care osteopathic medicine has to offer, people specifically dealing with back pain, migraines, tennis elbow, digestive problems, pain related to poor posture, arthritis and similar conditions can benefit from osteopathic medicine.

If you are interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you, then it’s time to call Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL. Let us know what issues you are hoping to address through osteopathic medicine and let’s get you feeling better!