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Posts for: June, 2018

June 27, 2018
Category: Family Medicine

Find out whether this alternative treatment could alleviate your symptoms and improve your health.

While we all work hard to prevent disorders, injuries and other health problems from happening to us, sometimes they still occur. Of osteopathic manipulative treatmentcourse, when problems arise the sooner you seek care from our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Dr. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers the better it will be for your health and quality of life. While we can prescribe medications and physical therapy and provide you with a slew of treatment options, one treatment option you may not have thought about it is osteopathic manipulative treatment.

What is osteopathic manipulative treatment?

It’s first important to understand the purpose and goals of osteopathic medicine to understand how it works. In essence, our bodies take a beating day in and day out and this can lead to tightness and stiffness in certain soft tissue and muscles and can even lead to restricted nerves or muscle movement. This, in turn, can lead to even further musculoskeletal problems.

Through osteopathic manipulation, our Brandon, FL, doctors apply the proper amount of manual manipulation to joints, ligaments, muscles and other tissue to reduce pain, increase blood flow to the area, free trapped nerves and improve range of motion.

There are a variety of different types of osteopathic manipulative techniques including soft tissue, myofascial release and muscle energy. Before we even begin your treatment we will sit down and find out what your specific goals are so that we can choose the proper technique that will give you the biggest benefit and relief.

Who should consider osteopathic manipulative treatment?

Osteopathic manipulation is a great alternative therapy for anyone dealing with pain, whether that’s neck or back pain, migraines or shoulder issues. It’s a great option for patients of all ages and our doctors can work with you and your body to tailor the technique and treatment for you. It can be used solely by itself or in conjunction with other treatment options such as medication or physical therapy.

Osteopathic manipulation might be right for you if you are dealing with any of these issues:

  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Asthma
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Menstrual pain
  • Accident-related aches and pains
  • Digestive disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney disease
  • Arthritis

If you have questions about getting osteopathic manipulative treatment in Brandon, FL, then don’t hesitate to turn to our caring, understanding medical team here at Biggers Family Medicine. Call our office today to let us know that you are interested in osteopathic manipulative treatment.

June 18, 2018
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: chronic disorders  

Your health is the most important thing you have!

More and more people are being diagnosed with chronic disorders, many of which can be prevented with the proper medical care and managing chronic diseaseshealthy lifestyle. While you may feel frustrated by your diagnosis, our Brandon, FL, family doctors Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers are here to provide you with tips for how to cope with your chronic condition so it doesn’t negatively impact your physical, mental and emotional state.

What are some of the most common chronic disorders?

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

What are the best ways to manage chronic health problems?

Of course, there will be certain medications and treatments that are specific to your condition and your needs, which our Brandon, FL, physicians will be able to discuss with you in further detail.

For example, asthma flare-ups can be controlled with an everyday inhaler, as well as a rescue inhaler (for when you feel an attack coming on). We will discuss the different medicines, treatments, procedures and even alternative therapies out there to reduce symptoms, improve your health and make your condition more manageable.

Of course, there are other ways to improve your health and outlook. We know living with a long-term disorder can be taxing at time. Here are some strategies to improve your health and your wellbeing:

  • Understand your medication
  • Make your doctor an active participant in your treatment plan
  • Build a support network
  • Involve family and friends
  • Focus your attention on a healthy lifestyle
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Be more active
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Find outlets to reduce depression and anxiety
  • Meditate

It’s important that you take time for yourself and that you consider your mental wellbeing as it pertains to managing your health. If you have questions or concerns this is the best time to talk to our medical team for the support and understanding you need. We are here for you.

Do you have questions about ways to improve your health for the long-term? Do you need to schedule a routine checkup to make sure you are staying healthy? If so, turn to Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, to provide you with the quality, comprehensive medical care your whole family deserves.

June 12, 2018
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Preventive Care  

Preventive MedicineWith all the news reports talking about the increase in diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems, it’s a good idea to turn your thoughts to your own health and whether you are doing everything you should to promote your own physical wellbeing. Our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers are here to tell you more about the different ways you can incorporate preventive medicine into your current lifestyle.

What is preventive medicine?

There is a reason medical experts say to visit a general practitioner once a year for routine physicals and checkups. After all, not all health problems present with symptoms. So you could be dealing with an issue such as high blood pressure or diabetes and not even know it until it’s too late. The goal of preventive medicine is to provide you with the care you need to prevent these issues from happening in the first place.

For example, we have all heard that being overweight or obese can increase your chances for other long-term and serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. By working with our Brandon, FL, doctors to reduce your weight safely through a healthy diet and more active lifestyle you could stave off these health problems. Plus, getting the proper and thorough preventive health care now could actually save you a lot of money in the future.

Preventive medicine also includes:

  • Wellness checkups/physical exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Routine screenings (everything from blood pressure checks to cholesterol tests)
  • Counseling

Of course, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is another way to prevent many health problems. Luckily, there are habits you can adopt each and every day that could reduce your risk:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Eat a healthy, balance diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Find an outlet for your stress (e.g. yoga; meditation; painting)
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol consumption

We know that everyone leads busy lives, but this doesn’t mean that your health should fall by the wayside as a result. Here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, we believe preventive medicine is key to leading a happy, healthy life. If you need to schedule a routine checkup for you or a family member, call our office today.