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By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
June 21, 2019
Tags: OMT  

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) provides a natural, drug-free way to treat pain and a variety of other health problems. The OMTtreatment is only offered by physicians who are doctors of osteopathic medicine, like Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine at our new location at 538 Wilbur Street in Brandon, FL.

 

What is OMT?

During OMT, your Brandon doctor uses his or her hands to stretch and apply gentle pressure to your muscles and joints. Issues with your joints and muscles can affect your body's natural balance and cause pain or other uncomfortable symptoms. OMT can improve blood flow, promote healing and relieve pressure on nerves, reducing pain.

Pain medication can be helpful if you suffer from chronic pain, but prescription and non-prescription drugs often cause unpleasant side effects. They may make you nauseous or dizzy or affect your ability to drive safely or focus at work. Some can even be addictive. OMT can reduce your reliance on pain medication and may even make surgery unnecessary.

The treatment is particularly helpful for back pain and neck pain. The gentle manipulations improve the alignment of your spine and relax tight muscles. OMT treatment can also improve your range of motion and decrease stiffness. Thanks to increased blood flow to your back or neck, healing may be accelerated.

 

OMT is More Than Just a Pain Treatment

Although OMT is often used to treat painful muscles and joints in the back, shoulders, knees, hips and elbows, it's also an effective treatment for other disorders, illnesses and diseases. Do you have asthma? Correcting spinal misalignments may improve the ability of your lungs to expand fully every time you inhale. OMT may also enhance the functioning of the nerves that serve the lungs, reducing your asthma symptoms.

OMT may improve symptoms related to menstrual pain, sinus problems, sciatica, sports injuries, sprains, tendonitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), or repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. The treatment may even be helpful if your baby has colic or feeding difficulties.

Could you benefit from seeing a doctor who specializes in osteopathic medicine? Call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine at our new location at 538 Wilbur St in Brandon, FL, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment. And our new fax number: (855) 366-8430.


By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
June 21, 2019
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Checkups  

The Importance of Annual Checkups

Seeing the doctor for an annual checkup plays a major role in keeping people healthy. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you're taking steps that increase your chances of having a long, healthy life. Biggers Family Medicine, at our new location at 538 Wilbur Street in Brandon, FL, offers a complete range of health care services to the patients they serve. Read on to find out why Checkupsannual checkups with Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are so important.

Health Assessment

The annual checkup can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment are better. During your visit, your doctor will assess your general health. They will check your heartbeat and breathing sounds with a stethoscope. Your doctor may take your blood pressure readings and examine your head, neck, tonsils, thyroid, lymph nodes, and abdomen. Your doctor may also order laboratory tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC) and urinalysis.

Continuity of Records

Your healthcare provider will have records of all the care you have received there. and will be able to provide those medical records if you need them. And because the doctor has your medical records, they can remind you when you need immunizations, a mammogram, colonoscopy, or other screenings.

Medication Checkup

The annual checkup is a good time for a review of the over-the-counter and prescription medications you're taking. Bring all your medications to your visit, so your doctor can help you determine whether you need to be taking every one of them. Your doctor will also write prescriptions for any medications you need and give you refills for prescriptions that are about to run out.

Medical Advice

Annual check-ups are important to receive counseling based on your family health history and your lifestyle. Asking questions is key to good communication with your healthcare provider. Being truthful about your smoking and/or drinking habit gives your doctor the information they need to provide the appropriate counseling to maximize your health.

To keep your health on track, visit Biggers Family Medicine at our new location at 538 Wilbur St in Brandon, FL. Call (813) 655-4646 to schedule your annual checkup. And our new fax number: (855) 366-8430. Your health is your most valuable possession. An annual exam is the best thing you can do for yourself this year!