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Physical Therapy in Baltimore

Posted: August 25, 2012
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Physical Therapy in Baltimore

If you are searching for a physical therapy clinic in Baltimore, there are several things you may be interested in knowing to aid in your search for the right clinic for you.  Physical therapy is a practice which mainly handles disabilities or impairments of normal function-- often concerning itself with proper mobility and overall proper function of the physical frame. 

Physical Therapy is most often practiced by chiropractors and physical therapists.  Both types of professionals may see patients in private practice, in a group practice or in a hospital setting.  You may be suprised to learn that most chiropractors in Maryland are licensed to practice physical therapy.  From a historical standpoint, chiropractors were licensed and practicing physical therapy many years before physical therapists could get licensed to practice in Maryland. 

In present time, you may wonder how a chiropractor and a physical therapist may differ in regard to practice.  There are some general comments that can be made on this, but factually, you would actually have to look into exactly how any one individual chiropractor or physical therapist practices to really know this data for sure.  In general, most chiropractors focus on spinal or spinal related problems, and are often considered the experts in managing conservative spinal problems.  However, some chiropractors focus on sports injuries, which definitely include shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips,knees, ankles and feet.

In my experience, physical therapists can have either a general practice, where they may treat patients with injuries or problems in any of the muscles or joints of the body.  Other physical therapists may focus or specialize in certain kinds of injuries or parts of the body.  Again, asking questions of the practice you are considering should shed light on how the individual therapist may practice.

While both chiropractors and physical therapists can work with your medical doctor, you are able to walk into the office of a chiropractor for a consultation or to seek treatment without a referral.  This is not the case with most physical therapy practices.  So, if you are considering physical therapy, look into this point.

Another aspect to consider is insurance coverage.  Although this is important,  remember that insurance coverage should not dictate the care you receive, your health care needs should.  To find out whether the provider you are considering takes your insurance, the best thing to do is call the office and inquire.  Provider manuals can often be outdated or contain mistakes.

When considering a visit to a chiropractor or physical therapist, it's important to realize that the care most often utilized by these types of providers involves some form of rehabilitation.  This is good because you will actually be fixing what is found to be wrong with your body.  But it is also important to understand that actually fixing something through rehab requires repeated visits to the facility or clinic.  So, it's important to find someplace to go which is conveniently located.

Last but not least, what is most important is that you are comfortable with the provider that you choose and that you get the help you need.  In most cases, determining whether or not you are comfortable, may take one or two visits to the office.  And knowing that you are on the right track and getting the care you need is most often recognized within the first few weeks of care.

If you are interested in finding out about the physical therapy provided to patients at Living Wellness Chiropractic, give our office a call 443-524-6600.  We would be happy to set you up with an initial appointment for a consultation.

If you've found this information helpful, check out these other sites for more information... Physical Therapy Defined , Baltimore Leg Pain Treatment , Baltimore weight loss clinics.


Baltimore Leg Pain Treatment

Posted: August 25, 2012
By: The Doctors At Living Wellness

Baltimore Leg Pain Treatment

If you are seeking help with leg pain, one of the first things you will want to do is to figure out the best kind of doctor visit.  Of course, this will greatly depend on what kind of problem you are experiencing.  And, likely, you are thinking, "well, if I knew what was actually wrong with my leg..." Luckily, to choose the right kind of doctor may only take some basic figuring on the cause of your leg problem. 

First thing you may want to do is isolate the region of the pain.  Is it in the buttocks, the back or front of the leg, upper leg or lower leg, ankle, or foot?  Maybe it's spans multiple regions?  Also, what is the quality of the pain?  Does it feel like muscles, which often ache or burn over a more broad region?  Or maybe it is more of a shooting pain, which might indicate a nerve is involved.  Maybe your pain is localized to a joint, like the hip, knee or ankle.  Starting to figure out where it might be coming from and the quality of the pain along with how it first began, might start to give you clues about what kind of doctor to visit for relief.

Another factor to consider is what kind of treatment are you interested in receiving?  One would assume that you are interested in the 'right' treatment, of course.  But remember, certain kinds of doctors usually practice along the lines of how they were trained.  If you go to a natural health doctor of some sort, you'll probably not get recommended surgery, unless that doctor sends you to a surgeon.  If you go to a doctor that is associated with a therapy center of some kind, there is a high probablity that you will get prescribed some kind of exercise or therapy program, in addition to other things that may be appropriate for your condition.  If you go to a surgical center, well, then obviously that option is available to those doctors.

The purpose of this blog was to get you thinking about how to decide on the best choice of doctors for your leg pain.  At Living Wellness Chiropractic, our specialty is natural care for the whole body.  Specifically, we focus on problems of the muscles, bones, joints and nerves, particularly of the back neck, arms and legs. Living Wellness Chiropractic offers advanced chiropractic and physical therapy care with a traditional philosophy of health and wellness.

Infact, many Baltimore leg pain sufferers, are actually struggling with a nerve condition of the lower back or leg.  Usually, that kind of problem can be resolved quickly and easily with chiropractic care.  Many other leg pain conditions are caused by muscle or joint problems, which also can often be remedied with care at our clinic.  Regardless of the problem, the first thing we do for a new patient at our clinic is a thorough consultation and exam to find out exactly the cause of the pain.  If it turns out that the condition is one we can resolve, we let the patient know right away.  If we find something that requires a referral to a different kind of doctor, we send the patient to one of the other doctors in the area that we know and trust.

If you are suffering with leg pain, give our office a call and schedule a consultation.  If it looks like we can help, we can follow through with an exam on the same day, in most cases.  To schedule an appointment, call 443-524-6600.

We look forward to your improved health!

For more information check out these links... More on Leg Pain in Baltimore  , Baltimore Low Back Guide  , Weight Loss


Baltimore Weight Watchers?

Posted: January 15, 2012
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Baltimore Weight Watchers?

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As I've treated patients for various conditions in my clinic over the years, I've noticed that many of them often talk of losing weight, but never actually get started, or follow through with it.  Yeah, they speak of doing it when the new year comes around.  Or, they watch as others try to lose weight, some successfully, but most not.  They become what I like to call Baltimore weight watchers, always observing others struggle, always talking about losing weight, but never doing it successfully themselves.

But I can fully understand the difficultly most of my patients have had with weight loss.  The challenges of losing weight in today's society are immense.  It's more and more difficult to eat a healthy diet composed of real food. Unless you have your own garden, catch your own fish or have your own farm animals you are left to trust others to develop healthy food for you.  In order to buy healthy food, we are generally forced to shop in higher end grocery stores, buying more expensive food and taking the time to prepare it at home.  This is NOT as easy as just picking up food on the way home from work or ordering a pizza.  Even when you do make a conscious effort to chose wisely, the food itself, even when a healthy choice, does not have the same nutrients in it that the same food had 50 years ago.  So what can we do?

This is why I have instituted a program for the patients at my clinic which is easy to do, safe, and VERY effective.  Better yet, the food you eat on this program tastes great, is filling and more importantly is healthy.  Many patients on our program not only lose weight, but also report their blood pressure and cholestrol levels coming down.  The typical dieter on our program loses 3-5 pounds per week.  Maybe the most important aspect of our program is that we have a plan for each dieter to maintain their new wieght once they have achieved their desired weight! 

Whether you need to lose 100 pounds or are interested in losing 15-20, our doctor supervised program can help you do it safely and effectively.  Maybe the best news of all is that most dieters actually SAVE MONEY while on our program because the cost of the food you will be eating is less expensive than the typical food eaten by most when not on the diet.

Call to schedule an appointment today.  There is no cost to come to one of our weight loss workshops.  It could be one of the best decisions you ever make!  Call now 443-524-6600.

The Doctors at Living Wellness

 


Baltimore Weight Loss Center

Posted: January 15, 2012
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Baltimore Weight Loss Center

It's January, and losing weight is one of the most frequent New Year's resolutions made across the country.  The exciting part about a New Year's resolution is that it's a great time to make a new start.  Not that you can't decide to made  a new start at any time during the year, but we get an automatic, once a year reminder that we can, in fact, make real changes in our lives.  The downside of New Year's resolutions, is that most of them don't make it to February.  But that does not have to happen!

If you are looking for a Baltimore weight loss center to help you achieve your weight loss goals, come in and meet with one of our doctors to find out about how our doctor supervised program can help you lose weight in a safe and effective manner.  Better yet, our program not only helps the average dieter lose 3-7 pounds per week, but also does it in a manner which ensures your new weight will be stable once your are done with our program.

When you arrive at our clinic, you will first learn exactly how our program works.  Not only how a dieter does our program, but also why the program works better and is healthier than the typical low calorie diet programs offerd at most weight loss centers.  Next, one of our doctors will review your health history and determine the best way for you to do our program.  Then you will sit down with one of our diet coaches to learn exactly what you will be doing.

While on our program, you will come into our center once per week for measurements, including a body composition analysis which will help us ensure that you lose fat, not lean healthy muscle, during your program.  In addition, you can contact our doctors or coaches all throughout the week, if you have questions or need help of any kind. 

Best of all, the food you will be eating on our diet program tastes great, and keeps you feeling full!  You will find that there is a tremendous variety including filling meals, and sweet or salty tasting snacks.  Most dieters find that they SAVE MONEY while on this program because the cost of the food you will be eating usually is LESS than the cost of the food on your usual diet.  So, lose weight, save money and feel great!

Your first step is to call into our office and schedule to come to our next Weight Loss Workshop.  It's free and conveniently held in the evenings.  Call 443-524-6600 and schedule today!

Happy New Year!


Chiropractor in Baltimore

Posted: August 25, 2012
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Chiropractor in Baltimore

If you are looking for a chiropractor in Baltimore, there are several things you may want to consider. 

1) There are many different kinds of chiropractors, which can make selecting one somewhat difficult for an uninformed consumer.  To make it easy, you can divide chiropractors into two main camps.  One is the corrective care camp, and the other is the patch care camp.  Corrective care means the the chiropractor will investigate to find the cause of your health problem and develop a plan to handle that cause.  A patch care chiropractor is more interested in reducing your symptoms, but puts less or no emphasis on the cause of your problem.  The doctors at Living Wellness Chiropractic recommend and provide the corrective approach, but will provide the patch approach as well, but only after the patient fully understands all their treatment options-- including the long-term consequences of the patch care choice.

2) Most clinics are owned an operated by one chiropractor.  While there is nothing at all wrong with this fact, there are other clinics that have multiple doctors on staff.  The advantage to visiting a multi-doctor is that you will get a multitude of viewpoints that will consider your case.  Living Wellness Chiropractic's Baltimore location has five doctors on staff.

3) Some chiropractic offices do not accept insurance, and other only take insurance.  At Living Wellness, we've tried to make it as easy for a patient to pursue care as possible.  Therefore, Living Wellness, can work with most insurances, but also has affordable fees for cash paying patients.

4) Some chiropractic offices are not well integrated into the Baltimore health care community.  Living Wellness Chiropractic is NOT one of those clinics. Although the doctors at Living Wellness provide a natural approach to health care, which is sometimes the complete opposite of what is offered in the medical community, Living Wellness has a well established network of medical doctors and other health care providers to which it can refer.  Living Wellness co-manages it's patients with area doctors when necessary. 

5) Finally, you should definitely make sure your office of choice is convenient for you and that is has an atmosphere in which you are comfortable-- as you will visit there more often than you would visit a medical office. 

If you'd like to visit Living Wellness Chiropractic or schedule an appointment, call 443-524-6600.  The doctors at Living Wellness would be happy to meet with you and share their ideas on how they can help with your health care objectives.  We think you'll soon find out why Living Wellness is voted the Best Chiropractor in Baltimore online at BizVote.com!

To read other blog topics, visit The Baltimore Chiropractors Blog ... Whiplash, Spine Doctor in Baltimore, Neck Pain, Weight Loss, Baltimore Spine Specialist, and much more.

The Doctors at Living Wellness.

 

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Baltimore Spine Specialist

Posted: August 25, 2012
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Baltimore Spine Specialist

If you are looking for a spine specialist in Baltimore, look no further than the doctors at Living Wellness Chiropractic.  If you have not considered having a chiropractor as your conservative spine specialist, you MUST keep reading.  In this author's opinion, there is not any other kind of health care provider in better position to conservatively manage spine problems than a chiropractor.

First, and most importantly, chiropractors provide a very safe method of care with few and extremely rare side effects.  In fact, the average chiropractor pays 1/10 to 1/100 of what a typical medical doctor pays in malpractice insurance.  As we all know, the insurance companies understand statistics and risk.  Therefore, we can reasonably conclude that insurance companies believe that the treatment provided by chiropractors is more safe then treatment offered by medical doctors.

Second, chiropractors are trained in natural methods of care; spinal adjustments, physical therapy, exercises, and nutrition.  In addition, a chiropractor is trained to find the cause of your spinal problem.  Compare this to most pain management doctors or other medically oriented spine specialists who are trained to cover up your symptoms rather than find and address the cause of your problem.  This may seem unbelievable to you, that most medical providers cover up symptoms, rather than find and fix the cause of the problem, but it is nevertheless true, in many cases.  This is true almost every time a doctor prescribes a pain pill, high blood pressure pill, high cholesterol pill, does a nerve block or cortisone injection.  In most of these cases, the treatment covers up the symptom but does not address the cause of the problem.

Third, chiropractors get great results with spine problems.  And, because it is so safe, ususally the worst thing that can happen by starting your treatment with a chiropractor, is that you don't get a full resolution of your health problem and you end up being referred to another kind of health care provider.  Because of the great results chiropractors get with spine problems, this occurs rarely.

If you would like to learn more about chiropractic, or you are ready for a consultation at Living Wellness Chiropractic, give the office a call and schedule an appointment today.  Call 443-524-6600.

To read more blog postings by the doctors at Living Wellness, check out these topics... Baltimore Spine Doctor, Whiplash, back pain, headaches and neck pain in the Baltimore Chiropractors Blog.

You can also learn more by visiting this wikipedia site on the spine.


Spine Doctor in Baltimore

Posted: August 25, 2012
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Spine Doctor in Baltimore

There are several different kinds of spine doctors in Baltimore.  The most conservative care spine doctors are chiropractors.  Chiropractors are trained to handle anything from the garden variety back pain case to more complicated nerve injuries and accident traumas.  There are several reasons to make a doctor of chiropractic your Baltimore Spine Doctor

1. Chiropractors are trained to locate the cause of a problem and then to address that cause-- thereby handling the source of the problem rather than just treating symptoms.  Many other types of spine doctors are focused on pain relief only.  The problem with only addressing pain, rather than the health condition that is causing the pain, is that it leaves the patient pain free, with a deteriorating problem that they can't feel.  Chiropractors are trained to locate the source of a patient's problem and fix it.

2. Chiropractors are able to help patients without the use of drugs or surgery.  The vast majority of people who seek help from a chiropractor for their back or neck condition find excellent results.  This is why chiropractic is the largest alternative health care profession in the world.  Occasionally, a chiropractor finds a problem that requires treatment from another professional, such as a pain management specialist, or a surgeon.  In those rare cases, the chiropractor may co-manage the patient with another professional or refer the patient out to receive care elsewhere.  However, the vast majority of chiropractic patients make great gains and are very happy with care in the chiropractic office.  Of course, the added benefit is that no drugs or surgery are included in chiropractic treatment.

3. If the care provided by a more conservative doctor, such as a chiropractor, does not fully handle a patient's problem, the patient can always select a more invasive method of care, such as drugs or surgery as a next option.  However, if a patient first chooses a more risky type of care as a first choice, and then suffers from a side-effect of that treatment, it may be too late to avoid a serious complication by then going back to the more conservative doctor.  Unfortunately, some side-effects of drugs or surgery can cause permanent life-long problems.  Why not start with the most conservative of options?  Chiropractic!

If you are ready to visit a chiropractic office for the first time, or you want a consultation to see how we may be able to help you, or you're ready to choose your Baltimore spine doctor from the excellent group of chiropractors at Living Wellness, give us a call at 443-524-6600. 

If you've found this article helpful, check out other articles from Living Wellness, Baltimore Auto Accident Doctor, Back Pain Treatment in Baltimore, Whiplash Treatment in Baltimore, Baltimore Headache Doctor, Weight Loss, Neck Pain Treatment in Baltimore, Pain Down the Leg.

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Baltimore Neck Specialist

Posted: August 25, 2012
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Baltimore Neck Specialist

If you are in search of a neck specialist in Baltimore, you'll find that you have plenty of doctors in various professions to choose from.  The difficulty for the patient can be in knowing which kind of doctor or treatment is best.  The problem is complicated by the fact that most primary care doctors also have limited knowlege outside of traditional pain management and surgery. 

So, where do you look for a Baltimore neck specialist?  Well, that will depend on many factors.  Here are some things to consider in your search. 

1. Do you already have a definitive diagnoisis?  Anotherwords, do you already know what is wrong and now are simply looking for the best treatment option?  In this case, you are looking to find a treatment which is proven to be most appropriate for your condition.  You'll want to gather data from various sources along this line to help you make your decision.

2. Do you need help finding out what is wrong?  In this case, you'll need a doctor with experience determining the exact cause of neck problems.  You'll want to make sure that the doctor you select to help you is not simply looking to treat the pain.  Anotherwords, many neck specialists are trained to apply drugs or use surgery to numb the pain without ever really fixing the cause of the pain.  The problem with this approach is that the absence of pain often leaves a deteriorating condition to progress undetected.  The best approach is to fix the cause of the pain, which of course gets rid of the pain too.

3.  What kind of treatment do you want to receive?  If you don't want drugs or surgery, you should not go to a doctor who offers drugs and surgery as the solution.  Obviously, there are situations where drugs or surgery are necessary.  However, in most neck pain cases, there are natural treatment options (no drugs, no surgery), which will not only get rid of the pain, but actually fix the problem.  Obviously the best option would be a treatment which fixes the health problem which is causing the pain, therefore also gets rid of the pain, and has few if any side effects.

The doctors at Living Wellness Chiropractic are trained to locate and fix the cause of a patients health problem.  When a patient arrives at Living Wellness Chiropractic, they receive a consultation and thorough evaluation.  Any and all problems that are identified are then shared with the patient-- along with recommendations on how to handle those problems.  Most cases of neck pain can be resolved by our doctors.  Occasionally, a referral is made to another specialist for further evaluation or treatment. 

If you would like to find out if the doctors at Living Wellness Chiropractic can help you, give a call to the office, 443-524-6600 and schedule a consultation.  The most important thing to remember is that you must stay informed and involved in your treatment.  It's your health and your future!

If you've found this blog entry helpful, you can check out other Living Wellness postings; Baltimore Auto Accident, Headache Doctors in Baltimore, Low Back Pain Treatment, Baltimore whiplash treatment.


Baltimore Headache Institute

Posted: August 25, 2012
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Baltimore Headache Institute

The doctors at Living Wellness Chiropractic treat patients with health problems which range from head to toe.  However, one of the most common problems that our doctors help resolve is headaches.  Our success with headaches begins with our knowledge of the problem-- actually, the problems.  You see, because there are many different kinds of headaches that are caused by many different things.  What Baltimore headache sufferers find unique about our approach is that our main interest is in finding the cause of the headache rather than simply looking to numb the patient's perception of the symptom.  Once we identify the actual cause of the problem, we can then help the patient address it at the root.

Our approach starts with a thorough consultation as well as the needed exam procedures.  Sometimes the exam may include x-rays of the neck or motion and sensitivity tests of the head an neck region.  This helps us to identify environmental factors such as diet or toxic exposure as well as biomechanical factors which may be contributing or causing the headache.  Occasionally, our findings necessitate a referral to another health care professional for examination or treatment.  But more commonly, we are able to resolve the patient's headaches with treatment at our clinic.  In fact, our success with headache treatment in the Baltimore community has earned us the nickname The Baltimore Headache Institute, among former patients!

Chiropractic treatment is safe and effective.  At the outset of care the doctors at Living Wellness explain to new patients exactly what is wrong and exactly what is needed to resolve the condition.  Results from treatment often take only days or weeks to achieve and most insurances contribute toward care.

If you are tired of dealing with your headaches, or sick of the same old medical approach that is giving you no releif, give the doctors at Living Wellness Chiropractic a call to schedule a consultation.  Call 443-524-6600 and schedule today.

For more information on what is offered at Living Wellness Chiropractic, check out our website or visit the Baltimore Chiropractor Blog to check out these titles... Headaches, Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Whiplash Injuries.


Whiplash Treatment in Baltimore

Posted: September 25, 2011
By: The Doctors at Living Wellness

Whiplash Treatment in Baltimore

If you are looking for whiplash treatment in Baltimore, you'll find that there are several options.  The first and most basic thing to consider is that whiplash is a syndrome which includes symptoms as well as associated damage to soft tissue, such as muscles and ligaments.  It is usually characterized by an injury during which the neck moves through extreme extension and extreme flexion at a high speed and during a short time interval.  This type of injury is most often associated with car accidents but the truth is, whiplash can occur in many other situations-- including falls, sports injuries and other accidents.

One of the most important things to remember when seeking treatment for whiplash in Baltimore is that while most of your attention is probably focused on the pain, headache or loss of motion in the neck, the real danger with whiplash is the problems caused by undetected or untreated tissue damage to the muscles and ligaments.  This damage is usually also the cause of the pain, headache or loss of motion, however, many common whiplash treatments only focus on temporarily covering up the pain without fixing the damaged tissue.  Any treatment approach which only focuses on symptoms, such as pain relievers, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs without doing some sort of manual work on the bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, will leave the injuried open to future problems.

The comprehensive treatment approach offered by Living Wellness Chiropractic for Baltimore whiplash injuries is focused on handling not only the immediate problem of pain and discomfort but also properly rehabilitating any injuried joints, muscles and ligaments.  Also, long term structural damage to the neck is often caused by whiplash injuries.  If, in fact, structural damage is present following a whiplash injury, if can often be observed on x-ray.  That is why the doctors at Living Wellness Chiropractic are highly trained on how to take and review x-rays of neck trauma patients.  After a thorough examination, the doctors at Living Wellness develop a comprehensive plan to handle the immediate symptoms of injuried patients and then follow-up with recommendations on how the injury should be properly rehabiliated so as to minimize the chances of future problems.  This approach gives each patient the opportunity to choose the kind of care that matches their needs and wants.

If you've recently experienced a whiplash injury in Baltimore (or any neck injury for that matter) give the doctors at Living Wellness a call.  Even if you think that your symptoms will go away on their own, your future is better served if you get an evaluation and document any damage that may be present.

Call Living Wellness Chiropractic at 443-524-6600, and schedule an appointment today.

To read other articles by the doctors at Living Wellness Chiropractic, check out these blog postings... neck pain, low back pain, headache relief and Auto Accident Treatment.