Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on April 1st, 2013

Dear Friends and Patients,

The season is fast approaching when young and old alike will spend more and  more hours in sports and activities that require good health for energy, muscular coordination, and general well-being.  As the weather turns warmer, everyone from children to adults will spend more time outdoors and will participate with enthusiasm in bike riding, tennis, golf, walking, jogging, spring softball leagues, or any number of other activities.  So, as you approach this active season,  have you taken time to consider the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?”

Periodic  chiropractic examinations and adjustments can preserve health and aid in preventing the time-consuming process of restoring lost health.  A little time wisely spent now can be much better than much time painfully spent later trying to recover from an injury resulting from a sudden spill or mishap while having fun.

Most families follow the practice of regular dental and medical checkups, but are they receiving the spinal care they should have?  On a daily basis there is increased mental and physical strain on our nerves and muscular systems, causing minor displacements which can develop into aches, pains, and fatigue.  Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal displacements and release vital nerve energy the body must have to remain active and keep that healthy, happy feeling.  Good spinal health is essential to that overall feeling of well-being.

Yours for better health naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller



     Whether you ride on-road or off-road, pedal casually or competively, it’s important to pay close attention to how your bicycle fits your body.  A properly fitted bike will allow you to ride comfortably and safely, avoid injury, and produce more power, so you can go faster with the same or less effort.  In general, when fitting a bicycle, there are five basic components to consider.

     1.  Frame size is not necessarily dependent on your height.  It is more a matter of leg length and should be easily straddled with both feet flat on the ground with an inch or two of clearance for a road or hybrid bike and about four inches of clearance for a mountain bike.

     2.  Saddle height should be set so that your knee is slightly bent when the pedal is at its lowest position and the ball of your foot is on the pedal.  A  saddle, or seat, that is too high or too low can cause pain and lead to injuries of the back and knees.

     3.  Saddle position can be checked by sitting on your bicycle (hold onto a friend or a stationary object) and  rotating the pedals until they are horizontal to the ground.  Your forward knee should be directly over the respective pedal axle when the ball of your foot is on the pedal.

     4.  Saddle tilt can be gauged simply by feel or by using a carpenter’s level and should generally be level with the ground.  If the saddle tips too much in either direction, pressure will be placed on your arms, shoulders and lower back.

     5.  Handlebar position and distance is mostly a matter of personal preference because it affects shoulder, neck and back comfort.  Typically, handlebars are positioned higher for comfort (a more upright riding positon) and lower for improved aerodynamics.


     A bicycle crash can happen at any time;  however, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, a properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.  The following are tips to help ensure the correct helment fit: 

  •      The helmet should be level on the head and must cover the forehead.
  •      The Y of the straps should meet just below the ear.
  •      The chin strap should be snug against the chin so that when you open the mouth very wide, the helmet pulls down a little.
  •      Put your palm on the front of the helmet and push up and back.  If it moves more than an inch, more fitting is required.
  •      Shake your head around.  If the helmet dislodges, work on the strap adjustments. 
  •      Do not wear a hat under the helmet.
  •      All helmets sold in bike shops must be approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and should carry a CPSC sticker.




     If you wish to go for a jog and bring your child along for the ride, the baby jogger is your best option.  A baby jogger is a rolling pushcart that a parent can jog behind, using handlebars to maneuver.  Here are some rules of thumb to consider:

  •      Make sure the handlebars of the jogger are both large and adjustable so that they fit comfortably into your hands for complete control.  They should be kept as upright as possible.  
  •      Handbrakes and a locking mechanism are a necessity.
  •      Look for a jogger with a good shoulder harness to keep the child secure.
  •      Large, bicycle tires offer more control and stability. 
  •      A screen over the front of the jogger adds to its safety by deflecting stray flying objects.
  •      Jog only on smooth surfaces.



*(Reprinted all or in part with the permission of the American Chiropractic Association) 


No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by the doctor or other licensed health care professional.
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