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Chiropractic care is not just about fixing the problem, but also about learning and understanding the kinetics of your body to help prevent its return. Miller Chiropractic Wellness encourages you to be an informed patient to help aid and speed your recovery process.

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Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on April 7th, 2012

     The answer to how long it will take to feel well again after a spinal misalignment and treatment to correct it depends on the severity of the problem, your posture habits, your age, and whether or not you have experienced a fall or accident of some sort.  So, for your health’s sake, give yourself time even if it seems to take longer than hoped.  It will be worth it in the long run to have regained good health in which your days are happy and pain-free.

     As time goes by, not only does the original problem become more firmly entrenched, but more often than not secondary problems develop.  For instance, when a vertebra moves out of place, the body, in an attmept to balance itself, may gradually adapt so that one or more veterbrae are forced out of place in some other part of the spine.  This is called conpensatory “subluxation.”

     Since nature has programmed the muscles and ligaments to hold vertebrae in position, either in a normal or abnormal way, it is likely they have built up a firm resistance to change.  It takes time and regular chiropractic care  to re-educate them after they have been holding a vertebra in an abmormal positon.  Healing time for any disorder differs for each individual.  There are so many factors involved like general physical condition, age, mental attitude, elasticity of muscles and ligaments, that healing is almost as individual as fingerprints.  Complete healing just takes time.

     To help restore your health more quickly your doctor of chiropratic may recommend helpful exercises along with regualr spinal adjustments for a limited period of time.  Follow instructions carefully and diligently.  Your doctor of chiropractic will probably put you on a specific program of corrective care with follow-up examinations to determine your rate of improvement.

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on March 10th, 2012

     Healthcare reform shouldn’t be about politics.  Instead, the focus should be about ways to keep people well.  Currently, our health care system is based on responding to acute problems, urgent needs of patients, and pressing concerns, and as a result we spend much less time working to prevent illness and disease.    Chiropractic, however, focuses  on prevention.  Not only does your doctor of chiropractic want to keep you pain free, he or she also wants to focus on preventive care, like smoking cessation, eating better and getting more exercise.  Without the inclusion of chiropractic care in any reform plan, people will take more medications, undergo more unnecessary surgeries and suffer more pain.  That is not a solution.

     Please encourage your friends and family to join ChiroVoice, and then suggest they contact Congress to share their support for chiropractic!  Chiro Voice is the voice of patients–people like you–who care about real healthcare reform.

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on August 17th, 2011

Workers such as data entry personnel, architects, graphic designers, animators and computer-aided design users spend countless hours in front of computers barely ever changing position.  Does this sound familiar?  If your job keeps you planted at your desk all day, consider the following factors to help prevent injuries:

     1.  Prevent forearm overuse-Find a mouse that fits your hand, and then slide your palm up to rest on the mouse and use your whole arm to move the mouse when possible.  If you rest your wrist on the desk for extended periods, consider using a soft gel pad to minmize pressure on the carpal tunnel.  The best solution is to invest in a graphic tablet that will allow you to use a digital pen with a more relaxed and neutral position of the fingers, hand, wrist and forearm.

     2,  Prevent neck pain-You should be able to use your mouse with your elbow at your side and your hand directly in front of you.  Try a keyboard that has a separate number pad or one that is on the left of the keyboard, which frees up space on the right for the mouse.

     3.  Choose a specialty chair-Recently, more chairs have been designed with a pear-shaped back, particularly with mouse-intensive users in mind.  This type of chair supports the spine and frees the scapula to move, encouraging whole-arm use rather than motion only from the wrist.*

*(reprinted with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on April 26th, 2011

     Every year, there are millions of back injuries.  While the ones everyone hears about, most associated with industry, the identical strains and sprains occur in a lot more situations that receive less publicity.  It can happen when a housewife decides to lift one end of the sofa to straighten a rug.  It can happen when a middle-aged office worker tackles heavy yard work.  It can happen when a physically fit younger person lifts a big weight the wrong way.

     A large proportion of the resulting strains and sprains could have been avoided if two very basic procedures had been followed.  First, use common sense.  If the load to be lifted is too heavy for you, try to do it in smaller sizes.  If this isn’t possible, get help, even if it means waiting to do it.

     Second, you should know how to lift.  A long study of back injuries made by the National Safety Council showed that far too many people over-reach or twist or bend their backs when lifting.  The right way, the Council, as well as chiropractors, who are back specialists, found, is to keep your back straight and let your legs furnish the power.  Even if you’re out of shape, most likely the worst that can happen is to have temporarily sore leg muscles.

     Your chiropractor deals almost daily with back strains and sprains that would never have happened if the patient had known how to lift correctly.  Use your head and your legs–and save your back.

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on March 31st, 2011

     Since the early 70′s, there has been an everlasting importance in schools to check young children’s spines for a condition called scoliosis (curvature of the spine).  This condition can lead to early changes in the disc (or pads) that support the spine and may lead to pressure on nerves and even arthritic development.

     Early signs of this problem may be noticed by a high or low shoulder, a high or low hip or shoulder blade that protrudes out in the back.  If your child shows any signs of bad posture it can mean a problem is in the making.

     Specific methods are essential to detect a scoliosis and should be performed only by qualified doctors.  Chiropractic methods are aimed directly at this type of situation through examination, and xray if necessary, to determine the extent of the problem.

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on March 31st, 2011

     There is a growing interest in th 21st century in the “holistic” approach to health and fitness, sometimes referred to as “positive wellness.”  This is the idea that whether preventing disease or treating it, one must consider the whole human organism rather than the disease and its symptoms.

     Chiropractic has had that approach since its inception.  Environment, diet, rest, exercise, and absence of tension are all things that keep a person healthy.  When something goes wrong, chiropractors approach treatment by way of the whole body.  By returning the body and its nervous system to proper alignment, we enable it to cope with many diseases.

     Patients are encouraged to participate actively in the treatment program prescribed with exercises.  The chiropractic profession believes that it is just as important to teach the patient what to do for his or her self as it is to do for the patient.

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on March 31st, 2011

     In any kind of therapy, the wisest course is to start with the treatment that involves the least discomfort, the least expense, and the least risk.  Millions of Americans who have back problems alleviate these annoying or even disabling problems with the drugless healing method of Chiropractic which involves neither surgery nor medication.

     The Doctor of Chiropractic whom you consult will explain this science:  the gentle manipulation of the spine to correct any imbalance along the spinal cord and free the nerve communication system to carry its vital messages to every part of the body.

     The examination consists of passing “educated” hands over the entire spinal area, testing and probing painlessly to find any place where the vertebrae are out of alignment, even if only very slightly.  Other diagnostic techniques, such as xray, may be used as well.  After locating the cause of the trouble, the Doctor of Chiropractic begins a series of treatments.

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on February 15th, 2011

     Chiropractic examination is concentrated on the spine.  When the practitioner finds blockages, to free passage of impulses along the spinal cord to the other parts of the body, he or she makes adjustments that are characteristic of chiropractic.  A new patient often cannot understand why the practitioner doesn’t confine attention to the site of the symptoms and often states that it isn’t his/her back that hurts.  The back needn’t hurt to be the site of the trouble.  Along with being a major part of the musculoskeletal structure, the spine is the seat of the body’s commnication system.

     Doctors of Chiropractic do more than focus on symptoms.  They look at the problem’s cause.  Experience and training permit “detective work” to be done on the spine.  When maladjustments are found and provide the clue to the source of the trouble, the problem can then be corrected at the point of origin, most likely from impingement on one of the spinal nerves.

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on February 15th, 2011

     Don’t think that curvature of the spine, or scoliosis, is only present in those people who seem to have noticeably poor posture.  Even a faily severe scoliosis can go unnoticed unless examined by a trained eye.

     There are many causes for scoliosis.  However, most spinal curvatures are of unknown origin.  Fortunately, scoliosis can be corrected if caught early enough.  The Doctor of Chiropractic is a highly trained specialist who can diagnose and treat it effectively. 

     Your child should carry himself or herself erect with symmetry between hip and shoulder levels.  If you feel that your child shows hip or shoulder imbalances or a head tilt, consult your Doctor of Chiropractic.  Scoliosis worsens with age.  That’s why early detection and treatment are essential for the most effective results.

Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on February 15th, 2011

     After a long day, the homemaker may be full of aches and pains.  To take some of the strain out of housework, try to observe the following:

  •   When washing dishes or ironing, stand with one leg higher than the other to prevent back strain.  Use a small box or solid stepstool.
  •   If moving something, ask for help!  If you must do it alone, never lift something you can slide along the floor more easily.  Bend from the knees, keeping your back straight.  Don’t twist or jerk your body while lifting or bending and move as close to your center of gravity as possible.
  •  Do each chore slowly, allowing our body time to adjust and stretch.

     When aches and pains strike, a Doctor of Chiropractic may be able to offer relief with a spinal adjustment.  Don’t hesitate to call for assistance!

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