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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

FOR THAT VIBRANT, HEALTHY FEELING, SEE YOUR CHIROPRACTOR REGULARLY!

BIKE FIT BASICS*

     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.

ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!

     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.

 

HAPPY AND SAFE RIDING! 

JOGGING WITH BABY*

     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.

 

THINK CHIROPRACTIC!

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

 

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on March 20th, 2013

Dear Patients and Friends,

When springtime arrives, we welcome with great relief, Nature’s renewal of the earth, but the flowers, trees, and grass don’t just burst forth overnight.  They take time making the transition from cold winter dormancy to the warmth of the next season.  The same holds true for our bodies and how they respond to chiropractic care.  Recovery and “new life” doesn’t just happen overnight.  It is impossible to predict exactly how long a patient will take to regain health through chiropractic care.

No two people are alike and recovery depends on various factors, such as age of patient, how much damage has been done to the body, how long the disorder has existed, and the extent of the patient’s cooperation.  Health may not be restored immediately following the correction of nerve interference.  It may take Nature weeks or sometimes months to rejuvenate worn out cells and tissues after chiropractic care begins.  So patients should not allow any temporary discouragement to preclude the ultimate opportunity to regain complete health.

Nature works in man much the same as it does in plants.  If a plant is withering and dying from the need for water, it does not immediately blossom forth in all its splendor when it is watered.  In the process of getting well, time is an important element to the body.  As long as nerve interference is corrected and remains absent, reconstruction in the body will go on.  From there, it is up to the “power within.”

Yours for better health, naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller

Chiropractic Relieves Pain, Restores Health & Prolongs Life!

Treating Sport Injuries*

The most common type of sports injuries are sprains and strains of the extremities.  The tissues involved-muscles, tendons and ligaments-have varying degrees of tensile and elastic properties, making them important for proper function relative to specific actions.  While prevention is the best way to approach sports injuries, properly executed acute care and management are key to effective treatment.  There is an acronym to help us remember what to do:  PRICE.

P-Protection is critical to reducing injuries from becoming more serious, not only from the sport, but from daily activities.  You may require a brace, support belt or any assistive device necessary to protect and aid the body during normal activities to reduce further injury.

R-Rest is necessary to give time for the stages of healing to occur without further injuring the tissue.  During the rest phase our bodies repair the damage from participation, training and conditioning so that we can recover.

I-Ice is the most important step in reducing swelling, in addition to the analgesic effect of the cold.  This should be done for at least 10 to 20 minutes and should be repeated as necessary for at least 24 to 72 hours post-injury.  Make sure the ice is not directly on the skin.

C-Compression is important for reducing edema from the inflammatory response, which can lead to further damage of tissues as a result of continued stretching and tearing.  Compression can be done by use of an elastic bandage to decrease swelling, but you need to check often to make sure it’s not too tight.

E-Elevation is the final concept to aid in reducing swelling to help speed healing.  By elevating the body part above the level of the heart, you aid in drainage of fluids from the inflamed tissues and reduce the damage from overloading injured tissue.*

*(Reprinted with the permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

Spring Gardening Tips

Let your legs and arms do the work instead of your back when you take on those gardening activities this spring.  If you take the necessary precautions, aches and pains and serious injury can be avoided.  Weekend gardeners who have been physically inactive during the winter months, can be especially vulnerable to injury.

When you are lifting dirt and debris, let your arms, legs and thighs carry the load, and don’t try to handle too much at a time.  This should help strengthen the muscles and make your yard work easier at the same time.  Other good safety tips include:

1.  Warm up with a brisk walk and some gentle stretching to loosen and warm up your muscles and increase your musculoskeletal system’s flexibility.

2.  Don’t  do too much work the first day.  If you are primarily a weekend gardener, pace yourself because you may use muscles that you ordinarily would not.

3.  When weeding or working on low plants, kneeling or getting down on your hands and knees is better than bending and twisting from the waist.  Don’t stand and bend from the waist repeatedly.

4.  Keep your back straight when you stand up from a sitting or crouched position.

5.  Use long-handled tools to keep you from bending while raking, digging, or mowing.  Don’t stoop when pushing a wheelbarrow.

6.  Switch hands frequently when doing prolonged raking, hoeing, or digging.  Repetitive motion on one side can bring on low-back and shoulder spasms.

7.  Don’t work too long in one position, especially one that is awkward or unusual.  This can cause muscle imbalance.

8.  Carry only manageable loads.  If a load is too heavy, get help or divide it into smaller loads.

9.  Hold or carry objects close to your body so as not  to risk straining your neck and lower back or losing your balance.

10.  Don’t stay in the sun for prolonged periods without protection.  Take frequent breaks and drink lots of water and wear a hat.

And, most importantly, be regular with your  chiropractic checkups!

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on February 10th, 2013

Dear Friends and Patients:

February is Heart Month and a good time to look at our habits and make certain we are giving our hearts the best possible chance to serve us long and well.  It is an anatomical fact that branches of spinal nerves distribute to the heart.  Physiology teaches that those spinal nerve branches influence the rate and force of the heart beat as well as circulation of blood through the coronary arteries.

Chiropractic research shows that nerve interference, by irritation, pressure, or abrasion, causes disease in the organ, gland, or tissue at the terminal end of the nerve.  A large insurance company discovered that policy holders who were placed under chiropractic care after suffering heart attacks,  lived longer and enjoyed better health.

The hygiene of the heart definitely involves spinal hygiene, and one of the rules of spinal hygiene is to arrange for periodic examinations.  Total Health must be our aim in preventing heart disease…or any disease.  Chiropractic care is always aimed at Total Health by keeping the nervous system free and clear through adjustments.

If you are acquainted with a victim of heart disease, give him or her the information you have just read.  Take care of your own Total Health by visiting your Doctor of Chiropractic regularly!

Yours for better health, naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller

Keep on Keeping Well!  Develop the Once-A-Month Chiropractic Check-Up Habit! 

THE HEART

When normal, the heart beats from 65 to 80 times a minute, pumping a total of 500 gallons of blood a day.  During a normal lifetime the heart beats 2,500,000,000 times and pumps a total of nearly 15,000,000 gallons.

The heart must function continually and consistently 24 hours a day in order for the body to enjoy maximum health.   Of all the organs in the body, the heart does the most actual physical work.  It is the great pump of the circulatory system that forces blood to even the smallest parts of the body, delivering oxygen and life-giving food to every cell and tissue of every organ so that it may function properly.

Though we are unaware of it, brain power and nerve energy must precede the contraction of the heart muscles.  This vital nerve energy is directed through the spinal column by the brain and can be reduced by pressure or impingement of nerve fibers.  Regular chiropractic care and spinal adjustments will correct displaced vertebrae, release nerve pressure, and restore impaired function of the heart.

You can help reduce your risk of heart attack by doing these things:

1.  Watch your diet. Most researchers agree that a diet rich in saturated fats and cholesterol increase your chances of heart attack.

2.  Keep your weight normal. If you’re 30% over normal weight, you run twice the risk of heart attack in middle age.

3.  Keep physically fit. Exercise regularly and moderately.  Activities that exercise the leg muscles are especially good.

4.  Don’t smoke. Heavy cigarette smokers get coronary heart disease at a rate two or three times higher than non-smokers.

5.  See your chiropractor regularly.*

HEALTHY AGING

The number of people living longer is increasing dramatically.  An estimated 4.2 million U.S. residents now fall into the age group of the “oldest old” – 85 years and older – with more than 40,000 having reached the age of 100.  Evidence suggests, however, that good genes are only a small part of the longevity puzzle.  In fact, researchers now believe that chronic illness is not an inevitable consequence of aging, but that it results more often from lifestyle choices that we’re perfectly free to reject.  Follow this advice for health aging:

  • Embrace a positive attitude – positive emotions may affect overall health through improving the immune function indirectly.
  • Challenge your mind – consider mentally challenging activities such as crossword puzzles or learning a new language.
  • Limit stress – humor, meditation, exercise, and optimism are good ways to naturally reduce stress and relieve tension.
  • Stay connected – social contacts may encourage us to take better care of ourselves or help us get through difficult times.
  • Embrace exercise – find fun ways to stay in shape and feel good, such as dancing, gardening, cutting the grass, swimming, walking or jogging.
  • Make healthy diet choices – choose whole natural foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good (unsaturated) fats such as nuts, legumes, and healthy sources of protein (white meat, fish and eggs).

Choose quality health care – be sure that your health care provider supports various approaches to health care to present you with the safest and most effective treatment options available, and that he or she encourages you to be responsible for your health and involves you in decisions regarding your care.*

*(Reprinted with permission from the American Chiropractic Association)

CHIROPRACTIC ADDS YEARS TO LIFE AND LIFE TO YEARS!

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on January 8th, 2013

Dear Patients and Friends,

Your spinal column participates in all major movements of the body–reaching, stooping, and bending (whether to one side, backward, or forward).  Even in movements of the arms and legs the spinal column is involved in aiding the muscles attached to the spinal column that move them.   It is also a great body balancing mechanism as it bends when you bend and permits the pelvis to shift in maintaining body balance and can sometimes be distorted by your daily work habits.  It shares the shock of all great impacts to the body, whether at work or play, in collisions, falls or other accidents.  When you give consideration to these facts and to the fact that spinal nerves are affected by vertebral misalignments and because they influence the health of all body organs, the importance of chiropractic examinations becomes obvious because of the health risk of neglecting these examinations.

The chiropractor examines the spinal column and finds which of the spinal vertebrae are out of place, and by a system of skilled adjustments, puts them back in proper alignment again.  With this accomplished, nature does the real work of healing.

It is important that you and all your family have regular chiropractic checkups.  By doing this, spinal problems can be detected in the early stages and corrected, allowing the free flow of nerve energy to keep you in maximum health.

Yours for better health naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller

Chiropractic and Good Health–A Winning Combination!

Migraine Headaches

     Headaches are one of the most common health problems around.  They can be so-called nervous headaches, sinus headaches, eye-strain headaches, indigestion headaches, or the very severe migraine headaches.

     A good night’s sleep might cure some of them, but the migraine headache is an entirely different matter.  It can be characterized by:  severe pain, usually to one side of the head, distorted vision, nausea, complete disability during an attack, and an inability to withstand light or even the slightest noise.  If these symptoms have been a frequent occurrence in your life, you should go to your chiropractor for a spinal checkup.

     The immediate pain of a migraine headache is caused by a spasm of certain blood vessels of the brain.  This spasm causes a congestion of blood within the blood vessels and thus the typical throbbing migraine pain.  Research and experience by doctors of chiropractic have revealed that interference to the nerves supplying the blood vessels is the cause of blood vessel spasm.  The nerve interference, in turn, is caused by spinal distortion.

     You might not recall any incidents in which your spine received an impact that might have caused displacement of the vertebrae.  Many times these go unnoticed, but they can still cause problems.  Your chiropractor is a specialist in locating and correcting spinal distortion.  By means of gentle manipulation, the offending vertebrae can be restored to their correct position, relieving nerve interference and allowing the nerves to operate normally.

     If you are having problems with headaches of any type, see your chiropractor for relief.

In 2013, Resolve to See Your Chiropractor for Regular Spinal Checkups!

Take Special Care During Cold Weather Exercise

     Exercising outdoors in cold weather can be exhilarating.  There are some special considerations to remember for cold-weather exercise:

  • Don’t overdress.  Exercise raises body temperature significantly and can make you feel 30 degrees warmer.  Wear several thin layers of loose-fitting clothing.
  • Middle layer should be thermal underwear made of a fabric that draws sweat away from your body.
  • Outer jacket should be water and wind resistant.
  • Zippers makes clothes more adaptable for controlling the amount of air you let in or for removing quickly.  Mittens are warmer than gloves. 
  • Headgear is important to prevent heat loss from the top of your head.  Shoes need to be of good traction.
  • Drink fluids before, during and after exercise.  Skip alcohol and caffeine as they are dehydrating.

Have a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year!

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on December 22nd, 2012

Dear Patients and Friends,

The holiday season is once again upon us, a time for joy, counting our blessings, and gathering with family and friends.  It is a time full of good cheer, but can also be a time of added stress.  It’s fun to get into the holiday spirit and participate in all the festive activities surrounding us this time of year, but the added demands of the season can also stress the capabilities of our bodies.  Remember to take care of yourself.  Try these tips for handling the holidays in a healthy, happy way:

  • The combination of physical exertion and emotional stress can increase your back pain.  Remember to lift heavy objects with your legs, remove unnecessary items from your heavy purse and stretch your muscles before and after any chore or activity.
  • Manage your stress better so it doesn’t affect your holiday fun.  Try thinking positively, using aromatherapy or drinking tea or getting a massage.
  • Treat travel as an athletic event.  Warm up before sitting in a car or on a plane, and cool down once you’ve reached your destination.  While seated, vary your position occasionally to improve circulation and to avoid leg cramps.
  • With all of the parties, shopping, decorating, and baking, sleep often takes a backseat during the holidays, but sleep is critical to good health and functioning.  Exercise regularly, limit your intake of caffiene, and keep your bedroom at a cool, comfortable temperature to help your body get the rest that it needs.*

Don’t let a painful back interfere with your holiday pleasure.  Remember to seek  help from your chiropractor if you are plagued by back pain from overdoing or straining during the holidays!

Yours for better health naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller

Enjoy a Happy, Healthy Holiday With Regular Chiropractic Care!

Preparation for Outdoor Winter Activities Prevents Injury

Winter recreational activities and chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose body is not in condition.  Ice skating, skiing and sledding can cause painful muscle spasms, strains or tears if you’re not in shape.  Snow shoveling, climbing over snow banks, slipping on sidewalks and wearing the wrong kinds of clothing can cause spasms, strains, and strains.

Simply walking outside in the freezing weather without layers of warm clothing can intensify older joint problems and cause a great deal of pain.  As muscles and blood vessels contract to conserve the body’s heat, the blood suppy to the extremities is reduced.  This lowers the functional capacity of many muscles, potentially causing injury.  Simply put, a 15-minute warm-up routine will make your time outdoors much more pleasant and safe.

Shoveling: Listen to weather forecasts so you can schedule enough time for exercise before beginning.  Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.  Do some warm-up stretching before grabbing that snow shovel.  Try to shovel only a few inches of snow at a time to keep up with a heavy snowfall so that you are not faced with shoveling a deep snowfall all at once.  Push the snow straight ahead and try not to throw it.  Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.  Bend your knees to lift and let your legs and arms do the work, not your back.  Take frequent breaks to take the strain off your muscles because a fatigued body is asking for injury.  Stop if you feel chest pain or have shortness of breath and seek immediate professional help.

Skiing: Do 10 to 15 squats.  Stand with legs shoulder width apart, knees aligned over your feet.  Slowly lower your buttocks as you bend your knees over your feet.  Stand up straight again.

Ice  Skating: Do several lunges.  Take a moderately advanced step with one foot.  Let your back knee come down to the floor while keeping your shoulders in position over your hips.  Repeat the process with your other foot.

Sledding: Do knee-to-chest stretches to fight compression injuries caused by repetitive bouncing over the snow.  Either sitting or lying on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold for up to 30 seconds.

After any of these activities, if you are sore, apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take if off for a couple of hours.  Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.  If your continue to feel soreness or pain, it may be time to visit your Chiropractor.*

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with good health and abundant happiness!

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

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on November 7th, 2012

Dear Patients and Friends:

Thanksgiving is therapy for the heart, and at this time of year, we want take a few minutes to reflect on the many blessings that have come our way.  We are conscious of such blessings and privileges and cannot recount these for long without feeling true Thanksgiving of the heart.

It’s good to make a Thanksgiving list and we’d like to share our list with you.

  • We are thankful for family and friends and home.
  • We are thankful for the memories of other Thanksgiving seasons.
  • Most especially, for all of you, our patients.  We are grateful that you have given us the opportunity to serve you and share in the privilege of your healing.
  • And we thank you for sharing your good news with others so that they, too, may enjoy improved health through chiropractic.

Yours for better health naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller

We Wish You and Your Family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Understanding Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The thoracic outlet is a small space between the collarbone (clavicle) and the first rib.  Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a group of disorders that involve compression, or irritation of the nerves, blood vessels, or veins in the thoracic outlet.  This can cause pain in the shoulders and neck and numbness in the fingers.

What are the Causes?

The cause of the compression can vary and may include:

1.  Anatomical defects:  Inherited defects present at birth, including a cervical rib-an extra rib located above the first rib-or an abnormally tight fibrous band connecting the spine to the rib.

2.  Poor posture:  Drooping the shoulders or holding the head in a forward position can cause compression in the thoracic outlet.

3.  Trauma:  A traumatic event, such as a car accident, can cause internal changes that then compress the nerves in the thoracic outlet.

4.  Repetitive activity:  Doing the same activity over and over can wear on the body’s tissues.  You may notice symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome if your job requires repetition of a movement, such as typing on a computer for extended periods, working on an assembly line, or stocking shelves and repeatedly lifting things above your head.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, as well as their intensity, vary between individuals and depend on the location of the compression site.  When nerves are compressed, signs and symptoms often include:

  • Numbness or  tingling in the neck, shoulder, arm or fingers
  • An ache in the arm or hand
  • Weakening grip
  • Difficulty with fine-motor tasks

Compression of one or more veins or arteries can result in symptoms such as:

  • Bluish discoloration of the hand
  • Swelling or puffiness in the arm or hand
  • Coldness of hands or fingers
  • Throbbing lump near the collarbone (clavicle)
  • Deep pain in the neck and shoulder region that may increase at night
  • Arms and hands that are easily fatigued

How is it Diagnosed?

Because TOS doesn’t have unique symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose.  It is important to differentiate TOS from other conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder tendinitis and a herniated cervical disk.  A detailed health history and thorough physical examination are the most important components in establishing the diagnosis of TOS.  Your Doctor of Chiropractic may also recommend xrays, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), laboratory tests, or a nerve conduction velocity test if he or she suspects TOS.

How is it Treated?

In the vast majority of neurological TOS cases, a conservative, non-surgical approach to treatment is most effective, especially when the condition is diagnosed early.  A chiropractic treatment plan for TOS may include a mix of joint mobilization/manipulation, physical therapy modalities, home stretching exercises, and soft-tissue therapy.*  (Read the entire article on our website-www.millerchiropracticwellness.com).

Did You Know?

More than half of the U.S. soldiers medically evacuated from Iraq and treated at military pain treatment centers weren’t suffering from battle wounds, but for bad backs.  Today’s soldiers carry heavy body armor, serve long deployments in challenging terrains, sit in uncomfortable positions while riding in long convoys, sleep on notoriously ill-supporting Army cots and face the day-to-day stress of living in a war zone, all being the ultimate recipe for musculoskeletal injuries.

Once upon a time, military doctors treated a malady they called “rucksack palsy,” caused by carrying heavy backpacks for many miles.  Today’s soldiers still must carry heavy loads, including 30 pounds or more of body armor.  Hiking over challenging terrain, sitting in uncomfortable positions in long convoys and sleeping on sagging cots all help to contribute to the continual stain on the spines of our servicemen.  Intense vibration combined with poorly designed seats affect the low backs of helicopter pilots and air crews as well as lifting heavy ordinance onto the bomb racks of a wing or pushing aircraft around on a flight deck.  The G-forces experienced by jet pilots on a daily basis compress the spinal disks, and many complain of severe headaches and back pain.

Acceptance by the military medical establishment has been spotty at times, but chiropractors say the troops themselves have been quick to embrace chiropractic.  “We can hardly meet the demands.  We just take good care of our patients, get them better, and that speaks for itself.  We’ve never had to go out and look for business.  There’s always somebody waiting to get in here,”  says Dr. McKinney, McCullough’s care provider at Eglin Air Force Base, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and practicing at Eglin since 2003.*  (Read the entire article at www.ChiroVoice.org, ChiroHealth Newsletter, August 2010).

Develop the Once-A-Month Chiropractic Tune-Up Habit

*(reprinted in part with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on October 10th, 2012

Dear Friends and Patients:

October is National Chiropractic Health Month! Your most valuable asset is good health.  Chiropractic is the choice of millions of families throughout the world for restoring and maintaining health and vitality.  People everywhere who practice good chiropractic health on a regular basis have learned that good health is gained and maintained only when normal nerve energy flows from the brain, down the spinal cord, and out between important spinal vertebrae to vital body organs and tissues.

Your friends and acquaintances are perhaps suffering needlessly simply because they don’t know what you know about chiropractic care.  A word from you about what chiropractic has done for you could very well prove to be the greatest act of kindness you could give them.  Urging them to seek counsel from a Doctor of Chiropractic may improve their overall physical well-being.

Yours for better health naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller

Help Us Help Others By Spreading the Word About the Benefits of Chiropractic Care!

Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

  • Start small. If you are able, manage a five-minute walk every day at first.  Eventually, you’ll be able to work your way up to 30 minutes or more, and you’ll be taking a big step toward maintaining the flexibility and mobility of your joints and burning calories at the same time.
  • For those on a time crunch, take short breaks from work.  Simply getting up from your desk and walking around the office or the parking lot or going up and down the stairs a few times is enough to get your blood flowing and trigger feel-good endorphins to get you through the rest of your day.
  • As for your diet, choose foods high in fiber, i.e.:  fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, as fiber curbs hunger.  Also reduce your simple carbohydrates like candy, pizza, cookies, and bread that is not made from whole grains.  In some people, simple carbohydrates can trigger overeating, as well as blood-glucose slumps, which can lead to fatigue, headaches, craving sweets, depression, irritability and a host of other symptoms.
  • Keep a good variety of low-calorie snacks available to satisfy cravings.  Having carrot sticks, apple slices, whole-grain granola, fruit and raisins on hand can prevent you from running to the snack machine or picking up fast food.*

Yardwork

Before you pick up your rake this fall, consider the possible consequences of back strain, neck strain, and pain in the shoulders.  The twisting, turning,  bending, and reaching while raking your yard can cause injury if your body is not prepared.  Follow these tips to avoid injury:

  • Stretch, without bouncing, for 10 to 15 minutes prior to tackling your yard.  Do knee-chest pulls, trunk rotations and side bends with hands above your head and fingers locked.
  • Stand as straight as possible and keep your head up.  Use a “scissors’ stance” with right foot forward and left foot back.  Reverse after a few finutes, putting your left forward and your right foot back.
  • Bend at the knees, not the waist, as you pick up piles of leaves or grass.  Make the piles small to decrease the possiblity of back strain.
  • Drink plenty of water and wear protective gear such as long pants and gloves.

If you feel soreness or stiffness in your back, use ice to soothe the discomfort.  If there is no improvement in two or three days, see your Doctor of Chiropractic!*

Chiropractic – the Wise Way to Good Health!

*(reprinted in part with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on October 10th, 2012

Dear Friends and Patients:

Many people can’t be their best or enjoy life due to acute or chronic back pain.  With many, it has become almost a fact of life and looked upon as just one more thing to have to live with.  Aside from headache, backache is America’s most common health complaint.  Are you one of these people?  Know that back pain is not normal and not something to be endured.  Unexpected, awkward and off-balance movements of any kind can cause back pain and sciatica.  The back pain may be the symptom of a spinal disorder compounded by structural weakness.

Pain of mysterious origin may be caused by unknown spinal injuries.  Sometimes the symptoms of the back problem appear immediately, showing obvious cause and effect.  However, sometimes days or even months pass before pain appears causing you to seek treatment for conditions other than the causative spinal disorder.  Persistent or recurring aches in the lower back and limbs may suggest a possible lower spinal or pelvic problem.  This often requires a structural correction of the cause in order to relieve the condition.

If you suffer from back pain, it would be wise to seek chiropractic care.  A Doctor of Chiropractic seeks to not only locate the problem and give relief from symptoms, but also to correct the fundamental cause and offer prevention, rehabilitation and maintenance counsel.  A natural health method that doesn’t rely on drugs, Chiropractic has a high record of success with back problems.

Yours for better health naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller

A pain in the back is definitely not normal.  See your Chiropractor  today!

What Causes Back Pain

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles.  You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate  joints, all of which can lead to back pain.  While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements like picking up a pencil from the floor can have painful results.  In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.  Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs.

Treatment for Back Pain

Used primarily by Doctors of Chiropractic for the last century, manipulation has been largely ignored by most others in the health care community until recently.  Now, with today’s growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, manipulation is receiving more widespread attention.  It is a safe and effective spine pain treatment.  It reduces pain, decreases medication use, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment such as bed rest.  In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first.  It recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems.

Tips to Relieve Back Pain

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Remain active.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
  • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activity.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curvature of your spine.
  • Lift with your knees and keep the object close to your body and do not twist.
  • Quit smoking.  It impairs blood flow resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
  • Maintain an ergonomically correct computer workstation.*

Ergonomics for Mouse-Intensive Jobs

Workers such as data entry personnel, architects, graphic designers, animators and computer-aided design users spend countless hours in front of computers rarely 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:

  • 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 minimize 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.
  • 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 will free up space on the right for the mouse.
  • 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, but frees the scapula to move, encouraging whole-arm use rather than  motion only from the wrist.*

Chiropractic is the Wise Way to Good Health!

*(reprinted in part with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on August 16th, 2012

Dear Friends and Patients,

August is a time when summer begins to wind down and parents are preparing for their children to go back to school. Along with needing new clothes and school supplies, parents need to be sure their children are feeling their best. Health problems can be a major factor in under-achievement as well as lack of proper rest and diet.

Watch for signs of moodiness, lowered energy level, lethargy, or a change in normal posture. Every child needs to have a health check-up to be sure he/she is at optimum physical condition to participate in sport activities as well as the daily stresses of school studies and classroom participation. Regular chiropractic care can detect problems early and correct them before serious effects are able to set in.

Remember that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and just because summer ends, children still need to go out and play and maintain healthy exercise. Encouraging them to go out for some fresh air and a ride on their bike or a game of tag with their friends after being confined in school all day will make them more inclined to sit down to do homework later on.

Take your child to your chiropractor to be sure he or she is physically ready for the new school year.

Yours for better health naturally,
Dr. William A. Miller

Backpack Misuse Can Lead to Chronic Back Pain

A new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contibuting factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

This new back pain trend among youngsters isn’t surprising when you consider the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their backpacks, often slung over one shoulder. A recent study conducted in Italy found that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man, or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman. Of these children carrying heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result. Another study showed that the longer a child wears a backpack, the longer it takes for a curvature or deformity of the spine to correct itself. The results of these studies are especially important as more school districts are removing lockers from the premises, forcing students to carry their books with them all day long. The ACA believes that limiting the backpack’s weight to no more than 10 percent of the child’s body weight and urging the use of ergonomically correct backpacks are possible solutions.

What You Can Do

The ACA offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household:

1. Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back rather than on the shoulders.
2. The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders causing your child to lean forward when walking.
3. A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
4. Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry and the heavier the backpack will be.
5. Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight from side side,  leading to neck and muscle spasms as well as low-back pain.
6. Wide, padded shoulder straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
7. The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.

Chiropractic Care Can Help

If you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use, call your Doctor of Chiropractic. Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children.*

Kids and Sports

Playing sports is an important rite of passage for children, but highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling involve rigorous training schedules that can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager. Following are tips parents can use to help their young athletes prepare their bodies and protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen:

1.  Encourage your child to wear the necessary equipment and make sure it fits properly.
2.  Eat healthy meals that are high in fruits, vegetables and proteins.
3.  Drink plenty of water and avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated or carbonated drinks.
4.  Drink milk. It is essential for healthy bones and reduces the risk of joint and muscle-related injuries.
5.  Follow warm-up routines that include stretching before every practice, game or meet.
6.  Get plenty of rest. Sluggishness, irritability and loss of interest could indicate that your child is fatigued.*

School Children Work and Play Better With Radiant Health–See Your Chiropractor!

(*reprinted in part with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on June 30th, 2012

Dear Patients and Friends,

As a chiropractor, my job is restoring your health–Getting You Well–and maintaining your good health after it is restored.  Your participation is the key to success in reaching that goal.  At Miller Chiropractic, we want to upgrade your health, that is, add life to your years and years to your life.

 One purpose of chiropractic is to teach people how to stay well.  The chiropractor adjusts misaligned spines and relieves interference to nerves.  Illness and disease don’t “just happen.”  They accumulate.  Therefore, regular spinal adjustments should be part of your regular routine for maintaining good health.   Our efforts are designed not only to help you gain health, but to hold that gain.  I urge you to take care of your health by having regular chiropractic adjustments.  Under normal conditions, once your health has been restored, some patients prefer a once-a-month visit to the chiropractor, while others, such as those who have been rehabing a sports injury or other trauma, call for a visit when necessary or else don’t see the need to visit again for an adjustment.

It has always been our goal to give our patients the finest chiropractic care available anywhere.  Meanwhile, I want you to know how much I appreciate the confidence all of you have shown in my office by referring your friends and loved ones to us.

Yours for better health naturally,

                            Dr. William A. Miller

Chiropractic Works!  It Gets Results…And That’s What Counts!

INSOMNIA

     One of the most important functions of the human body is the ability to sleep.  Sleep is just as important to the body as air, water, and food.  An old Chinese proverb states, “Only when one cannot sleep does one know how long the night is.”  Almost everyone can relate to those words at some point in life.  In younger people, stress and worry commonly cause insomnia.  Older people suffer from a natural decrease in melatonin–a sleep inducing hormone.  Pressures from job and family, illness, side effects of some medications, and aches and pains caused by uncomfortable beds or pillows can also rob us of sleep.  For most people, the average duration of sleep is between six and eight hours.  The inability to sleep over a prolonged period of time would result in sheer exhaustion for most people.  In short, your body cannot do without sleep. 

     Chiropractic science has found that many cases of recurring nights of sleeplessness result from an overly tense nervous system that prevents the body from relaxing into a state of sleep.  This “extra-excitability” of the nerves needs correction.  Chiropractic spinal adjustments will usually normalize the overly tense nervous system inducing a relaxed, normal sleep.  At the same time, your Doctor of Chiropractic can apply his technical knowledge and skill to correcting physical conditions that may be contributing to the state of your ill health and sleeplessness.

Chiropractic Relieves Pain, Restores Health, and Prolongs Life

SUGGESTIONS FOR BETTER SLEEP NATURALLY

     As wellness experts, Doctors of Chiropractic provide patients with a different approach to their sleeping problems without the use of sleeping pills.  To start, here are a few helpful tips they would recommend for the sleepless:

  • Exercise regularly–exercising in the morning is best, but if you must exercise in the evening, do so at least two or three hours before bedtime.  Any later, and your increased heart rate can interfere with your sleep.
  • Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, colas and tea.  Try to avoid them altogether late in the day and near bedtime.  In addition, for each cup of caffeinated beverages you drink each day, drink an equal amount of water.
  • If you have trouble sleeping and then get thirsty, drink tap water at room temperature (cold water may disturb the digestive system).
  • Eat an early dinner.  Eating after 6 p.m. may interfere with sleep as your body works to digest the food you’ve eaten.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.  The routine will help your body know when it is time to rest.
  • Keep your bedroom at a cool, comfortable temperature and try to make it as dark as possible when you’re ready for bed.

Creating a comfortable place to sleep by choosing the correct mattress and pillow is also essential to getting the quality sleep that your body needs to function at its best.*

USEFUL MATTRESS FACTS:

  • A mattress should provide uniform support from head to toe.
  • If you do have back pain and your mattress is too soft, you might want to firm up the support of your mattress by placing a board underneath it.  But do this just until the pain goes away.  Such firmness is not good for “routine” sleeping.
  • Every few months, turn your mattress clockwise, or upside down, so that body indentations are kept at a minumum.
  • If you’re waking up uncomfortable, it may be time for a new mattress.
  • Be aware that changes in your life can signal the need for a new mattress.   For example, if you’ve lost or gained a lot of weight, if a medical condition has changed the way you sleep, or even if you have changed partners, it could mean that it’s time to find a new mattress that will accommodate those changes and help you sleep more soundly.
  • If you’re not in the market for a new mattress, and your current mattress is too firm, you can soften it up by putting a 1- to 2- inch-thick padding on top of it, usually available at mattress and bedding stores.*

Chiropractic…It’s The Wise Way To Good Health!

*(reprinted in part with permission of The American Chiropractic Association)

 

 

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