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)

 

 

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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