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!

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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