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Miller Chiropractic Health Center
1237 South Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
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By Miller Chiropractic Health Center
May 04, 2017
Category: Medical Conditions
Tags: Arthritis  

Periodic joint pain due to overuse or injury is an unfortunate situation which can often be treated with simple rest and relaxation. However, joint pain when caused by arthritis is a whole different ballgame. When should you be concerned about your joint pain? Find out about arthritis, its causes and what your chiropractor can do about it with Dr. Jason Miller at Miller Chiropractic Health Center in Attleboro, MA.

What is arthritis? 
Arthritis is a condition that causes painful swelling and irritation of the body’s joints. When the cartilage between the joint’s bones begins wearing away, it causes the pain and swelling associated with arthritis. The joint may become stiff over time and cause the pain to become chronic. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are over 100 types of arthritis and conditions relating to arthritic joint pain and is the number one cause of disability in America.​

Treating Arthritis in Attleboro, MA 
Chiropractors are experts in the musculoskeletal system, including the joints. While chiropractic is famous for “cracking” the bones in the back, it encompasses many more treatments than just manual spinal manipulation. Physical therapy including specialized stretches and exercises can help treat arthritis, managing the pain associated with the condition and helping prevent future pain and swelling. If you suffer from arthritis, you can consult with your chiropractor to determine the best treatment plan for your condition.

For more information on arthritis, its causes, or its treatments, please contact Dr. Jason Miller at Miller Chiropractic Health Center in Attleboro, MA. Call (508) 226-2333 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Miller today!

By [email protected]
April 06, 2017
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By Brian Jensen, DC

Freeze. Don't move a muscle. As you read these words, notice the placement of your head – are you leaning into the page or the screen? What about your shoulders – are you hunched over a magazine or electronic device? Do a quick self-assessment: How does your current posture compare with ideal posture?

If you're like most people, you tilt your head when you read or use a smartphone or other electronic device, when you're at your desk at work, and pretty much any time you're examining something closely. The trouble is, smartphone use has dramatically increased the frequency and duration of this activity, particularly among young people. Some are referring to the resulting poor posture as "text neck," although I prefer the more comprehensive "tech neck."

The human head weighs about 10-12 pounds when in a neutral position: balanced between the shoulders, chin level, and eyes gazing forward, shoulders and shoulder blades retracted. In a study, Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD, found that this weight – and the resulting load on the spine – increases dramatically when the head flexes forward: "As the head tilts forward, the forces seen by the neck surge to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees."

The long-term consequences of a tilted-head posture, according to Dr. Hansraj, are incrementally increased stresses about the cervical spine that could lead to early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgery.

"People spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted over, reading and texting on their smartphones and devices," Dr. Hansraj says. "Cumulatively, this is 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses seen about the cervical spine. It is possible that a high-school student may spend an extra 5,000 hours in poor posture."

The obvious answer to what some are calling an "epidemic" of poor posture isn't very practical – people aren't going to use their phones less. Strengthening exercises and mindfulness of one's posture can help alleviate some of the strain, but it's also important to look down the entire kinetic chain to ensure the neck has a stable foundation to start from.

Work From a Stable Foundation

The feet are the foundation of the body. While 99 percent of all feet are normal at birth, 8 percent develop troubles by age 1, 41 percent at age 5, and 80 percent by age 20. By age 40, nearly everyone has a foot condition of some sort.

The feet are literally inseparable from the neck – they're connected through what's known as the kinetic chain. Over the long term, the repetitive stresses of daily life lengthen the connective tissues in the feet, causing a slow breakdown of the normal support for the bones and joints and a decrease in elasticity, eventually leading to a sagging of the foot's arch. When this happens, those stresses move into the legs, the pelvis and ultimately, the spine.

When posture is already poor, the spine can't handle stress the way it could if fully supported. The force imposed from the increased weight of the head borne by the spine in a hunched or leaning posture is exacerbated by the stress imposed from below.

To stabilize the kinetic chain, I recommend the use of custom-made functional orthotics. Custom orthotics provide:

  • Static support. During a standing posture, the alignment of the arches in each foot has a significant impact on the position of the legs and pelvis. When the arches are low and/or pronating excessively, the knee will rotate medially. A research study using radiographic measurements found that custom-made, flexible orthotics can significantly improve the alignment of the arches when standing.
  • Dynamic support. During gait, the foot must permit a smooth transfer of the body's center of mass over the leg to conserve energy and keep the work expenditure to a minimum. This requires an orthotic to be flexible yet supportive, and orthotic designs must consider weight and intensity of forces; proper movement and function of the foot; and support of all three arches to prevent eventual arch collapse.
  • Postural benefits. Improving foot alignment can help maintain knee, hip, pelvis and even spinal postural alignment. Preventing hip, knee or spinal joint degeneration requires the additional support and shock absorption provided by orthotics. And a pelvic or spinal tilt or recurrent subluxations will often respond rapidly to orthotic support.

Ask your chiropractor to evaluate your posture and discuss whether custom-made orthotics could be added to your health and wellness program.

By [email protected]
March 08, 2017
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Cross It Off
Burnout is physical and mental exhaustion, commonly caused by too much work, stress or routine. It also can be a lack of organization that overwhelms you. The solution: make a list of your daily, weekly and monthly priorities, then cross them off your list one by one. Satisfaction of accomplishment and feeling "in control" will keep you motivated for the long term.
 
Change It Up
No matter what we do, life boils down to a series of routines that are both comforting (most of us need routine) and also put us at risk of suffering burnout. Whether it's your same old diet, same old workout or same old month-to-month schedule, mix things up occasionally to stay fresh and invigorated. Try new foods, vary your workouts and plan a few vacations.
 
Give It a Rest
Because burnout is synonymous with exhaustion, the remedy is to take a physical and mental vacation from the norm. Good health is a lifestyle, so pursue it with awareness that you're in it for the long haul. Life is more than 24/7 of dieting, exercising and working excessively. Make time to rest, recover and rejuvenate. Your body (and mind) will thank you for it.
By [email protected]
February 17, 2017
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Weight loss is a big issue these days, with all manner of get-thin-quick diet strategies inundating the market in the form of infomercials, Web sites and magazine ads. Most promise quick results, which everyone wants – but don't necessarily teach how to achieve lasting results that keep you from ending up frustrated and right back where you started. That's bad news because obesity – and its many related health problems – has reached epidemic proportions in America and elsewhere.

Regardless of the diet plan / strategy, effective, long-term weight loss and weight maintenance relies on a few simple principles, one of which, according to an increasing body of research, is healthy snacking. Yes, we said snacking. Think you need to starve yourself to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight? Too many people have that misconception despite increasing evidence to the contrary.

Case in point: According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, frequency of snacking was associated with weight in that normal-weight subjects consumed an average of 2.3 snacks a day and subjects who maintained their weight loss consumed 1.9 snacks a day, on average. By comparison, overweight study participants reported eating only 1.5 snacks per day.

The lesson? Eat good food often and your body will reward you for it! Talk to your doctor of chiropractic for more information on how you – and your entire family – can avoid the obesity epidemic and maximize your health and wellness.

By Miller Chiropractic Health Center
February 08, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Headaches  

What your chiropractor in Attleboro wants you to knowheadaches

Headaches aren’t just annoying, they can be very painful. Symptoms can range from a mild dull, throbbing to excruciating, life-altering pain. The good news is there are several effective treatments for headaches. Dr. Jason Miller at Miller Chiropractic Health Center in Attleboro, MA, wants to share his knowledge of different headache types and effective treatments available.

There are two main types of headaches:

Primary headaches (which have no underlying medical condition) such as migraines, can be caused by:

  • Muscle tension, from tense muscles in your head or neck
  • Chemical changes in your blood vessels, nerves or brain
  • Genetics and family history
  • Alcohol consumption, especially red wine
  • A diet high in nitrates, including processed meats
  • Changes in sleep or missed meals
  • A high level of stress

Secondary headaches (which have an identified underlying medical condition) such as sinus headaches, can be caused by:

  • Head injury or a concussion
  • Dehydration
  • Aneurysm or brain tumors
  • Dental problems
  • Acute sinusitis or sinus infection

No matter what type of headaches you suffer from, Dr. Miller can give you relief from pain. He offers these highly effective treatments for headaches:

  • Treatments to adjust your spine, relieving pressure on the nerves in your neck, head and face
  • Neck and back massage, to relax your muscles and relieve strain
  • Facial massage, effective for sinus headaches because it releases fluids in your sinuses to relieve headache pressure and pain
  • Relaxation training, to aid in deep breathing, helping you relax and relieve stress

These are just a few of the effective techniques and treatments to alleviate headache pain. No matter what type of headache you have or what the cause is, you don’t need to suffer from headache pain. For more information on headache treatment, call Dr. Miller at Miller Chiropractic Health Center in Attleboro, MA. Get relief from your headache pain by calling today!





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