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By Miller Chiropractic Health Center
February 20, 2019
Tags: Arthritis  

The pain and stiffness associated with arthritis can affect your quality of life, making walking, writing, and other forms of movement arthritisdifficult or impossible. Many people feel at loss for how to handle arthritis without relying on constant dosages of medication. Fortunately, Dr. Jason Miller of Attleboro, MA, has the training and experience necessary to help his patients at Miller Chiropractic Health Center. Below are some basics of arthritis and Dr. Miller helps you manage it.

What is arthritis?

Although there are several types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common type, affecting millions of people around the globe. It happens when the connective tissue in the joints begins to wear down, creating friction that causes pain, tenderness, and difficulty moving the joint. If the cartilage completely breaks down, bone spurs may develop in the area, creating more pain and loss of motion. The joints that are most often affected by arthritis are in the hands, spine, knees, and hips, although any joint in the body can be impacted. Arthritis is a progressive disorder, which means it gets worse over time, but Dr. Miller can help you manage the pain and joint stiffness with regular chiropractic treatment.

How can chiropractic care help my arthritis?

Management of your arthritic pain and stiffness includes developing a treatment plan and scheduling regular visits with your Attleboro chiropractor for hands on techniques or adjustments, which realign the joints using gentle, focused pressure. The result for many people is a decrease in the inflammation around their joints, an improvement in flexibility and range of motion, and less pain on a day-to-day basis.

If you have arthritis and want to learn more about how a chiropractor can help you, contact Miller Chiropractic Heath Center in Attleboro, MA, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Miller today!

If that can't be true is your immediate thought after reading this title, we admit it certainly sounds a bit far-fetched at first blush, considering our generally unhealthy and downright dangerous world. But bear with us, because this is where things get interesting – disturbingly interesting. According to new findings from the National Safety Council, your lifetime odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose (1 in 96) are actually higher than your odds of dying from any of the following:
 
Motor vehicle crash: 1 in 103
Fall: 1 in 114
Gun assault: 1 in 285
Pedestrian incident: 1 in 556
Drowning: 1 in 1,117
Fire or smoke: 1 in 1,474
Choking on food: 1 in 2,696
Bicyclist: 1 in 4,047
Accidental gun discharge: 1 in 8,527
 
What about the major health conditions that strike Americans? Well, the lifetime odds for the top three are definitely higher than the opioid overdose risk (#4 on the list), but it's not as large a discrepancy as you'd think: heart disease (1 in 6 lifetime risk of dying), cancer (1 in 7) and chronic lower respiratory disease (1 in 27). But considering that opioid overdose is the only risk to your health / life on the list that can be completely eliminated, simply by not taking opioids, it's a wonder doctors continue to prescribe, and patients continue to take, oxycodone, codeine, morphine and other forms of this dangerous and often-addictive medication.
 
As we've talked about numerous times in the recent past, opioid use, abuse and misuse has become an epidemic, and while the tide is turning away from opioids and other pain medications, and toward conservative, nondrug alternatives for pain (such as chiropractic care), it's slow going at best. In fact, research suggests it can take up to a decade for doctors to catch up with policy / guidelines. Not soon enough in the case of opioids, which continue to kill more than 100 Americans each and every day.
 
It also doesn't help that opioids are big business - both for the pharmaceutical companies that make them and the doctors who prescribe them. A recent CNN / Harvard University analysis revealed that opioid manufacturers pay doctors large amounts to prescribe opioids, with higher prescription rates tied to higher payments.
 
If your medical doctor tries to prescribe an opioid for your pain, always ask about nondrug alternatives to relieve your pain, and be sure to mention chiropractic. Public policy is rapidly embracing chiropractic and other conservative means as the first options for managing pain, but as we alluded to, policy and doctor prescribing habits don't always mesh.
 
If you and your doctor ever believe it necessary to take a pain medication, make sure it is not an opioid and is prescribed for only a short time. Also ensure your doctor and the pharmacist who fills the prescription completely explain the appropriate dosage so your risk of an accidental overdose is minimized.
 
Finally, keep in mind that if you visit a chiropractor for your pain first, you won't be prescribed an opioid or other pain medication, and your risk of an overdose will be eliminated altogether. Sounds like the best option to us
 
Winter recreational activities and chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose body is not conditioned. Winter sports like skating, skiing and sledding can cause painful muscle spasms, strains or tears if your body hasn't been properly warmed up. Even shoveling snow the wrong way, slipping on sidewalks or wearing the wrong types of clothing could lead to injuries.
Warming up before participating in outdoor activities can do wonders for your body. ACA recommends the following warm-up exercises in order to have a safe and injury-free winter:
  • Skiing: Do 10 to 15 squats. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart and your knees aligned over your feet. Slowly lower your buttocks as you bend your knees over your feet. Stand up straight again.
  • 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 this process with your other foot.
  • Sledding/tobogganing: Do knee-to-chest stretches to fight compression injuries caused by repetitive bouncing over the snow. While either sitting or lying on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold for up to 30 seconds.
Shoveling snow can also wreak havoc on your body and lead to injury and pain. While shoveling snow, ACA recommends the following:
  • Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible. Shoveling can strain "deconditioned" muscles between your shoulders and in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs, so do some warm-up stretching before you reach for your shovel.
  • When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Walk it to the snow bank; don't try to throw it. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
  • Bend your knees to lift the snow in the shovel. Let the muscles in your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
Don't forget cool-down stretching for all of these sports. At the bottom of the sledding hill, for instance, before trudging back up, do some more knees-to-chest stretches or repetitive squatting movements to restore flexibility.

If you're suffering from neck and/or back pain, do you take pain medication from your local pharmacy, consult with a medical doctor, or just endure the pain for as long as you can? A recent Gallup / Palmer College of Chiropractic survey of American adults conducted earlier this year provides the latest evidence that there's a much better option available: chiropractic care. Learn why chiropractic is a popular choice for neck and back pain – and then schedule an appointment with your chiropractor today if you're in pain (or want to prevent pain from striking in the first place).

Spine Specialists Come First

"For neck or back pain care, eight out of 10 adults in the United States (80%) prefer to see a health care professional who is an expert in spine-related conditions instead of a general medicine professional who treats a variety of conditions (15%)."

Pain Meds Aren't Preferred

"Prescription pain medications are not preferred as a first step for care among the vast majority of U.S. adults. When given a choice, nearly eight out of 10 (79%) say they prefer to try other ways to address physical pain before they take pain medication prescribed by a doctor."

Chiropractic Is a Popular Choice

"Among those who saw a health care professional for neck or back pain in the last 12 months, 62% saw a medical doctor and 53% saw a chiropractor. About a third saw a physical therapist (34%) or massage therapist (34%) for care."

Why Chiropractic? Because It Works

"Nearly half of adults who saw a [DC] for significant neck or back pain (52%) said one of the biggest reasons they chose chiropractic care was because 'this health care professional provides the most effective treatment for my pain.' More than four in 10 patients who saw a physical therapist (42%) and 23% who saw a medical doctor for significant neck or back pain said effectiveness was one of the biggest reasons they chose this type of health care provider."

A Great Overall Experience

"Roughly nine out of 10 adults who saw a chiropractor most often for significant neck or back pain in the last 12 months say their chiropractor often listens (93%), provides convenient, quick access to care (93%), demonstrates care/compassion (91%) and explains things well (88%) – and 90% of chiropractic patients say that their chiropractor spends the right amount of time with them."

By Miller Chiropractic Health Center
November 13, 2018
Tags: Sciatica  

Find out the best way to deal with acute or chronic sciatic nerve pain.

SciaticaSciatica is not a condition but rather a symptom that you experience as the result of an underlying problem within the neuro/musculoskeletal system. If you are experiencing a burning, tingling pain that runs from the hip down to the buttock and the leg, then you might have sciatica. If you are dealing with sciatica, find out how our Attleboro, MA, chiropractor, Dr. Jason Miller, can help alleviate your symptoms and improve how your body functions!

What causes sciatica?

In many cases, sciatica is the result of sciatic nerve compression. Other causes of sciatica include:

  • Misaligned lumbar joints
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Non-spinal disorder (e.g. diabetes)
  • Piriformis syndrome (common)
  • Spinal tumors (rare)

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Since sciatica is a symptom of something else that’s going on, the first thing our Attleboro chiropractic specialist will do is go through your medical history and perform a thorough physical evaluation.

In some instances, depending on other symptoms you are experiencing or your medical history, we may recommend imaging tests such as x-rays or an MRI.

How can a chiropractor help my sciatica?

The goal of chiropractic treatment is to improve how the body functions by facilitating the body’s natural healing response. Many people turn to chiropractic care because it is a non-medicinal and non-surgical way to treat a variety of conditions.

Once we figure out what is causing your sciatica we can create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and health. In many cases, there will be several complementary therapies and options to help ease your symptoms and improve your condition. Some of these treatments include:

  • EMS: Electrical signals are directed over the area to penetrate through the tissue to reduce swelling, pain and muscle spasms while boosting circulation to the area
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises: These exercises are designed to help with your flexibility, posture and as a way to improve your circulation.
  • Spinal manipulation: One of the classic treatment options of chiropractic care, spinal manipulation helps to restore misaligned vertebral discs and improve the overall alignment of the spine, which in turn speeds up the healing process and reduces pain and inflammation

Dealing with sciatica in Attleboro, MA? Not sure what’s causing your symptoms? If so, it’s time to turn to the experts at Miller Chiropractic Health Center for a diagnosis. We will be happy to get to the root of your sciatic pain and help you treat the problem more effectively, —just call (508) 226-2333 today!





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