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As cold and flu season descends upon the U.S., people young and old are ramping up their prevention tactics and looking to fortify their immune system to stave off an attack. The influenza virus, while infectious year-round, peaks in its spread in the late fall and winter months, primarily between December and February according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tens of thousands of people die each year from the flu or complications of the flu, largely young children, and elderly adults. Those with existing medical conditions may also be more susceptible to flu infection and complications. While vaccines and early detection can help prevent the flu and mitigate more severe symptoms (like extreme body aches, high fever, cough, and a runny or stuffy nose), other strategies can play an important role in protecting your body as well. Practicing good hygiene, avoiding large crowds and sick friends or relatives, not sharing cups and utensils with others, and tracking outbreaks near you can go a long way, but what about chiropractic care?

 Loads of health providers offering spinal manipulation and chiropractic services tout flu-prevention effects of regular adjustments, but is there any real data to back that up? Indirectly, chiropractic care generates protective benefits to the body and immune and central nervous systems which may help in the event of a flu infection – benefits include:

 Minimizing vertebral subluxations

When a patient’s body responds to stress, muscles may spasm and spinal bones tend to lock up. Small areas of misalignment in the vertebrae start to worsen, and the nerves in and around the spine responsible for communicating with the brain become stifled and distorted. This results in diminished control of your body’s natural defenses, putting you at potentially high risk of infection.

Chiropractors have the unique training to find and correct dangerous vertebral subluxations with routine spinal adjustments. Keeping the nerve flow strong and healthy could be one key to helping you fight off unwanted illness during cold and flu season.

 Reinforcing mobility and range of motion

If a chronic neck ache from forward head syndrome or low back pain is keeping a patient from their regular exercise routine, this could inhibit their body’s natural resistance to foreign pathogens like the influenza virus. Exercise not only boosts circulation, strengthens the heart and other muscles, loosens joints, and builds bone density, but it bolsters the immune system to defeat pathogens that try and invade.

 Chiropractic treatment including adjustments, cervical traction, and inversion all help to both relieve pain as well as improve range of motion and keep patients physically active. Inversion has also been shown to boost lymphatic flow which is the body’s natural drainage system of biological waste products and toxins. An empowered lymphatic system is a key to stimulating a strong immune response when the body detects viruses and bacteria.

 Reducing pain and stress

Pain associated with musculoskeletal misalignments can not only exacerbate feelings of stress but also negatively impact quality and duration of sleep. Some experts recommend children and adults actually try to get an extra hour of sleep during cold and flu season, as nighttime rest serves as a critical window for the body and brain to repair and restore themselves to fighting shape.

 In addition to spinal manipulation, ice therapy under a chiropractor’s care can aid standard pain in the neck, back, and hips. Equipment may vary depending on the body area being treated; for example, the best ice packs for your neck will be flexible and able to wrap, roll, and contour to the neck to cover more surface area with cool compression.

 The flu is no laughing matter. Even a strong and healthy adult can become infected and end up sick in bed for days at a time. Chiropractors have an almost exclusive ability to fortify the immune system with spinal adjustment, pain relief, and improved range of motion.

 

By Miller Chiropractic Health Center
November 02, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: neck pain  

Think there's nothing you can do about that nagging pain in your neck? Our Attleboro, MA, chiropractor, Dr. Jason Miller, discusses neck paincommon causes of neck pain and explains how chiropractic treatment can reduce your painful symptoms.

Why does my neck hurt?

Neck pain can occur due to a variety of reasons including:

  • Injuries: Whiplash, an injury that often occurs as a result of a car accident, can cause neck pain for weeks after your accident. Although whiplash is a common cause of neck pain, any injury that strains your neck can be responsible for your symptoms.
  • Herniated Disk: Herniated discs press on nerves in your neck, causing pain that radiates from your neck to your arms and hands. A herniated disk may also reduce your range of motion and cause numbness and tingling.
  • Posture Issues: Pain isn't always caused by an injury or condition, but may occur if you have poor posture. Your posture may suffer if you spend hours in one position at work every day or frequently tilt your head to look at your cell phone.
  • Osteoarthritis: Neck pain can also be caused by arthritis in the bones of your neck.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis occurs when the nerve pathways inside your vertebrae start to shrink, resulting in pressure on your nerves. In addition to pain, you may also experience numbness if you have this condition.
  • Stress: Stress can cause the muscles in your neck and upper back to become stiff and tight.

How does chiropractic treatment reduce neck pain?

When you visit our Attleboro office, we may recommend a variety of treatments that can relieve your symptoms, including:

  • Neck Manipulation: Using gentle pressure, we will perform adjustments to your cervical spine and correct the alignment of your neck. Manipulations can improve range of motion, promote healing and reduce muscle stiffness.
  • Massage: No matter what the cause of neck pain, surrounding muscles often become stiff and tight: Massage not only loosens muscles and helps your neck and upper back muscles relax, but increases blood flow to the area, which can be very beneficial in the healing process.

Chiropractic care offers an effective, all-natural solution to neck pain. Call our Attleboro, MA, chiropractor, Dr. Miller - Miller Chiropractic Health Center, at (508) 226-2333 to schedule your appointment.

October 31, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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Heard a good joke lately? If you haven't, you're missing out on a good laugh – and the wellness benefits humor appears to provide. According to a recent study, a good dose of humor beneficially impacts memory and stress, two variables that are particularly important as we age.

Researchers at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., compared the learning abilities of older adults who spent 20 minutes watching humorous videos vs. older adults who sat quietly for 20 minutes. Results showed that seniors who watched the humorous videos had a higher improved learning ability (38.5 percent vs. 24 percent), more than twice the delayed recall improvement (43.6 percent vs. 20.3 percent) and "significant decreases in salivary cortisol" (dubbed "the stress hormone").

The takeaway: Laugh a little! Go to a comedy show, watch a sit-com on TV, or find other ways to inject humor into your life, especially when you're stressed, depressed and/or not in the mood. It's exactly what your brain needs to lift your spirits, improve your memory – and so much more.

With October marking breast cancer awareness month, there are a few preventative steps you can take to ensure you minimize your chances of being diagnosed. A woman today has about 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at sometime during her life, according to the National Cancer Institute.  Breast cancer is now the No. 2 cause of cancer death in the United States and the second most common cancer in women. By changing a few lifestyle habits you can take a proactive approach when it comes to your health. Here are three simple tips:

 

Get enough sleep: Sleep is critical when it comes to keeping breast cancer at bay. Research has found that among post-menopausal breast cancer patients, getting less than six hours of sleep raised the risk of recurrent breast cancer. By getting 8 hours of sleep every night, you can minimize your risk of getting breast cancer by giving your body what it needs to recover.

Watch your weight: Those few extra pounds may do more harm to your body then affecting your heart, they can also put you at risk for breast cancer. Women who are obese are also at risk of higher recurrence and death from breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. By keeping the pounds off, you are also keeping the risk of breast cancer down.

Exercise: One way to ensure you are keeping the weight down and reaping other positive benefits for your overall health is by exercising. Exercise can not only help you maintain a good weight, but it will also cut your chances of getting breast cancer by as much as 30 percent, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina. So, get moving toward a healthier you!

Christina DeBusk October 12, 2017

Whether knowingly or not, we all do some things that probably aren’t the best for our health.

And because they spend their days with people suffering from a multitude of musculoskeletal aches and pains, a lot of chiropractors have a list of actions and activities that are causing people more harm than good. Therefore, if you want to save yourself some grief, both now and in the future, here are a few things that your chiropractor likely wishes you’d stop doing.

1. Looking down at your electronic devices

Robert M. Blaich, DC, DIBAK, DAAPM, DAAIM, DCBCN, with Dr. Blaich and Associates in Denver, Colorado says, “I wish my patients would stop spending so much time looking down at their cell phones and computers.” This is a phenomenon often referred to as “text neck” and involves the damage that results from spending hours with your head in the downward position.

According to research conducted by Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD, Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, bending your neck at a mere 15 degrees places 27 pounds of pressure on your cervical spine. Bend your neck even more, creating a 60 degree bend—which is a typical texting position—and that amount increases to 60 pounds.

Therefore, if you must spend a lot of time on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or similar electronic device, position it so you can look straight ahead when viewing the screen. This can save you a lot of neck-related issues in the long run.

2. Exercising at too-high intensity

Another thing that Blaich wishes his chiropractic patients would stop doing is exercising at intensities which are too high for their current physical shape. “Ultimately exercising this way treats the body to one more ‘high-stress event’ in the course of a day,” says Blaich, “and leads to higher cortisol levels a few hours after exercising as the body releases more of this gluco-corticoid to prevent low blood glucose levels. For many people this results in sugar cravings, fatigue, and anxiety, as cortisol is basically a stress hormone.”

“The ‘anaerobic excess’ also increases the risk for musculoskeletal injuries,” adds Blaich, some of which include “a sore or injured ankle, knee, low back, shoulder, elbow, and wrist.” That’s why Blaich suggests that his patients work to develop their aerobic system in a slower, safer manner “both through diet and heart rate monitoring during exercise.”

3. Keeping your wallet in your back pocket

Lily Friedman , DC, CFMP, who practices at the Comprehensive Wellness Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida says, “I wish my male patients would stop wearing their wallet in their back pocket. Sitting on their wallet, even for short periods of time, causes sacral dysfunction which eventually leads to chronic structural and muscular imbalance.”

So where should men carry their cash, credit cards, and identification? “There are wallets on the market nowadays that are meant to be placed in the front pocket,” says Friedman, “saving men from debilitating low back pain.”

4. Taking the latest fad supplements

Jackie Romanies, DC with Dr. Matt’s Wellness Center in Plano, Texas, says that she wishes her chiropractic patients would quit taking fad supplements. “Most people know that adding and subtracting supplements can alter your body’s function and performance,” says Romanies. “What they don’t know is improper dosage, inadequate quality, supplement-medication interactions, and taking supplements your body does not need can hinder your performance and can be dangerous.”

That’s why Romanies suggests that you always “check with your doctor and/or chiropractor before adding or subtracting any supplements to your current regimen.” This can help keep you healthy and safe while also providing the benefits you seek.

5. Being reactive versus proactive

Jason Yakimishyn, official chiropractor of the Ontario Blue Jays (Canada’s largest youth baseball program) and DC at Foundation Chiropractic Co., says that he wishes that his patients would “realize that there are many times when regular maintenance for your body is key,” potentially stopping injuries before they occur.

“If you’re someone who suffers from chronic tight hamstrings for example, then it’d be wise to be proactive and keep them as loose as possible rather than waiting until they become a major issue,” says Yakimishyn. This is especially critical if you’re an athlete, says Yakimishyn, as “doing things this way will allow you to spend more time on the court, field, or ice, rather than in the trainer’s room.”

6. Not listening to your body

Along the same lines, Yakimishyn also suggests that people start listening to their bodies. Pay attention to feelings of fatigue or pain as they’re signs that you may need to take it easier. This is true for athletes specifically, says Yakimishyn, as they often want to push themselves to “improve and hit new performance highs, but we need to recognize our limits.”

Do these six things and not only will you likely make your chiropractor happier, but you’ll probably feel better too. It really doesn’t get much better than that.





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