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Plantar Fasciitis & Chiropractic

The plantar fascia is located on the bottom of the feet and forms the arch of our feet.  It allows cushioning as we walk and protects the bones in our feet.  Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and irritation of this tissue.  Plantar fascia can get very aggravated by repetitive motions such as running, jumping, or increased activity.

Many people have symptoms after sitting for a period of time or in the morning when they first stand.  They may feel a “burning” or “tearing” pain in the bottom of the feet, heels, or ankles.  They may also experience tingling or numbness in the toes.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis at Thrive has been very successful by adjusting the bones in the bottom of the feet, ankles, and toes.  This allows the foot to stretch as needed and release pressure when repetitive motions are increased.  Massage is also done on the feet, ankles, and toes to relieve tension on muscles or tendons that have over compensated due to strains on the joints.

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, please call my office at 952-746-5612 for a FREE consult and examination when you mention this post.  Don’t just survive, THRIVE!

I look forward to taking great care of you!

Dr. Lynn Miller

Shoulder Pain

I treat shoulder pain on a daily basis.  Shoulder pain is common because it is at a greater risk for injury as a ball and socket joint.  Shoulder problems can be very frustrating if not treated appropriately and quickly.

Shoulder problems can start out with no apparent injury or cause.  Past injuries can also cause problems when they have not been properly treated or rehabilitated.  Lately, many of the shoulder problems I encounter are due to poor posture and bad habits (i.e at computers, side sleepers without the correct size pillow for their shoulder width, etc.).

Shoulder problems are treated on a case by case basis in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the injury.  In most cases, I adjust the shoulder if it is not articulating properly in the joint.  Since the neck is involved with the shoulder, I always check the relationship between the two to make sure they are working together properly.  Stretching, massage, and strengthening are a must for the proper healing of the shoulder.

Some general recommendations are to sleep on your back.  This decreases the impact on the shoulder until you can have a professional check for the right size pillow for you.

Strengthening the muscles of the upper and middle back is essential to prevent forward rolling or “rounding” of the shoulders.  This is a common presentation when someone has a job with a lot of computer work.  Seated rowing machine and lat pull downs are a great exercises if you have access to a gym.

Stretching of the pectoral, or “pecs”, is helpful.  Lie face up on a foam roller with the foam roller running the length of the spine.  Make sure that your head is supported by the foam roller.  Put your arms up in the “goal post” postion to stretch the pec muscles.  Hold this position for 30 seconds, twice a day, 2-3 times a week.

If you are suffering from shoulder pain, please call my office at 952-746-5612 for a FREE consult and exam when you mention this post.  I’m also happy to check the proper sizing of your pillow and show you stretches tailored to your needs to address your current problems.  Don’t just survive, THRIVE!

I look forward to taking great care of you!

Dr. Lynn Miller

Numbness & Tingling in Hands When Sleeping

Quite often, I see a patient who comes in with numbness and tingling in their hands when they sleep or lie down.  This is a very treatable condition with chiropractic care, with which I have had great success.

First, I determine where the pinching is coming from. Pinched nerves in the neck, upper back, arm, or wrist can cause numbness.  A physical and orthopedic examination is performed, sometimes including x-rays, to determine where the problem is.

Adjustments of the neck, upper back, shoulder, or wrist are very effective in relieving the pinched nerve.  Also, muscle work, stretching, and wearing a wrist brace at night assist in the recover of the numbness and tingling.  Acupuncture can also be a very effective treatment for more chronic or complicated cases.

If you are suffering with any numbness or tingling, please call my office at 952-746-5612 for a FREE consult and examination when you mention this post.

I look forward to taking great care of you!

Dr. Lynn

Ear Pain, Ringing & Vertigo

I have recently been treating a lot of patients with ear problems.  Problems range from muffled ears, full ears, ringing in ears, vertigo, and pain in the ear.  Ear troubles are common this time of year due to factors such as allergies, change in pressure systems (weather), and food sensitivities (ie. dairy intolerance).  For many years, I have had great success in treating patients with ear troubles.  I utilize a variety of techniques specific to the problem of the ear or neck.

Treatments may include a soft tissue technique of draining the eustation tube (tube that drains the ear and sinuses) to help it clear the ear.  Quite often the eustation tube is blocked with ear wax or it can also be pinched within tight muscles of the neck.

Also, chiropractic adjustments may be done to realign the bones in the neck that muscles are attached to, sometimes pinching the eustation tube.  In addition, direct adjustments of the ear help realign the eustation tube to allow proper draining.

I also recommend home treatments to help ear drain.  Moist heat is applied to the ear and neck for 10 minutes per ear, two times a day.  A wet towel or rice bag that has been microwaved for warming work well for moist heat.

If you have been experiencing ear problems, or know someone who is, please call our office at 952-746-5612.  We would love to help you!  Mention this article for a FREE consultation and exam.

I look forward to taking great care of you!

Dr. Lynn Miller

What is Reflux or Hiatal Hernia?

Reflux is a common condition where digestive contents from the stomach get pushed back up into the esophagus, and even up into the mouth.  Other symptoms may include a bitter taste in the mouth, pressure in the chest, pain in upper belly area, or sore throat.  Some patients have experienced a loss of voice or laryngitis due to irritation to the vocal cords.

Reflux is most commonly caused from a hiatal hernia.  This is a condition when the stomach gets pushed up through the diaphragm and herniated into the esophagus.  As a result, it sends its contents backward or up into the esophagus, causing unpleasant symptoms.

At Thrive Chiropractic, we have treated many patients with this condition successfully.  Treatments may include, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and manual treatments to pull the stomach back to it’s normal position.  These treatments are all natural, allowing the body to recover, repair itself, and begin normal digestive processes.

Be aware of over the counter digestive aids that are often used for “heartburn” or “reflux”.  The use of these products causes the body to become confused and eventually become dependent on them.  For example, when a product is taken to lower stomach acid, it decreases the body’s ability to digest the food properly in the stomach.  Consequently, it causes digestive issues further down in the digestive tract such as constipation, diarrhea, etc. They become a new problem, while reflux continues to happen at the next meal.

If you would like to have a complete evaluation or nutritional consultation, I would love to speak to you.  Please call our office at 952-746-5612. Mention this article for a FREE consult and 25% off of any recommended products!

I look forward to taking great care of you!

Dr. Lynn Miller

Acupuncture & Allergies

Allergy season is just right around the corner.  If you suffer from seasonal allergies, this is really not a fun experience!

Did you know that acupuncture can greatly reduce or even prevent seasonal allergies?  I have had great success with my patients in significantly reducing or eliminating their allergies with acupuncture!  The sessions are usually only 15-20 minutes, and relief is often immediate.

If you would like to find out how acupuncture can help you, please call our office at 952-746-5612 to schedule a FREE consultation!

I look forward to taking great care of you!

Dr. Lynn Miller

Sole Support

Think about your feet for a second.  No really, just think about them.  Feet are a part of the body that we use every single day.  We walk on them, pound on them, twist and turn and sit on them.  And yet, other than the cute or functional footwear we buy for them, we don’t think too much about them.

That is, until they refuse to let us ignore them because of the pain they cause us.  The pain most commonly associated with the arches and heels of the feet is plantar fasciitis.  The plantar fascia is a layer of tissue that runs along the arch of the foot between the forefoot and the heel.  Due to a variety of factors like poor footwear, naturally high or low arches, weight gain, or varied exercise without proper support,  this tissue can shorten and tighten. When you then try to stretch that tissue, like when you step out of bed barefoot in the morning, the result is pain through the arch and heel.

One of the best ways to combat plantar fasciitis is with proper footwear.  That said, if the arches of your feet are low or collapsed, even supportive shoes may not be enough.  Even if you’re not yet experiencing pain, it’s important to realize that the arches of your feet are the foundation of your body.  When the arches don’t have proper support, the ankles tend to roll, the knees twist and the pelvis tilts.  All of this from those pesky little feet that we neglect.

The best way to manage plantar fasciitis, or to generally provide good support to your feet, is with a custom orthotic.  A custom orthotic is designed to provide support to your specific foot, and can also be moved between different shoes for consistency.

Here are Thrive, we are happy to provide custom orthotics from Sole Supports.  They are made from custom casts of your feet and can be made to fit nearly any shoe, cleat, skate or boot.  Casting takes only a few minutes and is done in the clinic, and the orthotics only take about a week to get back.

How to Relieve Hip Pain

Hip pain is a common symptom in many of my patients.  I have had great success in treating many contions that cause hip pain.  Along with my adjustments, I have also discovered some simple exercises and stretches that can help alleviate hip pain.

For the first exercise, sit on the edge of a hard chair.  Make sure you feet are flat on the floor and your knees are at a 45 degree angle.  Put a ball about the size of a soccer ball between your knees and gently squeeze the ball for a total of 5 repetitions.  If you have no trouble with the 5 repetions, repeat 5 more.  Notice how you now have better range of motion in your hips when you stand up.  This is a great exercise to do before running, as it helps hips to properly rotate before the impact of the run.

A great stretch to do for hip pain is to lie on your back and bring your right knee up.  Hug it into your left shoulder.  You should feel the stretch in your buttocks.  Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite leg.  If you feel a pinch in the front of your leg when doing this strech, it means you have a pelvic misalignment and other muscles that are “pinching”.  You need a chiropractic adjustment which will relieve this.

I hope these little tips help, and as always, please feel free to contact me with questions at 952-746-5612!

I look forward to taking great care of you!

Dr. Lynn Miller