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Dr. Merrill’s Top 5 Fast Facts and Health Hacks

Dr. Merrill’s Top 5 Fast Facts and Health Hacks 1. Pain in the bottom of your heel? If you Google it, you’ll probably come up with plantar fasciitis, but chances are good that you actually have plantar fasciosis and can fix it yourself in about two weeks. All you need is a toe spacer. If you wear it 24/7 (except when in the shower) for two weeks, it will create better blood flow to your heel and may even save you a costly trip to the podiatrist. 2. Ankle pain when running? Have you heard of “lace-locking” your shoes? This will keep your heels snug and secure without crushing your toes. Don’t cinch down too tight though as your ankle needs some room to move while you run. 3. Looking for the perfect breakfast? For more than 100 years, the answer has been eggs. Two hard-boiled eggs have roughly 13 grams of protein, 11 grams of fat and only 150 calories. The push back from the medical community in the 1980s didn’t last long when research showed you can eat up to a dozen eggs a day without raising your cholesterol. Another old myth, that you must eat breakfast to be healthy, was also debunked. Intermittent fasting, as described by Tim Ferriss, outlines why skipping breakfast might be an option for you. 4. Can I get the curve back in my neck? Even if your X-ray shows straightening of the neck, the answer may still be ‘yes’. There is a growing body of research being put out by Chiropractic BiophysicsTM that shows you can get the curve back in your neck and correct your spine, and maybe your...

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Chiropractic treatment as a fix for ‘rib fixation’ or scapular pain

Chiropractic treatment as a fix for ‘rib fixation’ or scapular pain Primary care medical doctors often refer their patients who have been suffering from upper back and shoulder pain to us. Many of those patients describe their symptom as “pain under my shoulder blade.” Doctors who are trained to analyze musculoskeletal complaints will refer these cases they label “rib fixation.” What that means is the inflammation of the muscles and nerves in the area where the joint, which connects the rib to the spine, is not moving properly. This condition can transfer pain into the arm if it begins to affect the group of nerves that transition nerves from the neck to the arm (the brachial plexus). So how does a rib fixation occur and what can be done to fix it? Rib head fixations happen when there is abnormal biomechanical stress put onto the upper back (thoracic spine) and or the chest. For example, fathers who let their children sit on their shoulders to watch Disney parades often visit our chiropractic office in downtown Orlando. The child’s weight compresses their upper back forward, but because of the cartilage supporting the ribs in their chest, the ribs as they attach to the spine (rib head) are forced backwards. This causes inflammation of the muscles in the area which then locks the rib in that position. Ribs, however, are designed to move. The rib moves up and down with each breath, allowing your lungs to expand properly. This explains why patients with rib head fixation can also experience pain when breathing. Another common cause of upper back pain from rib fixations is chest trauma. Imagine two people on a soccer field...

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Plantar fasciitis vs plantar fasciosis, similar names, different treatments

Plantar fasciitis vs plantar fasciosis, similar names, different treatments Do you wake up every morning with excruciating pain in the bottom of your foot? If so, then you are among the nearly 10% of people who will experience heel pain at some point in their lives. Our Orlando staff regularly treats patients with musculoskeletal conditions and one of the most common diagnoses we see for foot conditions is plantar fasciitis. Though this may be a term you’ve heard before, it’s important to understand the differences between fasciitis and a similar-sounding condition called fasciosis which has a dramatically different treatment. Plantar fasciitis (pronounced: fa-SITE-iss) The plantar fascia is the web-like structural ligament connecting the heel to the bones near the ball of the foot and toes. This ligament or tissue provides structural support to the arch of the foot and is prone to injury with overuse and decreased circulation. Plantar fasciitis is the initial stage of inflammation that happens in response to injury of the tissue. In younger people, running is the most common cause. This makes sense as each time your heel strikes the ground, some cells are damaged. Over time you create inflamed tissues in the area. For elderly patients, the most common causes for inflammation include degeneration of the ligament, arthritis, and diabetes. Plantar fasciosis (pronounced fa-SEE-osis) Plantar fasciosis is considered a chronic condition of the ligament. Arteries pass from your leg through your ankle providing circulation for your foot. One of these, the posterior tibial artery, is important because it provides blood flow to the bottom of the foot. It becomes compressed when your big toe is bent inward towards the other toes cutting off...

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Why chiropractic and massage are better together

Why chiropractic and massage are better together In our many years of operation in downtown Orlando, Nightlife Chiropractic has continued to refine the care we provide patients by looking at the scientific evidence, but also by looking at how our patients respond to care. Although our treatment offerings have changed over the years, the two core therapies that we will always provide are massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments. While each offer considerable benefits on their own, they complement each other to create a comprehensive treatment plan for many injuries or conditions. For us in the industry, this meshing of therapies makes sense, but for many patients and even some doctors, it is often important to highlight why these two are so essential to each other. I’ll keep in short, but here is why. Massage as the warm up act to a good adjustment At our Orlando office, we suggest patients see the massage therapist first to relax the muscles attached to the bones near the joints where we need to restore normal motion. In parts of the spine there may be as many as 20 different muscles attaching to a bone and potentially limiting its motion, so proper preparation is important. Couldn’t we just use more force? Well, yes and no. You see, the art of practicing chiropractic involves using the least amount of force needed to restore normal motion. Sure, using enough force could make almost any joint “pop,” but the outcomes wouldn’t be the same. It’s been my experience that this is also how people determine a good adjustment (or chiropractor) versus a bad one; did the joint move and was it painless. Restoring...

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