Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some Random Thoughts- July 2017

July 2017

Hi Everybody Dr. Norris here.

The newsletter this month focuses on a few random topics which you may not know about chiropractic.


One of the more common conditions causing pain are trigger points. This occurs when a muscle accumulates chemicals in a focal area of muscle.The chemicals, such as lactic acid, cause the area to become very tender. The point is usually about the size of a silver dollar and may be hard or ropelike when touched. The most common areas are between the neck and shoulder, back of the thigh and on either side of the low back.   Some trigger points can refer pain above, below or around the area. This condition responds well to deep tissue massage, stretching and ice packs. Relief is usually had on the first visit, but several treatments may be necessary to fully resolve the pain.


This time of the year I treat a lot of people with earaches, especially children. Windy conditions, swimming and variable temperatures can all cause the ear canal to become inflamed. The medical treatment is antibiotics and surgically implanted tubes. There is a simple adjustment technique which opens the ear canal allowing for the body to drain and fight the infection. So at the first sign of ear irritation see your chiropractor for an evaluation.


The temporo-mandibular joint or TMJ is where the jaw attaches to the head, just below the ears. Like any joints these can become misaligned and painful. Think about how many times a day you open and close your mouth. Excessive chewing, talking and trauma can produce problems. An evaluation is needed to determine exactly what is happening. An experienced chiropractor can adjust the jaw and neck, relocating the joints; and if necessary therapy, exercises and a bite guard can be provided.
I hope this summer finds you in good health
but if you or someone you love is in pain
I will do my best to help.

“Because nobody has time for pain!”

Dr. Michael Norris

Stay Hydrated

July brings the high temperatures and the need for more fluids. Purified cool water is the preferred liquid when hydration is needed. Nausea, dizziness, hot and red skin are signs of a pending heat illness. Lie down in shade and cool the body with water on the skin and internally. If the person doesn't improve within a few minutes it is an emergency, call 911 or get them to a hospital as quickly as possible.


"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."

-Albert Schweitzer

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
The information is provided for educational purposes only. Response to care and nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.