Dr. Susan Myshka

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Walking

Walking is a convenient solution to staying in shape. Walking accomplishes the following, and more:

  • Improves cardiovascular endurance
  • Tones muscles of the lower body
  • Burns calories
  • Reduces risk of heart attack.

When selecting shoes for walking, always choose function over fashion.  Ill-fitting shoes can lead to pain throughout the body. The balls of your feet should rest exactly at the point where the toe end of the shoe bends during walking. Make sure to select shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb impact. Experts agree that you should replace your walking shoes every 300 to 500 miles.

Starting out, walking just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits. It is optimal to walk 30 minutes five days per week. When walking, move your arms freely in coordination with the opposite leg. Make sure you do not stoop your head or look down as you walk. You should also expect a little soreness in the thighs and calves for the first week or two. If you have continual soreness, contact us. Always stay hydrated and avoid caffeinated drinks. Walking on a cushioned or rubberized track is ideal. The grass is also a good surface, but watch out for dips and holes.

While you may experience pain or injury in a particular part of your body, the root of the problem may lie elsewhere. If you suffer from pain beyond the typical muscles soreness, we can diagnose and treat your pain or injury and get you back on track!

Reference: American Chiropractic Association 

Walking 2017-10-04T16:43:51+00:00

Back Pain in Golfers

Between twisting their bodies into odd postures and the motion of a bent-over stance 120 times over a three to four hour game along with walking miles, golfers have the potential for lower-back issues.

Many golfers will continue to play until they get hurt, then start looking for help. But, regular chiropractic visits can reduce the likelihood of injury.

The American Chiropractic Association suggests these simple tips to avoid back pain and improve your game:

  • Purchase equipment that fits. Don’t try to adapt your swing to the wrong clubs.
  • Spend some extra time performing quality stretches before and after your game.
  • Senior golfers, if you show signs of arthritis in the hands, consider a larger, more specialized grip for added safety and performance.
  • Having clubs that are comfortable will increase the chances of playing for a long time without significant physical limitations.
  • Learning proper swing technique is critical. At the end of your swing, you want to be standing up straight.
  • Wear orthotics. These custom-made shoe inserts support the arch, absorb shock, and increase coordination.
  • Avoid metal spikes. Wear soft shoes or soft spikes for greater motion.
  • Pull, don’t carry, your golf bag.
  • Keep your entire body involved. Every third hole, take a few practice swings with the opposite hand to keep your muscles balanced and even out the stress on your back.
  • Drink lots of water.

 

Back Pain in Golfers 2017-07-18T16:35:08+00:00

Pregnancy

Expectant mothers will have some discomfort throughout their pregnancy.  During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman’s sacrum—or posterior section of the pelvis—has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks.

 

The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips for pregnant women:

 

  • Exercise– Safe exercise during pregnancy can help strengthen your muscles and prevent discomfort. Try exercising at least three times a week, gently stretching before and after exercise.  Walking, swimming, and stationary cycling are relatively safe cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women because they do not require jerking or bouncing movements.
  • Health and Safety–  Wear flat, sensible shoes. High or chunky heels can exacerbate postural imbalances and make you less steady on your feet, especially as your pregnancy progresses. Get plenty of rest.
  • Nutrition– Eat small meals or snacks every four to five hours— rather than the usual three large meals—to help keep nausea or extreme hunger at bay.

 

A chiropractor can be helpful before and after pregnancy.  I will be able to help make adjustments to provide relief throughout the pregnancy and also reduce the muscle tension.  

Pregnancy 2017-02-13T15:38:57+00:00

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand.  CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.  

It is the most expensive of all work related injuries. Over a lifetime, $30,000 could be spent on medical bills. CTS usually occurs in adults and is common in assembly line workers in manufacturing, sewing, fishing, cleaning, meatpacking.  

A few symptoms include: burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common.

There is treatment for CTS.  Initial therapy includes:

  • Resting the affected hand and wrist
  • Avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms
  • Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending
  • Applying cool packs to help reduce swelling from inflammation.

It is best to visit me if you have CTS because the majority of patients recover completely with the proper treatment.  

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 2017-02-01T14:06:42+00:00

Healthy Habits for 2017

Everyone wants to start the new year off on a positive note. Here are a few tips to making 2017 your year!

  • Take Vitamin D
    The claim to fame for vitamin D is the extraordinary health benefits it offers. Believe it or not, there is more to vitamin D than just bone health.  Vitamin D behaves like a hormone. The advantages vary as the research is accumulated. Only recently have the medical community started realizing the variety of benefits provided by this vitamin. As they continue to study it, more and more benefits are emerging. Vitamin D promotes huge health and wellness perks with little cost.
  • Work On Your Posture
    Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.
  • Say Goodbye to Painkillers
    Pain killers are good for two things, masking the pain instead of curing it and tricking patients into thinking that their pains are worse than they are, delaying the healing process.
  • Do Not Sit On Your Wallet
    When one has the habit of keeping their wallet in their back pocket and they’re constantly sitting on it, it can lead to chronic pain in the neck and lower back.  It can cause compression of the sciatic nerve and can cause a sciatica as well as aggravate the platforms.
  • Add Electrolytes To Your Water
    Without electrolytes you will experience muscle cramps, your body will start to slow down, and you will get dehydrated. That means you will not be able to keep your head […]

Healthy Habits for 2017 2017-01-31T17:16:23+00:00

Joint Injuries

Joints are designed to withstand pressure placed on them and provide full range of motion.  A few examples of joints would be the ball-and-socket joints such as the hip; hinge joints such as the knee and elbow; and gliding joints, such as those located in the spine. To keep your joints in good shape it is important to have a healthy exercise regimen, proper nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle.  

Joints are usually injured when an abnormal stress is placed on the joint.  These stresses are placed by poor posture, poor joint position during a performance, or poor work ergonomics.  To prevent repetitive stress injuries use these three basic principles: Lift heavy objects with the largest muscles, during activities assume several different positions, and keep joints in their neutral posture.  

Joint Injuries 2017-01-31T17:16:23+00:00

Back pain

Back pain is the second most common reason for clients to visit the doctor’s office.  Injuries to the back are a daily occurrence, which could cause you to feel a sharp pain, ache, or tingling sensation on your spine and these can last for days or even weeks.  There are ways to prevent back pain, such as, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, remaining active, avoiding bed rest, and proper posture, warm up and stretch before exercise, wear comfortable and low-heeled shoes, sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve to your spine, lift with your knees and keep the object close to your body and quite smoking.  In a recent survey the following occupations were found to cause the most stress and strains on the muscles of the back.  

  1. Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers
  2. Construction workers’
  3. Landscapers
  4. Police officers
  5. Farmers
  6. Shingle roofers
  7. Firefighters/EMT’s
  8. Delivery drivers
  9. Nursing home worker
  10. Auto mechanic

If you’re experiencing back pain it is important to consult with me as soon as possible.  I can make a diagnoses and take the steps needed to solve your problems.  We can make adjustments to your diet and lifestyle to get you back in action.  

Back pain 2017-01-31T17:16:23+00:00

Tips For Healthy Aging

Living a long healthy life is something we all strive for.  By creating a healthy aging plan one can live a longer life.  

Do you have a healthy aging plan?  A few examples would be to:

  • Embrace a positive attitude
  • stimulate your mind
  • limit stress
  • stay in touch with family and friends
  • support your body with exercise
  • healthy diet choices.  

Taking care of your body is very important and should be a top priority.  I am licensed to examine and treat the entire body so you can get with me to learn about other ways to improve your quality of life.   

Tips For Healthy Aging 2017-01-31T17:16:23+00:00

Chronic Pain and Depression

It is very important to listen to our bodies when we feel pain.  It warns us to stop an activity and pay attention to our bodies.  Chronic pain can last weeks, months, or years.  The older generation may suffer from chronic pain without having any physical finding to explain the discomfort.  Psychological and social issues can amplify pain in the body and limit family and social roles.  This can get in the way of everyday life and the activities that follow.

Depression plays a role in chronic pain because it is the most common emotion tied to it.  A combination of depression and chronic pain usually has a greater disability in association.  One needs to find the source that is causing so much pain to themselves.  After you find the answer you can now begin treatment. A few ways to get passed chronic pain and depression would be to stay active, cognitive therapy, dissociation, and involving family with your recovery.  

Feel free to discuss your symptoms with me. I can suggest some simple techniques that may work for you to cope with chronic pain from depression.

Chronic Pain and Depression 2017-01-31T17:16:23+00:00

First Visit Questions

When visiting a Doctor it is very important to be honest about your symptoms so the proper treatment can be given.  Since all information discussed is confidential this makes it easier for a client to be honest about his/her lifestyle.  As you are speaking with me be very specific with your explanation.  For example you would want to say when you symptoms started, what it feels like, how it is affecting your life and what make the symptoms better or worse.  Once I know more about your situation I will be happy to find the best treatment plan for your health. 

If  your symptoms are becoming worse there are warning signs for this problem.  Some warning signs include: pain extending into your arm, leg, and chest area, progressive severe pain, neurological symptoms, or fever.  It is also key to inform me if you are receiving any other treatments from another physician and taking any supplements, such as, vitamins or over the counter medication.  Being honest with me on the first visit is beneficial and can put you on the road to a speedy recovery.  

First Visit Questions 2017-01-31T17:16:23+00:00