Today, we are continuing on our quest to showcase our staff. Today, we are featuring one of our Millersburg doctors; Doctor Nathan Holley.
He has been with CCWC for two years now, and has settled in very well. If you’ve ever met Dr. Holley, he can at first appearance be a little intimidating. Although I don’t have his exact measurements, he is easily our tallest staff member. However, after you begin talking with him, you’ll realize he’s a gentle giant with a big heart. He specializes in Adjustment Techniques, Sports Injuries, Diagnostic Imaging, Nutritional Consulting, and Pediatric Care. Let’s get to know him a little more shall we?
What Lead you to this line of work?”I’ve always believed in a preventative approach to modern medicine. Growing up, my dad had a lot of back problems, and I saw how much my family Continue Reading »
Here at CCWC we work very closely with our certified massage therapists. They are highly trained in the art of massage and have the clinical knowledge to work with our doctor’s diagnosis. Muscle health is very important in our vision of total health for our patients. A classic problem we see in our clinic is nodules (aka trigger points) in the upper traps. These nodules can produce referral into the base of the skull and around the head. So, many headache patients greatly benefit from upper cervical massage. Here are the three main benefits we see everyday in our clinic with massage.
1. It relieves pain and inflammation. Therapeutic massage can be a powerful tool for natural, drug-free pain management. When you have a muscle injury, for example, inflammatory toxins and pain-causing substances such as lactic acid can build up in the tissues. Massage’s stimulating effect on the circulation helps your blood supply remove those substances, relieving pain while helping to reduce swelling and redness. Trigger point therapy is especially helpful for releasing built up muscle knots.
2. It helps you heal. The same stimulation that relieves discomfort also encourages faster healing of injuries. By improving blood flow to the injured area, massage enables nutrients and oxygen to travel more freely to the tissues for use by the body’s natural repair mechanisms. Some types of massage can also break up old scar tissue that may be contributing to your pain and stiffness. Once the scar tissue is broken up, the tissues can finish healing themselves normally.
3. It reduces stress and boosts wellness. You have doubtless heard about how relaxed people feel after experiencing a massage. Muscles trap stress, and the more stress you are under, the tighter your muscles may become. By loosening the muscles through a soothing massage session, we can help that stress dissipate and get you feeling like yourself again. Massage also stimulates the immune response, enabling your body to protect itself against the viruses and bacteria that tend to hit stressed-out individuals the hardest.
So, give one of our certified massage therapists a call today, and get on the road to recovery and wellness.
260-768-4333 (Shipshe Office) 574-642-0233 (Millersburg Office)
– Dr. Nathan Holley
Americans in general are poor postured people. We slouch, slump, and cross our legs way to much! So why is poor posture bad?
Poor posture causes the misalignment of your neck, mid back, and lower back. Slouching causes your diaphragm to push against the stomach causing heart burn. Poor posture also causes acid reflux, shortness of breath, mid back pain, anterior head translation (which can cause headaches), stiffness in your neck, and low back aches. The list goes on and on! See illustration #1
So what is good standing posture?
When standing, you should stand up straight, turn your palm out to set your shoulders in correct posture then return the hands to a natural position.
When sitting, the key that will put the rest of you in proper posture is to keep the forward curve in your lower back. This will cause you to sit up straight and put the rest of you into alignment.
As with any change it will take time to create new habits of proper posture.
Good posture leads to better health,
Plantar Fascitis is one of the most common foot disorders that we see in our office. The Plantar Fascia is a ligament that connects our heel to our toes. This ligament helps hold up our arches in our feet, and when it becomes irritated we get this syndrome. The most common complaint of plantar fasciitis is pain, which is most prevalent in the mornings or after getting up from sitting. People who are on their feet a lot during the day and runners are the most commonly affected. A proactive approach to this problem can keep the patient from costly surgery or shots. The doctor evaluates the issues, and a treatment plan is set fourth. Some common treatments are sub-aqueous ultrasound, icing, cross friction massage, and stretching of the soleus/hamstrings. A home treatment I give most Continue Reading »