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Go Idaho Spotlight

Posted: January 9, 2017
By: Dr. Michael Miller

Aspen Ridge Chiropractic was featured in the Business Spotlight on Go Idaho's website.
Go Idaho is an online magazine that highlights the best of what the state has to offer. We are honored to be included!
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Quick Tips for a Health Thanksgiving

Posted: November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  So is the time to overindulge and splurge.  It may be enjoyable at the moment, but let’s face it, year after year most of us gain a pound or more during the holidays and unfortunately it stays with us.  Some of us work so hard to get the weight off throughout the year, only to gain it back around the holidays…

But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little know-how, you can satisfy your longing for your mother’s famous sweet potato pie and still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast!

Here are 7 quick tips to a healthy and guilt-free Thanksgiving.

1.     Get Active

It is a good idea to work out early in the day and take a walk after dinner.  This will help you burn more of the calories you will be taking in.

2.     Eat Breakfast

Many people think it is better to skip breakfast before a big meal.  It is actually better to eat breakfast.  Starting your day with a small, nutritiously packed breakfast can give you more control over your appetite and prevent you from overindulging.

3.     Watch Your Portions

Don’t treat Thanksgiving like an eating contest.  Manage your portions, skip the seconds (leftovers are much better the next day)!  Eat more variety and keep the portions small, including dessert.

4.     Savor the moment

Eat slow and savor each mouthful.  A lot of the foods we eat on Thanksgiving day, we have only once per year.  So don’t rush through it!

Spread out the food and fun all day long. Instead of trying to eat everything in one meal, start your meal earlier in the day.  Have certain items for lunch and others for dinner and then dessert after a walk together.

Yes, it is better to eat small portions throughout the day than it is to pack it all in one meal.

5.     Go Easy on Alcohol

Don’t fill up on alcohol.  Alcohol calories can add up quickly.  If you do decide to drink, drink moderately with your meal.  Please be responsible!

6.     Don’t Get Stressed Out

Don’t get caught up in all the drama.  This is the time to appreciate what you have with the people you love.

Also, with so many extra temptations, strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss.

7.     Focus on Quality Time with Family and Friends

Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious abundance of food. It’s a time to celebrate and reconnect with family and friends.  Thanksgiving should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, not just what is on your plate.

Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

Health Tips

Posted: February 18, 2014
By: Dr Michael Miller

What You Should Know If You Have Been Involved In An Auto Accident

   Were you aware that some auto accident injuries are hidden and are seldom detected for months or even years? As a result, injuries are not taken care of properly. Typically the accident victims settle their case with the insurance companies before getting evaluated from a doctor trained in soft tissue injuries.

   It is not the responsibility of the at fault insurance company to pay for anything more than to get you back to pre-accident status. They are not responsible for pre-existing injuries; only the injuries sustained from the accident. Even if you are just sore, you should get checked out immediately because you may experience pain, numbness, headaches, muscle stiffness, fatigue, and other problems including arthritis many months/years down the road. Remember, nothing is more important than your health, especially when you start to lose it.


Do I have Whiplash?

The answer is likely Yes. If your doctor has not used the term whiplash when talking to you, it does not mean you do not have it. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, states that whiplash occurs in 60% of all motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash is a relatively common injury that is often ignored or mistreated due to lack of understanding of the condition. Whiplash is the sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction, resulting in the head and neck rebounding in the opposite direction. This rebound is actually a whipping motion of your head and neck, and the supporting tissues can't help but become injured.

Whiplash neck injury symptoms to look out for:

  • Headaches: which start in the morning and last for hours/days.
  • Stiff Neck: a difficulty in moving your neck, which could be the result of tissue, ligament or muscle damage.
  • Back Pain: Following an accident back pain can begin or intensify due to the collision,
  • Tenderness: increases in the neck and/or back.
  • Numbness/tingling sensation: This can occur as result of nerve compression in the spinal column.



 Not only are auto accidents an inconvenience and a hassle, a common redundant complaint of auto accident victims is that they don't feel like their normal selves. You may also be experiencing obvious pains and symptoms like muscle stiffness or spasm, neck pain, headaches, numbness and tingling, back pain, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and many other difficulties. Or worse than that, you may be injured and feel nothing at all.
 Either way, did you know that auto accidents can cause post-traumatic arthritis? Osteoarthritis can ruin your posture (giving you a slumped or hump back appearance). Osteoarthritis can cause the discs in your spine to degenerate and create scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness and the inability to move properly. The good news is this can be prevented by insuring normal joint movement is restored.

Common Questions

Q: What If My Car Sustained Only Minor Damage?

A: Documented studies done by Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D. and Lee Riley, M.D. revealed that: "The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants."

In other words, the damage to the passengers is not necessarily directly related to the damage to the vehicle.

Q: If I Need Treatment For This Injury, Do I Have To Pay For It Myself?

A: No, only in very rare circumstances does the patient pay for his care as he goes. Our office provides care "on credit" when patients are represented by an attorney. Some car insurance policies have what is called "Med Pay." This means that medical bills will be paid at 100% up to a certain limit. My office can assist you in obtaining this information. Using your medical coverage should not raise your premiums

Q: The Insurance Company Has Been Calling Me And Wants To Settle, What Should I Do?

A: Do not sign or settle until you have had someone evaluate your injury for you. If you settle before your injury is fully resolved, you will be completely on your own and will have to pay out of pocket for your care