Blog Archive

Running and Back Pain Nov 30th, 2021

Have you ever noticed every time you go running, you have lower back pain either during or after the run? If so, you may be wondering if you should quit running, find an alternative sport, or simply stop all activity and adopt a sedentary lifestyle. If you love the benefits...

Carpal Tunnel Nerve Gliding Exercises Nov 23rd, 2021

There are many different exercises that can be done for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and we’ve discussed some of these in the past. To understand “why” gliding exercises are helpful, let’s review the anatomy of the carpal tunnel. There are 9 tendons that move through the narrow carpal tunnel at...

Keeping Low Back Pain from Becoming Chronic Nov 15th, 2021

It’s estimated that about one-in-seven adults in the United States have chronic low back pain (lasting longer than three months), which can have a major effect on one’s ability to carry out their daily activities. As such, it’s important to identify which factors may be associated with an increased risk...

Exercise Saves Lives Oct 27th, 2021

If there was one prescription that could reduce the severity or even prevent dozens of diseases—including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, some cancers, depression, and dementia—and it also had a low risk for adverse effects, who wouldn’t consider it? Good news. There is such a prescription. It’s EXERCISE!...

Neck Pain and Our Pillow! Oct 6th, 2021

The relationship between neck pain and our pillow is more important than most of us realize! Though we all may have at one time or another slept on a variety of surfaces, and used any number of pillows (flat, medium, bulky) made of different materials (foam, feather, air, water, or...

Exercise Can Help Knee Osteoarthritis Jun 9th, 2021

In the face of musculoskeletal pain, it’s common to restrict activity. Unfortunately, doing so can weaken the muscles and joints in the affected area, which can prolong pain and elevate the risk for future injury. Patients with osteoarthritis of the knee often fall into this trap. So, what type of...

Staying Active Helps the Lower Back Jun 7th, 2021

In the past, patients may have been prescribed bed rest by their family doctor for low back pain. These days, treatment guidelines recommend staying active during the recovery process. Why the change? There are two types of muscles in the back: the superficial muscles and the deep muscles. The superficial...

Neck Pain and Workstation Options May 26th, 2021

Neck pain is commonly associated with sitting in front of a computer forprolonged periods of time. So is there a “best” or “ideal” type of desk to usewhen working at a computer all day? The sit-stand desk has gained significant popularity in recent years, especiallywith an 83% increase in sedentary...

Scapular Dyskinesis May 14th, 2021

The shoulder joint is really four joints—glenohumeral, scapulothoracic, acromioclavicular, and sternoclavicular—that all work in a coordinated manner to maneuver the upper arm. The shoulder blade, or the scapula, is an important player in normal shoulder movement because important muscles and related tissues are anchored in this bone. However, an issue...

Car Crash Characteristics and Whiplash Recovery May 11th, 2021

While many cases of whiplash that result from a motor vehicle collision (MVC) have a successful outcome, some experts estimate that up to 25% of whiplash patients will experience chronic pain and disability. Several studies have sought to identify characteristics that differentiate these individuals from those who recover so that...

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Management Strategies May 11th, 2021

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common cause of vertigo, or dizziness, that is associated with movement of the head (though some motions may be more problematic than others) that goes away when movement ceases. Essentially, BPPV is caused by crystals becoming displaced within the semicircular canals (inner ear),...

A Vascular Cause of Low Back Pain May 10th, 2021

For the older adult, pain that radiates into the leg is a common complaint. Thisprocess, called neurogenic claudication, occurs when the spinal cord and/or nerve roots are pinched as they exit the arthritic spine (a condition called spinalstenosis). However, there is another degenerative condition that can cause painin the legs...

The Big Benefits of Chiropractic Care Nov 7th, 2018

A recent study from the National Center for Biotechnology shows that 33% of people asked avoided medical care because of a negative experience with a doctor or hospital, and 54% of people avoided medical care because of high cost or little to no insurance coverage.  The population in general see...

4 Easy Ways to Make Exercise Consistent Oct 19th, 2018

4 Easy Ways to Make Exercise Consistent Let's face it - being active is a vital tool in facilitating a generally healthy lifestyle. Exercise has proven benefits, not just for our bodies, but to our brains as well. Exercise improves our abilities to handle stress, improve our quality of sleep,...

Pain Evaluation Can Be Tricky Dec 13th, 2015

Most of the people that come to see us at ProActive Spine Care start off wanting some help with pain of some kind.  Neck pain relief, back pain relief, headache relief, help with sciatic or leg pain are just a few of the common pain problems we see.  However, people...

The Mind-Body Connection of Health Dec 10th, 2015

When it comes to healing, health, and function, its a full package deal.  The fact that time brain control the body is just common sense.  This is brain-body control.  Than much is a "no brainer".But we now know that the ​body also controls the brain.  That's right -- there is also body-mind control....

The Importance of Alignment and Balance Nov 29th, 2015

 At Proactive Spine Care, we have been the Tacoma chiropractor for thousands of people over the past 25 years, and many of those have had problems that developed or were made worse by misalignment in their musculoskeletal system.  One of the basic misalignments we have seen and helped easily is a...

Listen Up About Proper Warm Up: the 11+ System Nov 27th, 2015

Preventing sports and work injuries has always been a topic of focus.  Sports injuries can cut short an active lifestyle, and work injuries can be expensive and lead to high employer work injury costs and lost productivity. Many of these injuries are back injuries, knee injuries, ankle injuries.  Of these, back injuries...

Chirorpactic for Knee Problems Nov 24th, 2015

What does chiropractic care have to do with knee problems?  Everything.  That's why you should be looking for us to be your Tacoma chiropractor if you have knee pain, knee injury, a post-surgical recovery, or knee arthritis. SPINE AS A PREDICTOR OF KNEE PROBLEMS: There have been several research studies over recent...

How to Make Chiropractic Care Even MORE Effective Nov 20th, 2015

We help people with fast pain relief from back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, arthritis, and sports injuries every day. We help provide care for everything from a kink in the neck to recovery from spine surgery. We have been proud to be the Tacoma chiropractor chosen by thousands of people over...

Chiropractic for Migraine & Tension Headaches Nov 17th, 2015

Headaches in general are one of the biggest headaches for many traditional health care providers to manage in the care of their patients.  In fact, headaches are one of the top problems that bring people to the doctor. Many headaches are managed with prescription NSAIDs.  The problem here is something called rebound headaches.  Rebound...

The Microbial Nano-link to Obesity Nov 16th, 2015

It's no secret that people in our society are, by enlarge, to large.  Overweight is the politically correct description.  But why?  Old school thinking is that body weight is just a matter of a simple equation:  calories in and exercise out.  Eat too much and you gain weight.  Exercise too...

Spinal Epidural Steriod Injections in the Not So Good News Nov 9th, 2015

It is not so new that there have been strong concerns raised about epidural steroid injections for low back pain and other back conditions like disc herniations ("slipped" discs), radiculitis (nerve irritation), radiculopathy (nerve damage), spinal degenerative disease (arthritis), and stenosis.  The concerns that have been raised up to this point...

The Truth About Sugar & Calories Nov 7th, 2015

Time for a post-Halloween reality check:  BEWARE OF SUGAR.  I know. I know.  But I'm not preaching, just sharing...  We have heard bad news about sugar before, right?  Well, new reports continue to come out that we all should listen to.  Especially as it relates to our children around Halloween time....

Another Problem with Anti-inflammatories. Nov 3rd, 2015

The common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory class is called NSAIDs - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  These are commonly prescribed form musculoskeletal pain and injuries, including back pain, neck pain, whiplash, disc problems, etc.  However, these medications are often over used – including taking too much and taking them too long.  In an article...

The Back Surgery Domino Effect Nov 1st, 2015

Back surgery has been shown to be necessary in only a small percentage of back pain cases.  There are clear indications for when surgery is necessary. Back surgery has been shown to only be indicated in less than 5% of all back pain cases.  That means 95% of back pain...

Kill the Overkill Oct 27th, 2015

At Proactive Spine Care, we are all about pain relief for our patients.  Seriously. But we are also about reasonable care.  The October 20, 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study taking a look at low back pain. Specifically, they looked at one of...

Malicious Meats Oct 26th, 2015

On Monday, October 26, 2015, The World Health Organization unveiled a monograph that was shocking to some.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer, The cancer agent of the World Health Organization, published it's monograph that evaluated the connection between red and process meats and cancer.  The conclusion:  Red and...

Highlighting Natural Health Oct 22nd, 2015

October is National Chirorpactic Health Month.  Its a great time to focus on the basics of natural health.Natural health starts with the basics:  Good sleep, Good food, Good water, Good movement, Good attitude, and Good relationships.  These things are easy to get, but takes the right focus, habits, and mindset.  Sometimes pain,...

Get off your butt! Oct 18th, 2015

Some things are worth repeating.  And repeating. And repeating!Its not like we need another study to tell us that the couch potato lifestyle is bad for your health, but they keep coming.  The latest issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal (2015; 47(10); 2053-2061, gives us the news:"Prolonged...

Thumbs down for spinal injections -- AGAIN! Oct 10th, 2015

According to a recent study in the journal Evidence Based Medicine [2015; 20(1):16], epidural injections for spinal stenosis has increased dramatically since 2000.  This is despite the fact that strong evidence supporting the use of epidural stared injections is lacking.  This article underscores, once again, that spinal steriod injections are overused and overrated.  Stenosis is...

More Control. Less Strength. REALLY? Feb 19th, 2015

Just go to the gym and look around.  Notice anything?  Hopefully you see a lot of people trying to get more fit and healthy.  But there is something else that might no be so obvious...The exercise orientation at most gyms is largely focused on muscle isolation.  Free weights and machines...

Chiropractic is Best First Choice Feb 7th, 2015

With all the choices out there for where to go to get care for muscle and joint problems, it is smart to look at the study data that compares cost and performance among different approaches.  This is also true for spine care (back and neck care).  After all, taken together,...

Sitting is the New Smoking! Jan 31st, 2015

This past week, yet another study shines a light on the importance of standing more and sitting less.  The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published the study which not only reports how bad sitting is, but that is is directly related to risk of major disease.  Sitting is clearly the new smoking. ​Other major...

Go Seattle Seahawks! Jan 21st, 2015

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks!  NFC champs and on to back to back Superbowl wins!  Did you know that the Seahawks have run to wins in the past two seasons with the help of great team chiropractic care?  Go Team! 

Dr. McMillin Instructs 2014/2015 CE for WA State Chiropractors Jan 3rd, 2015

WSCA Sponsors Continuing Education on Spine Rehab and Fitness Instructed by Dr. McMillin. Thanks Dr. McMillin.  The whole seminar program was fascinating. It gave me so much valuable info - tools, skills, protocols, and perspectives about spine health. I would definitely advice my colleagues to attend. -V.S. In late 2014, The Washington State Chirorpactic...