Chiropractic Excellence in Alabama
At Millar Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing Chiropractic Excellence to our patients. Dr. Millar says, "We give Good Old Fashion Service with State of the Art Techniques and Equipment. Add in a Compassionate Caring Doctors and Staff and you have the recipe for Chiropractic Excellence."
We provide advanced spinal correction utilizing "State of the Art" chiropractic techniques and equipment. Never in the history of chiropractic has chiropractic been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more researched, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. Our Doctors of Chiropractic, have years of training and experience in spinal adjustment. All of our Doctors of Chiropractic have passed all four parts of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners examination. Additionally, all of our Doctors of Chiropractic then took and passed the rigorous Alabama State Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam. Finally, all of our Doctors of Chiropractic have trained under Dr. Greg Millar, Chiropractic Physician. Dr Millar is fond of saying, "If you can't find the problem, you can't fix the problem." He believes that you "leave NO stone un-turned", when trying to find what is really the root cause of your pain or problem.
Our Doctors use Manual and Instrument adjusting techniques. We utilize Activator, Thompson Drop Table, Diversified, Atlas Orthogonal, CBP, Cox Flexion/Distraction, SOT, Palmer Method and many other chiropractic adjusting techniques. Our Doctors like to say "we have many adjusting tools in our toolbox. We try to use the one that will give you the patient the fastest, safest, and most thorough treatment." Dr Millar says, "using the right adjusting technique is essential. Some patients should NOT be manually adjusted. Knowing what NOT to do is sometimes as important as knowing what to do."
At Millar Chiropractic we treat lots of conditions from Arthritis to Whiplash; but, he specializes in treating 7 areas: 1) Low Back Pain with or without disc involvement, 2) Neck Pain with or without disc involvement, 3) Upper Mid Back Pain with or without radiation into the scapula or Shoulder, 4)Headaches & Migraines, 5) Sciatica, Sacral, and Pelvis pain and problems, 6) Joint Pain and Problems in (hips, knees, ankles, feet and toes | shoulders, elbows, wrist, hands, fingers) and 7) Whiplash and Personal Injury cases from auto, motorcycle or truck accidents.
DTS - Decompression Traction
For the Non-Surgical Treatment of neck and low back bulging, herniated, and prolapsed disc problems, we have chosen the the Chattanooga DTS - Decompression Traction System, the #1 used Decompression System in America. Decompression traction is just that. It decompresses the disc or desired spinal structure . While staying fully clothed, the computer controlled traction gently pulls the disc apart with long axis distraction thereby creating a negative interdiscal pressure (like a vacuum). In many cases, this pulls the disc off the thecal sac or nerve root and/or helps to lower inflammation and pain.
This FDA approved equipment, in its various generations, has been used by Millar Chiropractic Clinics since the year 2000 helping over five thousand North Alabama and Tennessee Valley patients with disc problems and other conditions. You may have seen Dr. Millar demonstrate this table and it's treatments on WAAY TV Channel 31 MEDCALL or BACKTALK shows over the years. While practicing with the Neurosurgeons of UAB, Dr Millar jointly developed the DCR Protocol utilizing the DTS - Decompression Traction System and adding correction techniques and rehabilitation. The results of the DCR Protocol were amazing. Dr. Millar went on to say, "We have achieve about an 80% success rate for most patients treated with the DCR Protocol. And in medicine 80% success is incredible."
Millar Facet/Stenosis Therapy
We realized that many or our patients were presenting with pain caused by Degenerative Facet Disease, Facet Syndrome, or Facet Arthrosis. We also had many patient presenting with similar symptoms from stenosis both central canal and neuroforaminal canal . Dr. Millar went on to say, "I can't tell you how many times patients have come in with a MRI showing a bulging disc with no compression of the cord or nerves and they are still in pain. These patients were being treated for the wrong problem. The problem wasn't the disc it was the facets or the stenosis all along.
In a study from Eubanks et al there was a prevalence rates of facet arthrosis (facet syndrome) seem on 647 cadavers.
- 57% of samples between 20 and 29 years of age
- 93% of the samples 40-49 years of age
- 100% of the samples showed prominent facet arthrosis by age 60
The symptoms of Facet Pain include:
- Need to lean over the buggy when going shopping
- Able to walk just a short distance before your back aches
- Constantly looking for a place to sit down or something to lean against for just a minute till your back stops hurting.
- Back Pain that wakes you up in the mornings
- Back Pan that is worse when you first put your feet on the floor in the morning
- Back Pain that is often relieved or make better with a hot shower or bath
To address this problem, Dr. Millar worked with Dr. Hill of Hill Laboratories. What they came up with was a Hill Flexion/Distraction table with a customized McKensey extension built into the table. Now that's a mouthful so we decided to call it the "Millar Facet/Stenosis Table" then Dr. Millar wrote the Millar Facet Protocol for treatment of Facet problems and the Millar Stenosis Protocol for the treatment of Stenosis. All of our Doctors are trained on the Millar Facet/Stenosis Table to help treat your Back Pain.
CPR - Custom Physical Rehabilitation
Therapy & Corrective Exercises
We teach our patients special "blueprint" exercises designed just for them to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.
Every patient starts with balance testing with strengthening if necessary. This is followed by flexibility, range of motion, strength and endurance testing and exercises. Your Millar Chiropractor along with our staff then designs a custom rehab program for each patient. That's why we call it "Complete Rehab."
As an example: A patient with moderate progressive degenerative disc disease in the spine. If left untreated, we know that the patient will get worse over time. As disc degenerate they often bulge or worse herniate. By utilizing conservative chiropractic care and complete rehab exercises we often can slow and sometimes even stop the progression of the degenerative disc disease.
Lifestyle Advice - Living Longer
We often find it helpful to "coach" our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients. Dr. Millar says, "you need a medical doctor and a chiropractor... you need a medical doctor for in sickness and a chiropractor for in health."
We want to teach you to "DREAM". It stands for Diet, Rest, Exercise, Activity, and Mental State. By coaching in these areas we help our patients to live longer lives healthier.
We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? An worse which ones are bad for you and may be doing you harm. Our Millar Chiropractic Doctors can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.
Want more, then see our Geneticist/Nutritionist at Millar Nutrition & Genetics and with a swab of your cheek, we will check your DNA with and design a custom vitamin just for you based on YOUR DNA, We call it the DNA Custom Vitamin. We can also explore your DNA and look for DNA markers for predisposition to disease and disease processes. By knowing in advance your genetic predisposition to certain diseases you may be able act now and change your future.
Spinal & Postural Screenings
Posture and spinal screenings can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and well-being. We like to preform a postural screening on each patient so you see what we see and start correcting those postural problems early on.
We also provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today to arrange a screening at your event or workplace. We also participate in company health fairs so call us today.
To complement and enhance the healing effects of our specific Chiropractic adjustments or CMT Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy our Doctors also provide the following physiological therapeutic procedures:
- Interferential electrical muscle stimulation
- Premodulated electrical muscle stimulation
- Low level laser therapy
- Microamperage neural stimulation
- Mechanical traction
- Moist heat therapy
- Paraffin bath