In conjunction with a detailed history, Dr. Miller performs a physical examination to not
only determine a clinical diagnosis but also diagnose which tissues around the areas of
concern are not functioning optimally. She uses precise palpation coupled with objective
alignment markers, manual muscle testing, and range of motion to gain insight on the location
of musculoskeletal lesions, neurologic deficits and biomechanical dysfunction. This guides
her clinical decision making toward an appropriate plan for treatment and rehabilitation.
Diagnostic imaging is also ordered when indicated.
Once location(s) of musculoskeletal lesions and/or biomechanical dysfunctions are determined
treatments may include any of the following:
Soft tissue therapies to reduce tissue tension and remodel disorganized
connective tissue, making it more functional, elastic and resilient.
Neuromuscular re-education via progressive and regressive isometric loading
of tissue to stimulate remodeling of connective tissues, aid in soft tissue healing and
repair and overcome the neuromuscular barrier that often develops post injury (muscle spasm/guarding).
Joint manipulation to mobilize joints, reduce local joint inflammation, and
improve nervous system function.
Dr. Miller’s approach to rehabilitation involves integrating new movement habits into your
daily life so that your every move is nourishing to your body and your life. By incorporating
the exercises into your daily life you are getting small doses of nourishing movement throughout
the day, which ultimately has a longer lasting effect than just spending a few minutes to an hour
once a day doing your prescribed exercises. Tissue adaptation without injury occurs with high
frequency, low intensity inputs. You are essentially re-shaping your body to move better and be
more adaptable to variations in your environment, thus decreasing the incidence and intensity of injury.
Her goal is to facilitate a sense of movement autonomy so you feel motivated to continue the work
in your daily life. To facilitate change in the body high frequency and low intensity of movements
is key! So 1 hour of movement during an appointment, or an hour yoga class once a week becomes
negated by the other 23 hours of movement within old patterns if change isn’t infused into every
single movement all 24 hours of the day.
She also teaches various stretches and exercises that assist in soft tissue healing and repair,
reducing muscle spasm/guarding, and expanding usable ranges of motion. Her exercises are influenced
by her training in Nutritious Movement’s Restorative Exercise alignment principles and Functional
Range Conditioning (FRC) principles. For a more extensive list of her background go to the about page.
- Improved mobility and flexibility
- Stronger and healthier joints
- Improved balance and body control
- Decreased pain
- Reduced prevalence and severity of injuries
Whole-Body, Whole-Life Movement Principles
Once you have recovered from your pain pattern and/or injury, you can work with
Dr. Miller to optimize your whole-body movement skills. This includes improving
mobility, flexibility and strength in all joints of the body so you have greater
control and adaptability. Dr. Miller will help you develop specific movement goals
and help you achieve them. If your goal is general body wellness through movement
she would love to help you achieve that as well! Dr. Miller draws on her training in
Restorative Exercise, Functional Range Conditioning and Movnat as well as personal
experience living a movement-rich lifestyle to help you move better and achieve your goals.