Thursday, September 15, 2022

How to Apply Ice or Heat

 Ice – The best way is to use a large frozen gel pack. They stay soft even when frozen, so it contours to the body. They don’t leak, and you can reuse them over and over. The pack should be at least 6” X 8” to cover a big enough area.

Once your pack is cold, wrap it in a thin, dry towel and place it directly on the skin over the area that hurts. Apply for 15-20 minutes, but no longer than 20 minutes. Repeat 3 to 4 times per day during an acute flare up. You can also use ice cubes in a Ziploc bag, or even frozen vegetables.

Moist Heat – The best way to apply heat is through microwaveable bean bags. These are also reusable. You can also spend extra time in the shower or bathtub with hot water on the affected area. Apply for 15-20 minutes, but no longer than 20 minutes. Repeat 3 to 4 times per day during an acute flare up.

Learn the answers to common heat and ice questions

Relieve Your Pain with Chiropractic in Ann Arbor

Have you struggled with pain for years? Chiropractic in Ann Arbor can help!

No one should have to live in pain! At Thatcher Chiropractic & Laser, we believe it’s our duty to relieve your pain.

You’ll be in good hands! Dr. Bill has over 35 years of clinical experience and is an expert in treating musculoskeletal pain.

Schedule your appointment for chiropractic in Ann Arbor today! We take walk-in and same-day appointments too!


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Heat or Ice for Lower Back Pain?

 Have you ever wondered if heat or ice is better for relieving pain?

If you’re like most people who suffer from lower back pain, you would answer “Yes!”

When it Comes to Hot or Cold, here are the Simple Rules

  1. If you suffer from an acute back injury, use only ice until acute pain begins to subside, no matter how many days it takes.
  2. Once acute pain begins to subside, switch to a combination of moist heat and ice until the pain is gone.
  3. For chronic back pain, use a combination of moist heat and ice.

Therapeutic Effect:

Ice = fights swelling and inflammation.

Moist heat = relaxes tight muscles and increases circulation. 

Combination of moist heat and ice = the best of both worlds, but make sure you always end with ice.

Learn where to apply ice or heat and for how long. 

Relieve Your Pain with Chiropractic in Ann Arbor

Have you struggled with pain for years? Chiropractic in Ann Arbor can help!

No one should have to live in pain! At Thatcher Chiropractic & Laser, we believe it’s our duty to relieve your pain. We can help you regain your best spinal health and maintain it, so you can get back to enjoying life.

Schedule your appointment for chiropractic in Ann Arbor today! We take walk-in and same-day appointments too!


Monday, August 15, 2022

Symptoms of TMJ

Does your jaw sometimes lock or make eating uncomfortable?

Symptoms of TMJ can include:
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  • Jaw pain
  • Aching pain around the ear
  • Pain or difficulty talking, yawning, or chewing
  • Joint locking
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Facial swelling
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
Learn what causes TMJ on our website!

Treat TMJ with Chiropractic in Ann Arbor

If you’re tired of TMJ interrupting your daily life, the first step is searching for chiropractic in Ann Arbor.

At Thatcher Chiropractic and Laser, we respect your time. That’s why our paperwork and wait times are kept as short as possible.

You don’t have to live in pain! To schedule an appointment, fill out our contact form or call 734-663-2300. We also take walk in and same day appointments!

Monday, August 1, 2022

How Can Chiropractic Help TMJ?

Do you have jaw pain?

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You may have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). TMJ affects the temporomandibular joints located on each side of your jaw and the muscles that move them. These joints connect the jawbone to the skull and help you open and close your mouth.

What Causes TMJ?

The joint where the jawbone and skull connect is covered with cartilage and the bones are separated between a small disc, like the discs between your vertebrae. TMJ can occur if the disc wears down or moves out of alignment. TMJ can also be caused by arthritis and trauma to the joint. While the cause of TMJ is different for everyone, if you grind your teeth, clench your jaw, or have family members with TMJ, you may have a higher chance of experiencing it yourself.

Learn the symptoms of TMJ.

Treat TMJ with Chiropractic in Ann Arbor

If you’re tired of TMJ interrupting your daily life, the first step is searching for chiropractic in Ann Arbor.

At Thatcher Chiropractic and Laser, we respect your time. That’s why our paperwork and wait times are kept as short as possible.

You don’t have to live in pain! To schedule an appointment, fill out our contact form or call 734-663-2300. We also take walk in and same day appointments!

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Health Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

Is your pillow supporting you? 

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Do you have a hard time falling asleep or wake up feeling exhausted and sore because of neck pain?

Great sleep is so important for your health and wellness. Good sleep can:

  • Help you maintain or lose weight
  • Can improve concentration and productivity
  • Can maximize athletic performance
  • May strengthen your heart

Is your pillow literally a barrier between you and a good night’s sleep? 

Read Dr. Thatcher’s dos and don’ts for picking the right pillow on our website!

Get Back to Feeling Great with the Best Chiropractor in Ann Arbor

If neck pain from a bad pillow gives you neck pain in the morning, regular adjustments from your chiropractor can help. 

Nervous about having your neck adjusted? Some chiropractors will twist and crack your neck to make adjustments, which can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Dr. Thatcher uses an Activator instrument that makes gentle, precise adjustments to your vertebrae. You can rest assured that Dr. Thatcher takes your safety seriously. He was not only voted the best chiropractor in Ann Arbor, but also in Southeast Michigan!

Restore your hope and relieve your pain with an adjustment from Dr. Thatcher. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Tired of Waking up with a Sore Neck?

Do you have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep because you can’t get comfortable on your pillows?

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So many Americans have a hard time sleeping. Sleep deprivation can impact your weight, your concentration and productivity, athletic performance, and energy throughout the day. If you’re not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night, you need to make a change.

When is the last time you thought about how your pillow is supporting you?

Is your pillow literally a barrier between you and a good night’s sleep? 

Choosing the Right Pillow

The goal when choosing a pillow is to keep your neck right in the midline of your body. If you sleep on your side, you don’t want your head to be sagging toward the mattress when you lay down at night – you want your head and neck to be supported. Similarly, if you sleep on your back, you don’t want to crunch the back of your neck with a super fluffy pillow. 

Read Dr. Thatcher’s dos and don’ts for picking the right pillow on our website!

Get Back to Feeling Great with the Best Chiropractor in Ann Arbor

If neck pain from a bad pillow gives you neck pain in the morning, regular adjustments from your chiropractor can help. 

Nervous about having your neck adjusted? Some chiropractors will twist and crack your neck to make adjustments, which can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Dr. Thatcher uses an Activator instrument that makes gentle, precise adjustments to your vertebrae. You can rest assured that Dr. Thatcher takes your safety seriously. He was not only voted the best chiropractor in Ann Arbor, but also in Southeast Michigan!

Restore your hope and relieve your pain with an adjustment from Dr. Thatcher. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Monday, June 13, 2022

How to Travel This Summer Without Pain

Do you put off vacations due to pain?

Traveling can be uncomfortable for anyone, and it can make already existing pain even more apparent. Here are some tips to prevent pain this summer:

Luggage – For small bags, consider backpacks. Rather than weighing down one of your shoulders with a heavy shoulder bag, a backpack will distribute the weight evenly on both shoulders. For a suitcase, choose one with wheels. Make sure to lift correctly while carrying or retrieving any luggage. Learn how to lift correctly here: https://www.drthatcher.com/chiropractor/annarbor/secrets-to-managing-lower-back-pain-chiros-ann-arbor

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While Sightseeing – If you’re walking more than usual, bring comfortable shoes and shoe insoles. These can help plantar fasciitis and heel pain.

See more tips to manage pain while traveling.

Chiropractors in Ann Arbor Can Help Relieve Your Pain

How much have you missed out on due to pain? Maybe you haven’t noticed because you’ve gotten used to living this way.

You don’t have to continue living in pain! You can decrease your pain, increase your range of motion, and feel better with chiropractic care from Dr. Bill Thatcher.

Call 734-663-2300 or fill out our contact form to see one of the gentlest chiropractors in Ann Arbor!

How to Apply Ice or Heat

 Ice – The best way is to use a large frozen gel pack. They stay soft even when frozen, so it contours to the body. They don’t leak, and you...