Resistance Band Workshop - with Amanda Roberson
Monday September 22nd 6:30-7:00PM

Resistance bands are a diverse tool that can increase strength, stability, mobility and overall function.  When used properly, they can help promote healing of injuries and prevent future injuries from occurring! This workshop is not just for patients! If you're an intense athlete, a "weekend warrior", or simply looking to understand and improve your body - this is the workshop for you! 

  • Upper Extremity - wrist, elbow & shoulder
  • Lower Extremity - hip, knee & ankle
  • Whole body energy transfer
  • Resistance bands (if you have them, otherwise one will be provided for you!) 
  • Wear loose fitting clothes to allow movement.
  • Yourself! 

Soft tissue Self treatment - with Dr. Therese Miller
Thursday September 25th 6:30-7:00PM

Releasing tension in the muscles is an integral part of any warm-up or cool-down exercise routine. This hands-on workshop will help you learn to effectively use inexpensive tools at home to self-treat some of the most common conditions.  This workshop will benefit athletes and non-athletes alike, who want to know how they can better manage common aches and pains. 

  • Low back & neck pain
  • Headaches
  • shoulder pain
  • hip & knee pain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Yourself!
  • Foam roller, Lacrosse Ball or Triggerpoint Ball
  • Relaxed fitting clothes to move freely and easily

Thai Massage - with Elizabeth Hoffman
Saturday Spetember 27th 1:00-1:30PM

Thai massage is a form of bodywork featuring stretching and traction traditionally practiced on the floor.  Clients remain fully clothed, and no lotions or oils are involved.  Thai massage works as the practitioner uses their feet, elbows, knees and hands to compress and stretch the client. Some people describe it as a passive form of yoga. 

“It’s like going to a massage therapist, yoga class and chiropractor.”  Jill Burynski     


  • Yourself
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfy clothes

MSWC and Hands On have spent two years in our office on 103rd & Oklahoma, and welcomed Berry Family Chiro last year.  Now it's time to celebrate! Our success would not have been possible without our patients. We want to use our anniversary to thank YOU, for supporting us! 

September 22nd-26th, we will be hosting Patient Appreciation and Education Week! Throughout the week, there will be free workshops with Amanda Roberson, Dr. Miller, and Elizabeth Hoffman of Hands On Massage Inc. The main event will be the open house, on Friday September 26 from 6:00-9:00pm. There will be a clearance product sale, raffle prizes, drinks, snacks and good times all around! Dr. Berry will also stop in to introduce Baby Berry!! 

Event details will be posted throughout the next few weeks. You can find details on our Facebook, Twitter or in our blog. As always, feel free to contact the office for more information! 

Let’s start by defining both. Static stretching is the action of holding a muscle in a stretch for a certain amount of time (let us say 30 secs) while the body is at rest, no movement. Dynamic stretching is stretching the muscle while activating that muscle in a controlled manner, movement. Dynamic stretching is not the same as taking a static stretch and adding a bounce to the end range for your motion.

Newton’s first law of motion comes to mind. “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion.” Now, let us take that law and apply it to stretching. When a muscle is being stretched without any activation, the muscle fibers are being pulled apart in a weak uncontrolled position. This is not always a bad technique but it should not be used before an activity or event. Static stretching should be used during the cool-down phase of exercise or after an event.

Before an event, dynamic stretching promotes an increase in blood flow, “warming up” the muscle. Because there is movement while stretching, range of motion and body awareness is improved. To help you out, I have attached a link at the bottom that outlines a full body dynamic warm up routine to get you ready for any workout.


-- Amanda Roberson, MAT, ATC, LAT

What is IT band syndrome?

The first question to answer is what is the IT band? IT band stands for Iliotibial band which is a large sheet of thick fibers that connect the hip to the knee on the outside of the leg. Various muscles and other kinds of soft tissues connect to the IT band. IT band syndrome is an overuse injury common in runners and cyclists. The distal (bottom) portion of the thick band crosses over the lateral epicondyle (outside bony part) of the knee. As the knee bends and straightens that portion crosses over the lateral epicondyle which can cause irritation and/or a popping sound.

How do I prevent IT band syndrome?

Athletes can help prevent IT band syndrome from occurring. Proper mechanics should always be used while exercising regardless of the intensity. It is important that our muscles and joints are used the way that they were designed to be used. Incorporating a dynamic warm up and cool down decreased the rate of injury. This allows blood flow to the muscles while stretching the muscles. IT band syndrome can be an effect of tightness of one or more of the muscles that attach to the IT band. Also, a number of soft tissue techniques could be used including ART (active release technique) and Guasha (a scraping technique). Most soft tissue techniques have the same end goal with different approaches. People react different to different techniques.

How do I treat IT band syndrome?

There are many treatments for IT band syndrome ranging from conservative care or surgery. It is common practice to begin with conservative care, working of proper mechanics, soft tissue techniques, and stretching. From there if no results are found then the injury would be re-evaluated and the case would progress from that point.

-Amanda Roberson, MAT, ATC, LAT
Athletes don't always look like this...
Most athletes look more like this...
Changing the way we, as a society, look at exercises, influences our goals and overall outcomes. If the end goal of exercise is to get bigger and stronger, then lifting at the gym in the traditional sense fits. However, if the end goal is to run faster, throw harder, or jump higher, incorporating a functional approach may be more beneficial.  Our life is lived through functional movement; therefore we should train through functional movement to reflect out activities. The Grey Institute is centered on the philosophy of Applied Functional Science (AFS) which is a functional based approach to exercise and rehab treatment. Using AFS allowed providers to retrain the body to function the way it was designed. Functional training combined with traditional training optimizes our level of performance. But as always proper mechanics is the most important in any type of training.

Using the link below will direct you to an article that explains deeper the “Principles of Lifting” by Logan Schwartz FAFS.


-Amanda Roberson, MAT, ATC, LAT

When: Friday, April 25th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Authentic Birth Center and Wellness Collective
530 N 108th Place
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Why: Dr. Miller wants to help you learn how to maintain your most important resource: your body!  This will be an excellent opportunity to discover how fulfilling it can be to play an active role in your personal wellness. The evening will be filled with information about basic body mechanics, common malfunctions, treatment and maintenance care.  There will even be a hands on portion, to practice and perfect the exercise techniques!

    Not only will you have access to live instructions, but the tools for the exercises will be available! Tool kits will be available for pre-order, for $40 dollars.  This includes a high density foam roller, LaCrosse ball, and the $5 admission for the evening.   Dr. Miller will show everyone, step-by-step, proper technique for the maintenance exercises. Then you can practice in the hands on portion of the evening.

Don't let aches and pains get in the way of your summer! This is an excellent event for athletes, new parents, or those simply looking to understand their body, a little better.  Anyone can benefit from this series! If you know anyone who would benefit from this series remember:
The greatest compliment we can receive, is your referral to a friend or loved one.

Cost of attendance will be an appreciated donation of $5.00

Please contact our office for additional information and registration!
phone: 262.366.3655
email: staff@millerswc.com

This spring, Dr. Miller is determined to give up her sweet, sugary snacks! Breaking bad habits can be difficult, but she knows that strength comes in numbers. She wants to challenge YOU to make a healthy living pledge, in her Spring Fling Challenge!


1. Post your pledge on our wall,  in a comment on our blog posts, or @drtmiller on Twitter. It can be any healthy living goal you choose - whether you'd like to shed a few extra pounds, exercise more or simply eat healthier!

2. Inspire and be inspired by everyone who has made a pledge to live healthier! Beginning February 1st, 2014 post a picture to our wall (or @drtmiller on Twitter) and show everyone that you're going the extra mile, a few steps at a time, to become a happier and healthier YOU! 

3. Who doesn't love a little friendly competition? Every pledge post and every picture, will be entered at the end of the month, for a drawing to win some fabulous prizes! There is no limit to the number of posts per day. Winners will be announced on March 1st, 2014. 

Why wait, when it comes to your health? Post your pledge today and make 2014 your happiest and healthiest year yet!

...Stay tuned for more updates!
Please join us for a Charity Event benefiting The Repairers of the Breach.

Sat. Dec 7, 2013
10 am- 2 pm
3400 S 103rd St #300
Greenfield, WI 53227

Holiday Shopping that supports a great cause!

*Each vendor has agreed to donate a portion of their sales to the cause as well as raffle items. 

*A silent auction with a variety of interests and items all valued greater than $75! 

*Chair massages and gift wrapping for donations!

Would you like to get involved? Here are a few ways you can help:
*Help us spread the word!
*We are still looking for silent auction donations. Any items are appreciated- if the value is less than $75, items will be combined into baskets. 
*Monetary donations will be used to cover any non-donated operational expenses; any funds above operational costs will be contributed directly to Repairers of the Breach. 

*Central States Insurance
*Melissa M.

Please contact us at:
staff@millerswc.com or 262-366-3655 for more information!
Several important edits have been made to the last post. Although seemingly small details, it is important that T4/T3 testing for Thyroid include not just total T4 and T3, but rather FREE T4/T3. 

Check out the updated information in the link below!

I wanted to share this with all of you. Please pass it along to friends and family! This was prepared by a friend who really understands the battle of receiving an accurate diagnosis and the all too-common story of receiving incomplete testing and therefore not a complete picture. 

Read below, or better yet, click the link below for the handout!
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Did you know:  thyroid disorder may present itself with 300+ symptoms!  

Thyroid disease is often misdiagnosed.


The TSH test alone is NOT the gold standard for detecting thyroid disorder.


All of these Tests are required to check thyroid function:

§    T4 (Thyroxine)  – Inactive form of thyroid hormone.  T4 is a storage hormone and requires iodine to convert to T3, the usable form of the hormone. 

§    T3 (Triiodothyronine) - Active form of thyroid hormone.  Every cell in our body has receptors for this thyroid hormone.

§    TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) – Hormone released by the pituitary gland.  Stimulates the thyroid gland to release hormone.  The TSH value rarely correlates to how a patient feels!

§    Reverse T3 (rT3)- The inactive form of T3 that doesn’t get used by the body.  A high rT3 is indicative of inflammation in the body caused by stressors. 

§    Thyroid antibodies (TPO AB, TgAb -TSI for Graves’ Disease)- Presence determines autoimmunity. 


Be sure to insist your doctor run ALL of these tests.  If not, find another doctor that will!


Other important tests to monitor when diagnosed with thyroid disorder:

§  Iron (4 tests: Ferritin, % Saturation, TIBC and serum (or total) iron)

§  Cortisol salvia test (only) (for adrenal issues)

§  Sex hormones

§  B12 & folate, Vitamin D3 (25-hydroxyvitamin D)

§  Magnesium and Potassium, & Calcium, Sodium, Glucose, etc.

§  MTHFR gene: if you have high levels of mercury, or iron, or B12 and family history of cancer, heart disease or stroke.

Prescription hormones:

  • T4-only: Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine, etc
  • T3 medications: Armour, Naturethroid, Westhroid-P, etc.

T4-only hormones are often prescribed by physicians and often leave patients sick and tired because many people have trouble converting the T4 to T3 or have inflammatory issues in the body and too much gets converted to rT3.  Also, the laboratory reference ranges are too broad and those that know how to treat thyroid disease use a much narrower range.  It is important to find a physician that will treat you based upon your symptoms, not just your lab values!


Signs that T4-only meds are NOT working for you include:

Low/high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, weight issues, lingering fatigue, deficiencies in B12, vitamin D, magnesium, iron. Digestive issues, adrenal and hormone issues, being cold, heart palpitations, PMS, fertility issues, etc.  The list is very long!


Did you know:

 The majority of thyroid disorders are due to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune ds.

Many don’t know this because their doctors either do not order the antibody test or do not tell them they have autoimmune disease.  BUT, if you have autoimmune disease, it is IMPORTANT to treat the immune system and change your diet (gluten-free at minimum) and lifestyle as well so that you don’t develop additional autoimmune diseases.  Celiac disease & Hashimoto’s are often linked.


Did you know:

Fibromyalgia is also contributed to low T3; undertreated or untreated thyroid disease.  Most doctors will say there is no known cause or treatment and that it can only be managed.  They may also say it is an emotional or psychiatric problem! Not true!


§   Stop the Thyroid Madness (website and book, author Janine Bowthorpe)

§   Why do I still Have Thyroid Symptoms? Datis Kharrazian

§   www.thyroidchange.org


Prepared by: Angela Michalski, amichalski4@wi.rr.com