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Dr. Miya Bazley, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Miya Bazley is a Chiropractor practicing in Washington, DC. Dr. Bazley specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system, while improving each patients functionality and quality of life. Conditions treated include sciatica, neck pain, and arthritis pain, among many others. Dr. Bazley seeks to reduce pain and discomfort through manipulation and adjustment of the spine.
16 years Experience
Dr. Miya Bazley, DC
  • Washington, DC
  • Univeristy of Bridgeport
  • Accepting new patients

How often should I wear a posture corrector?

It should have come with directions and I would follow them. However if it didn't the general advice depends on what it is made out of. If it's a pliable material 30 minutes READ MORE
It should have come with directions and I would follow them. However if it didn't the general advice depends on what it is made out of. If it's a pliable material 30 minutes a day is the maximum amount of time it will give you a lot of support. If it's harder material possibly an hour and I would make sure you are doing plenty of movements in it, like walking and household chores.

How do I stop forward slouching?

This might seem silly but make sure you are doing gluteus muscle strengthening exercises. Strengthening your butt muscles will help you stand more upright. Also the superwoman READ MORE
This might seem silly but make sure you are doing gluteus muscle strengthening exercises. Strengthening your butt muscles will help you stand more upright. Also the superwoman pose for a minute will help with tight pectoral muscles and naturally lift your head up. Also, if you use your cellphone a lot, try to use it less or bring it up higher so you're not looking down at your phone and encouraging a forward head posture. If doing these three things for a month doesn't help see care as there are a few more techniques that can be used.

How do you know if your body is out of alignment?

Personally, I know when I'm out of alignment when I take a deep breath and I can hear popping in my back or my neck feels stiff and I feel like I need to "move it." Also, if walking READ MORE
Personally, I know when I'm out of alignment when I take a deep breath and I can hear popping in my back or my neck feels stiff and I feel like I need to "move it." Also, if walking is no longer comfortable to me, I know I need to see a colleague. Patients will describe a feeling of being "off" or not efficient with simple tasks like walking or crouching down. Also, I'll hear from patients subtle complaints of not sleeping well, not being comfortable sitting or a feeling of needing to "crack" their backs or get movement into them. A few patients have mentioned they look rotated when looking into a full length mirror or their clothes no longer sit on them correctly.
I hope this is helpful information.

Is it bad to pop your fingers?

It's an old wive's tale that "popping" or "cracking" your knuckles is bad for your fingers. It's such a strong superstition that I would not be surprised if the most learned amongst READ MORE
It's an old wive's tale that "popping" or "cracking" your knuckles is bad for your fingers. It's such a strong superstition that I would not be surprised if the most learned amongst us had strong feelings about it. However, if the popping is painful or your fingers are constantly stiff, I would suggest having that checked out.

What does a pinched nerve in the shoulder feel like?

A true pinched nerve can feel like numbness and tingling that radiates down the arm or leg, or even a burning sensation in the skin in a specific way. If it's very bad, there could READ MORE
A true pinched nerve can feel like numbness and tingling that radiates down the arm or leg, or even a burning sensation in the skin in a specific way. If it's very bad, there could be muscle weakness in the muscles that nerve supplies. The term "pinched nerve" can be used colloquially to describe a sharp feeling that happens with movement, but that sensation is rarely
caused by a pinched nerve. It's still a problem and something that can be fixed.
Hope that helps.

Can sleeping on your side cause shoulder impingement?

Possibly, that is not the most common way to develop shoulder impingement. Sleeping on your side is now considered a gold standard position to sleep in (it used to be sleeping READ MORE
Possibly, that is not the most common way to develop shoulder impingement. Sleeping on your side is now considered a gold standard position to sleep in (it used to be sleeping on your back). So, if more frequent causes of shoulder impingement has been ruled out, it's something to consider.

Can I see a massage therapist and a chiropractor for shoulder pain?

Yes. I would let the massage therapist and chiropractor know you are seeing both for care.

Do chiropractors work on arms?

Many chiropractors will/can but not all. Some chiropractors might only work

What exercises improve posture?

Such a great question! If you have access to a 15lb kettlebell (maybe more if you're stronger), the farmer's carry and the briefcase carry are solid exercises. Also, goblet squats READ MORE
Such a great question! If you have access to a 15lb kettlebell (maybe more if you're stronger), the farmer's carry and the briefcase carry are solid exercises. Also, goblet squats can be helpful if you are up to it. It's not an exercise, but stretching the pectoralis muscles and hip flexors can help as well if you noticed your arms curling in or you sit a lot during the day. There are a few more exercises, but I would start with those.

How long should it take for a chiropractor to fix your back?

It depends on how long you have had this pain and what caused the pain (trip and fall, picked up something wrong or hit by a car). In 2016, The Journal of Physiological and Manipulative READ MORE
It depends on how long you have had this pain and what caused the pain (trip and fall, picked up something wrong or hit by a car). In 2016, The Journal of Physiological and Manipulative Therapies (JMPT), one of the scientific journals that puts out a lot of information for chiropractors published the Clinical Practice Guideline: Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain. A group came together and looked through the literature to see what was most effective with the information we currently have. The guideline suggests that for acute injuries possibly up to 12 visits over 3-4 weeks to chronic or an exacerbation of low back pain which could 2-6 visits over a month. Right now, that is the current guideline. There is also a guideline for wellness care in regards to the low back.

Can a chiropractor help with headaches and dizziness?

Yes, however, headaches and dizziness can be caused by a few things. The chiropractor will take a history and do an exam to see if he/she can get to the bottom of why you are having READ MORE
Yes, however, headaches and dizziness can be caused by a few things. The chiropractor will take a history and do an exam to see if he/she can get to the bottom of why you are having dizziness and the headaches. The see if they have the tools necessary to get you better. If the headaches are like a thunderclap or you have nausea or vomiting seek immediate emergency help. Other than that, I would get evaluated.

Can a chiropractor help SPD?

Do you mean Sensory Processing Disorder(s)? If chiropractic can help the best person to ask is a chiropractor with a diplomat in neurology (DACAN/DACNB). Because of the board spectrum READ MORE
Do you mean Sensory Processing Disorder(s)? If chiropractic can help the best person to ask is a chiropractor with a diplomat in neurology (DACAN/DACNB). Because of the board spectrum of sensory processing disorder symptoms and that it is not a true stand alone diagnosis, a chiropractor who has the extra training in neurology would have better insight in answering this question.

Should I wear a bra to the chiropractor?

A bra rarely gets in the way of examining or treating a patient. So if you usually wear a bra during the day I wouldn’t change up for a chiropractic appointment. You can always READ MORE
A bra rarely gets in the way of examining or treating a patient. So if you usually wear a bra during the day I wouldn’t change up for a chiropractic appointment. You can always take it off or take the straps down during the course of the appointment if needed. Also, If you think the bra straps might get in the way of you explaining your concerns to the chiropractor then I would go with a strapless bra if you have one.

How do you fix neck kyphosis?

Do you know what's causing it? Is it from looking down at a laptop or phone for long hours? Or from a medical condition like scoliosis? Or from a muscle spasm from whiplash? That READ MORE
Do you know what's causing it? Is it from looking down at a laptop or phone for long hours? Or from a medical condition like scoliosis? Or from a muscle spasm from whiplash? That would be helpful to know in it's correction. In very general terms, stretching, neck distraction, a neck
pillow (looks like a rolled up towel), chiropractic adjustments and exercises that help restore the normal lordosis (the opposite of kyphosis) can be helpful. However too much stretching isn't recommended for someone if he has a lot of ligament laxity or strong muscle spasms. I hope this is helpful.

Is a chiropractor a real doctor?

Most chiropractors have an undergraduate degree where they work on the prerequisites to get into chiropractic school and then go to chiropractic school where they earn a Doctor READ MORE
Most chiropractors have an undergraduate degree where they work on the prerequisites to get into chiropractic school and then go to chiropractic school where they earn a Doctor of Chiropractic and that title is recognized by the accrediting institution and institutions of authority like the Department of Education. If that defines a real doctor to you, then you have you answer. If a real doctor is a person who graduated from medical school or a doctor of osteopathic medicine, then you have your answer.

Can a chiropractor relieve hip pain?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: As long as their is a biomechanical source of the discomfort there is a very good chance chiropractic care can relieve your hip pain.. the chiropractor READ MORE
Short answer: yes. Long answer: As long as their is a biomechanical source of the discomfort there is a very good chance chiropractic care can relieve your hip pain.. the chiropractor will be able to determine that by doing an exam and assessing the region by looking at how your hip moves, how hip moved in relation to the pelvis and how your pelvis moves in relation to your lumbar spine. I treat hip pain often.

Can you get paralyzed from a chiropractor?

Without citing a bunch of studies I can assure you that you are more likely to be hit by lightning than to be paralyzed from a chiropractic adjustment. A classmate of mine made READ MORE
Without citing a bunch of studies I can assure you that you are more likely to be hit by lightning than to be paralyzed from a chiropractic adjustment. A classmate of mine made a good point that in school we practice adjustments on each other all of the time, multiple times a day for at least a couple of years yet you never see or hear of a serious injury in the classroom setting. As practitioners, chiropractors have the lowest malpractice rates of all doctors, so that speaks to how often a severe occurrence happens. Nevertheless, your chiropractor will do an exam and take a history to make sure whatever care is needed is warranted and all known risks are mitigated. Also and probably most important part, it is your body and if you don’t want to be moved in one direction or another regardless of the benefits (or risks) then let your chiropractor know as there are probably other modalities that can be used. Maybe not as effective but there is usually more than one road to healing. Hope this helps.

Should I have a chiropractic adjustment after playing sports?

Why are you considering getting adjusted after playing? If it's because playing leaves you stiff for days afterwards, then you might want to consider it. Or if you are getting READ MORE
Why are you considering getting adjusted after playing? If it's because playing leaves you stiff for days afterwards, then you might want to consider it. Or if you are getting over an injury it might be part of your post-game recovery. Or you might want to get adjusted before you play. It depends on your goals and if you have current injuries you are recovering from. When I played rugby I tried to get adjusted before the match so that I could move more efficiently on the pitch.
I hope that helps.

Why do adults get scoliosis?

You are correct, scoliosis develops and is usually found in the skeletal growing phases of life (childhood and adolescence). You might have a mild case that was never noticed before. READ MORE
You are correct, scoliosis develops and is usually found in the skeletal growing phases of life (childhood and adolescence). You might have a mild case that was never noticed before. You could have a muscle spasm that is pulling you in a direction that mimics scoliosis. I’m not sure if an injury has put your spine in a “crooked” position.

How do you sleep after a chiropractic adjustment?

I was taught in chiropractic school that an adjustment can make you sleepy and I have seen that in my clinical practice. I have not heard that restless sleeping is a side effect. READ MORE
I was taught in chiropractic school that an adjustment can make you sleepy and I have seen that in my clinical practice. I have not heard that restless sleeping is a side effect. Hope this information helps.