Dr. Miya Bazley is a chiropractor who has been practicing in Washington, DC for over 12 years. Dr. Bazley specializes in 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 mainly through manipulation/adjustment of the spine, assisted stretching abd therapeutic exercises.
Education and Training
Univeristy of Bridgeport DC 2005
American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. READ MORE
Twenty-four to forty-eight hours after an adjustment a patient might feel sore after treatment. In my clinical practice, I had a patient who would get very sore if he was rotated too much during an adjustment so I had to use a different technique to adjust him and he didn't get the post treatment soreness. With that being said, let your chiropractor know and they can make changes or even give you advice on how to help with the discomfort after adjusting. If you're having blurry vision, intense headaches or an increase in numbness and tingling into the legs or arms after treatment, call your chiropractor sooner than later to make sure you don't need to see someone else for care. READ MORE
I am a chiropractor so I have my biases. With that noted, research and clinical observations have shown there more than one path to managing chronic back pain. Acupuncture does seem to help "calm" the body down. If you do not have a needle phobia, can lie still on your back or stomach for 30-45 minutes, acupuncture may help. For example, if you cannot bend forward because of pain and stiffness. Your range of motion will probably still be limited with acupuncture but hopefully it won't cause you as much grief to bend forward. Hopefully with chiropractic care we would address the decrease in function and pain. However, you have to be comfortable with being touched, having your joints manipulated (which can happen in a variety ways), doing repetitive movements that seem to help and so forth. You might even need a combination of care. I have a few patients who see me and an acupuncturist depending on the quality of their pain and functional needs. Usually with chronic pain it takes a multi-angled approach. I hope this helps. READ MORE
If you are tender to the touch cold therapy like an ice pack for 10-15 minutes wrapped in a towel might work better than heat. If you have bruises, numbness or tingling in your names or pain with coughing, sneezing or using the bathroom I would seek professional care. Also, you should let your supervisor know as they might want you to be checked out by a doctor because of workman’s compensation insurance guidelines. READ MORE
I’m not sure. Because the adjustment (the main treatment a chiropractor uses) can influence the receptors around the joint, there is a possibility that the adjustment could “calm down” the central nervous system so that he can sleep at night. Since he naps during the day he needs to break that habit or his sleep/wake cycle will be altered. A chiropractor will also look at his diet and overall daily routine to see if there is anything overstimulate good his mind and body late at night. Acupuncture might be helpful as well if he is not afraid of needles. READ MORE
Drink an extra glass of water and wear clothes that you can move around in. It might seem silly but don’t show up intoxicated. You might need a second or third adjustment so don’t get discouraged if you are not a hundred percent better after one treatment. Enjoy! READ MORE
If activity doesn’t make the pain decrease I would go get a professional evaluation from a chiropractor. I have seen too many patients who waited months and for some it complicated recovery. For some it was such an easy fix they kicked themselves for not coming in earlier. Most sprains and strains will start to resolve after six weeks without care. However, why deal with a higher level of discomfort if you don’t have to. Even if chiropractic care takes the pain down a few notches over the next few weeks while you heal. I hope it all works out. READ MORE
There is a connection and it’s good that you know it so you can focus on calming down in a stressful situation and not only attacking the symptom (the back pain). If the stress triggers back pain and dizziness or chest pain you should contact a health care provider. READ MORE
Electrical stimulation also known as electric muscle stimulation, EMS and stir is a passive modality used to decrease muscle tension, help the body produce its own pain relievers like enkephalins and in some instances build muscle do to atrophy. It’s a common supportive therapy used in chiropractic and physical therapy practice usually in the early stages of a care plan. It can’t be used over a pacemaker, over the low back or abdomen of a pregnant person or over an open wound. If you have very sensitive skin the pads that are used might be mildly irritating. It’s usually comfortable and some people do not like the tingling sensation it produces. Patients in my office have fallen asleep while receiving electric stimulation. I hope this information helps. READ MORE
The main component of myofascial pain syndrome is that there are trigger points in the muscles that can refer pain to other areas. If you push on these points they are usually tender or you will feel a specific pain pattern that the doctor can identify when pressure is on that point. Usually, myofsacial pain syndrome can occur with overuse of a muscle group, poor movement patterns and possibly after an old injury that did not heal well. It is not the same as fibromyalgia. Depending on the health care provider a combination of stretches, relaxation technique, trigger point injections and possibly dry needling would be used. There are probably a few other techniques as well. In terms of how serious is it I will put it like this. Will it progress to something that can destroy the muscle? No, it's not that serious. Will your aunt need additional studies like a MRI or CT scan? No, she should not for this condition. Can it make being active really uncomfortable? Yes. If it were my aunt, I would encourage her to get treated so she can enjoy moving about and doing activities more comfortably. I hope that helps. READ MORE
I personally don’t know of any research that states working on the neuromusculoskeletal system will influence the body in the way that ADHD symptoms will decrease. It would be experimental I think. A chiropractor as a health care provider might be able to help identify environmental or nutritional changes that might be necessary to help with symptoms of lack of concentration and hyperactiveness. READ MORE
Spinal manipulation also known as a spinal adjustment is the purposeful movement of a spinal joint (you can manipulate extremity joints as well) in a specific plane of direction into the paraphysiological space. The goal is to to increase mobility of the joint, improve the relationship of movement of a joint wit the joint above or below it and to reset the neuromechanical receptors around the spinal joint. Hopefully by influencing the joint in that way there will be more efficient movement, at the joint level and in the region with more efficiency leading to better movement, less stiffness, less pain, better signaling of the nearby receptors and better movement of the muscles that cross that joint or attach nearby. I tell patients to think if the clothes they wore like a sweater became tighter and the material rougher because of wear n' tear or it shrunk in the dryer. You could still move around in your tight pants and uncomfortable sweater but you could become hot, irritable and tired more quickly. Then your lack of easy movement could influence how you act with others and limit what motions you are willing to perform. You would need to restore your clothes to a proper fit to be more efficient. In a general since spinal manipulation can help "stretch" your clothes back to a better shape and restore the softness. Thus leaving you in a better position to interact with the world around you. I hope that helps. READ MORE
As a chiropractor, I am not the best person to suggest medicine usage, the pharmacist at your local drug store can or your primary care. A topical analgesic that you can buy over the counter may be helpful, but if you have to use it more than half the working days in a month, then I strongly recommend seeking care. Take care. READ MORE
It could be a few things, the actual weight could be compressing your spine irritating certain parts of the spine like the discs and the joints. Also, adipose (fat tissue) could be surrounding enough muscles making them inefficient in their movement. There is another possibility that the adipose tissue is also taking up nutrients as adipose is highly vascularized so more blood vessels feed into that tissue instead of the surrounding bones, disc, and ligaments. A chiropractor would look to see where you gain weight (are you apple or pear shaped), if your pain seems biomechanical in nature so pressure needs to be taken off a joint or body part or more organic, which means tissue healing needs to be restored to decrease your low back pain. An exam would include testing your movement in certain areas, measuring your BMI, and possibly ordering a blood test or X-ray if the doctor suspects osteopenia. I hope this information is useful. READ MORE
A chiropractor can treat a soft tissue injury like a pulled muscle or bursitis. I have treated conditions that have caused similar hamstring pain. It will probably take more than one visit to get you 100%. READ MORE
Congratulations on the pregnancy! I think it is worth being evaluated by a chiropractor as hip, back and even upper back pain can be provoked by the changes going on in the body during pregnancy. Most chiropractors are comfortable treating pregnant women till about the eighth month and there a few chiropractors who specialize in treating pregnant women. Feel free to tell your obgyn as he/she may even have a chiropractor in mind. If they don't, it should not be too hard to find one. READ MORE
A chiropractor can help you with the nutritional part of gout care as there is a good chance you will have to change your diet to decrease painful episodes. There are some analgesic creams/gels that work really for the pain that a chiropractor can also help you identify. You will probably have to be managed by your primary care practitioner if changing your diet does not radically reduce the episodes of pain. Stay warm and hydrated in the meantime. READ MORE
I've been suffering from scoliosis since I was 19 years. I am now 32 years old. Will this problem be corrected with surgery?
Most people who are surgical candidates for scoliosis usually know at a younger age. Surgery is recommend if there is a curve over forty degrees. Bracing might still be an option and exercises. If you have not seen an orthopedist or scoliosis expert this might be the time to do so. A chiropractor can help with the pain and some are scoliosis experts. READ MORE
I can understand your concern about the amount of radiation you are being exposed to as your spinal condition is being monitored/treated. You are exposed to radiation with each radiograph (X-ray) taken, even dental X-rays, however it is far less than a CT scan and even flying on an airplane exposes you to some of the same radiation. If you are pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant, radiographs should not be taken unless absolutely necessary. For men, screens over the groin area should be used as a safety precaution. As a general rule, radiographs should be taken if a doctor suspects some sort of instability, broken bone(s), cancer, possibly osteoporosis, things of that nature. If a patient isn't responding to care, radiographs might be taken to rule out bony anomalies. The healthcare professional ordering the X-rays should be able to tell you what they are looking for and if there are any other ways they can get the same information without using X-ray technology. I hope this is helpful. READ MORE
Pain and disability are two different things. Pain is very subjective so it's hard for me to advise you on whether you should quit your job because of it. I can see how standing increases the pain but it shouldn't lead to permanent damage of the muscles, arteries or joints in your lower legs. You might want to talk to your family if needed to see if you are able to quit working right now and find a job that allows you to sit more. However, if your doctor believes you can be helped with conservative care like chiropractic or physical therapy I would try to do that route if you like the type of work you do. Also, there is a condition called compartment syndrome that happens in the lower legs and requires surgery which is usually sucessful. So make sure you know your options for treatment before leaving a job, especially if you need it and/or enjoy it. READ MORE
Actually, I would not see a chiropractor about the lipoma. If you feel like the lump is growing in size or you get numbness and tingling into the arm on the same side of the lipoma then I would see your primary care. You would then either get radiographs or a biopsy to make sure it is a benign lesion. Lipomas are common and the chances of it becoming threatening in size or becoming something very serious are very slim. Hope this helps. READ MORE
I am glad you are concerned about your mother. I would have her follow up with her primary care or a neurologist. That is a tell tale sign of a more complicated neurological condition. Do not be scared, be proactive in seeing a medical doctor and then a chiropractor, who specializes in more advanced neurological disorders, can come up with some good adjunct therapy and treatment plans. READ MORE
Usually, pain is not a strong indicator of osteoporosis, but it could be a sign of other ailments, especially if it's in multiple joints. For women, strength training and being active is strongly correlated with a DECREASE risk of osteoporosis. If you have a family history of osteoporosis or are on medication that could accelerate bone loss, there is a mild chance that your pain is related to that, however, I would get checked out regardless by a healthcare professional if you have multiple joints that are achy and/or sore. READ MORE
Yes, in my clinical experience, I have seen a lot of patients improve with care who were getting massages regularly and still experiencing neck stiffness. Joint dysfunction can make a region feel stiff as the muscles that cross over those joints are no longer moving well in their own space. Stiffness and sharp pain with movement are common. Since your neck stiffness is not improving with massage, that's a good indicator that there is something going on at the joint complex level. READ MORE
If you feel feverish, nauseated, have a splitting headache and/or this is the worst pain you have ever felt then go to urgent care or the emergency room. If at home remedies like a hot shower or over-the-counter pain medications do not help (or you can not tolerate those medicines) then feel free to see a chiropractor or your primary care. It might be quicker to get in to see a chiropractor and even if (s)he thinks the cause of the neck pain would be better treated by someone else, you will be referred out accordingly. READ MORE
She should see her primary care or a neurologist. It seems like she has a central nervous system condition that is effecting her motor system. I can't give you anything more specific than that without seeing her. I do believe she should be evaluated by a neurologist or her primary care doctor who will probably send her to a neurologist. I'm glad you are doing this for your mother. READ MORE
Regularly as in once a week or once a month or even once a quarter? Not knowing what condition(s) you are being treated for I really can't say. Your chiropractor might be able to give you home exercises or even nutritional recommendations that can help you if you're not able to be treated as often. READ MORE
I am not sure if you mean that your left shoulder is thicker, higher or wider than the right. Also, not knowing your age it's hard for me to give an opinion. I don't see the harm of getting it check out to see if it's postural, muscle imbalances or something else. READ MORE
There is a good chance chiropractic can alleviate. There is a good chance that the stiffness you are feeling is not from the muscles directly but in the joint capsules. A chiropractor will probably check the joints in your neck, upper back and shoulders to see if the stiffness is actually coming from those joint areas. It's also good to rule our osteoarthritic changes that can lead to stiffness but even that can be addressed by a chiropractor. READ MORE
X-rays (radiographs) are taken to rule out bone abnormalities and pathologies especially in high risk populations, for examples those over a certain age with certain conditions such as osteoporosis or in individuals who where injured in a trauma lie a tumble down a flight of stairs. The use of x-rays have changed in the chiropractic profession over the last hundred years as we have developed our clinical expertise as doctors and learned more about the pros and cons of radiation as well as the limitations of radiographs. If a chiropractor takes an x-ray on the first visit it should be to rule out a condition that would change the course of care and not every patient needs an x-ray before starting a course of treatment. READ MORE
In true cases of scoliosis where there is a curve and rotation of the spine, a majority of cases are considered idiopathic, which means they have no known cause hence they probably do not have a known prevention. If scoliosis is more common in the men in your family possibly being checked more regularly could be helpful. Usually children and adolescents are checked once a year. Also, your son should feel free to be active in gym class and with his friends (unless he has an illness prevents him from doing so). There are other reasons to not carry a heavy backpack and promote good posture and I would encourage those in all young persons not just those who are concerned with scoliosis. Hope this helps. READ MORE
The core of chiropractic care is treating joint ailments and muscles cross joints. While mostly known for treating spinal joints we are trained to look at all joints. So, there is a good chance that a chiropractor can diagnose and treat your muscle ailment even if it's in your hips, shoulders or somewhere else. Dr Bazley READ MORE
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