Back to school Chiropractic Tips

This article is written by Dr. Steven Cannon, Chiropractor – Neurohealth Chiropractic

The kids are already back to school. For most people this means pencils, notebook paper an mountains of textbooks.

But sending your child to start, or return to school requires some homework from the parents. Here at Neurohealth Chiropractic, we endeavor to be both your chiropractor and educator.

So here are some tips for a healthy start Back-To-School:

BACK CARE 101

Ergonomics: yes ergonomics are just as important for kids as they are at the office. Slumping over a school classroom desk, just like slumping over a work desk, can lead to a lifetime of poor postural habits. Which then in turn will lead to musculoskeletal disorders, spinal joint restrictions (vertebral subluxations) and an increased likelihood of adult onset osteoarthritis.

Students are spending more and more time at computers these days. The following are guidelines that we all should be taking note of:

 

  • Sit up straight with feet flat on the floor or on a footrest;
  • Keep lower arms level with the table and wrists straight;
  • Sit close enough to the keyboard to eliminate stretching but far enough away to avoid leaning;
  • Tap the keyboard lightly. Don’t pound away;
  • Place the mouse within easy reach of the dominant hand;
  • Try and hold the mouse loosely. Don’t squeeze;
  • The monitor should be at eye level, 40-60 centimeters away;
  • If using a laptop, a docking station should be used with a detachable keyboard, separate mouse (instead of finger pad) and the middle of the screen should be at eye level;
  • Take short breaks every 20 minutes. Get up and move around. Go and get a drink of water;
  • Exercise your eyes frequently. Look away from the monitor and focus on distant objects, which will help your eyes blink.

 

Backpacks: An over-stuffed, incorrectly packed or worn backpack can result in a serious injury and affect young developing spines.

How heavy is heavy? Even a backpack weighing 15 percent of a student’s body weight is too heavy to maintain a standing posture. This will cause undue stress on their young spines and can cause vertebral subluxations leading to postural changes and even scoliosis.

The current recommended guidelines is a maximum of 10 percent of your body weight should go into the backpack. This means if you weigh 30 kilograms, then 3 kilograms is the maximum. So with today’s primary school kids, after you put the lunch box and water bottle in you are already at the maximum weight.

To further minimise impact of the backpack, it is also recommended that both shoulder straps be used to help distribute the backpack’s weight evenly between the shoulders. And then the waist strap should also be used, to help distribute the weight onto the hips away from the shoulders.

In addition to creating chronic backache for years to come, improper use of the backpack will trigger neck and shoulder disorders. A study from the University of Sydney showed that the backpack’s weight and length of time had a direct correlation with neck and shoulder posture. The study concluded with that forward head posture increases when carrying a backpack with a heavy load. When we adopt forward head posture, it leads to straightening of the normal curve of the neck, a condition linked with osteoarthritis, headaches and neck pain.

Many schools these days have their own backpacks, with their own logo on the bag. Good news is that all these backpacks are approved for developing spines. They just need to be used correctly i.e. wearing, packing, and weight.

Footwear: Skimpy footwear and platform shoes may be fashionable, but they are certainly not what your feet need! Shoes that cannot provide adequate support can throw your whole skeleton out of alignment. If the foot is excessively pronating (rolling in), this will cause torsion at the knee when walking, running, or standing. This will then cause a shift in body weight into the pelvis, causing hip and low back problems. It can also lead up the whole entire chain causing the shoulders to not be level and to tilt.

Therefore correct footwear from an early age is very important.
Here are a few tips to remember when buying new school shoes

  • Make sure there is plenty of wiggle room in the toe box;
  • Never buy a show for your child to grow into;
  • Avoid hand-me-down shoes if at all possible;
  • Check the length of the foot, from the longest toe. Caution: this is not always the big toe, as 10% of the population has the second toe as the longest;
  • Make sure the shoe bends in the toe box;
  • Check the heel counter and make sure the shoe is supportive around the heel as this controls the foot, and helpt pronation.

Nutrition: Studies have shown a direct link with nutrition and the child’s ability to learn.

Skipping breakfast is not be an option. If you don’t give the body fuel in the way of good nutrition, especially first thing in the morning, it will not function and be able to retain simple instructions and directions.

An easy option, is to use whole ingredients, and mix them in a blender to make a smoothie for people on the go. Adding fresh berries, coconut water, raw egg, LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond meal) together can be one way to get started. Check out our book in reception on different juicing and smoothie ideas.

Parents should focus on natural, whole foods, such as whole grain cereals and fresh seasonal fruits. ‘White’ sugar and flour should be avoided. These give a sudden spike in energy, but what goes up quickly will come down just as quickly and crash and burn.

You should also avoid heavily processed items that are laden with chemical additives.

Pack water instead of soda and juice poppers. And choose raw, organic nuts over candy. Research shows that excessive sugar consumption weakens the immune system and impairs cognitive function.

Sleep: To be able to thrive, we must sleep. If you are not getting enough sleep each night, your body is not recovering and the brain cannot switch off and restore itself.

Lack of sleep not only leads to poor cognitive function but also leads to hallucinations and personality changes.

We are well aware how fatigued we are after spending the whole night awake, and lacking sleep. Lack of sleep has been shown to be linked with increased motor vehicle accidents, increase in body mass index (BMI) and greater likelihood of obesity. It also has links with increase risk of diabetes, heart conditions and psychiatric disorders such as depression and substance abuse. It also decreases one’s ability to pay attention, react to signals or remember new information. This point is particular important to note for children.

So with our children, to thrive academically, they need sleep – and lots of it. According the National Sleep Foundation the average school age child (5-10years) should be achieving 10-11 hours of sleep per night.

Children with fragmented sleep were characterised by lower performance on (neurobehavioural functioning) measures, particularly those that were associated with more complex tasks such as a continuous performance test or symbol-digit substitution. These children have also been shown to have higher rates of behavioural problems reported by their parents.

Over-scheduling, non-enforced bedtimes, sharing a bed with a sibling and breathing problems – such as sleep apnea, and snoring – can rob a child their night’s rest. It is also essential to keep televisions, video games, radios, and telephones out of your child’s bedroom during sleeping hours as these only serve as distractions and will disturbed their sleep.

Checkup: Between the endless trips to the shopping mall for new shoes, new clothes and new school supplies, take a few moments to schedule a back-to-school chiropractic check up for your child. This will help their nervous system to start the scholastic year free of interference and flourish their learning.

And also don’t forget to bring in your child’s school backpack, so that we can check the bag and instruct on proper use of the backpack.

EnergyDOTS

  1. PHI TECHNOLOGY

Each DOT is programmed with a powerful resonant energy signature which retunes energy interference.

  1. ENERGY INTERFERENCE EXPLAINED

EMF’S (electro-magnetic frequencies) from mobile phones, laptops, computers, gaming equipment, WIFI etc. all emit low level radiation. Some people find the constant level of EMF’S challenging and have what is termed ‘electro-stress’. Symptoms of electro-stress include headaches, tiredness, insomnia, inability to concentrate, unexplained pins and needles and in extreme cases depression and anxiety. Scientific enjoy technology which is here to stay. Energy DOTs allow you to live with and enjoy technology more safely.

  1. ENERGYDOTS EXPLAINED

There are a choice of four EnergyDOTs that can be used on their own or in a combination, depending on your lifestyle. EnergyDOTs are small round magnets that store ‘energy information’. Information storage devices are not a new concept; video/tape cassettes and bank cards are all storage devices. On a bank card the magnetic stripe stores numeric information about your bank account. EnergyDOTs however are programmed with a particular energy signature using a proprietary system know as Phi technology. This signature or resonance returns man-made electro-magnetic frequencies to a natural resonance.

  1. HOW DO ENERGYDOTS WORK

The energy signature retunes man made EMF’s to a natural harmonic state. This process is known as entrainment. The DOT acts as a turning fork on EMD’s in its immediate environment.

  1. ENTRAINMENT EXPLAINED

Entrainment is a basic principal of physics. It is explained as ‘ the synchronisation of the tow or more rhythmic cycles’; vibrations from one source lock into another. Energy works in co-operation rather than opposition so the most natural consent vibration will predominate. Examples of entrainment can be found biologically (women living in the same environment will menstruate at the same time), mechanically (pendulums from clocks will swing in time) and emotionally (walk into a room where there is happiness and raised mood and your mood will be lifted). EnergyDOTs entrain discordant energy fields.

  1. ENERGYDOTS – WHY SO POWERFUL?

EnergyDOTs are activated by proprietary Phi technology. Their activation is similar to any other homeopathic remedy, where an energy signature is stored in a solid substance. The principal of Phi is used when programming. Phi is the perfect proportion 1-1.618. This perfect proportion is found in the proportion of the human body, our DNA, the growth pattern of flowers, the pattern of sunflower seeds and the pattern of the galaxies. Phi is the Golden Ratio and it creates beauty.

  1. TYPES OF ENERGYDOTS

There are four energyDOTs in the range;

SMARTDOT– The smartDOT is the core of the phi energyDOT range. It is programmed to harmonise or retune electromagnetic radiation from the wireless electronic equipment you use regularly, such as mobile phones, cordless (DECT) phones, laptops, computers, baby monitors and WIFI routers. each sell in our body acts like an antenna, an extremely sensitive receiver and transmitter of electromagnetic radiation; the body will thus ‘pick up’ and react to any such filed to which it is exposed the effects vary but the fact in the overall our bodies have not harmonise up to one metre so, for example, a desktop computer with separate monitor and hard drive would only require one smartDOT on either piece of equipment.

BioDOT– The natural, coherent frequencies used in the programming of the bioDOT harmonise or return your energy filed. They remind your energy field of its optimal state, making it more coherent and resilient. It is like recharging your battery, restoring and rebalancing your energy. In today’s high tech world a vibration energy supplement designed to support your energy system is key to a healthy lifestyle. BIODOT products include the bioBAND, bioTAG, bioCLIP and enclosed pendant. It will effectively harmonise up to one metre so, for example, it would still be effective if placed on a bed side table during night.

AquaDOT– The aquaDOT is designed to refresh the natural energetic structure of water, removing imprinting from EMFs and other sources. This gives your body the best chance to renew itself on a cellular level.

 

SpaceDOT– Used to harmonise distributive energies and uplift the energy in your home or work space; earth energise such as a geopathic disturbance, emotional residues from previous occupants, architectural and historic elements. The space dot will harmonise and environment up to a radius of 5 metres.

  1. RESEARCH

Our research has been done using double blind placebo effect – concurrent validity. We also have many years of anecdotal evidence.                                                                                                                     

  1. Medical Thermal Imaging– subjects use a mobile phone. Thermal imaging demonstrates how a mobile phone heats up the tissues of the brain. Using a smartDOT (formerly electroDOT) reduces the heating effect. This is shown by the colours in the MTI pictures.
  2. Microscopy – live red blood cells sown. Before espouser to a mobile phone the cells have lost their negative charge and are clumping together. The subject at this point is feeling electro-stress symptoms. A further one hour using the mobile phone with a smartDOT (formerly electroDOT) and the microscopy shows that the blood cells have returned to their original state.
  3. Chick Pea research – This was done ‘in house’. Two mobile phones used, one with and one without a smartDOT on (formerly electroDOT) chick peas are placed next to each of the phones. the chick peas next to the mobile phone with the smartDOT (formerly electroDOT) on have a healthier root growth than the chick peas next to the mobile phone without the smartDOT (formally electroDOT) on have a healthier root growth than the chick peas next to the mobile phone without the smartDot (formerly electroDOT) on.
  4. GDV imaging (Gas Discharge visualisation) – subject found that after two days of using the SmartDOT (formerly electroDOT) on the mobile phone, overall energy leaks and distorted have reduced and the energy field appears to be much more symmetrical.                              
  5. PIP (Polycentrism Interference Photography) – A bioDOT is used and photography shows in real time the positive effects on the energy field of the subject.