Do Kids Need Chiropractic?

Nearly every Chiropractor in the world checks and adjusts their own childrens’ spines on a regular basis. Current science and research prove that providing care for a child’s spine and nervous system on a regular basis proves to be one of the most important and necessary strategies a parent can implement for their family’s health. Chiropractors work tirelessly to educate the public about the supreme role of the nervous system in achieving optimal bodily function. Great health requires a healthy spine. Chiropractic adjustments directly influence the health and quality function of the entire body through spinal mobility and alignment.

A 1992 study proved the birth process to be one of the most physically traumatic events a person will encounter in their lifetime. Evidence from the study revealed that the majority of newborns suffer micro-trauma to brain stem tissues. The research noted that harmful physical trauma during the birth process causes misalignment of the upper neck area. The subtle misalignment creates a disturbance to normal nervous system function. The authors studied six hundred children under the age of two years old and found some form of asymmetry of posture, alignment, and/or movement in every infant assessed.
Signs and symptoms attributed directly to interference in the nervous system included breastfeeding difficulties, torticollis, sleeping disorders, loss of appetite, feet deformities, swelling of the face/head, fever of unknown origin, extreme sensitivity of the neck, and parents concerned with their child’s feeding habits. These findings substantiating many other similar studies conducted on adults and babies suffering from upper neck syndromes (called vertebral subluxation) that often exhibited no outward signs or symptoms. The majority of vertebral subluxations occur with no symptoms. Achieving optimal health requires specific testing provided by Chiropractors specifically educated and trained to make corrections necessary for children and adults to thrive.

Studies continue to prove the message Chiropractors have been spreading for over 120 years. All infants, children, and adults deserve to hear the truth about the beneficial link that comes from life lived with properly aligned and mobile spine. Chiropractors believe health care should involve proactive education and care that does not involve unnecessary drugs and surgery. Regular Chiropractic care removes spinal misalignments and asymmetries that inevitably cause dysfunction and dis-ease.

The 1992 study affirmed what Chiropractic research began teaching over a century ago. Doctors should check all children for restricted movement of the head and increased pain sensitivity of the upper cervical spine. Pediatricians and parents alike often remain unaware of this research and receive very little training or guidance on necessary steps required to assess and cultivate an infant’s healthy spine and nervous system.
Chiropractic does not simply help reduce or eliminate pain. Chiropractors pursue the optimization of body function in every individual by proactively unlocking the body’s innate potential to prevent pain and disease from ever occurring. An adjustment empowers the nervous system to operate as intended. Health care exists not just when pain subsides but when abundant life flows freely through the body.

Journal of Manual MedicineJue (No. 6) 1992, pp151-156
“Kinematic Imbalances Due To Suboccipital Strain in Newborns.”
H. Biedermann

Message to all Gardeners!

 

Gardening Hints and Tips to save you from Pain

Tips to avoid back strain while working in the garden.

Gardening is a hobby that is enjoyed by a great many people across the globe. In fact, studies have shown that working in a garden for just a few minutes a day, has proven to reduce stress significantly. Taking the time to smell the roses is beneficial for all! Sadly, however, many people are forced to give up gardening, as they grow older. Having trouble moving, getting up and down, carrying tools, etc., easily discourages those who suffer problems with mobility. Should our twilight years strip of us of one of your favourite pastimes? Definitely not! Keep on reading, to learn some methods of saving time and saving your back (and other body parts) in the garden.

Back-related problems are the number one reason that people give for avoiding garden work, which is perfectly understandable. Many of us suffer problems with our back as we grow older and gardening can prove quite painful if not done correctly. Appropriate tools and a few simple shortcuts can make a surprisingly big difference to gardeners, young and old alike. Taking the time to plan ahead can restore gardening to the fun and fascinating hobby that it once was.

Planning ahead is the trick to smart gardening. Take a moment to think of what you plan to do out in the beds and then collect your tools ahead of time – it gets painfully frustrating, getting out in the garden and situating yourself, only to discover that you’ve left an important tool or package of seeds behind. If you’re using small hand-held tools, try putting the ones that you’ll need into a bucket so that they’re easier to carry. If working with larger tools, such as shovels and rakes, try storing them in a wheeled trash can, which enables you to simply roll your tools out to the garden with you.

Before you even begin gardening, try doing a few simple stretches. Remember that weeding and tending a garden is a form of exercise and that those short minutes spent stretching will help to avoid painful pulled muscles down the road. Furthermore, when you begin your gardening, remember to treat it as exercise and vary the different tasks that you do, so you aren’t performing the same repetitive motion, over and over. This will help to avoid sore or stiff muscles, the following day.

If you are working from a standing position, try and use tools with long handles, so you don’t have to hunch over. Additionally, you will want to ensure that you maintain good posture while you’re working. Don’t be afraid to stand with your feet spread slightly, providing more stability for your body, and keep your back straight. When shovelling, raking or using a hoe, keep your motions slow and smooth; avoid jerking or making any short, choppy movements.

We are always taught to lift with our legs and not our backs, but you should also remember that, when you bend, you should bend from the hips and not the waist. Be careful not to twist as you turn – this can lead to painful back injuries. If you need to do something that would require you to twist, take the extra time to reposition your feet and stabilize yourself, rather than twisting and risking injury.

If you have pre-existing back problems, planting in raised beds or elevated containers can help prevent back strain by eliminating the need to get down on one’s knees. If this is not an option and you do have to kneel, be sure to use a kneeling pad or a specially-built kneeler. Also plan ahead and ensure that you have a form of sturdy support to help you to get back up on your feet and, in the event of an emergency, ensure that you have a whistle or your cell phone with you, while you are working outside.

If you have overly strenuous tasks that need completing, ask family or friends for assistance. If not an option, place a job card up in one of the numerous Oxford University’s asking for a student to help you for a couple of hours on the weekend…..worth a try.

The most important thing to remember, as you go out to work in your garden is to pace yourself. Don’t try to do too many things at once, if you need a break be sure to take one – our bodies ache and hurt as a way of telling us that something is wrong. “Be sure to listen to what yours is saying”!