Archive for September, 2012

A Solution for Migraine Headaches

Friday, September 28th, 2012

HeadacheHeadaches and migraines are fairly common occurrences amongst adults, especially women.

In fact, I had a patient in my office this morning who woke up with a severe migraine. She immediately called the office for an emergency appointment, as she had received much relief from chiropractic adjustments to her neck and jaw in the past.

If you suffer from headaches, and you’ve never had the alignment of your neck and TMJ (tempromandibular joint) checked out, I would highly recommend it, as misalignments contribute to nerve irritation and muscle spasm in the surrounding soft tissue.

 Pinched nerves, as well as trigger point referral (pain referred from the knots in your muscles), commonly contribute to headaches. If you have had previous tests such as an MRI or CT scan, and no abnormalities were detected, and there is no known relation between your migraines and triggers like food allergies or hormonal imbalances, then I would strongly consider looking at possible musculoskeletal causes.

Backpack Carrying Safety Tips: Keep Your Kids Injury Free

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Research has shown an increasing number of reports of back pain in children, which is believed to be due – at least in part – to the improper use of backpacks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 4,928 emergency room visits each year result from injuries related to book bags and back carriers!

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Here are some tips to help prevent injuries in your children:

1. Look for a backpack that has wide, cushioned straps that help distribute weight on the shoulders evenly. The backpack should also have a waist strap to help stabilize the load by not allowing the pack to move around.

2. Make sure the backpack fits properly so that the straps are not so tight that the pack goes above the collar line or is wider than the shoulders, but also is not so loose as to hang more than four inches below the belt line.

3. Be sure that the weight of your child’s backpack is no more than fifteen percent of your child’s body weight.

4. Have your kids pack the heaviest objects first so they are carried lower and closer to the body. Eliminate any unnecessary items from the backpack.

5. When putting the backpack on, your child should bend at the knees and make sure to lift the pack with the legs, not the back, putting one strap on at a time.

6. Avoid wearing the backpack over only one shoulder or using messenger-style bags which get slung over one shoulder and cause improper weight distribution.

If a heavy backpack has already caused back pain, pediatric chiropractic and massage can correct the cause of the pain safely and effectively as well as prevent improper skeletal growth from poor posture.

 Here’s to another great school year for your children!