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The Real Problem with ‘Text Neck’

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Chiropractor in Vaughan Explains the Dangers of Constant Texting and how to Prevent ‘Text Neck’

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Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Vaughan, ON―Smart phones. Tablets. Texting. Social Media.

Most us, me included, are hooked on our smart phones and multi-media devices.

This is a big problem. Why?

Because of the constant bending of the neck.

It may seem like this constant bending of the neck is no big deal because in most cases people don’t feel neck pain from texting.

However, what is actually happening is premature aging and wearing down of the spine and discs. This is called degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis.

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Why Should Children Experience Chiropractic Care?

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

[Video] Many Parents Take their Children to the Chiropractor. You’ll Be Surprised Why.

Maple, ON – Parents always want the best for the children. They want to see their children safe, strong, and healthy.  However, when it comes to optimal health and well-being, very few moms and dads realize why they should bring their child to a chiropractor for a check-up.

For adults, chiropractic may make sense for them when they seek treatment for conditions like low back pain, neck pain, headaches, etc. But since children don’t experience these types of conditions, why should parents take their child to the chiropractor for a chiropractic well exam or check up?

This video by Dr. Walter Salubro, a chiropractor in Vaughan, Ontario, who focuses on chiropractic pediatric care, answers this question. If you are a parent of children under the age of 10, you must watch this video.

WHY SHOULD KIDS EXPERIENCE CHIROPRACTIC CARE? Calling all parents – your kids can benefit from #chiropractic care. Check out this video. #GetAdjustedPlease Like & Share.

Posted by Dr. Walter Salubro – Back To Health Chiropractic Centre on Friday, December 18, 2015

 

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“Should I be concerned about my child’s posture?”

Why Chiropractic Care for Kids?

Why Chiropractic Care For Children?

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How My Nephews and I Avoided “Text Neck” for at Least One Day

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10 Backpack Safety Tips That Every Parent Needs To Know For Their School-Aged Child

Can Chiropractic Help Children With Learning Disabilities?__________________________________________________________

Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor, the owner of Back To Health Chiropractic Centre in Maple, Ontario, and the author of Back to Health by Choice. He grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and moved to Vaughan, Ontario, with his family at the age of fifteen.

Dr. Salubro graduated from York University in 1996 and from the National College of Chiropractic in 1999. He has been practicing chiropractic and serving his community of Maple and Vaughan for over fifteen years.

Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people of all age groups. He is trained in applying specific chiropractic techniques that are just as suitable for children as they are for adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques, Dr. Salubro offers an extensive lineup of health seminars, exercise classes, and a run/walk club to his patients. Dr. Salubro is an avid runner, having completed multiple marathons and half marathons.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing exceptional chiropractic care for all his patients. He caters to the care of infants and pregnant mothers. Dr. Salubro is certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP). Dr. Walter Salubro is Webster Technique Certified, which is certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).

 

How My Nephews and I Avoided “Text Neck” for at Least One Day

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Vaughan Chiropractor Gives Public Awareness Announcement About Posture and “Text Neck”

Maple, ON – Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking my nephews out on what I call an Adventure Fun Day with Uncle Walter. We went on a nature walk, observed birds with our binoculars, connected with Mother Nature, and discovered abandoned farm ruins. That was in the morning. In the afternoon we played bowling. And, when we got home, we topped it off with some tree climbing.

These are the types of days I recall when I was a child; spending eight hours a day outdoors, only coming in for lunch and dinner.

Today, too many kids are spending their time indoors, sitting, playing with their handheld devices, like smartphones and tablets.

This problem today has been called “Text Neck”.

Image courtesy of yingyo at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of yingyo at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Text Neck is a term that describes the effect of constant, progressive flexion (bending forward) of the head and neck due to the excessive use of media devices like smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices. Yes it can affect adults too but it’s has a more detrimental affect on youngsters because they are still growing and their spines are more flexible, therefore more susceptible to the early development of posture problems.

Bad posture, especially a forward head position, causes a tremendous amount of increased weight and pressure on the neck joints, muscles, and nerves. As well, it tensions the spinal cord, the main pipeline that feeds life from your brain to your body systems. This can lead to a whole array of health issues because the nervous system is the master system that controls all functions, healing, and repair in the body.

Children should be spending more time doing activities that require motion versus spending time sitting with an electronic device. Sitting has also been called the “new smoking” because a prolonged sedentary lifestyle has been linked to increase occurrence of heart disease, obesity, cancer, and other detrimental diseases.

The amazing thing about our Adventure Fun Day yesterday…not once did my nephews ask for their iPad.

The whole point here…one day of avoiding text next is not enough!

As a public awareness message, restrict your child’s use of handheld, electronic media devices to one to two hours A WEEK. Yes, A WEEK. And have them be more engaged in other activities that get’s their body and muscles in motion.

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By: Dr. Walter Salubro
Maple’s Family Wellness Chiropractor

Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor who has been serving the Maple and Vaughan community for over 13 years.
Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people all age groups. He has completed many post-graduate courses in techniques applicable to both children and adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques,
Dr. Salubro offers an extensive line-up of health and wellness workshops, exercise classes and a run-walk club to his patients.

Dr. Salubro is a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, having completed four half-marathons, a 30k road race and three marathons. Whether it is in his day-to-day interactions with his patients or through one of his health classes, Dr. Salubro motivates people to be the best they can be, the healthiest they can be and the happiest they can be so they can fulfill the life of their vision and dreams.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing the highest quality chiropractic care for all of his patients. He is a 1999 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic and certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Walter Salubro is Webster Technique Certified, certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Salubro caters to the specialized care of infants and pregnant mothers.

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How Do You Build a Healthy Nation?

Friday, April 24th, 2015

 … With a BIG vision and by starting children with regular #chiropractic spinal check-ups and adjustments early in their young lives.

At Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, we help our patients get over their pain, their stress and then guide them to a healthier lifestyle. Chiropractic care is also effective, safe and beneficial for children. Today, more and more parents are educated on the benefit of chiropractic care for children. The bring their child to a pediatric chiropractor.

Dr. Walter Salubro is a pediatric chiropractor in Maple, Ontario. His chiropractic clinic in Maple (in the City of Vaughan), caters to the care of infants and children.  Dr. Salubro is certified in chiropractic pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (I.C.P.A.).

Read Also The Top 10 Reasons For Your Child To Have A Chiropractic Check-Up by Dr. Walter Salubro.

Children will not complain of low back pain, neck pain and headaches, like adults do. But children do have other childhood conditions like frequent ear infections, colds, flues, constipation, diarrhea, asthma, allergies etc. Chiropractic care is not a treatment for these childhood conditions. (more…)

10 Backpack Safety Tips That Every Parent Needs To Know For Their School-Aged Child

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Chiropractor In Maple, Vaughan Discusses Essential Backpack Safety Awareness Tips

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Image courtesy of Stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Back in the day when I was in grade school (we ‘re talking about the 80’s) kids didn’t carry or use backpacks. It wasn’t the norm as it is today and so it didn’t pose a common risk to the backs and spines of school-aged children. The most we carried to school was a lunch box and one or two books. Today, I see children with backpacks that are filled to the max and super heavy for their petite body size.

 

 

 

 

Here are 10 essential backpack safety awareness tips that every parent should know:

  1. Avoid choosing a backpack for the fashionable look. Backpacks are needed for their functionality and not for their looks. Choose a good backpack for your child that has evenly distributed compartments, a padded back side and padded shoulder straps.
  2. The backpack size should be proportional to your child body size. A common mistake I see is that the child is carrying a backpack that is too big for them. The danger is that the backpack gets overloaded and heavy.
  3. The weight of the backpack should be 10% of the child body weight. So, an 60 lb child should be carrying a backpack that is 6 lbs. A 60 lb child should NOT be carrying a backpack that is 15 lbs for example. To an adult that may not seem too heavy, but it represents 25% of the child’s body weight (in this example). Imagine an adult with a body weight of 180 lbs carrying a weight on their back that is 25% of their body weight. That equals 45 lbs of weight. I don’t think you would find that appealing nor comforting. The same goes for a child. In fact, a heavy backpack places a tremendous amount of load on the child’s spine which can lead to strains.
  4. All heavy books (like text books) should be stored in the backside of the backpack, closest to the child’s back. Lighter books and items should be stored in the front of the backpack. This allows the heavier items to be closer to the child’s center of mass when standing and walking thereby minimizing strain on their back and neck.
  5. Use the side pockets and compartments evenly. These compartments should be used to store smaller items like water bottles, pencil cases etc.
  6. Teach your child to wear BOTH shoulder straps. This gets the weight of the backpack evenly distributed throughout the child’s body and prevents overloading to one side of the shoulder.
  7. The backpack should never hang low on the child’s back. This will cause slouching and a poor posture to develop. Show your child how to tighten the backpack so it rests right up on the child’s back by tugging on the pull straps located on the shoulder straps.
  8. Leave non-essential items at home, like handheld gaming devices etc. Items that are not essential for schooling needs will increase the weight and bulkiness of the backpack.
  9. Binders add more bulk to the backpack. Minimize the number of binders used and consolidate homework sheets into one smaller folder or binder.
  10. Lunches can add weight and bulk to the backpack. Consider a light reusable lunch bag and have the child carry it by hand to avoid added load to the back.

Parents, by following these 10 backpack safety tips, you can help minimized the weight and load of the child’s backpack and prevent strain and poor posture from developing. 

 

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Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor who has been serving the Maple and Vaughan community for over 13 years.
Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people all age groups. He has completed many post-graduate courses in techniques applicable to both children and adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques,
Dr. Salubro offers an extensive line-up of health and wellness workshops, exercise classes and a run-walk club to his patients.

Dr. Salubro is a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, having completed four half-marathons, a 30k road race and three marathons. Whether it is in his day-to-day interactions with his patients or through one of his health classes, Dr. Salubro motivates people to be the best they can be, the healthiest they can be and the happiest they can be so they can fulfill the life of their vision and dreams.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing the highest quality chiropractic care for all of his patients. He is a 1999 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic and certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Walter Salubro is Webster Technique Certified, certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Salubro caters to the specialized care of infants and pregnant mothers.

Advancing Patient Care At Back To Health Chiropractic Centre With Continuing Education Seminars

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

“Leading you to better health the chiropractic way.”

One of our company core values is Continuous Self-Improvement. As a Chiropractor, I strive to deliver the best chiropractic care to our patients. This is why I attend continuous education seminars each year.

This is a picture of a Thompson Technique Seminar in Toronto of which I was one of the assistant instructors. The third Module focuses on Chiropractic Pediatric care and Chiropractic Pregnancy care.

At Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, we provide chiropractic care for infants and children as well as for pregnant moms.

If you have any questions about how chiropractic care can help you or your child improve their health for the better, call us today at (905) 303-1009.

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“Should I be concerned about my child’s posture?”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

What Parents Need To Know About Their Child’s Posture

By: Dr. Walter Salubro
Teen BackpackSit up straight.” “Don’t slouch.” These may have been the words of your mom or dad as you were growing up.

Somehow parents innately know that poor posture is not normal and that poor posture is a problem.  But why are parents correct to be so concerned about their child’s posture?

Before discussing why poor posture is a problem, let’s look at what normal standing posture should be …

Normal Posture

Looking at the body from the front view, these body parts should line up in a normal standing position: mid forehead (midpoint between eyes) lines up midpoint of the upper lip, the midpoint of the chin, the midpoint of the sternum (chest bone) and the midpoint of pelvis).

Looking at the body from the side view, these body parts should line up: the ear is in line with the mid shoulder, the mid hip and the ankle.

Also see: “Do A Posture Self Test”

What Causes Poor Posture In Children?

Here are some of the most common reasons for the development of poor posture in children:

  • Heavy backpacks
  • Sitting / doing homework
  • Using laptops / computers
  • Video games
  • Watching TV
  • Using handheld devices (mp3 players, cell phones, tablets, gaming devices).
  • Poor sleeping habits (eg. using big fluffy pillows, stomach sleeping position).
  • Prolonged standing positions
  • Carrying handbags / backpack on one shoulder
  • Injuries / accidents

Why Is Poor Posture A Problem?

Poor posture is a problem because can impact the spine and put strain on muscles, bones, discs and nerves.  An optimal spine free of strain and stress is essential to optimal health. Why? Because the spine is responsible for protecting the spinal cord.

The spinal cord is the connection between your brain and the rest of your body parts and organ systems. A shift in posture can cause a shift in the spine, known as a spinal misalignment. A shift in the spine puts pressure on the nervous system (spinal cord and spinal nerves), which could lead to muscle tension, pain, limited mobility and damage to organ systems.  It is essential that the spinal cord and nerves are free of interference. An optimal spine means optimal health.

If you are concerned about how your child’s posture looks, then consider bringing your child to a chiropractor for a postural and spinal check up.  Chiropractors are experts in posture and spinal correction.

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Posture And The Impact Of A Forward Head Position

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Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor who has been serving the Maple and Vaughan community for over 13 years.
Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people all age groups. He has completed many post-graduate courses in techniques applicable to both children and adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques, Dr. Salubro offers an extensive line-up of health and wellness workshops, exercise classes and a run-walk club to his patients.

Dr. Salubro is a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, having completed four half-marathons, a 30k road race and three marathons. Whether it is in his day-to-day interactions with his patients or through one of his health classes, Dr. Salubro motivates people to be the best they can be, the healthiest they can be and the happiest they can be so they can fulfill the life of their vision and dreams.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing the highest quality chiropractic care for all of his patients. He is a 1999 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic and certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Walter Salubro
is Webster Technique Certified, certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Salubro caters to the specialized care of infants and pregnant mothers.

Why chiropractic care for kids?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Back To Health Chiropractic Care in Maple, Vaughan provides pediatric chiropractic care.

Young girl playing with paintMaple, Vaughan ON – Today, more and more parents are bringing their children to the chiropractor. Children receive tremendous benefit from chiropractic care.

Many times, we will get a call from a parent that goes something like this: “My friend has been bringing her baby with colic to the chiropractor and she said it has helped.  My child has constipation, can chiropractic help?”

Yes, chiropractic can help. We have seen many children with childhood conditions like colic, bedwetting, asthma, allergies and digestive troubles respond well to chiropractic care. However, chiropractic care is not a treatment for these conditions.  The objective of chiropractic care is to find and correct spinal misalignments.  Spinal misalignments can exist in infants and children just a they can exist in adults. 

Why should kids get checked for spinal misalignments?

Because a spinal misalignment puts strain and stress on the nervous system.

A healthy nervous system free of strain and stress is essential because the nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the body, including healing and repair.  Therefore, a spinal misalignment can diminish and decrease a child’s ability to express optimal function and optimal health.  Every parent I have ever met wants their child to be fully healthy, expressing their fullest life potential. Chiropractic aims to keep the spine and nervous system optimized and healthy. In this respect, chiropractic works for infants and children just as it does for adults.

How does a infant or child get spinal misalignments?

In children, there are numerous way that spinal misalignments can occur and often time they go undetected because the child will not usually complain of pain like an adult does.

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Backpack Safety For School Children: What Parents Need To Know

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Backpack Safety Tips From Back To Health Chiropractic Centre In Maple, Vaughan.

Maple, ON – Yes, it’s back-to-school time, which makes for a perfect time to talk about backpack safety for kids. Years back when I was in grade school, I don’t recall carrying many books home and certainly never had on overloaded backpack. Today, it seems that backpacks are stuffed with huge binders, textbooks and many other bulky items such as shoes, lunches, pencil cases and electronic devices.

By the time you finish reading this article, you will know what is the impact of your child’s health due to heavy, overloaded backpacks.  You will also be given some key tips to making backpack use more safe for your child so strain and prolonged injury can be prevented.  First, let me put backpack weight in perspective when it comes to carrying backpacks. 

 One day, a child with a backpack came into the chiropractic office. The child weighed about 60 pounds and was carrying a backpack that weighed about 20 pounds.  When the father was told by the chiropractor that his son’s backpack was way too heavy for his child, the father responded, “But it’s only 20 pounds.” 

Now, the father was a 180 pound man, so 20 pounds seemed relatively light to him.  When the father was told, “That 20 pounds for your son  is one third (33%) of his body weight. That would be like you carrying a 60 pound backpack on your back. How would you like to carry 60 pounds on your back?” The father’s answer was obvious, “No way!”.

Backpack Safety Awareness Week At Back To Health Chiropractic Centre September 10-14, 2012

Sometimes we lose perspective on a situation and seems like it’s not big deal.  But when you begin to see the big picture, you will see that it is a big deal.  Heavy backpacks for children can be detrimental, can cause postural distortions and even onset of symptoms.

One study showed that when backpacks weigh 15% or more of the the child’s body weight, it will cause compensating postural changes, such as shifting the head forward.  Even more, at 15% and 20% of the child’s body weight, a backpack will begin to cause discomfort after walking, primarily in the neck region.1

Over time, the continued use of heavy, overloaded backpacks can cause serious postural problems in children even before they get into highschool and college, when the backpacks become even more heavy.

10 Tips To Make Backpack Use In Children Safer

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Chiropractic patients share stories of hope, healing and inspiration. Part 2.

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Chiropractic Stories From Back To Health Chiropractic Centre in Maple Vaughan.

Every day, we see how chiropractic care improves the quality of life for our patients.  Every day, we hear from our patients how their life has improved since starting chiropractic care.  For some people, that quality of life improvement can mean finally being free of 15 years of headaches.  For others, it can mean being 10 strokes better at their golf game.  And for a child, it can mean having better attention and concentration in school and achieving higher grades.  Either way, whenever one of our patients’ quality of life improves, it reinforces that we are right on track with serving our chiropractic mission.

Our mission is to help sick and suffering people
get well with chiropractic care so they can
enjoy a long-lasting, healthy and happy life.

Here is what one of our patients said about chiropractic care:

“Before chiropractic care, I had headaches, and upper back and neck seem a little sore.  My vision was not very good.  Now I feel better I don’t have …”

You can read the rest of her story here on our patient testimonial page … http://backtohealthchiropracticcentre.com/testimonials

Check out Back To Health Chiropractic Centre’s testimonial page.  Patients share their chiropractic success stories. Keep coming back as this page will be updated regularly. You will see that chiropractic care is more then just treatment for pain relief.  People’s lives change for the  better on many levels.

Enjoy the stories and come back for more.

http://backtohealthchiropracticcentre.com/testimonials/

If you would like to know how chiropractic care can help you or someone else you know, call us today at (905) 303-1009.  Back To Health Chiropractic Centre is located in Maple, Vaughan Ontario and serves to all the surrounding communities.