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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 Backpack Should I be concerned about my child’s posture?Sit 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.

Related Articles:

Optimal Posture Is Essential For Overall Health And Well-Being

Posture And The Impact Of A Forward Head Position

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Dr. Walter Salubro 1 269x300 Should I be concerned about my child’s posture?Dr. 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" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://icpa4kids.org']);" href="http://icpa4kids.org/">ICPA). Dr. Salubro caters to the specialized care of infants and pregnant mothers.

5 Tips For Staying Ahead Of Holiday Season Stress

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner.  For some people, this can be a time of overwhelm and stress.

Stress Management Chiropractic Maple Vaughan 150x150 5 Tips For Staying Ahead Of Holiday Season StressHere are some practical tips that will help you cope, manage or even prevent stressful situations and the effects of stress on your well-being during this holiday season:

1. Exercise:  Go for a walk, a light run, do jumping jacks or push-ups.  Other ideas are home-based exercise programs, going to a gym, rock climbing or playing a favourite sport.  Whatever form of exercise you choose, it will certainly get you feeling better and it’s a great way to release stress.

2. Eat Good Wholesome Foods: More fruits and vegetables are a must in your diet.  They have nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that help support your body.  Smoothies, juicing and “green” shakes are easy ways of getting more fruits and vegitables in your diet. 

3. Get Complete With Any Disagreements: Relationships are a huge source of stress for many people, whether it is family, spouses, friends or co-workers.  Restoring a relationship with another person is many times just a conversation away.  Forgiveness is the key, not the blame-game.  Take time to have that overdue conversation.

4. Create Goals: This is a powerful way to take control of your life and create the life you want.  Goals give you a direction in life. You will bust through stressful situations faster when you know you are on a journey to creating the life of your dreams and vision.

5. Chiropractic Care: One of the many benefits of chiropractic care is a better ability to handle stress.  Stress activates the nervous system, gets you in a flight or fight response and increases stress hormones (cortisol and epinephrine). On an ongoing bases, this can be damaging to your body.  Chiropractic helps restore balance and harmony to the nervous system. If you are under chiropractic care, keep up your check-ups and adjustments.  If you are not under chiropractic care, this is a perfect time of year to get a chiropractic check-up.

Do a self-inventory.  How is stress affecting you right now? Where are the sources of stress? How can you apply these tips to make your life and your holiday season stress-free?

 

Neck Pain – Can Chiropractic Really Help?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Neck Pain Relief Treatment 200x300 Neck Pain – Can Chiropractic Really Help?Neck pain is a very common problem affecting up to 70% of the adult population at some point in life.  Though there are specific causes of neck pain such as arising from a sports injury, a car accident or “sleeping crooked,” the vast majority of the time, no direct cause can be identified and thus the term nonspecific is applied.

There are many symptoms associated with patients complaining of neck pain and many of these symptoms can be confused with other conditions.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what neck related symptoms are most likely to respond to chiropractic manipulation before the treatment has started?  This issue has been investigated with very favorable results!

The ability to predict a favorable response to treatment has been termed, “clinical prediction rules” which in general, are usually made up of combinations of things the patient says and findings from exams. In a large study, data from about 20,000 patients receiving about 29,000 treatments, was collected and analyzed to find out what complaints responded well to chiropractic treatment.  The results showed that the presence of any 4 of these 7 presenting complaints predicted an immediate improvement in 70-95% of the patients: (more…)

Chiropractor Dr. Fabrizio Mancini On The Dr. Phil Show Talks About Chiropractic And His Book “The Power Of Self-Healing: Unlock Your Natural Healing Potential In 21 Days”

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Power Of Self Healing Dr Fabrizio Mancini 209x300 Chiropractor Dr. Fabrizio Mancini On The Dr. Phil Show Talks About Chiropractic And His Book The Power Of Self Healing: Unlock Your Natural Healing Potential In 21 DaysBack To Health Chiropractic Centre in Maple, Vaughan Presents A Synopsis Of The Dr. Phil Show Interview With Chiropractor Dr. Fabrizio Mancini – Air Date, March 14-2012 

Dr. Phil, a long time chiropractic patient of Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, gives us an inside look of Dr. Mancini’s book, “The Power Of Self-Healing.  Dr. Mancini is the President of Parker University.

 

 

Here are some highlights and key points from the Dr. Phil interview and from Dr. Mancini’s book, “The Power Of Self-Healing”:

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The Top 10 Reasons For Your Child To Have A Chiropractic Check-Up

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Mom and Child 150x150 The Top 10 Reasons For Your Child To Have A Chiropractic Check UpMaple (Vaughan), Ontario - It is common for people to seek treatment from chiropractors for low back pain, neck pain, headaches or even injuries from work and car accidents.  These are conditions that are mostly seen in adults.   Since a child will not typically complain of low back pain, neck pain or headaches, the parents may never see a reason to get their child checked by a chiropractor for a well exam or a spinal / posture check-up.   However, regardless of any pain or symptom, a child may have spinal misalignments or posture displacements that could be putting strain on their nervous system.  Since the nervous system controls and co-ordinates every function of the body, it’s imperative that the nervous system remains as stress-free as possible for optimal health, optimal growth and optimal body function.

Consider this … spinal misalignments can occur at any time throughout the child’s growth, development and life.

Here are the 10 top reasons for your child to have a chiropractic check-up:

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Reactive or Proactive Health Choices?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

In today’s fast paced society, sometimes it’s easy to lose track of your health and wellness goals. In some cases, some people don’t take their health seriously until something extreme occurs, like a heart attack or cancer. 

To be healthy and stay healthy you must be proactive versus reactive.  If you find yourself rushing to the doctor’s office or pharmacy once a symptom or pain appears, that’s being reactive. In most cases, by the time the symptom appears, the underlying problem has already been developing.

Taking the proactive approach to your health and wellness puts you in charge and empowers you to make the right choices for your health and wellness way ahead of time. 

When making those health choices, you must include these 5 fundamental pillars to great health: 

  1. Keeping your spine and nervous system optimized with chiropractic care.
  2. Exercise regularly. Minimum 3 times / week.
  3. Eat wholesome, natural, nutritious foods.
  4. Manage your stress and overwhelm.
  5. Create a vision for your life along with well-rounded goals.

These 5 pillars to great health form the foundation to the wellness model taught at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre.

You can read more about each pillar through the various articles on our website.

Choose wisely today. Your health, your happiness and your quality of life depends on it.

The Webster Technique In The Chiropractic Care For Pregnancy

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Many expecting moms seek chiropractic care during their pregnancy.  More then low back pain relief, chiropractic care during pregnancy prepares the mom and the baby for an easier birth.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps improve nervous system function, providing greater health potential for both the mother and the baby.  Also, chiropractic care during pregnancy help correct pelvic and spinal imbalances through the correction of spinal and sacral misalignments (subluxations).

Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that helps correct sacral subluxations and balance pelvic bones, muscles and ligaments.

Chiropractic care and the specific use of Webster Technique may help facilitate easier, safer births for both baby and mother.
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Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor who provides chiropractic care for pregnancy.  He is certified in Webster Technique, certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).

“CHIROPRACTIC FIRST” – A Book Review

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Chiropractic First By Terry Rondberg1 222x300 “CHIROPRACTIC FIRST” – A Book ReviewToday, I am writing a short book review of “Chiropractic First: The Fastest Growing Healthcare Choice … Before Drugs Or Surgery”, by Terry A. Rondberg, DC.  Dr. Rondberg is the CEO and founder of the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA). 

If you are looking for a simple, yet thorough review and understanding of chiropractic, the chiropractic profession and how chiropractic works to help people get healthy and stay healthy, then “Chiropractic First” is a must read.  We keep a copy of this book in our reception area for our patients to read and we often give it away as a gift to patients.

“Chiropractic First” is a nice, easy-to-read and thorough review of what chiropractic is and how chiropractic helps people. The author does a super job of explaining the essence and purpose of chiropractic care, which is, the correction of nerve interference caused by subluxations (spinal misalignments).

When it comes to the human body, many people are curious to how organs and body systems work.  Well, this book goes on to describe the major organ systems of the body (like the heart, lungs, stomach), giving a simple explanation of their overall function. 

Of importance to people seeking a chiropractor for chiropractic care, the author explains what to expect during a typical chiropractic consultation, examination and the report of findings. This section is of great importance, especially for someone who is first visiting a chiropractor.

There is a nice overiew of the benefits of chirorpactic care for children and as well for the elderly. 

Dr. Rondberg also goes on to show some of the latest chiropractic research that was available at the time of publication. 

“Chiropractic First” is an easy read and I highly recommend it to anyone who has never been to a chiropractor.  It is also a very enlightening read for anyone who has or is currently seeing a chiropractor. Be sure to ask your family chiropractor about “Chiropractic First”, by Dr. Terry Rondberg.
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From the back cover …

“Chiropractic First teaches why everyone needs, wants and ultimately loves Chiropractic. Totally recommended.” - Mark Victor Hansen, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

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Another book review by Dr. Walter, family chiropractor at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre… a town of Maple chiropractic clinic (and a City of Vaughan chiropractic clinic).

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Can Chiropractic Help Children With Learning Disabilities?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Happy Family Can Chiropractic Help Children With Learning Disabilities?Are school-aged children getting healthier or sicker?  I came across a Statistic Canada survey that helped shed some light on this question.  The results of this survey were quite revealing. I’ll review some of the findings here, but first let me share this story with you.

This week in our chiropractic wellness clinic, I had a conversation with a patient who is a grade 8 teacher.  I was particularly curious of the prevalence of children in his class with learning disabilities.  This is what I learned …

The teacher said that 1 in 5 (20%) students in his class have been diagnosed with a learning disability, such as ADD or ADHD.  He also said that a lot of learning disabilities go unreported, so the prevalence is likely higher.  And, that this is fairly common in most classrooms at his school.

Statistic Canada, in a 2006 study entitled “Participiation and Activity Limitation Survey”, reported that there is a increase in disabilities amongst children aged 14 and under.  The findings showed that amongst children aged 14 and under, about 202,350 (3.7%) reported a disability of some kind in 2006.  This is up from 2001 which was at 3.1%.

In this group, 69.8% of children aged 4 and under had a disability related to a chronic health condition – the most common health conditions reported were asthma, severe allergies, attention deficit disorder, and autism.

For children aged 5 to 14, the study reported that 66.6% of these children had chronic health conditions.  Learning disabilities affected 69.3% of children in this age group.

Overall, there was a large increase in learning disabilities from 2001 to 2006 for both children and adults.

At Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, our our vision is family health and wellness … which means our vision is for families in our community to be fully healthy, happy and flourishing.  To our Back To Health Chiropractic team, healthy families does not mean just mom or dad on the wellness path.  Family health  especially includes children living to their full human potential.

I really like the  World Health Organization’s definition of health, which is …

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 1

Unfortunately, many children are not living in a “complete physical, mental and social well-being” as the learning disability prevalence is increasing.

So if health means ”complete physical, mental and social well-being”, how are we doing when chronic health conditions and learning disabilities are increasing in the school-aged population?

In our chiropractic wellness clinic, we care for children that present with chronic health conditions and learning disabilities.  Although most adults come into our clinic with pain complaints of some sort (like headaches, back pain, neck pain), most children in our clinic don’t present with pain conditions.  They present with health conditions such as asthma, allergies, bed-wetting, digestive problems, ADD/ADHD and autism.  I have seen chiropractic be helpful for children with these types of health conditions.  However, chiropractic is not a treatment for any of these health conditions.

A chiropractor assesses the spine to find spinal misalignments (subluxations).   Why is this important?  Because spinal misalignments can alter the quality and quantity of nerve input to and from the brain.  Altered nerve input to and from the brain can cause problems to the body.  To correct a spinal misalignment, the chiropractor delivers a specific scientific chiropractic adjustment, which removes interference on the nervous system and improves the nerve input to and from the brain.  Now, the body is in a position to function and heal optimally because all healing and body function is controlled by the brain. This is why chiropractors will see many people, adults and children alike, respond positively to a variety to different health conditions.

So can chiropractic help children with learning disabilities? Let’s look at this study…

In a 2007 literature review study by Dr. Yannick Pauli, published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), Dr. Pauli suggested that although more research is necessary in this area, chiropractic care may have a positive role in individuals suffering from learning disabilities and dyslexia.2   A lot has to do with restoring function to the child’s nervous system by correcting vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments).

Chiropractic care for children is safe and effective.  Ask your family wellness chiropractor how chiropractic can be of benefit to you and your family.

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1. WHO Website. http://www.who.int/about/definition/en/print.html

2. Pauli, Yannick, D.C.The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Individuals Suffering from Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR). January 15, 2007, pp 1-12.

“My Nervous System, Why Keep It Free Of Interference?”

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The nervous system is the master system which controls and coordinatates the function of every organ, tissue, structure and cell in your body.  Signals from your brain travel up and down your spinal cord.  The spinal cord, which is protected by the bones of your spinal column, branches out into 31 pairs of nerves.  These spinal nerves branch further to reach out to all the structures and organs of your body.  Chiropractors focus on optimizing the spinal column to keep the spinal cord and spinal nerves free of stress and interference.

The only part of the nervous system that is protected by bones is your brain and your spinal cord.  The primary purpose of the hard bones of your spinal column is to protect the delicate spinal cord, just like the skull protects the delicate brain.  Normal ideal posture reflects a spine that is in a normal neutral position – which is straight from the front view and 3 natural curves from the side view.  A chiropractor is trained to check for any postural deviations or misalignments.  The position and alignment of the spinal bones is best seen on xrays.  Many chiropractors either take xrays in their own clinics while some chiropractors refer out for xrays.

Research has shown that when the spinal column is in a neutral normal position, as described above, it is in the best position to naturally protect the spinal cord. 

However, research has also shown that when the spinal column is shifted or misaligned, it puts pressure on the delicate spinal cord and on the spinal nerves leading to interference of those crucial nerve signals traveling to and from the brain to your body.

That is the effect of spinal misalignments (subluxations) – they interfere with the all-important nerve signals that give life to all your body parts and organs.  Chiropractors are trained to detect these spinal misalignments and correct them.

So, knowing that the nervous system controls how your body functions and how your body heals, it makes perfect sense to want to keep the spinal cord, spinal nerves and nervous system free of interference.  A chiropractor can help you with this.

Finding and correcting spinal misalignments for the purpose of keeping a healthy and optimally functioning nervous system is the focus of chiropractic adjustments and chiropractic care.  This is exactly what we do everyday at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre.