Archive for August, 2010

Chiropractic Advice For Backpack Safety

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Our chiropractic clinic was at a local retail business  in Vaughan Sunday offering backpack safety tips for students and parents.   The one common thing I notice with most of the children and teens that we see at our clinic is they carry a backpack that is way too heavy for their growing spines.  I remember when I was going through school, the first time I used a backpack was in grade 9.  Today, even the grade school children are sent home with backpacks filled bulky binders and heavy textbooks.

Not only is weight a concern, but how the backpacks are worn concerns me.  Especially, with the high school students. Their backpacks are overloaded, usually carried by one strap over one shoulder, and if both straps are used, they are so loose that the backpack is practically hanging down by their lower back or waist area.  This puts extra weight on the spine that can lead to pain or serious back or health problems.

According to a study published in the journal Spine, increasing the weight of backpacks can:  1. Significantly compress the discs of the low back, 2. Increase spinal curvature, and 3. Significantly increase low back pain in children.*1

In the month of September, when kids get back to school, our clinic is holding a Backpack Safety Awareness Week (September 7-16) for our practice members.  The focus is to teach children, teens and parents the proper ways to choose, carry and load backpacks so they reduce unnecessary loads and stress on the back and prevent strain, pain or serious health problems.

Next time you visit your family chiropractor, ask him or her about backpack safety for your children.

Back To Health Chiropractic Centre is a children-friendly wellness clinic. Located in Vaughan, in the hamlet of Maple, we serve families with children and infants of all ages.

Here are some tips that our chiropractic clinic will be sharing during Backpack Safety Awareness Week  …


Chiropractic Care In Pregnancy

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Today, I received wonderful news from one of my patients.  She gave birth to her second boy.  And labour was less then 30 minutes.  She has been under regular chiropractic care for the last 4 months right up until yesterday, the day before delivery.  I thought it would be a good time to write about the wonderful benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy.

Chiropractors have been helping pregnant women for many years.  Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy are safe and gentle.  Chiropractic adjustments help reduce pressure and discomfort in the low back that  develops as weight is gained during pregnancy.

Specifically, chiropractic care helps improve nervous system function in the pregnant mom, reduce stress on the nervous system,  and improve spinal and pelvic function.  This helps optimize the pelvic biomechanics in preparation for safer, easier births.

I invite to you to view this short video by Dr. Jeanne Ohm, Executive Coordinator for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) where she discusses chiropractic care in pregnancy for easier, safer births.

Stress … How Are You Coping?

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Have you you ever stopped and notice how much stress may be affecting your life?  What is the real impact of stress for you? Think about your well-being, your health, your family. 

When I ask people to fill out a Stress Survey, most people say, “I already know I’m stressed.”  The question I have is, “What are you doing about that?”

Your body can be affected by different types of stresses.  There are physical stresses caused by the effects of gravity or certain positions or movements.  Sitting in front of a computer all day or repetitive bending and lifting are examples of physical stresses.  There are emotional stresses, such as those caused by troubled relationships.  There are environmental stresses that can be caused by toxins and contaminants in the foods you eat, air you breathe or water you drink.

So you see, stress in life can come from many different sources.  Regardless of the source of stress in your life, one thing is certain, without effective coping strategies stress can seriously affect the state of your health.

The key is identifying where your specific stress is coming from.  Your family wellness chiropractor can help you identify your sources of stress and give you lifestyle advice on how to cope with it.