Keeping Kids Fit: Back pain is becoming an increasingly common complaint in children

Keeping Kids Fit: Back pain is becoming an increasingly common complaint in children

Is your child’s backpack hurting his or her back? Is that heavy bag causing your teenager’s scoliosis? Can bad posture cause back pain? These are common questions from parents as we see our kids come and go to school with their many books and supplies. In the past, back pain was an uncommon complaint in children. However, the complaint has increased over time and now we see that back pain affects up to 50 percent of children by the time they are 20 years old. Most back pain in children is muscular pain, such as sprains and strains. This type of pain is often related to overuse or poor mechanics and usually involves the muscles surrounding the spine. It can worsen with twisting or heavy lifting. Other potential contributors include very soft mattresses; inadequate sports equipment, such as poorly cushioned sports shoes or incorrectly positioned bike seats; and obesity. Lastly, it is also important to consider depression, anxiety and other psychosocial concerns that can manifest with muscular back pain. To learn more click here. If you are having back pain call us today. Image courtesy of  Photostock...

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Chiropractic for Children: A Proven Way to Ease the Pain of Winter Earaches

Chiropractic for Children: A Proven Way to Ease the Pain of Winter Earaches

Has your child been suffering from recurrent earaches? If so, your family is not alone. It is widely estimated that almost all children will experience at least one episode of ear pain before their third birthday and many of them will go on to have several more. Most pediatricians and general practitioners that are presented with a child who has an earache will prescribe an antibiotic known as amoxicillin to treat the infection and acetaminophen to address the accompanying fever. However, they don’t always work. Plus, some children are allergic to amoxicillin. In those cases, an increasing number of parents are turning towards chiropractic care in the hopes that it will resolve the problem and with good reason. There are primarily three different types of earaches that plaque America’s youth and studies have shown that chiropractic for children is effective at promoting healing in each instance. The three types are chronic otitis media with effusion, otitis media with effusion and acute otitis media. Each one involves fluid being trapped somewhere within the ear. The most common areas involved are the middle and inner ear. The middle ear is where the eardrum is located whereas the inner area is home to the auditory tube and semicircular ducts. In order for the child’s earache to completely resolve itself, that fluid has to drain out. That’s where a chiropractor’s skills become invaluable to parents. Over the years, chiropractors have found that by manipulating certain areas of the neck and cervical spine, they can help speed up the draining process. As the infected fluid drains from the child’s ear, the internal pressure decreases and the pathogens exit the body. Consequently, pain and swelling lessens too, thereby making the child feel more at ease. To learn more about the connection between a child’s musculoskeletal system and the ears, please contact a Noblesville local chiropractor and ask to setup an initial consultation. Image courtesy of Photostock/...

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Chiropractic for Children: A Proven Way to Ease the Pain of Winter Earaches

Chiropractic for Children: A Proven Way to Ease the Pain of Winter Earaches

Has your child been suffering from recurrent earaches? If so, your family is not alone. It is widely estimated that almost all children will experience at least one episode of ear pain before their third birthday and many of them will go on to have several more. Most pediatricians and general practitioners that are presented with a child who has an earache will prescribe an antibiotic known as amoxicillin to treat the infection and acetaminophen to address the accompanying fever. However, they don’t always work. Plus, some children are allergic to amoxicillin. In those cases, an increasing number of parents are turning towards chiropractic care in the hopes that it will resolve the problem and with good reason. There are primarily three different types of earaches that plaque America’s youth and studies have shown that chiropractic for children is effective at promoting healing in each instance. The three types are chronic otitis media with effusion, otitis media with effusion and acute otitis media. Each one involves fluid being trapped somewhere within the ear. The most common areas involved are the middle and inner ear. The middle ear is where the eardrum is located whereas the inner area is home to the auditory tube and semicircular ducts. In order for the child’s earache to completely resolve itself, that fluid has to drain out. That’s where a chiropractor’s skills become invaluable to parents. Over the years, chiropractors have found that by manipulating certain areas of the neck and cervical spine, they can help speed up the draining process. As the infected fluid drains from the child’s ear, the internal pressure decreases and the pathogens exit the body. Consequently, pain and swelling lessens too, thereby making the child feel more at ease. To learn more about the connection between a child’s musculoskeletal system and the ears, please contact a local Indianapolis chiropractor and ask to setup an initial...

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Chiropractic Advice for Children Carrying Backpacks

Chiropractic Advice for Children Carrying Backpacks

Chiropractors are praised around the world for helping people with chronic back or neck pain, misalignment and other health issues that leave people sore and frustrated. However, as much as Indianapolis chiropractors are glad to help you fix the problems you’re having, they are also really interested in helping you prevent back and neck problems before they occur. Chiropractors care about your overall health and want to help you avoid aches and pains. It’s no surprise that we discovered that a Kansas City chiropractor went on his local fox affiliate news station to make sure people in his community knew how to help their children wear a backpack properly. With school a few months in and homework starting to weigh down backpacks, this kind of helpful advice comes at just the right time. Chiropractic care is helpful for children, and preventative suggestions go a long way. Students who are wearing their backpacks improperly or with too much weight are at risk for having back and neck problems, as well as problems with their posture. In the Fox4KC News Story, “Chiropractor Shows Proper Way to Wear Backpack,” Sean Felton gave this advice for analyzing your child’s posture: “View your child from the back and from the side with and without a backpack. When viewed from the side, your child’s ear should be centered over the shoulder and the shoulder over the hips. When viewing from the back look at their hips and shoulders and make sure they are level.” Posture problems may be an indicator that your child is carrying too much weight in their backpack. Ideally children should never carry more than 10-15% of their body weight in their backpack. Children should wear both straps to distribute the weight more evenly, and the bottom of the backpack should fall about two inches below the child’s waist. If you notice that you or your child is having posture problems or aches and pains, chiropractic care can help relieve their pain, and help you prevent future...

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