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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Sleep Related Neck Pain Relief is Probable with Chiropractic

Sleep Related Neck Pain Relief is Probable with Chiropractic

During the latter half of the year, many people experience a change in sleeping patterns and that can lead to neck pain. For the most part, it’s largely connected to our choice of cold weather sleeping positions, mattresses and pillows. However, it could also be related to preexisting, musculoskeletal related health problems. Either way, it’s good to know that neck pain relief is probable with Indianapolis chiropractic care and lifestyle changes. There are different types of neck pain that may occur from using poor quality sleep aids and improper sleeping positions. The list of potential neck ailments includes, but doesn’t stop with nerve pain, facet joint pain, muscle spasms and trigger point pain. Bone pain and cervicogenic headaches, although rarely associated strictly with sleeping patterns, may occur as well. Chiropractic care may minimize all of those types of pain through the use of trusted techniques like manipulation of the cervical spine, deep tissue massage, cervical collars, heat/cold therapy and neck or shoulder exercises. On occasion, Indianapolis chiropractors may opt to use acupuncture, traction, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and anti-inflammatory medications to treat their patients too. The purchase of new sleep aids and a change of sleeping position will generally be recommended as well. So which sleeping positions and aids do chiropractors suggest patients use to achieve neck pain relief? It is widely accepted that the two best positions tend to be the side and the back. They typically put the least amount of pressure onto the cervical spine, nerves, ligaments and muscles, which encompass the neck. As for the sleeping aids, like pillows and mattresses, each chiropractor is likely to give different answers. Some may recommend the use of special order, cervical or orthopedic pillows. Others may give praise to water or feather pillows and hard mattresses. Despite those differences in approach, it is clear that the main goal of any person using sleep aids should be to fully support and align the neck and shoulders with the thoracic...

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Using Chiropractic to Treat Knee Pain

Using Chiropractic to Treat Knee Pain

Chondromalacia patella is a condition that occurs whenever there is a softening or wearing away of the cartilage underneath the kneecap. This can result in severe knee pain, and may seriously hamper your movements. Surprisingly, one of the many benefits of chiropractic care is the fact that it can help alleviate this condition, which might otherwise require surgery to correct. Under normal circumstances, the kneecap glides smoothly over the femoral groove whenever you bend or straighten your leg. Chondromalacia patella is most often caused by misalignment in the hips, knees or feet, which then causes the kneecap to grind against the femur bone rather than remaining inside this groove. Over time, this can cause the cartilage to wear away, making it difficult for you to perform strenuous activity such as running or climbing stairs. One way Indianapolis chiropractors can eliminate this type of knee pain is by ensuring the sacroiliac joints are aligned properly. The sacroiliac joints are found in the pelvis, and are partly responsible for ensuring the leg is properly aligned. When the leg is misaligned, this in turn can cause the kneecap to gravitate to one side or the other, thereby causing cartilage to disintegrate. In addition to realignment, your chiropractor may recommend performing stretching exercises for your hamstrings and quadriceps. This in turn will strengthen these muscle groups so the knee will be better able to remain in position, and there will be less grinding as a result. Other things a chiropractor may recommend are: Losing Weight Wearing shoes with the proper amount of support Avoiding running or walking on hard surfaces Using a knee brace to help stabilize the kneecap Doing these things in conjunction with chiropractic treatment can make a world of difference in the way your knees feel. This condition tends to only get worse over time, so as soon as you are diagnosed, give us a call so we can help you begin feeling better and prevent future...

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Student Athletes Use Chiropractic to Reduce Pain & Stay Flexible

Student Athletes Use Chiropractic to Reduce Pain & Stay Flexible

Now that the new semester has started, many student athletes will be signing up for after school sports. Although this is a wonderful occurrence, there are some reasons for concern when it comes to certain activities. We will use wrestling as a prime example. It’s one scholastic sport that has a long history of causing musculoskeletal injuries. That’s partially why many student athletes are using chiropractic care in order to stay on top of their health. Over the years, countless studies have shown that when student athletes wrestle, they are likely to sustain certain types of injuries. We’ve listed some of the most common ones below: Pre-Patella Bursitis and Other Inflammation Assorted Muscle Strains and Sprains Dislocations and Bone Fractures Skin Infections and Lacerations Contusions and Abrasions Traumatic Brain Injuries MCL Tears and Meniscus Fortunately, Indianapolis chiropractic care has the potential to help resolve several of the noted wrestling injuries, including sprains, strains and dislocations. They are typically treated over time with a series of adjustments, deep tissue massage, hot/cold therapy sessions, anti-inflammatory medications and more. Other student wrestling injuries, like bone fractures, head trauma, skin infections and lacerations are best left in the hands of other healthcare professionals. Although Indianapolis chiropractors may be able to help student wrestlers recover from muscle weakness brought about by treatment of the aforementioned fractures, lacerations and trauma. Furthermore, repeated visits to a chiropractor may also help high school- and college age wrestlers train more effectively and efficiently. For example, chiropractors may perform adjustments on wrestlers that increase their flexibility and increase blood flow to areas that may need to recover from overuse. They may also recommend targeted exercises that could improve a student wrestler’s muscle strength in a certain area (e.g. back or extremities). Because of that, student wrestlers frequently include chiropractic advice as part of their everyday...

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Sciatica Pain Management: How Effective Is Chiropractic?

Sciatica Pain Management: How Effective Is Chiropractic?

Тhеrе іs sоmе dеbаtе оvеr whаt thе bеst соursе оf trеаtmеnt іs fоr sсіаtіса, а vеrу раіnful соndіtіоn thаt іs раrtісulаrlу соmmоn аmоng рrеgnаnt wоmеn. Маnу ехресtаnt mоthеrs аnd оthеrs suffеrіng frоm sсіаtіса hаvе соnsіdеrеd rесеіvіng Indianapolis сhіrорrасtіс саrе bесаusе оf іts nоn-іnvаsіvе, nоn-surgісаl nаturе. Аlthоugh сhіrорrасtіс fоr sсіаtіса hаs bееn dеbаtеd bу mаnу dіffеrеnt grоuрs, іt іs сlеаr thаt сhіrорrасtоrs bеlіеvе thеіr mеthоd оf trеаtmеnt іs еffесtіvе fоr rеlіеvіng аnd соrrесtіng sсіаtіса issues. Chiropractic For Sciatica Pain: Non-Invasive & Effective Сhіrорrасtоrs fееl соnfіdеnt thаt сhіrорrасtіс fоr sсіаtіса іs а grеаt орtіоn fоr thоsе lооkіng tо аllеvіаtе thе раіn аnd соrrесt thе рrоblеms саusеd bу thе соndіtіоn. Indianapolis chіrорrасtоrs аrе сараblе оf dіаgnоsіng аnd еvаluаtіng sсіаtіса wіthоut соnsultіng оstеораths, аnd thеу trеаt thе соndіtіоn lіkе thеу wоuld аnу оthеr рrоblеm rооtеd іn sріnаl mіsаlіgnmеnt: thе соursе оf trеаtmеnt іs bаsеd оn rеgulаrlу аdјustіng thе sріnе. Тhе vеrtеbrае wіll thеn rеаlіgn аnd dесоmрrеss, аllоwіng thе musсlеs аrоund thе sріnе tо funсtіоn рrореrlу аnd еvеntuаllу rеduсіng strаіn оn thе musсlеs thаt аrе ріnсhіng thе sсіаtіс nеrvе. Тhе оvеrаll gоаl іs tо rеlіеvе thе ріnсhеd nеrvе аnd rеmоvе unduе strеss оn thе surrоundіng musсlеs. Тhе sсіаtіс nеrvе іs оnе оf thе lаrgеst nеrvеs іn thе bоdу, whісh іs оnе оf thе rеаsоns thаt sсіаtіса іs sо раіnful аnd sоmеtіmеs tаkеs multірlе сhіrорrасtіс trеаtmеnts fоr раtіеnts tо ехреrіеnсе rеlіеf. Whеn dеtеrmіnіng whеthеr tо trу сhіrорrасtіс fоr sсіаtіса trеаtmеnt, іndіvіduаls shоuld rеаlіzе thаt сhіrорrасtоrs lіkе tо gеt tо thе оrіgіn оf thе рrоblеm bеfоrе аdјustіng а раtіеnt’s sріnе. Моst сhіrорrасtоrs usе Х-rау оr mаgnеtіс rеsоnаnсе іmаgіng (МRІ) tесhnоlоgу tо rеvіеw thе сurvе, соmроsіtіоn аnd gеnеrаl hеаlth оf thе sріnе. Соnsіdеrіng сhіrорrасtіс’s nаturаl, nоn-іnvаsіvе, nоn-surgісаl аррrоасh, іt саn tаkе а vіsіt оr twо tо ріnроіnt thе рrоblеm аnd рrореr соursе оf trеаtmеnt. Chіrорrасtіс care сеntеrs оn sріnаl аdјustmеnt аnd аlіgnmеnt, уеt mаnу сhіrорrасtоrs usе еlесtrісаl stіmulаtіоn dеvісеs tо еnhаnсе thе hеаlіng рrосеss whеn trеаtіng sсіаtіса pain. Еlесtrісаl stіmulаtіоn іs раrtісulаrlу еffесtіvе fоr thе trеаtmеnt оf sсіаtіса bесаusе іt rеduсеs musсlеs sраsms, nеrvе іrrіtаtіоn, аnd іnflаmmаtіоn. Ѕоmе сhіrорrасtоrs аlsо раrtnеr wіth mаssаgе thеrаріsts whеn usіng сhіrорrасtіс fоr sсіаtіса trеаtmеnt. Тhіs suррlеmеntаl thеrару hеlрs tаrgеtеd musсlеs hеаl mоrе...

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