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Technology & Children

Ninety-two percent of Australian children aged 5-14 years use information and communication technologies including computers, with increased use correlated with higher age. 87% of boys and 80% of girls regularly participate in electronic screen-based activities.

As a result of this increased usage, Chiropractors are treating more young patients suffering from unhealthy computing behaviours, which can include frequent and long durations of exposure; awkward postures due to inappropriate furniture and workstation layout, and ignoring computer-related discomfort. Many children are already suffering from repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic pain in the hands, back, neck and shoulders.

Emphasis needs to be placed on teaching children how to properly use computer workstations. Poor work habits and computer workstations that don’t fit a child’s body during the developing years can have harmful physical effects that can last a lifetime. Parents need to be just as concerned about their children’s interaction with their computer workstations as they are with any activities that may affect their children’s long-term health. To reduce the possibility of your child suffering painful and possibly disabling injuries, Chiropractors suggest the following tips:

  • If children and adults in your home share the same computer workstation make certain that the workstation can be modified for each user.
  • Position the computer monitor so the top of the screen is at or below the child’s eye level. This can be accomplished by taking the computer off its base or stand, or having the child sit on firm pillows or phone books to reach the desired height.
  • Make sure the chair at the workstation fits the child correctly. An ergonomic back cushion, pillow or a rolled- up towel can be placed in the small of the child’s back for added back support. The chair should have arm supports so that elbows are resting within a 70 to 135 degree angle to the computer keyboard.
  • The child’s knees should be positioned at an approximate 90 to 120 degree angle. To accomplish this angle, feet can be placed on a foot rest, box, stool or similar object.
  • Limit your child’s time at the computer and make sure they take periodic stretch breaks during computing time.
  • Urge your child’s school to provide education on correct computer ergonomics and to install ergonomically correct workstations.

Additionally, postural abnormalities in adolescent years have been recognised as one of the sources of pain syndromes and early arthritis in adulthood. Therefore, posture should be checked and corrected in children before more serious problems can occur.

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Migraines & Magnesium

A recent study from Iranian researchers found that there might be a link between blood levels of magnesium and migraine headaches.

Researchers looked at 50 migraine patients and 50 healthy subjects with no history of migraine. The migraine patients had average magnesium levels of 1.86 mg/dl, while the healthy subjects had magnesium levels of 2.10 mg/dl.

The researchers didn’t find any variation in magnesium levels in patients during or between headache attacks.

Other research has confirmed a relationship between magnesium serum levels and migraine, and some headache experts recommend magnesium supplementation for migraine sufferers.

Chiropractic has been shown to be an effective treatment for migraines, and your chiropractor can help you choose nutritional supplements and dietary changes that might be beneficial in reducing or eliminating migraines

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Is Seeing a Chiropractor Safe During Pregnancy

Despite the apparent impact it has on women, many cases of low back pain of pregnancy go unreported to prenatal providers and/or untreated. Unfortunately, many conventional treatments for back pain (like drugs, surgery or steroid injections) aren’t an option during pregnancy.

A study on 17 women with low back pain found that the intensity of the back pain was 5.9 on a 1-10 scale, and the onset of pain occurred about 20 weeks into the pregnancy. For 28% of women, pregnancy was the first time they ever have experienced intense back problems and 75% said they had not suffered from lower back pain prior to pregnancy.

In this study, there was a significant reduction of back pain experienced by the women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy.

This supports other studies showing that chiropractic offers a safe solution for pain while you’re expecting. Another study showed that chiropractic was more effective than standard medical care for alleviating pregnancy-related back pain. In both studies, there were no serious adverse effects of treatment.

Chiropractors use a low-force, gentler style of adjustments when caring for mothers-to-be. Plus, women do not have to worry about the potential impact that painkillers may have on a growing fetus. Instead, chiropractic offers drug-free, natural relief to ensure your pregnancy is as comfortable as possible.

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How to Recover Faster from Lower Back Pain

Low back pain patients who remain active are better off than those who are less active.

Researchers evaluated how patients recovered from low back pain in relation to their activity levels. Some patients were advised to “stay active” despite the pain while others were told to adjust their levels of activity based on their pain.Those who remained active ended up recovering more quickly and feeling less depressed. On the other hand, patients who adjusted their activity levels felt more depressed and were less mobile.

Researchers suggest that back pain patients remain active and continue their daily activities when possible. This will likely promote a positive outlook and increase your physical mobility to put you on the path towards recovery. Consult with your chiropractor to learn more about how you can stay active even with back pain.

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Cupping Therapy

About Cupping Therapy: It is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction, as the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin for 10 mins to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage-like effect.

Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials.

Cupping therapy is used to treat:

  1. Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
  2. Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
  3. Fertility and gynecological disorders
  4. Skin problems such as eczema and acne
  5. High blood pressure (hypertension)
  6. Migraine
  7. Anxiety and depression
  8. Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
  9. Varicose veins
  10. For weight loss and cellulite treatments

Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians.  Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to ‘open’ these channels – the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force).
Supporters also believe that cupping therapy can reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body. And they say it can promote mental and physical relaxation and well-being.

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Is Chiropractic Appropriate for Babies & Children?

Chiropractic for babies and children. Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.

chiropractic for kidsWhile a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis, and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.

Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.

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The Effects of Texting on your Neck

On average, how many minutes a day do you think you spend looking down at your phone? Whether you’re spending a lot of time texting or conducting any other business on your phone or not, the impact on your neck after even a few minutes can cause you a tremendous amount of issues.

Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, the Chief of Spine Surgery with New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, has studied this effect and found that the force of having your head tilted forward for long periods of time has damaging results on the cervical area of your spine.

A human head weighs around 5kg. Therefore, when you are standing or sitting with good posture (which is defined as head sitting squarely on your shoulders with your shoulders down and back), there is around 5kg of force straight downward on your cervical spine. If you lean forward just slightly, creating a 15 degree angle in your neck, that amount of pressure more than doubles, increasing to 12kg. In essence, it is like your head now weighs 12kg which would put an extreme amount of pressure on your neck while trying to hold it up. Bend your head forward a little more and it gets even worse. For instance, Dr. Hansraj found that a 30 degree forward tilt raises the pressure to roughly 18kg, and a 45 degree bend means that your neck is trying to deal with just under 22kg of pressure!

Being aware of this fact is the first step to correcting the issue. The second step involves spending less time on your phone, and raising it to eye level when you do need to access it. Of course, regular chiropractic adjustments can help put your neck back in place too, but remember that it is always better and easier to prevent an issue than it is to treat it.

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Vitamin D Offers Chronic Pain Relief

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have been studying the treatment of patients with chronic non-specific musculoskeletal pain.

Vitamin D supplements are known to help ease the symptoms of people with this type of chronic pain, and there are no known negative side-effects. Vitamin D supplementation is readily available and a relatively cheap option.

Vitamin D deficiency is an issue because many people are working indoors, out of the sun, and spending much of their non-working hours indoors. A little bit of sun is healthy, and doctors are encouraging their patients to go outside a bit more each day.

Adding vitamin D to your diet, in addition to receiving regular chiropractic care, may help to reduce symptoms of chronic pain.

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Chiropractic Beats Physical Therapy for Back Pain

A new report has looked further into the effectiveness of chiropractic by comparing it to physical therapy treatment and studying the long-term benefits of chiropractic.

By examining how much continued care patients had, after the initial study period, they could determine the effect each treatment method had on future health care consumption.

The authors found: 38% of the chiropractic care patients and 54% of the physical therapy patients sought care for their back pain during the one-year follow-up. Chiropractic patients had an average of 2.2 visits to a health care provider after the treatment period, whereas physical therapy patients averaged 6 visits after a one-year period.

Therefore, the authors concluded that chiropractic was more effective for pain relief, as patients required less frequent ongoing treatments.
To read the full article click here.

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Prevent Sports Injuries with Chiropractic

Chiropractic is an essential part of the care that many professional athletes receive. But just because you aren’t going to the Olympics doesn’t mean that you too can’t improve your health and performance with chiropractic care.

When it comes to sports injuries, weakness or improper stretching can put you at risk of getting hurt. There are two basic types of sports injuries: the first is the result of a trauma inflicted by incidents like a collision, slip or fall. The second type is caused by the overuse of a muscle group or joint whereby the repetitive movement of the same area causes an inflammation or injury.

It is vitally important to get proper care for any injury to prevent the development of chronic problems or permanent damage. Our chiropractors are trained in treating sports-related injuries, so can advise you in the best way to heal an injury and how best to prevent it from recurring. Sports injury care can range from massage therapy to joint manipulation, or specific exercises that target problem areas and strengthen previously injured or weakened muscles and joints.

To prevent injury and to improve performance, have your spine checked by a chiropractor.