Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on August 16th, 2012

Dear Friends and Patients,

August is a time when summer begins to wind down and parents are preparing for their children to go back to school. Along with needing new clothes and school supplies, parents need to be sure their children are feeling their best. Health problems can be a major factor in under-achievement as well as lack of proper rest and diet.

Watch for signs of moodiness, lowered energy level, lethargy, or a change in normal posture. Every child needs to have a health check-up to be sure he/she is at optimum physical condition to participate in sport activities as well as the daily stresses of school studies and classroom participation. Regular chiropractic care can detect problems early and correct them before serious effects are able to set in.

Remember that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and just because summer ends, children still need to go out and play and maintain healthy exercise. Encouraging them to go out for some fresh air and a ride on their bike or a game of tag with their friends after being confined in school all day will make them more inclined to sit down to do homework later on.

Take your child to your chiropractor to be sure he or she is physically ready for the new school year.

Yours for better health naturally,
Dr. William A. Miller

Backpack Misuse Can Lead to Chronic Back Pain

A new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contibuting factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

This new back pain trend among youngsters isn’t surprising when you consider the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their backpacks, often slung over one shoulder. A recent study conducted in Italy found that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man, or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman. Of these children carrying heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result. Another study showed that the longer a child wears a backpack, the longer it takes for a curvature or deformity of the spine to correct itself. The results of these studies are especially important as more school districts are removing lockers from the premises, forcing students to carry their books with them all day long. The ACA believes that limiting the backpack’s weight to no more than 10 percent of the child’s body weight and urging the use of ergonomically correct backpacks are possible solutions.

What You Can Do

The ACA offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household:

1. Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back rather than on the shoulders.
2. The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders causing your child to lean forward when walking.
3. A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
4. Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry and the heavier the backpack will be.
5. Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight from side side,  leading to neck and muscle spasms as well as low-back pain.
6. Wide, padded shoulder straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
7. The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.

Chiropractic Care Can Help

If you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use, call your Doctor of Chiropractic. Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children.*

Kids and Sports

Playing sports is an important rite of passage for children, but highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling involve rigorous training schedules that can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager. Following are tips parents can use to help their young athletes prepare their bodies and protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen:

1.  Encourage your child to wear the necessary equipment and make sure it fits properly.
2.  Eat healthy meals that are high in fruits, vegetables and proteins.
3.  Drink plenty of water and avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated or carbonated drinks.
4.  Drink milk. It is essential for healthy bones and reduces the risk of joint and muscle-related injuries.
5.  Follow warm-up routines that include stretching before every practice, game or meet.
6.  Get plenty of rest. Sluggishness, irritability and loss of interest could indicate that your child is fatigued.*

School Children Work and Play Better With Radiant Health–See Your Chiropractor!

(*reprinted in part with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by the doctor or other licensed health care professional.
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One Response to “August Newsletter”

  1. Really good blog. Looking forward for more posts like this.

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