Chiropractic for Kids

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A common question I get in the office is, “are my kids too young for chiropractic adjustments?”, and the answer is, “No”.  Chiropractic care is wonderful for people of all ages, including youngsters.  Many spinal misalignments that adults come into my office with actually began much earlier in life.  In many cases, a person’s spine gets introduced to physical stress on day one.  A difficult birth can get the ball rolling.  Then the average child falls down hundreds of times while they are learning to walk.  Next comes sports, from the backyard to the school yard, the pounding of running and jumping and falling on bones and joints that are trying to develop, takes its toll.  Many of my patients that I meet that are in their 4th or 5th decades of life are presenting with back, neck, head, and joint pain that is coming from spinal misalignments that began when they were children.  Had these people received proper care as children, they likely would not have the pain and discomfort that they do today.

Setting up a child for a more pain-free adulthood is just one reason to bring your child in to get checked by a chiropractor.  Children typically respond extremely well to chiropractic care because they do not have decades of stress on their joints.  Many childhood ailments are alleviated in a chiropractic office.  Those ailments include:  ear infections, asthma, allergies and sinus trouble, ADD and ADHD symptoms, and growing pains.

Chiropractic adjustments performed on children have the same goals as adjustments performed on their parents, that is to restore normal spinal motion and relieve pressure from nerves.  I believe that everyone with a spine should get it checked at least once.  No one is too young or too old.  If there is someone that you are leaving at home when you come to get adjusted, bring them with you, especially if they are a child.

Most Important Foods To Buy Organic

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In your quest to remove toxins from your diet and eat clean, it can sometimes be stressful to find all organic ingredients.  It can also be more expensive to eat everything organic.  So, here is a list of the most important foods to buy organic.

1. Baby food:  A baby’s systems are still developing and can be quite fragile.  They can be more susceptible to the negative effects of pesticides, artificial preservatives, and other toxins.

2. Dairy:  I recommend limiting dairy in general, and completely removing it for some.  But if you do enjoy consuming butter, yogurt, cream, or milk, the best source is grass-fed organic cows.

3. Meat:  When it comes to consuming animals, whether beef or chicken, anything consumed by those animals gets passed on to you.  To avoid those damaging toxins, you will want to find meat from hormone free, antibiotic free cows and chickens.

4. Eggs:  Similar to meat, you want to avoid the pesticides that are present in most chicken feed.  Chickens that are allowed to naturally graze in organic pastures produce the healthiest eggs.

5. Leafy greens:  When it comes to leafy vegetables, almost the entire thing is surface area.  So if it has been exposed to pesticides, those chemicals are on the entire food and you can’t peel it off.

6. Berries:  Similar to leafy veggies, there is plenty of surface area and no peel.  Also, the pesticides damage the berry’s antioxidant properties, which is one of the main benefits of the berry in the first place.

7. Apples:  They may “keep the doctor away,” but they are among the dirtiest produce out there.  Each year the Environmental Working Group puts out their “Dirty Dozen” list of the most pesticide rich produce and apples are always at or near the top.

It is also important to consider any food that may not be on this list, but that you eat a lot of.  It you eat potatoes with most meals, or have a banana every day, you may want to add those to your list of must buy organics.

Top 5 Back Saving Tips for Spring

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The weather is warming, flowers are blooming, grass in growing, and the mulch doesn’t spread itself.  Whether you are a seasoned landscaper competing for a top spot on your neighborhood lawn podium, or a weed fighting newbie still trying to find your own green thumb, you are coming out of winter hibernation and getting your hands dirty.  In the process, you are also introducing more physical stress to your joints than they have been used to. This time of year we typically see an increase in the number of low back pain complaints in the office.  So here are my top 5 tips for you to reduce the negative effects of your hard work and save your back…

  1. Warm-up:  Yard work can mimic a rigorous workout routine, treat it like one.  A few minutes of warming up your joints and muscles will help prevent injury.  Take a brisk walk, do a few of your favorite yoga poses, and maybe some lunges and high knees across the yard will do the trick.

  2. Lift smart:  Landscaping bricks, bags of mulch, and lawn mower pull cords handled incorrectly can send you to the turf in a hurry.  So when lifting, keep your back straight, bend at your hips, and lift with your legs.

  3. Careful bending:  Rakes, hoes, and shovels have long handles for a reason.  Stand up straight in good posture when you can.  When you have to bend, remember that bending and twisting simultaneously is bad for your lower back. Adjust your feet so that you do not have to twist while you bend.

  4. Stay hydrated:  It is recommended that you drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.  Example: 150 lb. person should drink 75 oz. of water.  Drink even more than that if it is hot outside.  Keeping your tissues properly hydrated will prevent injury and allow for more efficient recovery.

  5. Pace yourself:  Trying to get too much done in one day and over working yourself is a quick way to get dehydrated, lose proper posture, and get hurt.

So there are my top 5 tips for saving your back in the yard this spring.  Be safe, have fun, and know that your Chiropractor has your back.