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Chiropractic Backpack Safety Checklist

backpack-clipart-1One of the fundamental pieces of any back to school ensemble is, of course, the backpack. Although they’re practical, backpacks are a leading cause of back and shoulder pain for millions of children and adolescents. We are offering a checklist to help parents select the best possible backpack for their children.

  • Is the backpack the correct size for your child? The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack shouldn’t hang more than 4 inches below the waistline. The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body.
  • Does the backpack have two wide, padded shoulder straps? Non-padded straps are not only uncomfortable, but also they can place unnecessary pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles. Lugging a heavy backpack by one strap can cause disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, low back pain, and poor posture. 
  • Does the backpack have a padded back? A padded back not only provides increased comfort, but also protects your child from being poked by sharp edges or school supplies.
  • Does the pack have several compartments? A backpack with individualized compartments helps position 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, and try to place the heaviest items closet to the body.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends that parent’s or guardians help children pack their backpacks properly, and they should make sure children never carry more than 10% of the their body weight. For example, a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t carry a backpack heavier than 10 pounds. In addition, parents should ask their children to report any pain or other problems resulting from carrying a backpack. If the pain is severe or persistent, seek care from a doctor of chiropractic or other health care professional!

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Enjoy Summer Activities without Back Pain

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The summer months are generally more active for everyone. There are events and day trips, added work around the house, and summer sports activities that require us to be more physically active and can put additional strain on our backs.

We’ve compiled a few tips to ensure you’re aware of situations that could pose a risk for developing back pain so you can enjoy summer to the fullest, pain free!

1. Taking the Family Out for Day Trips
If you’re taking your family out for a fun-filled day to the park, zoo, or amusement park, back pain might be the last thing you’re worried about. However, while carrying extra packs, bending, twisting, or even picking up small children, you’re bound to experience aches and pains. Through all the chaos fo your family day out, it’s important to be aware of the strain you’re putting on your back and take frequent breaks.
2. Enjoying a Day on the Golf Course
If you decided to take a Friday afternoon off to enjoy a day of golf in the sunshine, you’re definitely lucky! Warm up before your game with a few quick stretches and stay hydrated in the warm sun. Be aware throughout the game that you maintain proper posture and take breaks as needed to avoid fatigue or excessive strain.
3. Activities on the Water
A weekend or day on the lake is the perfect way to spend hot summer days. Exhilarating water sports like tubing and wakeboarding are really fun, but can also cause serious back injuries. Before you hit the water, ensure you’re well aware of the risks involved and be safe!

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November Chiropatients of the Month

Kelly and Luke Long

Kelly has been coming to our office for 10+ years and is such a faithful patient. She has shared her love of chiropractic with her whole family and we are able to help them stay healthy! We have loved getting to know her on a personal basis and she has become like family!

Luke has been a patient since he was a baby and his first adjustment was a few days after he was born! Kelly knows the importance of bringing her son in for maintenance visits especially when it’s flu/cold season to boost his immune system. He always brings a fun energy to the office and we love seeing him each week!

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Gratitude Tree

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For the whole month of November, our office will have a Gratitude Tree for you to practice what you are thankful for. When you stop in for your adjustment, make sure to place a leaf on the tree and reflect on the many blessings we have! Read what others have to say as well! 

This is a great thing to practice even on a daily basis – have you read our article about A Dose of Gratitude and how to incorporate that into your daily life?

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Happy 10 Year Anniversary, Maria

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Maria has been with us at Family First for 10 Years and we are going to the happiest place on earth to celebrate her – Disney World!!!
Our office will be closed Monday, November 9 – Wednesday, November 11 as our whole staff will be going. We will reopen Thursday, November 12 from 7:30-10, 3-5:45 and Friday, November 13 we will be open longer hours from 7:30-3:00pm.

Our spines don’t take breaks like we humans do, so make sure to get your adjustments in before we are gone and after we get back!

Next time you see Maria wish her a “Happy 10 Year!”
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

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A Dose of Gratitude

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

What if there was a solution so simple that involved nothing more than feeling thankful for the good things in your life? In fact, there is. That solution is called gratitude. Studies have shown that people who regularly practice feeling thankful have a leg up when it comes to their health.

Who wouldn’t want to try it? To get started giving thanks, consider integrating some of the steps below into your daily life:

Focus Attention Outward:
Your attitude plays a large role in determining whether you can feel grateful in spite of life’s challenges. Research suggests that those who are more aware of the positive in their lives tend to focus their attention outside of themselves.

Be Mindful of What You Have:
You may assume that those with more material possessions have more to be grateful for. It’s not how much you have, but how you feel about what you have that makes the difference.
Keep a Gratitude Journal:
Recording what you feel grateful for in a journal is a great way to give thanks on a regular basis. Try listing five things on a daily basis that you’re thankful for and see how much more optimistic you find yourself!

Reframe Situations as Positive:
The next time you find yourself complaining about life’s hassles, see if you can mentally “flip the switch” to frame things differently. For example, rather than getting down about missing an opportunity, try to see the positive side about the situation.

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Adjust Your Thinking and Health

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Join the millions of Americans who have not only found relief from back pain, but also a pathway to wellness with chiropractic’s natural, drug-free approach to healthcare.

Your spinal column, made up of 24 independent movable vertebrae, is what allows your body to move, twist, and bend through every motion of your busy day. It also encases and protects the delicate nerve tissue that carries every communication between your brain and body. This is why we believe the first step to a healthy and active lifestyle is a healthy spine, free of subluxation.

What is a Subluxation?

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1. A misalignment of the one or several vertebrae causing interference of nerve flow from the brain to the body.

When two or more vertebrae aren’t working together properly, it is known as a subluxation. Subluxations can cause you to experience pain, discomfort, decreased mobility, or many other symptoms. These misalignments often go unnoticed even while causing major miscommunication between your brain and body.

If a subluxation prevents the nervous system from functioning properly, it will eventually lead to symptoms such as pain, decreased immunity, headaches, etc. These symptoms are your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. Unfortunately, by the time pain and symptoms appear the problem may have been present for months, even years. Once there is a subluxation, it can also start effecting whatever organs that area of the spinal nerves innervate. Subluxations can cause sickness and disease along with different pain issues. The great news is that you can help prevent these types of symptoms with routine chiropractic care.

Among other benefits, chiropractic can help with:
– Headaches
– Back and neck conditions
– Leg, knee, foot, and ankle pain
– Bursitis
– Arthritis
– Arm, wrist, shoulder or elbow pain
– Sinus and ear infections
– Allergies and asthma
– Stress and tension disorders
– Chronic disorders and pain
– AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Chiropractors promote ongoing wellness by removing subluxations, enabling your body’s powerful ability to heal itself. With regular adjustments, chiropractic also offers a host of health benefits beyond preventative care, and is vital for keeping your body balanced, flexible and feeling it’s best. Everyone, from growing children to active seniors, can benefit from regular chiropractic care.

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