Chiropractic and School Aged Children

Chiropractic health care is extremely effective and useful for school aged children. School aged children areschool aged children subject to the normal bumps and tumbles of childhood, but there are other stresses that they’re subjected to that really affect their bodies. Things like heavy backpacks, using computers that are at stations designed for adults, constant use of hand held devices, sports injuries, and lack of sleep.

Chiropractic care is a holistic healing method that looks at the muscular skeletal system of the child, it’s so important for a child because they’re growing, and we can look for areas of restriction that aren’t moving properly, where there may be muscle imbalance, or imbalance or subluxation in the joints, and we can very gently adjust those areas. The kids at my practice love to get adjusted, they like the way it feels while we’re doing it and they like the way it feels afterwards, and in fact we have kids who ask their parents if they can come, they say I need to see Dr. Brent or Dr. Moe.

So we work on them very gently, we usually keep children clothed. We’ll adjust their full spine and check for areas that are restricted, we’ll also look at all the extremity joints, we’re very interested in hips, knees, ankles and feet in growing children, we want to make sure that there are no shoulder, elbow or wrist problems from hand held devices, from back packs, that can really start to cause asymmetries in the spine.

Children now are starting to wear back packs or shoulder bags on one shoulder and we found an increase in scoliosis from that, it pulls the muscles and the spine over, so if you do that for 5 or 6 years it can really increase your risk that there will be asymmetries in your spine. This is such a powerful time to adjust them.

Children are also developing a lot of repetitive stress injuries and a lot of sports injuries, and chiropractic is an extremely effective way of treating these children, so that we can get them back on the field and continue to be active, which is good for their emotional and mental health. I think one of the most powerful things about bringing school aged children to a chiropractor is that it’s an amazing way to teach children to take care of their bodies.

Children who go to chiropractors have an enormous sense of body awareness, they know when their body hurts, where it hurts, they have more awareness of how they injure their bodies and when they need to ask for help. They have more awareness of nutrition and diet, and how what they do, what they eat, how they sleep, how they rest can affect how they feel.



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Thieves products are great to have on hand once your children start school! Make sure to check them out at our office when you come in next!


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!


Enjoy Summer Activities without Back Pain


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!


Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome TreeHello and Welcome to the Family First Health Center Blog. Let me welcome you by saying that we are delighted that you have found our practice! We hope that you will find our blog helpful in the coming months and years to aid you in your every day health and lifestyle.
At Family First Health Center our mission is to educate and adjust as many families as possible toward optimal health through natural chiropractic care.
You may be wondering how chiropractic care can help you feel your best every day. What is it that Chiropractors do that will help the pain you are experiencing?:
Chiropractors locate and correct subluxations, a condition that damages, nerves, muscles, fascia, meninges and other tissues.  Subluxations cause joints to “freeze” or lose normal movement, causing damage to the involved area.
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