Back to School!

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Time has passed quickly again! It was back to school for my gang this morning. Everything was ready to go! All the bags were full with books and supplies.All the names were written on everything. The kids were really excited but also a bit nervous!  There were really excited to see their new class, teacher and to see there friends again. I could not believe that my daughter was starting her 6th grade last year of elementary and my boys are starting 3rd grade. Wow they all look so grown up!

I wanted to include a few recommendations that I wrote last year to remind you how important it is to verify the kids back pack to avoid pain and discomfort.

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Computer Posture and Chiropractic

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It has been a while since I updated my blog!! I have been quite busy with my travels for my master and all the homework that comes with it!!

 

Last week, I posted this photo on my facebook page. It triggered quite a bit of discussion. It was even brought up at a cocktail that I attended on Friday. Somebody said once they saw it, they immediately straightened out. It goes to show you that I am sure many of you have very poor posture while you sit at the computer. In the long run, this posture will cause you  lots of spinal issues and pain !!! I tease sometimes my patients by saying that computer is the best invention that  keeps us in business!!!

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Pregnancy and chiropractic!

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It has been a long time since I wrote! I am not ignoring you guys but as most of you know I am busy working on my master. Since the last post, I have been back to England and came back with lots of ideas and work to do!! I am really back at school!!

I wanted to talk about pregnancy a little bit because lately I have had a number of pregnant patients come through the office. All have little  different aches and pain at various stages of pregnancy. Pregnancy brings many changes to your body physically and emotionally! It is a vey special time for  a women even if it is not the first pregnancy! The first thing I would like to mention is that moms should not think that because you are pregnant it is normal to have pain!! It is never normal to have pain !!!Chiropractic is a very safe and effective method of helping mothers with back pain during pregnancy.

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Great Research on the chiropractic Adjustment!

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I was reading a chiropractic report and came across some interesting research that I thought would be worth sharing with you. The public in general is not aware of the research that is being done in chiropractic actually some people do not even think that chiropractic has any research!! When I am at conferences I am always impressed with all the amazing research that is actually being done in the field and wish some people from other fields would be there to listen!

One big name in our field is Dr.Greg Kawchuk Dc Phd. He is working with a multi-disciplicary team of prominent physical therapist and chiropractors from the US and Canada and they have been researching the Mechanisms of action of Manipulation in LBP patients. Here are the interesting facts of this research.  They wanted to  try  to explain some clinical results that we see when we use manipulation. They wanted to show the decrease in global stiffness and also show that a muscle called lumbar multifidus gets better recruitment. I will put the reference lower so if anybody is interested in learning exactly how they did it they will be able to find the article but for my blog I will simply go to the results section. The results did show that following manipulation “there is an immediate global stiffness change and enhancement of the multifidus recruitment”.  They also observed that manipulation may be superior to mobilization in reducing spinal stiffness. That is so exciting and would explain why some patients who don’t  get results with other therapies that mainly use mobilization suddenly start to get better after we start  using manipulation.  Therefore that  thrust or that little more force done quickly usually makes the difference in patients and they start to feel much better. Finally research that confirms what I had been saying and thinking all along!!!

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School and Back Packs!!

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It is back to school already!!

Are you signing ” this is the most wonderful time of year” or will you be sad on your kids first day of school let me know!

My kids start Thursday and we have been in full preparation mode! It means lots of shopping and writing names all over their school books! With one in 5th grade and the others in 2nd grade, I have many beginnings and I actually look forward to a routine again! So I would answer mixed feelings, happy and sad because they are one year older !

It is appropriate to talk about school bags and back packs.  Many children will experience back pain, neck pain and upper back pain from their back packs. Either the actual back pack is not appropriate or the way it is filled with the books.

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