Save the neck and back by learning about Backpack safety
A heavy backpack can lead to shoulder pain, back pain, headaches, and neck pain if carried improperly. Humans are born with 33 moveable vertebrae, which make up the spine and support the majority of your body weight. When an extra stress is placed on the spine it can exceed its ability to support and stabilize and a spinal imbalance and injury can occur. A heavy backpack can cause a child to compensate by either bending forward or to the side, compressing the spine. Over time, this compensation can lead to a permanent change in posture and muscle strains.
Here are some spine-saving tips on backpacks!
Your child’s backpack should never exceed 10-15% of his or her body weight.
Pack heavier items closest to the back and distribute the weight evenly in each pocket.
Tighten the straps to keep the backpack close to the body NOT extending below the low back.
Wear both shoulder straps. Using only one strap can cause extra muscle tension on the shoulder, back, and neck.
The thicker the padding the better. Padded shoulder straps help prevent the straps from digging into your child’s shoulders, back, and neck. This can interfere with circulation and nerve function that can cause numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms and hands.
Warning signs a backpack is too heavy!
Change in posture when wearing the backpack.
Struggling when putting on or taking off the backpack.
Pain when wearing the backpack.
Numbness and tingling
According to a survey conducted by the North American Spine Society, 42.6% of NASS physicians had treated children and teens suffering from back pain or spine trauma caused by improper use of backpacks.
As fall approaches, so does the seasonal weather and holidays. Haunted houses, carving pumpkins and eating candy are an integral part of Halloween for our kids. These bring back memories from my childhood, as I am sure it does for you as well. Now that I am a healthcare provider, Halloween has a new meaning to me. Let me explain why.
One of the most common conditions that we see in America is called Metabolic Syndrome. This syndrome consists of obesity, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure. Do you have Metabolic Syndrome? – If you have three of these five symptoms then yes, you do. This is a lifestyle induced syndrome that we help people manage by teaching them how to change their lifestyle. This condition usually starts out with a patient having elevated blood insulin levels, which tells us that he or she has insulin resistance. Metabolic Syndrome is a gateway syndrome to many other diseases later in life. Let’s give our children a chance to avoid one of the most prolific syndromes in America. One of the best ways to avoid “Met Syn” is to avoid sugar. In this article I will discuss what sugar will do to your body when over-consumed in the quantities that we eat it. Over the last 100 years our consumption of sugar has doubled; and since 1800 it has risen from less than 5 pounds a year to about 200 pounds per person per year!
One of the most important things to remember is that sugar is a quick source of energy, not only for us, but also harmful yeast, fungus and cancer that may be in our body. Believe it or not, we all have yeast and cancer cells in our bodies! Do not give them what they need to win the battle for your health. I am in no way whatsoever advocating the use of artificial sweeteners, for anyone. These toxins are a topic for another time. Refined sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup are sweeteners included in almost all processed foods. Studies show that sugar and cocaine have very similar effects on the brain and both are chemically addictive. As if that is not bad enough, sugar plagues our bodies with degeneration. This degeneration ultimately comes from the inflammation that sugar causes within the body. Too much sugar in the blood can cause macular degeneration in the eyes which may lead to blindness. Diabetic neuropathy is a something that we hear about often. This is when the nerves are damaged from having too much sugar in the bloodstream. Do you suffer from joint pain? Well cutting down on the processed foods (sugar) may help significantly with joint pain. Remember, sugar is inflammatory and can degrade your joints!
Always be sure to read the ingredient labels, “sugar” comes in many forms. Avoid “white four” or “bleached flour” because this is essentially sugar. Maltodextrin is another common ingredient that should be avoided. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a man-made sugar, consisting mostly of fructose from corn. This may be even worse than refined sugar. The fructose is harmful to the liver in this processed state and this concoction has been shown in many cases to contain heavy metal contaminants. Heavy metals destroy our organs slowly and lead to disease. The reason that HFCS is used in our foods is because it is sweeter than sugar and costs less to produce. Do your body a favor and avoid this. Halloween is around the corner and so is the candy! It is important that children grow up understanding “moderation”. Too often I see patients that live on soda (sugar), processed foods (sugar) and candy/cakes/desserts (sugar). These are coincidently the least healthy people that I know. Encourage children to eat melon and fruit as a tasty treat. If we limit the amount of sugar kids consume (remember it acts like cocaine in the brain) they will appreciate healthier sweets as snacks. Candy should be limited to certain occasions, like Halloween. This may take time to get accustom to, but you and your children will live healthier lives by reducing this “drug” in your diet.
-Dr. Ryan Zeronis, DC
Dr. Zeronis is a Frankfort chiropractor at Align Your Spine Chiropractic. He and his associate, Dr. Dayna Socha, DC, operate a wellness center that is “beyond chiropractic”. These doctors utilize therapeutic nutritional protocols to manage many common ailments and have a far reaching patient base with sports and athletic performance as an emphasis. It is not uncommon for patients to drive from other states to seek their unique approach.
The latest trend in dieting is now a high protein diet, and for good reason. Protein is an essential element of the human body. Without protein our bodies would quickly deteriorate and melt from the inside out. Amino acids are not only used to rebuild our muscles, but also used in countless processes involving digestion, enzymes, detoxification, and healthy aging. It is imperative to life that we consume protein; however, not all protein is created equal. What do I mean by this?
Well, for starters, let’s think about why pregnant women are not supposed to consume unnecessary prescription drugs, recreational drugs, smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol. The obvious reason is that whatever Mom puts in her body will be passed on to the baby. Just like it is generally not recommended for us to eat bottom-feeding fresh water fish & some types of rodents. Why? The garbage they eat will have an effect on us when we eat them.
That being said, we must remember where we get our protein from. The most obvious source is meat. Unfortunately, the vast majority of meat produced in America is actually considered toxic and poisonous by European standards. How can this be? American produced meat starts off as hundreds or even thousands of tightly packed animals in a large building. Packed like sardines, the cattle or chickens spend most of their lives standing in feces with only inches to move. What happens to people when they live in crowded, unsanitary conditions? Disease spreads rampantly. The same would be true in this case if it were not for the use of extreme antibiotics, steroids, hormones and dangerous medications. Many of these additives are illegal for use in Europe because of the toxic effect they have on humans and the livestock. The ban dates back to 1988, based on concerns about the addition of six hormones to more than 90% of American beef.
Not only are they deprived of sunshine, fresh air and movement but also their natural diet. These foraging animals traditionally graze for their food and consume a variety of nutrients in their natural diet. This variety of organic nutrients builds healthier animals and animal products like eggs and dairy. However, in captivity these animals are fed the most inexpensive feeds as possible. Often, these feeds consist of mostly genetically modified soy and/ or corn, two things that they would probably never eat in nature. Once butchered, the meat is chemically treated again and again.Combine the living quarters, nutrient-free diet, and chronic use of medications…and you can see how this recipe would not make a healthy choice of meat for consumption. It is best to avoid this profit-over-life monopoly, always look for certified organic, grass fed, pasture free beef and chicken.
Over the past decade, the diagnosis of autism is rising rapidly. The latest statistics show that one in every 50 children has some form of autism. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects social interaction, communication and imagination. Even though the exact cause of this disease is unknown, many link it to genetics; however environmental factors and hormonal imbalances may also be involved. There is a wide range of types of autism, from severe disability to a mild problem with interaction with others.
If you are a parent or family member of an autistic child, you know how exhausting it can be running your child to multiple doctor appointments, getting multiple opinions that are ending with disappointments. I’m here to tell you, there is hope. It is time to take your child’s health and well-being into your own hands. There are several alternative health care options available to you but the most beneficial one is bringing your child to a chiropractor. The newest research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system, and the brain. Dr. Nicholas Marini, DC, PH.D. Microbiologist, Chiropractor states “basic science research shows that the proper development of the brain relies heavily on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age.”
A chiropractor is the only Doctor/Profession that deals specifically with the brain and spinal cord communication, known as the Central Nervous System. The brain is the main communication hub, which sends signals down the spine and out tiny nerves to communicate to your organs, tissues, and cells. When there are misalignments or abnormal movement in the spine, the amount of communication getting to its source is diminished. Neurobehavioral disorders such as autism is related to how the entire body communicates with the brain and the most critical area for this is the spine. The goal of the chiropractor for an autistic child is to perform gentle adjustments to help realign the spine and take stress off the nervous system. The adjustment does not cure autism; in fact they don’t cure anything. They allow the body to function at its most optimal level, without nerve interference. This allows the body to work at its full potential and improve the quality of life within you.
Chiropractic care is an extremely effective treatment option for the autistic. When combined with a healthy diet and the right supplementation of vitamins, the results are often surprising. Chiropractic is a safe and comfortable method for everyone.
I’ve just recently started going to Align Your Spine, after receiving a free massage at work. I’m so glad that I made the choice to finally take care of myself! My back and hip pain is already getting better, after just a few visits! Everyone is so nice too! They definitely make you feel like you’re their top priority from the second you walk through the door, until you walk back out!! 💖
I've been going to Dr. Z for about two years and I've felt wonderful! In August I let life get in the way of going in for my adjustments and I have paid dearly for that mistake! I just haven't felt right, something just seemed off. My hip recently went out and the pain was horrible. After the first appointment I was able to sleep through the night and after the second, I felt like dancing! It's amazing how great you feel when everything is in alignment! I love the dry needling! Do yourself a favor and go see Dr. Z or Dr. Socha at Align Your Spine Chiropractic! You will be amazed at how wonderful you feel! Thank you Dr. Z!
I highly recommend Align Your Spine Chiropractic. Since beginning chiropractic treatment with Dr. Z over a year ago, I have seen tremendous improvement with my low back and foot injuries, particularly after the addition of dry needling several months ago. One thing I love about AYS is that the doctors tend to take a holistic approach to your care, looking beyond the site of your acute injury/illness into other areas that could be contributing to your injury or negatively impacting your overall health. In working with Dr. Z, I have rediscovered how important correcting muscle imbalances, maintaining proper nutrition, and receiving regular chiropractic adjustments are to not just healing my injuries, but preventing further injuries, achieving and maintaining optimal health, and just feeling good in general. I am very grateful for Dr. Z and the others at Align Your Spine. They are all wonderful!