Matthew R. Cecchetti, D.C., C.C.E.P.
7031 Crider Road, Suite 102
Mars, PA 16046
724-625-6325


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August 2006 Newsletter
Sports and Chiropractic

Basketball, football, soccer, track, golf, and swimming. These sports play such an important role in millions of peoples' lives. But did you know that there are over 17 million sports related injuries every year in America alone! Keep reading for more info on how chiropractic can help keep you at the top of your game!

Better Reaction Time and Coordination

A study was performed that compared athletes under chiropractic care, with a control group who received no treatment. The factors that were tested were agility, balance, power, speed reaction and hand reaction time. After six weeks, the athletes under chiropractic care had a 10.7% improvement, while the control group had 4.5% improvement. After 12 weeks, the chiropractic group's improvement was 16.7%!

Chiropractors are "Team Doctors"

You will find that many professional, college and even high school athletic programs have chiropractors as their "team doctors." Many of the Superbowl Champion Steelers receive regular chiropractic care to keep healthy. Many other professional athletes such as Lance Armstrong, Derek Parra, Evander Holyfield, and Arnold Schwarzenegger realize the benefits of chiropractic adjustments to improve their performance and minimize injury potential.

How Chiropractic Works

Chiropractic is the science of removing subluxations from your spine. A subluxation is a spinal abnormality that prevents your nervous system from functioning properly. A chiropractic adjustment helps correct the subluxation so that your nervous system can once again function correctly and efficiently. You can realize the significance of this, because our nervous system controls everything that we do!

Sports Injuries and Chiropractic

If you or someone you know is suffering from a sports related injury, recommend chiropractic treatment to them! Dr. Matt is a certified extremity adjuster, which means that he can adjust more than just your spine, such as knees, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Our office also combines a number of therapies such as ultrasound and electrostimulation in conjunction with adjustments to help you recover quicker!

Source: Koren, Tedd. Koren Publications. Sports, Chiropractic..Bringing out the best in you, 1997.

Backpacks and Your Child's Spine

With school just around the corner, now is the time to think about the heavy load your children will soon be carrying on their backs. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends that your child carry no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. That means that if your child weighs 70 pounds, his/her backpack should weigh no more than 7 pounds. Heavier loads can put stress and strain your child's back possibly leading to problems later in his/her life. Here are some tips for proper backpack use:

  • Make sure that your child's backpack does not hang more than four inches below the waistline. If the backpack is too low it can put extra pressure on the shoulders and cause your child to lean forward when walking.
  • When buying a backpack, pick one with wide, padded and adjustable shoulder straps. Make sure that your child uses both shoulder straps.
  • Pack the heaviest book closest to your child's back. Empty out an unnecessary items out of the bag.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child's teacher. It may be possible that you child have two sets of textbooks (one set for home, and one set for school).

If your child should ever experience neck or back pain, talk to Dr. Matt. Dr. Matt can check your child's spine for misalignments that may be contributing to the pain. If left untreated, these problems can worsen with time. Chiropractic adjustments are natural, safe and effective! If you have any questions regarding backpacks or your child, feel free to ask Dr. Matt.

Source: www.webmd.com, www.nvchealth.com/backpack.htm

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