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
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