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Back Pain in Children – Back to School

Back Pain in ChildrenCommercials for back to school sales litter television programs across the nation as fall steadily approaches. While the countless brands of notebooks, pencils, and school clothes are constantly on display, there is one critical component that these promotions fail to advertise: the potential dangers of an overburdened backpack. Our children carry books, binders, folders, lunches, and even instruments to and from school five days a week. If the weight of these items rests unevenly on their backs, this constant strain may lead to damaging results. Regularly supporting an inappropriate amount of weight may distort the natural curves of the middle and lower back, cause rounding of the shoulders, or require your child to lean forward or sideways and stand off balance. These may seem like harmless effects, but when repeated day in and day out, these habits force the muscles to strain in order to compensate for the uneven weight distribution. This can result in muscle strain, muscle spasm, and back pain in the short term, and potentially lead to back problems later in life if left unaddressed. In addition, a heavy backpack may pull on the neck muscles and cause headaches, shoulder pain, or pain that radiates into the arms. Even with all of this in mind regarding back pain in children, your back to school shopping list still requires a backpack. But, these school bags do not have to be inherently dangerous. With the proper design and attention to its contents, they can be a safe mode of transportation for your child’s school supplies. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right backpack for your child, as well as some simple steps to ensure safe and even weight distribution throughout the year.

Back Pain in Children

Some sources claim a backpack should weigh no more than 10-15% of a child’s body weight, but most research on this topic provides inconsistent recommendations for this ratio. While this answer remains unclear, there are still quick and easy ways to reduce, redistribute, and stabilize the weight on your child’s back. When selecting a backpack, choose one made of light material, such as canvas instead of leather. Make sure that it has two padded and adjustable straps that are no less than two inches wide, and contains a hip strap or waist belt to redistribute excess weight from the shoulders to the pelvis. Finally, consider choosing a backpack with wheels so your child has the option to roll their bag instead of carrying it. If your child does carry his or her backpack, stress the importance of using both straps instead of one, and never allow the bag to hang off of one shoulder. Adjust the straps so that the backpack rests just below the neck and two inches above the waist. This way, the weight is kept snug on the back and prevented from sagging below the bottom. When filling the backpack with school supplies, place the heaviest items in first so that they are supported closest to the body, and fill each compartment equally so that the weight is evenly distributed along the spinal column. If your child must lean forward to compensate for the extra weight, the backpack is too heavy. Last but not least, consider having your child carry their lunchbox, instrument, or laptop separately to avoid the strain of including these heavier items in the mix. If your child still complains of back pain at any point during the school year, we offer a free spinal analysis at Grieb Chiropractic Clinic to address the aches and strains life places on a growing body. We can help to reduce back pain in children.

Each of the procedures throughout the appointment will be customized to fit a child’s unique height and weight, and applied gently enough to ensure a comfortable and pleasant experience for even the most nervous patient. Careful spinal manipulation with trigger point therapy will align misplaced vertebrae into the proper position, correcting the results of poor posture from an overburdened school bag. Continue frequent visits year-round to maintain optimum spinal health and guarantee a future of full-body wellness. As your child attends school 9 months out of the year, one visit to our office is not enough to correct the existing problem or prevent future injury. Make chiropractic as routine for your child as bringing a backpack to school. To avoid back pain in children give us a call to schedule an appointment at (724)-935-6050 today!Children Back Pain

 

 


Bring Your Children To Get Adjusted – Chiropractic Care For Children

Chiropractic Care For ChildrenYou wouldn’t leave your kids out of your plans to visit the family physician for a checkup, would you? What makes the family chiropractor any different? Chiropractic treatment presents unique benefits to people of all ages, but can be especially valuable to children as a form of preventative care. Children are constantly growing and changing in their early stages of life, which makes them particularly vulnerable to spinal misalignment. Chiropractic care for children is important because a minor misalignment may not result in immediate pain or discomfort, but could require the same attention and care as an injury to prevent spinal nerve stress.

Chiropractic Care For Children

Spinal nerve stress results from any misalignment of the spine, hips, or cranium (also known as a “subluxation,” or a pinched nerve) that irritates the surrounding nerves and impairs the function of the nervous system. As the nervous system regulates and controls all systems of the body (circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative, and immune) a subluxation could debilitate any aspect of your child’s health. The risk of spinal misalignment begins as early as birth. Even the most natural birthing process places stress on an infant’s spine and nervous system, which could result in common complications like colic, breathing problems, sleep disturbances, and nursing difficulties. As your child ages, even every day activities like bike riding may cause subluxations. If spinal nerve stress is not properly addressed and treated during this time, it can leave lasting effects on the health and performance of an adult spine.

Chiropractor for Babies Chiropractic care does aim to treat disease, but rather restore the body to normal function and allow it to properly regulate and heal itself. By gently adjusting the spine to correct alignment, this natural form of treatment relieves interference of the nervous system and allows each of the body’s systems to work at full efficiency. Ear infections are one of the most common afflictions that affect young children, and one that responds well to a conservative approach to treatment. Ear infections occur when too much fluid or pressure builds up in the ear canal, and can result in painful soreness, popping or ringing in the ear, difficulty hearing, or fever. These symptoms are often treated with antibiotics or the surgical implementation of ear tubes. However, this type of approach leaves the child vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery, or at risk of contracting another infection after developing a resistance to the antibiotic. At Grieb Chiropractic, we offer a free spinal analysis in a family-friendly atmosphere that will allow us to identify any subluxations in your child’s spine, and restore his or her body’s systems to full efficiency without the use of antibiotics. Here’s how chiropractic can help.

Spinal manipulation, combined with specific hand contact and gentle stretching, will alleviate the subluxation and position the vertebrae back into correct alignment. These procedures are customized to fit a growing child’s unique height, weight, and spinal condition, and are applied gently to avoid discomfort. With the spine in proper position, particularly the vertebrae located in the upper neck, the excess amount of fluid in an infected ear will be able to drain more easily through the Eustachian tube and remedy the current affliction, as well as prevent future infection by keeping this pathway open and clear.

As previously stated, chiropractic care does not in itself cure disease. Instead, it acts as a restorative and preventative measure that enables the body to work efficiently and heal ailments without antibiotics or invasive procedures. While chiropractic is often only considered after a serious injury or the presence of back pain, it should be a regular part of your child’s routine to ensure a future of full body health and well being. Try chiropractic first. Chiropractic care for children is a call away. Call 724-935-6050 today!Chiropractor for Babies


Herniated Disc — Shooting Pain, Tingling, or Numbness

Herniated Disc

Are you afflicted by an unknown source of shooting pain, tingling, or numbness down the arms or legs? How about pain radiating down your body as far as the calf muscle, or even the foot? If you unfortunately find yourself nodding “yes” in response to either of these questions, you might be suffering from a herniated disc. The leading cause of lower back and leg pain (sciatica), herniated discs occur most often in the lumbar region of the lower spine, but can also appear in the upper neck and shoulder regions. In order to recognize the presence of a herniated disc, and understand why this injury can be debilitating if not properly treated, it is helpful to be familiar with the basic anatomy of the spine.

What is a Herniated Disc?

The spine consists of individual bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of one another and separated by circular pads, or inter-vertebral discs. These discs give the spine its ability to bend and twist, in addition to providing critical protection in the form of shock absorption. Inter-vertebral discs consist of two main components: the inner, jelly-like substance known as the Nucleus Pulposis, and the outer ring of ligaments that surround this substance called the Annulus Fibrosis. This ring of annulus fibers keeps the jelly-like nucleus in the center of the inter-vertebral disc when gravity compresses an upright spine under normal conditions. However, if the fibers of the Annulus Fibrosis become weakened or strained, the Nucleus Pulposis can become inflamed, bulge (herniate), or even rupture outside of the vertebrae and into the spinal canal. Developing a herniated disc grows more likely with age, but it can also be the result of twisting or lifting a heavy object. The symptoms of this injury vary from case to case, but can include tingling, aching, or burning sensations in the afflicted area, pain or numbness extending to the arms and legs, muscle weakness, or pain that worsens after sitting, standing, or walking short distances. The presence of leg pain stems from the added pressure that the herniated disc places on the spinal nerves as they run through the spinal canal. If left untreated, a herniated disc can leave permanent nerve damage, and cause a loss of sensation or muscular strength in the back of the legs and inner thighs. Before a taking a surgical approach to this problem, we recommend the conservative treatment provided by chiropractic care. At Grieb Chiropractic Clinic, we offer a free spinal analysis that will allow us identify the presence of a herniated disc, and determine the proper course of therapy that will heal the injury without the use of invasive procedures. Here’s how chiropractic can help.

What is the most effective treatment?

The most effective chiropractic treatment for a herniated disc is the use of the Cox Technique, or spinal flexion distraction. This technique utilizes a specially designed table to administer stretches that gently lengthen and decompress the spine. During treatment, the patient lies face down and the lower half of the table supporting the legs remains mobile. The doctor then guides this section down and away while applying specially targeted hand contact to stabilize the vertebrae above the affected disc. This series of stretches is applied with a push-pull movement in a way that is rhythmical, slow, and smooth, and ultimately intended to reduce the amount of pressure on the damaged inter vertebral disc. This decrease in pressure not only reduces pain in the surrounding area, but also aids in the healing of the strained outer ring of the damaged inter-vertebral disc. The movements create a “vacuum effect” on its inner nucleus (known as disc decompression) drawing the substance back into the center of the disc and reducing the size of or completely resorbing the herniation. This decreases the pressure that was placed on the spinal nerves by the bulging disc, and stops pain, tingling, and numbness from radiating into the legs. The spinal flexion distraction treatments provided at Grieb Chiropractic, combined with electrical stimulation and physiological therapeutics from repeated visits, will ease your immediate discomfort and begin preventative care for your future well being. Try chiropractic first. Give us a call to set up an appointment at (724)-935-6050 today!


Back Pain Relief – Chiropractor in Wexford

Back Pain Relief

Among people seeking Back Pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. Approximately 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, are seeking relief from Back Pain from various causes, including accidents, sporting events, and muscle strains. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.

Chiropractor in Wexford

Chiropractor in Wexford

Chiropractors like myself use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to properly alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine. This will help the body to heal itself functioning at your peak capacity. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.

At Grieb Chiropractic Clinic we have three clinical goals for every patient:

1.  Pain Relief

2.  Rehabilitation of Findings

3.  Prevention of Future Injuries

The Grieb Chiropractic Clinic Wexford and Conneaut Lake locations techniques and protocols utilize a gentle approach of Chiropractic treatment in conjunction with stretching and strengthening exercises to provide pain relief and achieve your personal goals of health.

Come in to your Chiropractor in Wexford today to receive a free spinal analysis!