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September Newsletter

Keep Young Athletes Healthy and Fit


In today’s age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities. Although being part of a football, soccer or Little League team is an important rite of passage for many children, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body-conditioning needed for preventing injuries on and off the playing field.

The majority, if not all, sports are good, provided that the child prepares appropriately,” says Timothy Ray, DC, a member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. “Without proper preparation, playing any sport can turn into a bad experience. There are structural and physical developmental issues that need to be taken into consideration before children undertake certain sports.”

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August Newsletter

Backpack Safety Tips

Back pain is pervasive among American adults, however, it is not uncommon among children and teens either. In a new and disturbing trend, young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

“In my own practice, I have noticed a marked increase in the number of young children who are complaining about back, neck and shoulder pain,” said Dr. Scott Bautch, a member of ACA’s Council on Occupational Health. “The first question I ask these patients is, ‘Do you carry a backpack to school?’ Almost always, the answer is ‘yes’.”

This new back pain trend among youngsters isn’t surprising when you consider the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their backpacks – often slung over just one shoulder. According to Dr. Bautch, a study conducted in Italy found that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man, or a 29- pound load for a 132-pound woman. Of those children carrying heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result.

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July Newsletter

The World Cup and Chiropractic Care

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is upon us and some of the greatest athletes will compete in the most watched sporting event in the world. Soccer fans everywhere will be gathering to watch “the beautiful game” on the most exciting stage in sports.

For many of these athletes, in addition to their nutritional and sports training protocols, chiropractic care has played an important role in helping them achieve peak performance levels and as a part of their lifestyle. Many of the MLS players utilize chiropractic care and many of the teams have chiropractors that they work with directly. Dr. Monte Layton, for example, has been the official chiropractor of the Real Salt Lake since its inaugural season in 2005. Dr. Layton, like many other chiropractors, takes care of top athletes in many sports including PGA tour players, Olympians and the Utah Jazz.

Dr. Mike Foudy of Mission Viejo, CA, was the team chiropractor for the Women’s World Cup Championship Team in 1994. “All but one member of the team received regular chiropractic care during their training and on the days of their matches. Chiropractic adjustments balanced their spine, removed nerve pressure and optimized the function of their bodies. They felt like they healed quicker from injuries and that the care gave them a competitive edge.”

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May 2017 Issue

Colic and Chiropractic

Colic is a condition that usually appears between the 3rd and 6th week after birth, and is characterized by excessive crying. Most cases resolve after 3 months old. Babies with colic can often be seen drawing their arms and legs in as though in pain, and may turn bright red. It is not known exactly what causes colic, but it is thought that certain conditions may contribute to it, such as an immature and irritated nervous system, food sensitivities, and gastrointestinal upset.

As the state of the spine affects the nervous system, gentle chiropractic adjustments are one suggested course of action, and babies with colic treated by chiropractic frequently show improvement as the spinal irritation eases. Given the traumatic experience of child birth, it is not surprising that babies may experience spinal subluxations that cause problems with their delicate nervous systems. Colic is also seen to provoke an increased need for attention in babies, and more sensitivity to the world around them, both of which suggest a neurological cause.

Colic may also be the result of the diet of both mother and baby. Cow’s milk and other dairy products are one of the chief offenders in the development of colic. Human milk and cow’s milk are not at all interchangeable, and cow’s milk is not a suitable substitute. Cow’s milk contains the sugar lactose which is difficult for newborn babies to digest, plus many proteins that are detrimental to a young digestive system. Similarly, the food that a baby ends up absorbing from natural breastfeeding may cause colic if the mother is indulging in unsuitable foods, such as those that are spicy or dairy-based. It hopefully goes without saying that alcohol and tobacco should be totally out of the question for a breastfeeding mother. The best diet is one that is quite bland, and high in (non-dairy) protein, at least for the first three or four months of breastfeeding.

If your baby suffers from colic, here is some helpful advice:

  • Seek regular chiropractic treatment for your baby, especially in the first 4 months
  • A warm water bottle on your baby’s stomach is soothing, as is a warm bath
  • Rock your baby in a chair or cradle, or take them out in a car seat for a drive
  • Gently rub your baby’s stomach
  • Smaller, more regular feedings may help
  • If using baby formula, avoid dairy- or soy-based products

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March 2017 Issue

What exactly does a chiropractor do?

Maybe you’re wondering about going to a chiropractor or maybe you’re asking yourself, “What is the doctor doing when I’m in his office?” We’re glad you asked. Here’s a simple explanation and it’s the reason why chiropractic has become the most popular drug-free healing art in the world today.

Using his/her hands and various instruments, Doctors of Chiropractic locate and release a serious form of stress in your spine and body structure called a subluxation. Chiropractors are the only professionals trained to do this.

What is a subluxation?

A subluxation is a tiny distortion in your spine and structural system that irritates your nervous system and stresses your entire body. These distortions may be tiny but they can cause big problems.

How?

Subluxations make you off balance. This causes your ligaments, tendons and muscles to work harder because an off-balance person is not in harmony with gravity. Sitting, standing and moving take more energy resulting in fatigue and ultimately a feeling of being exhausted all the time.

A person who is out of balance often has “hot spots” or painful areas in their muscles and joints due to overworking certain muscle groups and underworking other muscle groups. Additionally, subluxations can affect your internal organs and glands – even your brain.

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January 2017 Issue

Holidays Can Be Stressful – Chiropractic To The Rescue

During holidays families often get together and drive each other crazy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Get your holiday adjustment and have a less stressful holiday season. Come in a few times. You (and your loved ones) will feel better, have more energy, be more balanced and be in a better place to deal with relatives who sit across from you and eat with their mouths open. Or whatever it is that they do to annoy you.

What better way to enjoy a festive season than to have your subluxation stress released? OK, maybe there are a few better ways, but good health is up there with them. It’ll be the icing on the cake – and its organic icing. Get your chiropractic care right away, avoid the holiday rush. Who wants to suffer from carrying lots of heavy gifts? Standing for hours cooking and cleaning? Standing in the check-out line at the post office, at the bank (somebody’s gotta pay for all those goodies)? Standing for hours caroling? Praying? Standing for hours sleeping? (Not you, we mean other people.)

And let’s not forget lying in weird positions on the couch watching football – those linebackers think they’re tough, they should try that!

But in all seriousness, with all the giving to others this time of the year, don’t forget to give to yourself. Attend to yourself so you can stay healthy and happy and strong, and so you may continue to give to and help others. We’re there for you – may 2017 be filled with more light, life and health. We hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!

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