The Healthy Way To Wear A Backpack

Kids wearing heavy backpacks on one shoulder will end up with aches and painsFor most kids, picking out a new backpack is more about the fashion statement than functionality. When it comes to backpack strategy…most kids throe the pack over one shoulder, jam it full of books and never even know that there is a right and wrong way to wear it!

Most of the time parents and their children are in a mad hurry to get packed up and ready to go in the morning. But, it’s important for parents and even high school and college students to be aware of how to properly pack and wear a backpack. Just be sure to choose a pack that is the right size for you or your child!

Symptoms of Wearing Too Heavy of a Backpack

  • Pain in the back, shoulders, neck and hands
  • Strained and weakened muscles
  • Tingling and pain in the arms
  • Poor posture & curved spine
Follow The American Occupational Therapy Association’s simple strategy for parents and students,
Pack it Light, Wear it Right. 

Here’s a helpful visual that will keep your children’s nervous systems on the right track, help them to have better posture and avoid aches and pains.

We are available to check your child’s backpack…just call the office at 770-451-9494!

The Healthy Way To Wear A Backpack

SPRING CLEANING?  PROTECT YOUR BACK!

The beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures of spring often motivate us to open the windows, let the fresh air in, and give our homes a thorough cleaning.  Be careful though, household chores can sometimes literally be a pain in your back. Even common cleaning activities, such as loading and unloading the dishwasher, washing dishes, scrubbing the bathroom, and vacuuming the floors, can cause back strain resulting in anything from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.

Fortunately, you can lessen your risk of injury by making sure you are using proper form while cleaning.  It also helps to take plenty of breaks and to do a little each day instead of one marathon session.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your back is to always make sure you use good body mechanics while lifting heavy objects, such as a bucket full of soapy water or a heavy vacuum cleaner.  Make sure to always bend at your knees rather than your waist, and always keep the item you’re lifting as close to your body as possible to reduce back strain.  Also, make sure you are facing the object you are picking up (rather than twisting while you lift) and if you need to place it to the side of you, turn your whole body to face that direction before bending your knees and setting it down.

Here are some additional tips to help protect your back:

  • Whenever you need to stand for an extended period of time, see if you can find a way to lift one of your feet a little higher than the other one, and then periodically alternate.  For example, if you are washing dishes, you can open the cabinet below and rest your foot on the ledge to reduce back strain.  (Cashiers, and other people who stand all day, often find this little trick invaluable.)
  • When vacuuming, transfer your weight back and forth between your front and back feet, using your body weight to propel the vacuum as you lunge.  Also, periodically switching from one hand to the other helps to keep your muscles working in a more balanced manner, reducing back strain.
  • If you can, switch hands while scrubbing your bathroom or performing other similar tasks, and pay attention to your body mechanics, making sure to minimize any twisting.
  • Don’t overdo it.  As mentioned earlier, spread out your chores throughout the week, doing a little at a time.  Similarly, if you have a lot of dishes to do and notice that it tends to aggravate your back… only do half and let them dry in the dish rack while the others soak in hot soapy water, finishing them later.
  • If you notice your back is feeling tight, take a break, lie down on your back, and hug your knees to your chest until your back muscles relax.  This may be a good time for some additional stretching.  Your chiropractor can show you some easy stretches that can help reduce muscle spasm and tension.
  • If your back is hurting, use an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel.  If you don’t have a frozen cold pack, a bag of frozen vegetables can make a good substitute.
  • If the pain continues for more than a day or two or if you experience numbness, tingling or any weakness in your extremities, see your chiropractor.  At Northeast Chiropractic Center, we specialize in spinal health and can help identify and treat your problem.

 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help You with Your New Year’s Resolutions

Did you make your New Year’s resolution? Research shows people who make resolutions before the ball drops are 10 times more likely to reach their personal goals. Whether its weight loss, muscle tone, or overall wellness, we at Northeast Chiropractic Center have some tips to help you stay on track.

Brain/Body Connection
Did you know that the brain is the command center of your body? It controls your decision-making, ability to think and reason, and your body’s ability to move. A properly aligned spine  allows your nerves to function properly, restoring your body’s control center. This sets you up for mental and physical success in the new year.

Natural Healing
A properly aligned spine also gives your body the power it needs to self-heal. While trends like Garcinia Cambogia and other weight-loss pills gain nationwide popularity, chiropractic is a holistic, drug-free way to improve bodily functioning. Adjustments can remove pressure caused by excess weight or restore areas injured by tough exercise. The key is longevity and overall health and wellness. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive way to help you reach this goal.

Increased Flexibility
Imagine chiropractic adjustments as yoga for your spine. Nerves from your spine connect with the muscles throughout your entire body, including your legs, neck, and back. Therefore, spinal health is crucial to increasing your mobility and getting the most out of your exercise routine. We teach our patient’s proper exercise techniques to use at home to further their goals.

The staff at Northeast Chiropractic Center wants to help you reach your goals for 2015. Call today for an appointment. We can evaluate your needs and offer you advice on how to reach an optimal level of health and wellness in a lasting way

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Headaches & Chiropractic

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.

What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.
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Did Atlanta’s Snow-Mageddon Leave You with a Pain in the Neck?

On a sunny day, the statistics for auto accidents in Atlanta aren’t very good. Add some ice and snow to the mix, and the rate of auto accidents increases exponentially. Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries we see, with symptoms that range from neck pain to headaches and migraines. The injury occurs when the head is suddenly thrust from a traumatic force and typically results in damage to the ligaments, muscles, and other tissues in the neck area. The misleading part with this particular injury is the amount of time it often takes to manifest. You may feel absolutely fine following a car accident even if neck damage has been done.  A car accident occurring at as little as 5 mph can cause trauma and injury to the soft tissues of the spine and lead to symptoms and dysfunction.  Symptoms can take weeks to arise, by which time further damage may have complicated the initial injury and led to more severe neck pain, upper back pain and potentially permanent damage to the area. Continue reading

Chiropractic at the Sochi Winter Olympics

The inclusion of chiropractic care for the athletes participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics reflects the fact that over the last decade chiropractors have become a key part of an athlete’s training and recovery program.  Athletes train hard and endure significant physical demands that sometimes result  in injuries that could be avoided. Others may not be injured, but are performing at less than peak efficiency, simply because their structural system is not in balance. Continue reading