“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” – Herophilus (335-280 B.C.), Greek physician
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We hope that everyone is off to a wonderful 2014! As you are all aware record breaking lows are coming our direction and schools in MN will be closed on Monday. If you are out and about in the cold weather be prepared with warm clothes, if you are driving make sure you have gas in your vehicle and check your tire pressure – you don’t want to get stranded in these temperatures!
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How often are you pressed for time at lunch so you run into a nearby fast-food restaurant. You eat quickly so you can get back to work and finish a report that’s due today. Is it surprising that you might feel sluggish, bloated, or experience reflux or heartburn? Eating meals with a high fat or high carbohydrate content while under stress is a recipe for digestive system meltdown! (Standard Process)
With the holidays coming up it is likely that most of us will be indulging in large meals that are full of rich foods loaded with fats and carbs. The amount of food consumed at a Thanksgiving meal is typically more than we would normally eat in one sitting; and if you have a large family like I do then you may be eating quickly to ensure you get to at least sample everything that is served before it is all gone! This leaves you feeling bloated and sluggish; you may experience heartburn gas, burping, and maybe even constipation or diarrhea.
Avoid these symptoms by taking 2 tablets of Zypan before you eat your holiday meal! Share it with your family and friends!
You can purchase a bottle of 90 tablets at Langford Chiropractic clinic for $13.00. Do not use this product if you suffer from ulcers or ulcerative colitis.
Our digestion is slowed by:
* Poor Food Choices – The Standard American Diet is chock full of foods that slow digestion, which can lead to heartburn and indigestion.
* Natural lack of enzymes or when our enzymes aren’t working properly: As we age, our ability to digest protein, fats, and carbs decreases
* Not taking enough time to chew your foods properly: Eating quickly can lead to inadequate chewing. Foods that aren’t chewed properly can be drier, which puts more stress on the esophagus
* Emotional and physical stress
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Does your child carry a backpack to School? I am not a betting person, but I am willing to bet that you answered “Yes”! Backpacks are a practical way to carry schoolbooks and supplies. When used correctly, they are a good tool; they are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles. However, backpacks that are too heavy or are carried incorrectly can injure muscles and joints, leading to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. According to Dr. Scott Bautch, a member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Occupational Health, a recent 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.
Overloaded backpacks used by children have received a lot of attention from parents, doctors, school administrators and the media in the past several years. The problem has become so widespread, in fact, that the California State Assembly passed legislation that would force school districts to develop ways of reducing the weight of students’ backpacks. Similar legislation is being considered in New Jersey as well. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there were more than 21,000 backpack-related injuries treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and clinics in the year 2003.
So what can you do to help protect your child’s back this school year?
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends that a child’s backpack should weigh NO MORE than 10-15% of a child’s weight (this figure varies depending on the child’s body strength and fitness). So for a 60 pound child their backpack should way no more than 6-9 lbs. You can tell if your child’s backpack is too heavy if he or she changes their posture by leaning forward to support the weight on his or her back rather than on the shoulders, by the straps; if they struggle when putting on or taking off the backpack; if they have pain when wearing the backpack; they experience tingling or numbness; and/or if they have red marks from the backpack.
In addition to the weight limit of the backpack, the ACA offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household.
- The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
- A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
- Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry-and the heavier the backpack will be.
- Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
- Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
- The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.
- If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books at school, and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.
- Although the use of rollerpacks – or backpacks on wheels – has become popular in recent years, the ACA is now recommending that they be used cautiously and on a limited basis by only those students who are not physically able to carry a backpack. Some school districts have begun banning the use of rollerpacks because they clutter hallways, resulting in dangerous trips and falls.
If a child complains of back pain, parents should consider that it might be due to the backpack or perhaps something more serious. Further investigation is warranted if a child complains of back pain, numbness in the hands, has back pain that persistently limits their activities, requires medications or alters sleep patterns.
Chiropractic Care Can Help…
If you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use, call Langford Chiropractic Clinic. The Doctors of Langford Chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. In addition, doctors of Langford Chiropractic can also prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits.
1) Which are the most commonly injured joints?
a) Ankles, spine, knees & shoulders
b) Hips, Fingers, Wrists
c) Toes, Elbows, and Shoulders
2) Are the Hips ball-and-socket joints:
3) Are the knees ball-and-socket joints?
4) Which of the 2 fluids help to reduce friction and nourish joints: “synovial” or “Plasma”?
5) How many of the following should we pursue for joint health?
a) Proper nutrition
b) healthy exercise program
c) more sitting
d) a healthy lifestyle
6) What are the 2 parts of a spinal disc: tendons and ligaments or annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus?
a) tendons and ligaments
b) annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus
7) True or False – Movement brings nutrients to the cartilage that lines most joint surfaces?
8) Which is correct?
a) Most joints have no white blood cells
b) Most joints have no blood supply
9) How often should we stand up after sitting?
a) every 20 minutes
b) every hour
c) every 3 hours
10) How should we lift heavy objects?
a) by squatting and using our leg muscles
b) by bending over and lifting with our low back muscles
11) Which of the following is true? The body was designed to:
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Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the
health care professions.
The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of premedical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited
chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.
Doctors of chiropractic — who are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world — undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, and
rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors of physical therapists.
Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based
program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has
been the case for more than 25 years.
Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. Chiropractic colleges also offer post-graduate continuing education programs in specialty fields ranging from sports injuries and occupational
health to orthopedics and neurology. These programs allow chiropractors to specialize in a healthcare discipline or meet state re-licensure requirements. This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat
the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. “2005 Job Analysis of Chiropractic.” www.nbce.org
Coulter, Ian. “A comparative study of Chiropractic and Medical Education.” Alternative Therapies, Sept.
1998. Vol. 4, No. 5
Parker Foundation. “How Well Educated is Your Chiropractor?”
American Physical Therapy Association. “Physical Therapist Education Programs.” Published January
The Grisanti Report. www.drgrisanti.com/mddc.htm
American Chiropractic Association
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