Have you tried chiropractic? Many of my current patients come to see me for chiropractic care as a last resort. They’ve tried everything else first. They’ve accepted that pain is their new normal.
I want you to know that you don’t have to try everything else first, in many cases chiropractic care can be your first call. Chances are that with early intervention, chiropractic care may be your last call too.
Here are just a few success stories about our treatments…
Chiropractic Care and Plantar Fasciitis
Tammy came to me after her medical doctor and orthopedic doctor told her “the only thing she could do was wear orthotic shoes or insoles every day.” Tammy didn’t accept this as her only option and began treatment and therapy at CHAMP. In about two months of regular treatments her constant pain from Plantar Fasciitis has ended and she doesn’t have to wear special shoes or insoles. Tammy has been free from Plantar Fasciitis pain for two years.
Chiropractic Care and Range of Motion
Brian came to see me after he sustained a shoulder injury on the golf course. Brian is an avid golfer and actually had been attending my golf fitness class for months before his injury. Brian hadn’t been to a chiropractor before. We worked together with graston, ART, and spinal manipulation to return and even improve the range of motion in his shoulder. Now Brian has become a regular chiropractic patient and does wellness visits to keep feeling strong and healthy.
Kathy came to see me two years after breaking her arm and shoulder from a fall and extensive surgery. Even after two years of physical therapy and rehabilitation, Kathy was unable to manage simple daily tasks like drying her hair or fastening an undergarment, and it had greatly affected her quality of life. At the time Kathy was 69 and starting to accept that she’d have to live with limited range of motion the rest of her life. Kathy’s visits lasted 6 months with chiropractic adjustments, graston, ART and Cold laser. She went from being 4 inches away from touching her own ear to placing her hand at the base of her neck. She can now use a curling iron to style her hair something she dreamed about before chiropractic treatment.
I know from personal conversations with each of these patients and many others that they wished they had tried chiropractic sooner. If you feel like you’ve tried everything, give me a call to set up a free consultation to talk through a treatment plan. You don’t have to accept daily pain and a diminished quality of life. Chiropractic may be the answer you’ve been seeking.
Dr. Ian Stone
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School poses many more situations that challenge the youthful spine. One of the most common problems in back, neck, and shoulder strain is due to the heavy backpacks kids are forced to lug around every school day. The use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has previously reported that backpack-related injuries sent more than 7,000 people to the emergency room in one year’s time. Periodic spinal checkups can monitor the effects of backpack use on the spine and allow our chiropractor to make helpful adjustments. We can also educate you and your kids on how to take proper precautions when using backpacks.
Dr. Scott Bautch, a member of the ACA’s Council on Occupational health has noted “… a marked increase in the number of young children who are complaining about back, neck and shoulder pain…” directly related to carrying a backpack.
The ACA believes that limiting the backpack’s weight to no more than 10 percent of a child’s body weight and urging the use of ergonomically correct backpacks are possible solutions.
What Can You Do?
ACA offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household.
Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
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, 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 you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use, consider visiting me, Dr. Stone, at CHAMP Chiropractic. Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children. In addition, I can also prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits.