June Scoliosis Awareness Month

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month

Scoliosis affects up to 13% of the population.  At United Health Chiropractic we specialize in scoliosis rehabilitation.   Dr. Schroeder is the only CLEAR Scoliosis certified Chiropractor in ND, tailoring individual exercises to improve function and reduce pain in the spinal curve of patients with scoliosis.  Call today for a free phone consultation to learn how our approach can help you.  Bring your child in for a free screening for the entire month of June.

To evaluate if you or your loved ones may be affected  with scoliosis check the following warning signs. 

While Standing:               

·         Shoulders are different heights, or one shoulder blade is more prominent.

·         Head is not centered over the pelvis.

·         One hip appears higher or is more prominent.

·         Rib cage is uneven.

·         Waist is uneven (one side appears more curved than the other).

·         The entire body leans to one side

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Scoliosis, do you have or know some that has Scoliosis?

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Scoliosis occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty.
Most cases are mild with few symptoms. Some children develop spine deformities that get more severe as they grow. Severe scoliosis can be painful and disabling.
Chiropractic treatment is proven to help reduce and stabilize the curve. Dr. Schroeder is the ONLY Certified CLEAR Scoliosis Doctor in the State of North Dakota

Back to School Backpack Safety

Back to School Backpack Safety

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It’s that time of year again, BACK-TO-SCHOOL!  As practical as backpacks are, though, they can strain muscles and joints and may cause back pain if they’re too heavy or are used incorrectly.

Problems Backpacks Can Pose

Although many factors can lead to back pain, such as sudden increased participation in sports or exercise, poor posture while sitting, and long periods of inactivity, some kids have backaches because they’re carrying around an entire locker’s worth of books and school supplies all day long. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends that kids carry no more than 5% to 10% of their body weight in their backpacks.

A heavy backpack filled with books can pull a child backward, even when place on the shoulders correctly. To compensate, a child may lean forward, flexing or arching the back, which causes the spine to compress unnaturally. This puts extra stress on the muscles and joints of the low back which try to accommodate the poor posture and heavy load. This can lead some kids to develop shoulder, neck, or back pain.

Kids who wear their backpacks over just one shoulder — as many do, because they think it looks better or just feels easier — may end up leaning to one side to offset the extra weight. They might develop lower and upper back pain or strain their shoulders and neck.

Improper backpack use can also contribute to poor posture. Girls and younger kids may be especially at risk for backpack-related injuries because they’re smaller and may carry loads that are heavier in proportion to their body weight.

Buying Tips for a Safe Backpack
The American Chiropractic Association (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.

Chiropractic can help! Regular adjustments for kids can prevent injury and strain on a child’s back.

Fun Summer Activities!

SUMMERTIME

Summer is here! As we head outside to enjoy the sunshine and activities we forgot that if we are living with chronic pain these activities can be difficult to enjoy. Summer activities can help strengthen your joints, back pain, aches and pinches.  So get outside and enjoy some of these great activities! Here are just a few suggestions of ones to do individually or with your family.

1. Go Swimming!!

Swimming is a great way to relax, work those muscles and enjoy it with the kids and grandkids!

2. Go for a run!!

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Stretching your muscles and enjoying the sunshine while running will not only help the body but helps the mood!

3. Go on a Bike Ride!

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Infants to adults, bike rides are always fun. Put on your helmets and get on those bikes! It is a great way to exercise as a family too! Fargo offers so many great trails and parks to bike around make it a goal to check them out.

 

There are always fun things to do in the summer either by yourself or with family members. Remember to start slow and stretch out your muscles. One of the best ways to get ready for the summer is to get a chiropractic adjustment and for the kiddos as well.

Don’t be stuck inside with pain get out and enjoy that sunshine!