Back To School Advice On How To Protect Your Child’s Spine Health

Back To School Advice On How To Protect Your Child’s Spine Health

Back To School Advice On How To Protect Your Child’s Spine Health by Nachmias Chiropractic

Summer is coming to its end and it is time for your children to go back to school. A lot of excitement is building up, but it also comes with possible threats to your child’s spine.

Children need to learn to protect their spinal health for the sake of a pain-free and healthy life. One part starts at the chiropractor, but the rest are found in these suggestions to keep their little spines healthy and happy all year long!

Choosing the Right Back Pack For Your Child

Sure, your child may love that Frozen backpack or want that awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack, but is it really the right backpack for them?

You have to find a backpack that will fit your child and be kind to their spine. You can do this by buying a backpack that has these characteristics:

  • It is lightweight and fits snugly against the body.
  • It is made of canvas or vinyl.
  • It has two wide, padded straps for the shoulders, as well as a waist strap.

Alas, a quality backpack is only as good as the way it is actually packed. When packing your child’s backpack, you should make sure to:

  • Put the heaviest things as close to the back as possible, close to their body.
  • Put bumpy or odd-shaped things (those 354 boxes of tissue you have to buy, for example) should not be packed against the body.
  • Keep the weight of their backpack at less than 10 percent of their body weight.

Who knew backpacks could be so complicated?

The Importance Of Classroom Posture

It is more important than you may think to have the “posture talk” on how your child needs to properly sit at their school desk. Many children sit at their desks slumped or hunched over, looking down at what they are working on or reading.

While this can not always be avoided, it is a good idea to make them aware of the fact that if they can limit the amount of time hunching down, they will prevent their backs and necks from future injuries.

When they sit in this bad posture for long periods, they are putting themselves at risk for back and neck pain or discomfort – and they are far too young for that.

To sit correctly at a desk they should:

  • Have their feet flat on the floor.
  • Keep their shoulders relaxed.
  • Sit with their back against the back of the chair.
  • Keep their ears over their shoulders and their chin tucked slightly down.
  • Keep any screens (or books) at eye level.

You have to remember that even young children can be negatively impacted by poor desk posture, which can affect their whole future, so it is never too early to give them this talk.

Start Slowly With Physical Fitness

If your child is a sports enthusiast who took a break over the summer, they will need to remember to slowly condition themselves to get back into the game. Children have this crazy idea that they have no limitations. Though their bodies do tend to be a bit more flexible than an adult’s that does not mean they should not take the time to ease back into physical activities.

Make sure they:

  • Take extra time to warm up – at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Take time to stretch after they finish exercising.
  • Keep their workouts reasonable for their skill level, age, and physical fitness.
  • Do a lot of activities in order to keep repetitive injuries away – kids need to try different things as they undergo muscle development as they grow.

Of course, your friendly Bayridge- and Chelsea neighborhood chiropractor is always ready and willing to help your child feel their best, so if you have questions or concerns, you may want to bring them up with Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic during your next visit.

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To book an appointment with Dr. Adam Nachmias, call any of our offices:
Brooklyn: 718-238-8900
Manhattan: 212-924-1700

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Nachmias Chiropractic!

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Why Is Uneven Leg Length Bad For Our Posture? Can It Be A Cause To Back Pain?

Why Is Uneven Leg Length Bad For Our Posture? Can It Be A Cause To Back Pain?

Why Is Uneven Leg Length Bad For Our Posture? Can It Be A Cause To Back Pain? by Nachmias Chiropractic

The focus of this article is on leg length and why it can be a contributing cause to back pain. Also, its effect on our posture, methods of assessment, and treatment.

Minimize Nerve Irritation By Aligning the Spine and Pelvis

Because the spinal cord is housed by the spine and the exiting nerve roots communicate with the autonomic nerves that basically run our organ function, maintaining alignment of the spine and pelvis is very important to minimize nerve irritation and subsequent health-related problems.

The Importance of Leg Length

Leg length plays and important role in our posture. When there is a difference in leg length, the pelvis cannot maintain a level position, and because the spine’s base is the pelvis, it cannot stay straight if there is a leg length discrepancy.

Doctors of all disciplines realize the importance of leg length, especially orthopedic surgeons as they consider a hip or knee replacement. There are many causes of leg length issues, and some include a genetic predisposition (inherited), or trauma during bone growth years.

Is A Heel Lift A Good For Uneven Leg Length?

Yes, from a treatment standpoint, a heel lift (with or without arch supports) can be placed into the shoe on the short leg side. Unfortunately, there is not a 1 – 1mm correction of the leg length deficiency with heel lifts.

In adults, it has been reported that about a 66% correction occurs, which means a 10 mm lift would result in around a 6.6mm leg length deficiency correction.

Many doctors have found that it is usually wise to gradually increase the amount of heel lifting. They recommend patients to start with a 5mm lift for 1 week, and then increase it to the next height, such as 7mm, followed by 9mm, and so forth.

At 12mm (0.5”), problems with the heel lift being pushed out of the shoe and/or sliding forwards in the shoe may prohibit the use of these thicker lifts after which point the bottom of the shoe can be built up by a shoe cobbler (some services can be found online as well).

A Better Solution Is Chiropractic Adjustments

Even better, or as a compliment to heel lift, is to pay a visit to your chiropractor. Your chiropractor can align the spine and pelvis with the help of chiropractic adjustments.

Aligning the spine and pelvis is the better solution in the long run, and includes other benefits such as; increasing your mobility and flexibility. Chiropractic adjustments also boost the immune system and make you resistant to possible illness.

This is only the “tip of the iceberg” of the many benefits chiropractic care has to offer. Find more benefits with chiropractic care in our prior article:

Chiropractic Is the Key to Well-Being

Your Chiropractor Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic

When in need of a chiropractor, Dr. Adam Nachmias at Nachmias Chiropractic, is the number 1 choice for New York patients. Dr. Adam is an expert, licensed, and well awarded chiropractor with 26 years experience of chiropractic care.

Dr. Adam got awarded 2016’s Best Chiropractor in New York for the 2nd year in a row by opencare.com and expertise.com.

Nachmias Chiropractic has practices in both Bayridge and Manhattan, New York.

To book an appointment with Dr. Adam Nachmias, call any of our offices:
Brooklyn: 718-238-8900
Manhattan: 212-924-1700

Or book online.

Nachmias Chiropractic – We Got Your Back!

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What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?

What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?

What Are Cervicogenic Headaches? Get Relief at Nachmias Chiropractic

Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma.  To make matters worse, there are many different types of headaches. One such type is the “cervicogenic headache” (others include migraines, cluster headaches, etc.).

Another Type of Migraine?

The main distinction between the symptoms associated with cervicogenic headaches and those associated with migraine headaches are a lack of nausea, vomiting, aura (a pre-headache warning that a headache is about to strike), light and noise sensitivity, increased tearing with red eyes, one-sided head, neck, shoulder, and/or arm pain, and dizziness. The items listed above are primarily found in migraine headache sufferers.

The following is a list of clinical characteristics common in those struggling with cervicogenic headaches:

  • Unilateral (one-sided) head or face pain (rarely is it on both sides).
  • Pain is localized or stays in one spot, usually the back of the head, frontal, temporal (side) or orbital (eye) regions.
  • Moderate to severe pain intensity.
  • Intermittent attacks of pain that last hours to days.
  • Pain is usually deep, non-throbbing, unless migraines occur at the same time.
  • Head pain is triggered by neck movement, sustained awkward head postures, applying deep pressure to the base of the skull or upper neck region, and/or taking a deep breath, cough or sneeze can trigger head pain.
  • Limited neck motion with stiffness.

Infrequently, the cervicogenic headache sufferer can present with migraines at the same time and have both presentations making it more challenging to diagnose.

What Is Causing Cervicogenic Headaches?

The cause of cervicogenic headaches can be obvious such as trauma (sports injury, whiplash, slip and fall), or not so obvious, like poor posture. A forward head posture can increase the relative weight applied to the back of the neck and upper back double as much, or even four times more than normal.

Last month, we discussed the intimate relationship between the upper two cervical vertebra (C1 & C2) and an anatomical connection to the covering of the spinal cord (the dura) as giving rise to cervicogenic headaches.

In summary, the upper three nerves innervate the head and any pressure on those upper nerves can result in a cervicogenic headache (source: Chiro-Trust.org).

Visit Dr. Adam Nachmias For Headache Relief

Doctors of chiropractic are trained to examine, identify, and treat these types of potentially debilitating headaches. If you live in the Bayridge (Brooklyn) or Chelsea (Manhattan) neighborhood, the choice of chiropractor to treat headache symptoms is very easy – pay a visit to Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic. With Dr. Adam’s 26 years of experience in chiropractic care, he will give you pain relief in an instant.

If you continue receiving chiropractic treatments on a regular basis, you will see your health improving dramatically. Chiropractic has a direct effect on the nervous system, which in turn will improve your overall immune system.

To book an appointment with Dr. Adam Nachmias, call any of our New York offices:
Brooklyn: 718-238-8900
Manhattan: 212-924-1700

Or book online.

Get Headache Relief at Nachmias Chiropractic!

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What Is Chiropractic All About?

What Is Chiropractic All About?

What Is Chiropractic All About? Nachmias Chiropractic answers common questions and answers about chiropractic care.

Questions & Answers Chiropractic Care

For some of you, chiropractic care is not familiar enough to know what is happening in the body during a treatment and the many benefits of chiropractic adjustments. If you never been to a chiropractor, you have probably heard about chiropractors as “crack doctors” and may have gotten a bit uneasy about trying a treatment.

Do not be!

In this issue, Nachmias Chiropractic is going to present some common questions and answers about chiropractic care. At the end of this article, you will have another perception of chiropractic as a health care option and are probably booking your first appointment before finish reading.

Also, know that whatever question you have and if you did not find the answer in this article, we are always here to lend a helping hand, answer all your questions, and make you feel comfortable with your treatment. But for now, let us go through some questions and answers.

Question 1: How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body’s inborn ability to heal and be healthy. When your nervous system functions properly, all the organs and cells of your body can resist disease and ill health.

The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxation’s or misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With an aligned spine the nervous system can function at its best, which in turn also boosts the immune system.

A Healthy Spine and A Healthy Lifestyle Are Your Keys to Optimal Health!

Question 2: What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?

Answer: A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is “locked up,” or not moving properly.

The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. Like mentioned earlier, spinal adjustments boosts your body’s immunity.

Question 3: Can I Tell If I Have A Subluxation?

Answer: No, not always.

A subluxation is like a dental cavity – you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That is why regular spinal checkups are so important.

Although, it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you do not. Regular spinal checkups are always good, since they promote optimal health from the inside out.

Question 4: What Is the Youngest Age for Chiropractic Care?

Answer: There is no age limit.

Newborns may need to be adjusted, especially if they had a difficult traumatic birth. There are many stories of chiropractors adjusting dying infants in hospitals with miraculous recoveries reported.

On the upper end, people can be adjusted well into their advanced years with no ill effects. People suffering from bone disease or osteoporosis may need special spinal care if they are exceedingly “brittle”.

Question 5: Should My Child See A Chiropractor?

Answer: Yes.

It would be the right thing to do. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns immediately checked for vertebral subluxations.

Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often have been prevented by having the spine checked by a chiropractor in early childhood.

Question 6: Can A Person Who Had Back Surgery Get Adjustments?

Answer: Yes.

Half of the people who have undergone spinal surgery actually discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome”.

Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.

Question 7: Is A Good Workout the Same As Getting Adjusted?

Answer: No.

Exercise is an important part of good health. Yet without normal spinal function, a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.

Chiropractic should be used as a compliment to exercise. It will prevent injuries and boost performance.

Question 8: Can I Go Only Once?

Answer: Of course.

Once is better than never. In fact, sometimes a spinal problem may be due to nothing more than a slight spinal misalignment rather than long standing spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxations).

In that case one visit may be all that is needed. However, chiropractic is really more than a glorified aspirin. It is always best to ask your chiropractor what your spinal care needs are.

Question 9: What Will Happen If I Stop Going?

Answer: Spinal stress will continue to build up as before. The only difference is that it will not be reduced and treated from chiropractic care.

In a way chiropractic is like a safety valve, releasing pressure from your system. If the pressure stays high or if the stress is un-relieved, then the body and overall health will suffer.

Question 10: How to Find the Best Chiropractor for Your Treatment?

Answer: Look up patient reviews.

It is always best to have a look at what other “real” patients say about the chiropractor you are researching. It will give you an honest opinion, since reviews are written of free will by people from their own initiative.

Search on Google for: Chiropractor reviews + your location.

If you are living in the Bayridge, Brooklyn or Chelsea, Manhattan area, you should definitely look up what Dr. Adam Nachmias’s patients write about him.

Ensure optimal health with the help of Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic, voted 2015 and 2016’s Best Chiropractor in New York and Brooklyn, by Opencare and Expertise.

To book an appointment, call any of our New York offices:
Brooklyn: 718-238-8900
Manhattan: 212-924-1700

Or book online.

Nachmias Chiropractic – We Got Your Back!

Find pdf for print here.