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Don’t Let Your Child’s Backpack Become a Pain in Their Neck (or Back)!

file0001676024565Anyone who has ever experienced neck and/or back pain knows just how horribly “un-fun” it can be. Movement – no matter how slight – can be excruciating and, sometimes, prohibited entirely, leading to increased visits to the doctor, increased time off of work, and decreased quality of life.

And, the same goes for children. Especially in recent years, as backpacks have become more laden with extremely heavy books that children are having to carry to and from school on a daily basis. In fact, more and more complaints of back pain are seen each and every year from our youngsters, much of which can be attributed to the backpacks that they carry. With that in mind, we thought we’d share some of the best backpack tips around, courtesy of the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association.

To start, make sure that your child’s backpack weights no more than 5-10% of his/her body weight. Backpacks any heavier than this will cause your child to bend forward in an effort to support the weight pressing on their back (as opposed to letting their shoulders do the work via the straps). It’s also good to note how low the backpack is hanging – backpacks that hang lower than four inches below the waistline increases shoulder stress substantially, causing your child to, again, lean forward to support the weight of the pack.

Backpacks that have individualized compartments help with positioning the contents most effectively; however, bigger isn’t always better! Remember, the more room there is in the backpack, the more tempted your child will be to jam in everything humanly possible.

Even though it may not be as cool to wear a backpack squarely on the back (and, instead, have it slung over one shoulder), the packs come with two straps for a reason. Toting around a backpack by one strap can cause a disproportionate amount of weight to shift to one side which, in turn, can cause both muscle spasms and low back pain. Straps should also be wide and padded, and should be adjustable so that they fit your child’s body – straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to ride uncomfortably low, leading to spinal misalignment and pain.

If your child does complain of back pain – regardless of any and all precautions taken – please don’t hesitate to give us a call! The providers here at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska, are highly trained in the treatment of patients of ALL ages and would be happy to help you AND your little one(s) get rid of those aches and pains once and for all!

source: nechiropractic.org

From the Heart of a Mother

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 12.32.02 PMWe know how hard it is to be a parent – to worry about your little ones day in and day out. When they’re healthy and everything is going great, that worry can often times ebb into the background. But, when our littles are hurt or not feeling well, that worry is back, front and center.

When new mom, Lacy, came to us last year with her three month old son, we were ready to help. Her little guy was dealing with some pretty significant reflux (any parent who’s dealt with that knows just how difficult it can be) and, while the treatments his pediatrician had prescribed were helping some, it was clear that he still wasn’t “100%”. With that said, here’s what Lacy had to say about their experience here at Fletcher Chiropractic:

“When my baby was only a few months old, he was diagnosed with reflux – which was explained to me, very simply, as baby heartburn. We tried different feeding techniques, different positions after feedings and some very expensive medicine. Some things seemed to help a little for a while, but nothing really seemed to give my baby true comfort. He was hurting, he was fussy, he didn’t sleep much, he spit up all the time… We were all very tired, cranky and short on clean clothes.

I had heard about chiropractic care in babies and a co-worker of mine highly recommended Curtis and Kadi. I reached out to them and asked if they thought they could help my son. Kadi was very informative and helpful. I set up an appointment, cautiously optimistic.

During our appointment, Kadi was great with my son. He didn’t want to hold still, but she dealt with his squirminess and altered how she held him to adjust him accordingly. She was incredibly gentle and talked me through the whole thing. She told me right away that she found where his spine was misaligned was and how it would explain the issues he was having. Still hopeful yet slightly skeptical, I waited while she continued to work on his back, gently rubbing his spine and manipulating the alignment. There was a very, very quite pop (I really couldn’t hear it, I just remember her telling me she could) and as she opened her mouth to say she’d got it, he spit up, then looked at me and smiled. I knew just looking at that smile that it was one of relief. At that moment, any doubt I had, went away. I took him back for one more adjustment a couple weeks later, and he was a whole new baby. It was amazing.

Any time since that I’ve heard of a baby with reflux, I make sure to tell the parents, “I know it sounds crazy, but try taking them to a chiropractor.” I was a little skeptical, so I understand if you are, too. But I promise, I wish I would have done it sooner so that my baby could have been in pain for less time and we could have started getting to know our sweet, fun child that we know now, sooner.

Thank you so much Kadi and Curtis! I am so happy we came to you and so grateful for your guidance and help!”

We’re so very happy that we were able to help Lacy’s little guy out! If you have a little one who’s dealing with reflux, please don’t hesitate to give Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska, a call!

Protect your foundation: Ankle stability for athletes

Injury prevention is important to all athletics but especially in our youth today. Youth activities and athletics have exploded in the past 10-15 years and with that increased ability to participate in those sports, comes increased chances for injury. A common injury and over looked area for stability /injury prevention is the ankle. Problems in your ankle can lead to an injury but also abnormal movement patterns that can lead to other issues in your joints and muscles on your knees, hips and lower backs.  Think of your ankles and feet as the foundation of your house, if there is something wrong with the foundation, doesn’t it eventually affect the windows and walls.

The ankles is where the tibia and fibula meet the talus of your ankle. They are responsible for creating a stable base and helping to stabilize your weight and force for the next movement. Our bodies does this without having to think about it so we move with learned movement patterns. When the patterns become abnormal due to injury, decreased mobility or instability, we than start to develop other issues that will work up the kinetic chain to your knee, hips, and/or low back.  Having good ankle mobility/stability, you can improve performance in any sport or activity. You need proper motion and then good stability to have better performance. Ankle range of motion includes dorsi-flexion, plantar-flexion, inversion, and eversion. When the ankle is involved, different injuries and changes can occur that chiropractic and exercise and therapy can help.  Loss of your arch or previous ankle sprains affect the ankle joint and overall the stability of your ankles.

The following are a few screens that we use and that you can do at home to check your ankle functional range of motion.

Lying down (non-weighted): When lying down on back, stretch your legs out.  Relax and then try to point your toes of your left foot. You should be able to go almost parallel when point your toes. This demonstrates a good plantar-flexion range of motion in the ankle.

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Now, from the toe pointed position, try to bring your toes up towards your knee or head.  You should be able to go beyond a right or 90 degree angle. This should not be painful but may be tight. Repeat this on the right side.image8

Standing(weighted)-When standing, find a wall and face it. Place the toes of the left foot against the wall, then bend your knee to touch the wall. Your heel must be down and touching the ground.image2

This should be easy. If you can not do this, we know that you have limited dorsi flexion of your ankles and this affects bending, walking and all movement. If you can do this, try moving your foot out an inch and repeat the process. If you can keep moving your foot and leg away from the wall and then touch your knee to the wall, you have good dorsi flexion.  2- 4 inches knee movement past your knee, with your heel down is what you are looking for.image6

We also look at multiple factors in the foot alignment, the standing and sitting arch movement of the foot and what muscles are weaker or stronger in the different positions of the foot.  Correction can be made with adjustments, exercise (mobility and stability exercises), and muscle work. The first thing we look at is the range of motion or mobility. Our next blog post will talk about what exercises and how we go through a system of steps to regain proper mobility and stability to help injury, prevent injury and increase performance.

However, if you do have limited plantar or dorsi flexion in the ankle, try to just repeat these screens as they are good easy mobility exercises in themselves.

Here at Fletcher Chiropractic, our staff and doctors take the time to educate our clients on how to reduce pain and injury but also excel in performance. Remember to see a professional if you have any injury or questions. We are here to help so give us a call.

 

 

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Fletcher Chiropractic
Phone: 402-261-5766
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4300 S 48th St Suite 7
Lincoln, NE 68516

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Testimonials

I was in a mental fog.  I couldn't think or concentrate and was not doing well.Following acupuncture treatment: I am much better. My mind is clear and my work performance has improved. Julie A.
I experienced chronic pain in my right foot from heel spurs.  Orthotics were not enough to correct the problem.  After 6 months of not sleeping well and associated problems of fatigue, I sought help at ...
I stopped doing things I enjoyed, like working out.  I felt limited in my activities and sleeping was becoming an issue with my neck pain.Following treatment: Its so much better. I can workout, take long ...
Life was very painful.  I never felt good and medications really have not helped.Following Treatment: I am much improved but I still recognize my limitations and I need to make more lifestyle changes to make ...
My pain has been with me since 1996 and my feet and legs were totally painful.  Walking is like walking on glass or nails and then the burning pain in my toes would start.Following acupuncture ...
Working with Dr. Kadi has changed my life. Before going to her, I was stiff and had pain in my neck, back, hips, legs and feet.Following Treatment: Working problem areas and doing exercises she has ...
Life was good but my condition was bad.  I lead a very active lifestyle with weightlifting, judo, etc and along with my job, the pressure on my back was incredible.  My movement was restricted and ...
I am very active but hampered by lower back pain.  It prohibited me from participating in firefighter training.Following Treatment:  I am back to doing everything I love without the restriction of pain. Fletcher Chiropractic taught ...
Life was manageable.  As a runner, I was able to run without issue, but not without tightness and occasional pain.  Throughout the day, perhaps 2-3 days a week, my knee, calf, and shin experienced significant ...
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