Top 4 Backpack Warning Signs for your Child’s Safety.

Top 4 Backpack Warning Signs for your Child’s Safety.

The start of a new school year can be hectic.  New schedules, new supplies, and sometimes even new schools can be thrown into the chaos.  Developing good habits now will set the trend for the rest of the school year.  One of the most important aspects is your child’s backpack.  As a parent, your child’s health and safety is top priority. Recognizing proper backpack usage is vital to ensuring your child is not causing long-term damage to their growing and developing spine.  Take a look at some stats and facts when it comes down to your child’s backpack:

  • More than 79 million children and adolescents carry backpacks--these can be crammed with gym clothes, books, binders, computers, school supplies and more
  • A report by Simmons College revealed that 55 percent of students surveyed between 5th and 8th grade were carrying packs weighing more than 15 percent their body weight—and a third of those students had experienced back pain
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision reported that in 2011 nearly 14,000 children, between the ages of 5 and 18, were hospitalized for backpack related injuries
  • Backpack related injuries include contusions, sprains and strains to the back and shoulders, and even fractures--not to mention long term health complications from developing bad posture

What is the cause of the problem?

Often these injuries are the result of a variety of factors.  As a parent, you want to take into account these 5 factors:

1. The weight of the backpack.  Your child’s backpack should weigh less than 10-20% of their overall body weight.  The lower percentage is especially important in younger children. When you’re carrying an overloaded or heavy backpack, it can cause your upper body to lean forward and your head to translate forward. This may cause strain to the back, neck and shoulders — over time this can seriously affect the healthy curvature of the spine.

2.  Size of the backpack in relation to the child’s body.   Remember, there is no such thing as one size fits all when choosing a backpack.  Use the manufacturer’s recommendation to determine what size is best.  There are even mini-packs designed for kids who go to daycare.

3.  The distribution of weight in the backpack.  Heavier books and items should be packed closer to the child’s back.  The lighter the item the farther away from the child it goes.  Also, keep in mind left to right weight distribution.  This will ensure even weight on both shoulders.

4.  Poorly designed straps.  Stay away from thin straps.  Also make sure the straps have extra padding for the shoulders.

5. Improper wear.  Make sure your child is wearing the backpack the way it is designed for.  Improper wear like slinging the backpack over one shoulder can cause issues.  Studies have shown that wearing a backpack on one shoulder may increase the curvature of the spine in scoliosis patients — a population which largely consists of girls between the ages of 10 to 15.

The 4 key backpack warning signs are:

  1. Complaints of pain or discomfort while wearing the backpack or even later in the day or week without the backpack on.
  2. Change in your child’s posture while wearing the backpack (i.e., leaning forward, tilting to one side, forward head carriage)
  3. Difficulty putting on the backpack or taking it off.
  4. Red marks on shoulders.

Action steps to ensure your child’s backpack is safe.

Make sure you purchase a quality backpack with wide padded straps.  A padded back or waist also helps. Make sure the backpack has an even distribution of weight—and keep the weight below 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. If you’re not sure you have the proper pack for your child, consult with your chiropractor for more information, and make an appointment for a spinal evaluation.

We are currently running a $27 Online New Patient Special that includes a full Consultation, Exam, X-rays if needed, and Dr.'s Report of Findings. This would be a great way to have your child's spine checked for any damage, plus we can do a complimentary backpack safety check as well. To schedule this visit for your child, simply give us a call at our main line 615-915-1255 and mention the online special.

We do have two locations, East Nashville and Madison/Rivergate. The special is valid at both locations.

Free Consultation – Nashville Chiropractor

Free Consultation – Nashville Chiropractor

Welcome to the Vibrance Family!  At Vibrance, our mission is to provide you with high-quality, professional care tailored to your needs. We want to help you eliminate any restricting pain you have and improve your quality of life with chiropractic. We've had the pleasure of helping our Nashville patients relieve a number of issues such as:
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Whiplash/Auto Accident Injuries
  • Sleeping Troubles
  • Pregnancy Care
  • And More!
Take a look at some of our patient success stories with chiropractic. We're excited to show you how chiropractic can help with your needs. By scheduling a Free Consultation, you'll be able to do the following:
  • Meet the Staff
  • Tour the Office
  • Have a One-On-One Consult with our Chiropractor
  • Receive a Complimentary Insurance Benefits Check (if you don't have insurance, not to worry, many of our patients are cash patients)

Requesting a FREE CONSULTATION with our chiropractor is simple. Fill in your information below with your preferred Nashville location and we'll be in contact shortly. You may also call us at our main line, 615-915-1255.  

Vibrance - East Nashville

615-915-1255 922 Main St Nashville, TN 37206 (close to downtown)

Vibrance - Madison/Rivergate

615-239-8615 2021 Gallatin Pike N #112 Madison, TN 37115 (Madison, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville)
Conditions We Help

Conditions We Help

Are you experiencing some form of pain? Maybe back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, or something else? At Vibrance Family Chiropractic, we want to help eliminate restricting pain and help you feel amazing, vibrant, youthful, and overall healthy.

Common Conditions We Help

We know that often times there are many symptoms and conditions that can inhibit your quality of life. That's why we've made it our mission to administer high-quality chiropractic care in order to restore function to your body. Here's a list of some of the most common conditions we help people find relief from through chiropractic adjustments. We see great results and do everything we can to help you personally feel your best.

  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Poor Posture
  • Digestive Issues
  • Stress
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Sleeping Troubles
  • Shoulder Pain
  • And More!

At Vibrance, our chiropractors address these issues by performing a very thorough and detailed assessment of your spinal health. What we find is, often times people who experience the above symptoms have some kind of misalignment, or what is know as a subluxation in the spine. This misalignment places pressure & stress on the nerves connected to the region of the body where the issues are originating. Since the brain controls all functions in the body by communicating through the spinal cord and nerves, pressure on the nerves can severely affect the brain's ability to communicate properly. That's when dysfunction occurs.

Take a look at the graphic below. The subluxated spine shows how when your vertebra shift out of alignment, even in the slightest amount, damaging pressure is placed on the nerves and discs, causing them to become irritated. If this issue isn't addressed promptly, the pressure will continue to build up over time.

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How We Help

We work to realign the spine in order to free your nerves of any pressure that can be inhibiting their ability to function correctly. We do this in several steps. First, we work to reduce the pain and stabilize the issue at hand. Once stabilized, we can start repairing and restoring the body from damage. Once your spinal function has improved, we recommend some kind of less intensive maintenance option to maintain the improved health and prevent the issue from occurring again in the future.

 

Start Eliminating Your Pain Today!

Subluxations are a serious issue that can decrease your quality of life. It's important to at least have your spine evaluated and assessed to see where you stand in terms of spinal health. The earlier subluxations are detected, the better. However, we treat individuals at all different levels of spinal damage because we truly believe that with enough time and dedication, we can help restore lost function to the body.

There's never a better time than now to start taking control of your health. If you'd like to meet with one of our chiropractors to get more information, schedule a free consultation at one of our two locations, East Nashville or Rivergate.  Give us a call today at 615-915-1255.

Allergy Season is Upon Us!

Allergy Season is Upon Us!

It’s that time of the year again, where many of us experience those lovely symptoms of allergies; coughing, sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, etc..  You are probably aware that there are countless medications available for you to relieve these irritable symptoms, however we’re here to show you a more natural approach to relieving your discomfort.

 

What are Allergies?

To understand how to relieve allergies, it’s best to know exactly what you’re dealing with first. So, what is an allergy? An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts abnormally to a particular foreign substance, such as fur, pollen, dust, or certain foods, that your body has become oversensitive to. Why do some people react abnormally and others don’t? Your body is designed to generally keep out foreign substances with its natural defense mechanisms. If these substances make it past the general line of defense, then your body goes into alert mode. When your immune system is lowered and working too hard, it can’t keep those allergens out. Thus, the coughing, sneezing, mucus, tears, etc. begin as part of your body’s way of clearing out the unwanted junk that has entered your system.

Typical Treatments for Allergies

Typical treatments for allergies usually involve over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, nasal sprays, etc. While these medications ease the symptoms of allergies and make them more tolerable, the problem is they do just that and nothing else. These medications don’t go to the source of the problem for what’s causing the allergies in the first place; they simply mask your symptoms.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Allergies?

As you all know, chiropractic care works to remove interferences in your nerve system. When those interferences are removed, your body is able to function better in general. Your immune system can greatly benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments because your immune system is regulated and maintained by your nerve system. A healthy immune system can combat foreign substances much more effectively, which will decrease your chance of allergies.

For Instant Relief, Try These Natural Remedies

Regular chiropractic care over time has helped many dissolve their allergies, but if you’re looking to experience some instant relief, we recommend taking a more natural approach first and save the drugs as a last resort. Here are some of our tips for natural remedies:
  • Neti Pot: This is great to use as a nasal decongestant. You basically combine warm filtered water and salt in the pot and then simply tilt your head to the side and pour the mixture through one nostril until it flows out the other. Repeat the process on the opposite side.
  • Bee Pollen: If you’re not highly allergic to bees, try taking bee pollen. Bee pollen is a great superfood packed with protein, antioxidants, and vitamins. It’s been shown to reduce histamine and has been effective for respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic sinus infections.  It’s best to buy local bee pollen so you develop immunity to the plants in your area.
  • Steam with Eucalyptus Oil: Another great way to clear the nasal passages. A simple way to do this is to boil some water, pour it into a bowl with a few drops of eucalyptus oil, and drape a towel over your head, and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.

If you ever have any questions regarding your allergies and how chiropractic care may be of help, don’t hesitate to ask! Give us a call at 615-915-1255. Spring is a beautiful time of year that you deserve to enjoy allergy-free!

 

Sources:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20677556,00.html http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=30 http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12765/how-bee-pollen-could-cure-your-allergies.html  
Give Your Heart Some Love

Give Your Heart Some Love

Heart disease is our Nation’s #1 Killer and costs Americans billions of dollars each year. A number of factors contribute to this deadly disease ranging from family history and genetics to lifestyle choices such as stress, poor nutrition, excessive weight, smoking, and lack of physical activity. In honor of February being American Heart Month, we are providing some essential tips for boosting heart health and improving your overall well-being. We encourage you to take a proactive approach and give your heart some love by incorporating these tips into your life. You’ll without a doubt feel absolutely amazing. Do your heart some good; you deserve it.  

Maintain Regular Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care may be very beneficial in our fight against heart disease. Studies conducted have shown that specific adjustments administered to the Atlas vertebra can significantly lower high blood pressure. Other studies show that specific adjustments of the bones in your neck and lower back can stimulate particular nervous system reflexes, causing a decrease in overall heart rate and blood pressure. Also, chiropractic care has been known to reduce stress in your body, which significantly helps promote heart health. While chiropractic care is incredibly beneficial, these results do not just stem from receiving one adjustment. Maintaining regular chiropractic care is absolutely key to seeing long-term results with your health.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Did you know a diet high in added sugar can raise your risk of dying from heart disease even if you aren’t overweight? Too much processed sugar is detrimental to your health and many Americans consume mass amounts far over the recommended limit every year. Our largest sources of added sugar are acquired from sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks. The next biggest sources include baked goods such as cookies and cakes, ice cream, candy and even some cereals. Studies have shown that sugar-laden foods can raise your blood pressure and also cause your liver to deposit more harmful fats into your bloodstream, both of which increase your risk of heart disease. What’s the recommendation for cutting back? The American Heart Association recommends women consume less than 6 tsp. of sugar in a day and that men consume less than 9 tsp. per day. We recommend eliminating added sugars whenever you can. If you have massive sugar cravings, try substituting natural fruit to curb the craving. Your body and heart will love you so much more!

De-Stress Your Life

 Easier than it sounds right? We completely understand the various avenues stress can stem from and how challenging it can be to keep those stresses under control. However, stress is one of the biggest factors contributing to your heart health, so it’s vital that you incorporate certain actions every day to keep your stress levels in check. Provided below are a couple of easy activities we suggest to maintain minimal stress. Get outside. Everyday. Even if you can only get outside for a short amount of time, it’s better than none. Take a walk in a nearby park or simply sit outside during your lunch break and focus on breathing deeply and connecting with nature. It will reduce your stress hormones and help lower your blood pressure. Connect with your loved ones and friends. When you’re able to share your feelings and connect with the ones who bring you joy and happiness, it helps you work through many stresses you may be experiencing. Treat yourself to a massage every now and then. Massages help release the muscle tension in your body and break down unwanted toxins, while also relaxing and calming your mind. Massages are simply an amazing way to escape from your daily stresses and give your body and mind time to unwind without any distractions. We highly recommend treating yourself to a massage at least once a month.

Share this information with your loved ones! Regular chiropractic care combined with proper nutrition and positive lifestyle changes may just prove to be the most powerful ally in your fight against heart disease!

 
Sources:
Allen, M., & Secunda, B. (n.d.). Six Tips for a Healthy Heart. Retrieved February 7, 2015, from http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/health/six-tips-healthy-heart
Corliss, J. (2014, February 6). Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease. Retrieved February 1, 2015, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eating-too-much-added-sugar-increases-the-risk-of-dying-with-heart-disease-201402067021
DeNoon, D. (2007, March 16). Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure. Retrieved February 1, 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure