School is going to be starting again and families are gearing up for busy schedules, homework, after-school activities and the hectic pace of our 21st century lifestyles. To ensure that your child has a healthier, more successful year, it is important to have their back aligned, balanced and on track.
Every activity affects the spine and nervous system. Contact sports, playing an instrument, sitting, studying, and paying attention in class are all important for a successful school year. They all require a healthy spine and nervous system. When your child is sitting in class listening to a teacher, they listen through their ears, process the information in their brain, and a signal is sent down their spine to their fingers so that they can write their notes which they will later study. If a child is playing an instrument, the instructor often tells them to sit up straight. They know that a healthy spine with good alignment and nerve supply is essential to performance in the classroom and activities.
When we watch our kids participating in sports, we often cringe at the intense beating their spine takes when they are hit by another person or twisted through their activities. Keeping their spine and nervous system aligned and balanced is crucial for them to be able to enjoy a healthy and successful year and have a healthy spine for a lifetime.
Children make 775,000 visits to the emergency room each year because of sports-related injuries. Every 2½ minutes a child is injured on a playground. A full 150,000 kids are treated in the emergency room for football injuries. These injuries are often accompanied by trauma to the child’s developing spine and nervous system.
More than 40 million students carry school backpacks. Backpacks that are too heavy or worn incorrectly can injure your child’s back, neck and shoulders, which can lead to other health problems.
Kids can injure their spine but remain symptom free until later on in life when the damage becomes more permanent. This can be avoided with regular chiropractic care.
British medical researchers have found through MRI technology that nearly 10% of children show signs of disc degeneration before reaching puberty.
Disc degeneration is a condition in which a damaged spinal disc wears down unevenly causing pressure on the nerves and limiting activity levels, stamina, and quality of life as we age. We tend to think of disc degeneration as a sign that we are getting older but this is not true. It is a sign that the spine has been injured which can happen at any age.
Heavy backpacks, playground and sports injuries can cause non-structural or functional scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine that typically appears in early adolescence. This type of scoliosis develops as a result of misalignment and pressure on the spine and nervous system. Functional scoliosis often can be corrected by addressing the underlying condition through chiropractic care.
As you make your Back to School list remember to make an appointment for a “School’s Back” Spinal Exam. This simple examination can determine if your child’s spine is on track or off track. Chiropractic care can keep your child’s spine and nervous system healthy and ensure your best school year ever. Get them started on the right track today!
Dr. Ronny Bergman and Gold Coast Chiropractic have been serving the Port Washington community for over 6 years and is dedicated to seeing a world where healthier people make healthier choices. He is a 100 Year Lifestyle Licensed Affiliate. This newsletter is reprinted with permission of The Family Practice, Inc.. He can be reached at 516-944-4300 or www.drronnybergman.com