How Can Chiropractic Help With Colds and Flu?

Chiropractic doesn’t “treat” cold or flu; chiropractic promotes improved body function which creates a higher natural resistance. Natural resistance is the only reason why your cold “goes away” rather than lasting for weeks, months or your entire lifetime!

 

How do chiropractors help increase your natural resistance to disease? By removing a serious interference to your proper body function: vertebral subluxations.

 

What Are Vertebral Subluxations?

Vertebral subluxations are misaligned vertebrae in your spine that interfere with your nerves and the flow of information and energy between your brain and the rest of your body. Vertebral subluxations will lower your natural resistance to disease by unbalancing your nervous system. You may have a subluxation and never know it.

 

Chiropractors Adjust Subluxations

Chiropractors perform spinal examinations to detect and locate vertebral subluxations in your body, then correct them by giving chiropractic spinal adjustments. This minimizes or relieves your spinal nerve stress and helps restore better body functioning for higher resistance to disease, which, we cannot overstate, is the best defense against the common cold.

 

Taking Aspirin Or Acetaminophen May Prolong The Flu

Researchers from the University of Maryland studied 120 volunteers who had experimentally induced flu infection. They found that the duration of the illness was longer if the volunteers’ fever was reduced with aspirin or acetaminophen (tylenol). Those patients stayed sick on average 3 ½ days longer than those not given the drugs to lower fever. Why? Fever is an important mechanism by which your body fights infection. By interfering with “mother nature” and artificially lowering fever, we are preventing our “inner doctor” from functioning to heal us.

 

What should I do if I get a Cold or Flu?
Get adjusted. Studies show a 200% improvement in immune system function after a chiropractic adjustment?
Rest. All of your body’s healing happens when you sleep.
Get plenty of fluids.
Respect your body’s own ability to heal itself. All of the symptoms you are experiencing (the fever, runny nose, coughing…) are your body’s own built in mechanisms for healing. Don’t suppress it. Support it and let it do it’s job

 

Come into SpineWise Bowmanville to see how our top Chiropractors can help you gain better resistance to cold and flu.
Call us at 905-623-8388

 

If your mom was anything like mine, I’m sure you have the good old “stop slouching” or “sit up straight”.  It drove me nuts when she would say this.  Turns out…mom was right and here is why.

 

Good Posture:

  • Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.
  • Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces.
  • Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
  • Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
  • Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
  • Prevents backache and muscular pain.
  • Contributes to a good appearance.

 

To Achieve Good Posture You Will Require The Following:

    • Good muscle flexibility
    • Normal motion in the joints
    • Strong postural muscles
    • A balance of muscles on both sides of the spine

 

  • Awareness of your own posture, plus awareness of proper posture which leads to conscious correction.

With practise, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down (as described below) will gradually replace your old posture.

 

Here Are Some Tips To Help You Improve Your Posture
Take a break from sitting
Exercise regularly
Keep your shoulders back and try to relax
Slightly bend your knees to ease the pressure off your hips
Keep your head straight, not up or down
Regular stretching
Lift from your knees
When sleeping, use a mattress use a mattress that has a firm support

 

Come into SpineWise Bowmanville to meet with our top Chiropractors, Laser Therapist and Registered Massage Therapists. Call us at 905-623-8388

Studies have shown that forwardhead posture, rounded shoulders, and gait imbalance increase when students wear backpacks that are greater than 15 percent of their body weight. These posture issues tend to be higher in children and pre-teens. Improper backpack use can also lead to the development of bad postural habits during childhood that can continue for a lifetime. For all of these reasons, it’s important to choose a backpack carefully and to teach your child to wear it properly.
 

The following tips are recommended for safe backpack use
 

Wear both straps.
This will evenly distributes the weight of the backpack and promotes more symmetrical alignment.
 

Wear the backpack over the midback.
The muscles of the midback are strongest and best able to support a heavy load. Never let a backpack extend below the lower back, regardless of what fashion dictates!
 

Lighten the load.
Keep the back pack at 10 to 15 percent or less of your child’s body weight. Only those items required for the day should be included in the pack.
 

Size.
The larger a backpack is, the greater the chance for filling it up! And heavy backpacks cause muscle fatigue and soreness. Choose a size that is adequate for the amount of books—but no larger.
 

Padded back and straps.
This will reduce pressure on the back and shoulders and improve comfort.
 

Multiple compartments.
These are helpful in distributing the load evenly throughout the backpack.
 

Extra hip and chest straps.
These straps can distribute the weight to the trunk and hips.
 

There are a number of signs that your child’s backpack may be too heavy or is being used incorrectly. These signs include red marks across the shoulders, postural changes, difficulty putting on and taking off the backpack, tingling in arms and hands, or general aches and pains in the back, neck, or shoulders. Check in with your child to see if the backpack is causing pain!

 

Is your child feeling back-to-school back pain? Come into SpineWise Bowmanville for a free consultation to see what our top Chiropractors, Registered Massage Therapists and Laser Therapist have to offer. Call us at 905-623-8388

The time has come to start cleaning out book bags, shopping for new notebooks, and picking out that first day of school outfit. But how do you get the kids to transition from swim suits and flip flops to 3-ring binders and pencil cases? Here are 5 tips to help your kids get back into school mode.

 

1. Pick up a book.

If your kids have not been reading all summer, now is the time to crack open a book and get back into reading. Even if they only read a few pages each day, it will make the transition back to school that much smoother if their brains area already starting to churn.

 

2. Get them to bed earlier.
The longer and lazier days of summer usually mean later bedtimes for many kids. Make the first days and weeks of school a little easier but moving bedtime a little earlier each night until it’s closer to the school time schedule.

 

3. Check out your child’s school supply list.
The sooner you can find out what school supplies your child will need, the more time you will have to look through your current stash and recycle or reuse what you’ve got. Now is the time to catch the deals too for school supplies that you need to purchase.

 

4. Make time for meal time.
If your kids have gotten used to grazing all summer long, now is a good time to reinforce the meal and snack times they will have at school. Kids might eat lunch at 10:30 or at 1:30 and it will help keep the growls at bay if you make the transition before the first day.

 

5. Get organized.
If you have a hard time with this one – trust me, I feel your pain. But trust me too when I tell you that the more organized you are now, the better off your child’s first few weeks of school will be. Make a place for your kids to stash book bags, a spot for important papers, and a calendar for everyone to write and keep track of important dates.

 

Suffering with back-to-school stress?  Come into SpineWise Bowmanville to try one of our many treatments.  Call us at 905-623-8388

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