Best Charlotte NC chiropractors want to keep your children safe when they head back-to-school

Best Charlotte NC chiropractorsBest Charlotte NC chiropractors has many tips when it comes to the backpack your child is wearing to school every day. With so many textbooks, folders, and homework assignments, backpacks can become extremely heavy. Many parents don’t worry about this, as they assume that this cannot possibly be enough weight to cause damage to their children’s backs. However, it is important to understand that giving your child a heavy backpack to wear every single day to and from school can have some serious health implications. This Charlotte NC chiropractor made this guide to discuss why it is important to lighten the load.

Why are heavy backpacks so dangerous?

While backpacks are a great invention, they also carry some hidden dangers when they weigh too much and are worn improperly. Some of these risks involve the distortion of your child’s body over time, such as the shoulders rounding, strain on the muscles, the natural curve of the back distorting, rib and spinal joint irritation and balance reduction. Charlotte NC chiropractors are available to schedule an appointment with if your child has developed any of these conditions from wearing a heavy backpack improperly for a long period of time.

What to avoid

Charlotte NC chiropractors suggest lightening the amount of books and materials in your child’s backpack as much as possible. For example, if they have textbooks that they don’t use every day, encourage them to keep them at school, or keep them in their room. If you catch your child wearing their backpack off to one side, talk with them and discuss how this is unhealthy for them, and that they should be wearing it across both shoulders. Also, your children should never lift up their backpacks from the ground with their back. If you see your child doing this, encourage them to lift up their backpack using their leg muscles, and not their back muscles.

Healthy backpack habits

There are ways that a backpack can be carried that is healthy and natural. Make sure that both straps are always used, and that the objects that are heaviest in the backpack are closest to the body. Before letting your child wear a backpack, adjust its straps so that they are tight up against the child’s chest. It is also important to take advantage of all of the compartments in the backpack, to evenly distribute the weight your child has to carry. Charlotte NC chiropractors suggest following these tips to avoid muscles strain and back injury.

ChiroCarolina® – your Charlotte NC chiropractor

Best Charlotte NC chiropractors are available at ChiroCarolina®,  located in Charlotte, NC and visited by patients throughout the south:  North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia and Texas. If you’re child is experiencing back pain or soreness, or if you are simply in need of a chiropractic consultation, visit a board-certified chiropractor at ChiroCarolina®. If you are living in the Charlotte, NC area and are in need of chiropractic care, contact us to make an appointment today. ChiroCarolina®, care you can count on.

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By Editorial Staff

As we speak, “Doctored” is completing its New York and Los Angeles theatrical debuts, and while what the Los Angeles Times and New York Times film critics have to say varies from complimentary to critical (as might be expected), more significant perhaps is that chiropractic is now being talked about in print and online by two of the most well-read newspapers in the country.

Add to that a reprint of the N.Y. Times review in the Chicago Tribune, and it’s safe to say that “Doctored” is already on the radar of millions of movie-goers / potential chiropractic patients. Here’s a taste of what the L.A Times and N.Y. Times reviews say about “Doctored”:

Gary Goldstein (L.A. Times, Sept. 26, 2012; reprinted in the Chicago Tribune,Sept. 29): “Though it’s mostly one-sided and sometimes plays like a commercial for the alternative medical community, ‘Doctored’ makes a cogent case for real cooperation between Western medicine and less traditional protocols. … [The documentary] presents a case that, despite mainstream medicine’s longtime crusade to brand it ‘quackery,’ it is a highly viable, at times superior alternative to standard surgery and prescription therapy. … A well-chosen array of practitioners and their vastly improved patients, whose issues include chronic pain, frozen shoulder syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, autism and cancer, offer enlightening testimony on behalf of chiropractic treatment. … ‘Doctored’ is an involving, well-crafted, humane look at a topic that stands to affect us all.”

Daniel Gold (N.Y. Times, Sept. 20, 2012): “Relying on numerous testimonials about successful treatments (including from the athletes John Stockton and Picabo Street) and harsh critiques by doctors of Big Pharma and conventional medical practices, ‘Doctored’ issues indictments of a market-based health system predisposed toward prescription drugs and surgery when less invasive, less expensive methods might be, heaven forbid, more effective. Seeing a series of ‘frozen shoulder’ patients, unable to raise their arms, suddenly regain pain-free range of movement after spinal manipulation is powerful evidence of chiropractic’s worth.”

Being film critics by trade, both Goldstein and Gold are also, well, critical of “Doctored,” of course, including Goldstein’s introductory comment that the film is one-sided and excessively promotional toward alternative medicine; and Gold’s contention that the film is “scattered” and that “in waving the flag for more holistic, naturopathic treatments, the already meandering ‘Doctored’ loses focus, touching on topics like alternative cancer treatments, autism and vaccination, and genetically modified produce.”

However, all in all, the reviews provide valuable positive sound bites that certainly can’t hurt the documentary both in terms of its ability to be picked up in other markets and its potential to be watched by thousands, if not millions more people. “Doctored” is out and the public now has the opportunity to learn like never before about the chiropractic profession, the Wilk case, and why drugs, surgery and the allopathic medical model is not the answer.

“Pain in America” Begins Principal Photography

Not to be forgotten in the excitement of the “Doctored” release, “Pain in America began shooting principal photography on Oct. 1, continuing through Nov. 16. According to Donald Barrett, the film’s writer / producer / director, “[We] are going to the best and brightest in the field of chiropractic, as well as also students (tomorrow’s chiropractors), teachers, administrators and the researchers, who will help determine tomorrow’s modalities of treatment. Our cameras will take us to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities teaching chiropractic, as well as to pre-eminent members of the medical profession who have concluded chiropractors must take an important role in fighting the pain epidemic.”

For background on “Pain in America,” read “New Documentary to Tout Chiropractic for Chronic Pain” in the Sept. 23, 2012 issue.

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