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Back to School: Backpack Safety

The school season is in full swing! By now, most parents, or kids, have already picked out their school supplies and their prized possession… their backpack.

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The backpack is their definition of personal expression. Solid pink with key chains. Pictures of superheroes protecting the planet. Sparkling stars with neon stripes you can spot from the parent pick-up line!

To personalize a backpack even more, parents and children should acknowledge the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) recommendations for proper backpack mechanics.

Children are still growing. Their rate of growth can be easily influenced by their environments. A backpack can have the most influence on the development of the spine. To promote a healthy growth pattern and to prevent scoliosis related issues, the ACA has developed a checklist to reference when “personalizing” a backpack.

Here are a list of some of our favorite recommendations:

  1. Try to not carry more than 10% of your body weight in a backpack. Weight exceeding 10% of body weight can start to encourage negative growth patterns before maturation.
  2. To avoid extra weight, be sure to clean out backpacks daily or at least weekly.
  3. Make sure a backpack does not hang lower than 4 inches below the waistline. Keeping a backpack higher on the hips will disperse forces more evenly across the shoulders and encourage better posture.
  4. Use a backpack with adjustable straps so weight can be distributed evenly on both shoulders and through the back.
  5. Use both straps to carry a backpack!

Another population that utilizes backpacks are college students. They typically have more to carry and further journeys to pursue with a backpack. Similar rules apply:  modify the weight of your backpack, utilize both shoulder straps (it is cooler to not have back problems than to sling only one strap around your shoulder for 4 years), and adjust the straps of the backpack when you take it on and off.

We hope these tips help you get a healthy start to the fall school session!

If you have further questions about how to properly utilize a backpack, purse, or sports bag to prevent injury or negative biomechanical influences, please let us know what questions you would like to have answered!

By Lauren Calabra on August 27th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

Saying Goodbye to Marah

We have been so fortunate for the past 3 1/2 years to have Marah Harrington as our Office Manager at East End Chiropractic. She has done an incredible job of organizing every aspect of the policies and procedures of the office, and has been a great account manager for our patients.

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While we are saddened that Marah is leaving us, we are excited for her and her husband, James, as they begin a new chapter of their lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where James will be completing graduate studies at Florida State University.

Stepping up to the Office Manager position will be our own “Awesome” Meghan Jones!  Meghan has been our Office Assistant since November, 2013, and has quickly become an indispensable asset to our clinic.

By John Olsen on August 4th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

Sleep Ergonomics

During the past 4 weeks, our social media theme has been sleep ergonomics. Ergonomics of Sleep - Nashville TN - East End Chiro As we wrap up July, let’s look at sleep from a different perspective. Many of our patients attribute their back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal complaints to sleep-related events.  Here are the most common:

“Our mattress is old/worn out.”
“I must have ‘slept funny’.”
“I need a better pillow.”
“I’ve been travelling and sleeping in hotel beds.”
“We stayed at our in-laws’ house on a bad mattress.” (This is a very common misconception.  I think there could be a good psychological study on this phenomenon).

While all of these things can initiate an episode of musculoskeletal pain, it is important to consider the underlying structure and function of the area in which there is pain.  In other words, maybe it’s your back, not the mattress!

In reality, a musculoskeletal system that is functioning optimally should be able to withstand a few nights on a bad mattress, or falling asleep on the sofa, without causing pain or spasms.

Here’s how it works.

  1. When spinal joints are not moving properly, your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) are quick to detect this problem, whether you are aware of it or not.
  2. Corrective neural impulses are sent from the central nervous system to nearby muscle groups to stabilize the dysfunctional area.
  3. Sleeping tends to relax some of this defensive posturing, leaving the weakened areas vulnerable to irritation.
  4. Upon waking, you attempt to move and “stir-up” these dysfunctional spinal joints
  5. Your central nervous system interprets this sudden movement as dangerous and responds by locking up all of the muscle groups around the dysfunctional area, essentially making a natural (and very painful) “splint” to stabilize the area.

This is most likely happening if you are waking up often with back and neck pain.

We can help!  In our office, we evaluate the motion patterns of your spine.  In most cases, we are able to identify the underlying dysfunction and correct it via spinal manipulation, muscle release techniques, and therapeutic exercise therapy.

By John Olsen on July 28th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

Chiropractic Care: Then & Now

An explanation of the full history of chiropractic and manipulation would be difficult to provide in a brief blog post. However, to have some insight into the philosophy and evolution of chiropractic care is helpful, and hopefully entertaining for many people in order to expand awareness of the profession.

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The first manipulations occurred well before the first known writings/recordings of its use. The reasons for manipulation, as well as many medical procedures, have been continuously founded on a balance of science and art. Ancient cultures have utilized various forms of pharmaceuticals, surgery, manipulation, and physiotherapy in whichever ways their environments allowed and influenced them. These treatments and more grew into their own specialties, not to define between right and wrong, but to allow individuals to excel in their practice and provide others with quality care.

Chiropractic is a specialty that most commonly utilizes manipulation, later defined as the “chiropractic adjustment” to treat neuromusculoskeletal concerns. D.D. Palmer is credited to have first defined the techniques and profession of chiropractic. However, even his language and philosophies have evolved with new findings in science and a changing focus on healthcare in our culture. A concept defined by D.D. Palmer that is still a cornerstone in chiropractic care today is understanding the relationship of structure and function of the body and its influence on a person’s state of health.

The education of all professions, especially in the healthcare industry, has advanced to delineated requirements of study, testing, licensing, and practice. All doctors of chiropractic in North America, regardless of philosophy, are qualified as portal-of-entry physicians. With this role, they have a responsibility to determine if chiropractic care is the best option for a patient or if a referral to another health practitioner is of more benefit.

At East End Chiropractic we look to provide our patients with quality care. Our goal is to determine an applicable diagnosis with the aid of a thorough examination, functional assessment findings, and appropriate imaging. Taking into account patient goals and realistic recovery patterns of the human body, we look to define a treatment plan utilizing chiropractic adjustments and adjunctive therapies, such as soft tissue work, passive modalities, and exercise prescription, while respecting our state defined scope of practice.

By Lauren Calabra on July 1st, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

East End Chiropractic at the East Nashville Farmer’s Market

We love meeting the people and small businesses of East Nashville and the best way to do that is to get out into the neighborhood! Here are some pictures from our booth this week at the East Nashville Farmer’s Market, where we were able to talk to our neighbors about the benefits of chiropractic care.

The East Nashville Farmer’s Market is located in Shelby Park right behind the baseball fields, and happens every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-7:00pm, May through October.  One Wednesday a month, our office will set up an informational booth where we offer a free spine and joint check-up. This is a great opportunity to meet the doctors and staff of East End Chiropractic, and to find out if care in our office could be beneficial. If you’ve ever wondered about chiropractic care and would like to chat with us about it, please feel free call us or just come see us at the East Nashville Farmers Market. We will list the date we are out there on our website and Facebook page. Hope to see you out in the neighborhood soon!

By Marah Harrington on June 7th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

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