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Why Children and Adolescents Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care Too
The Pretzelness

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February 2018

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Why Children and Adolescents Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care Too

dr tara brownDr. Tara Brown, (Hon) BA Kin, DC, ART®, D.Ac
Doctor of Chiropractic

Growing up, it was not unusual to see a Chiropractor set up in our family home, providing Active Release Therapy (ART®) to either my siblings or myself. I was an active teen participating in a variety of sports, while my brother and sister were highly competitive Alpine ski racers (side note: my brother is participating in the 2018 Olympics!). The demands of participating in sports and various activities made it important for us to receive treatment. This would help us to stay mobile and keep our muscles loose to improve/maintain performance and to prevent the possibility of future injuries.

hockey boyThere is even some research to support this. In one study, Australian football players who were under chiropractic care had a reduced number of strains in their legs and lower back.1 As Chiropractors, we assess and treat poor posture and/or muscle imbalances which could potentially lead to injury if left untreated. Another study on athletes concluded that those who received 12 weeks of chiropractic care exhibited 30% improvement in reaction time, versus a group with no chiropractic care.2

Children and adolescents who are not involved in sport may also benefit from chiropractic care. There are a variety of different reasons this population should be assessed. Movement problems may exist from an illness, disease or a developmental issue. There may also be postural issues such as slouching or having rounded shoulders and teens that grow tall very quickly may suffer from bad posture. Heavy backpacks are a culprit for causing neck, shoulder and back pain. Overuse activities like typing or writing can lead to repetitive strain type injuries or discomfort.

This article is not intended to say that chiropractic care can fix all ailments in children but having them assessed by a chiropractor may benefit them in many different ways. To book an appointment with one of our chiropractors, call us at 905.465.4595.

 

If you would like to know more about how chiropractic treatment can help you, call us to book a free 10-minute consult, where one of our chiropractors will answer your questions before you commit to an initial visit. Call us at 905.465.4595 to book.

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1. bmcmusculoskeletdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2474-11-64

2. www.chiroone.net/bewell/are_your_kids_athletic_chiropractic_care_can_help


 


 

The Pretzelness

Joseph Wilson, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Who likes pretzels? I love them. So salty and chewy. Great with whiskey! Yummm….

Here is a pretzel stretch that you can try at home.

Lay on your side. Support your head with a pillow, pad, bolster or foam roller. Have a second pad in front of your hips. Don’t drink whiskey in this position.

Joseph Wilson RMT
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Bend the top leg so that your hip is bent to 90 degrees and resting on the second pad. With the arm touching the ground, reach down and hold the bent knee.  
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Here is where it gets crazy. Bend the bottom leg at the knee and reach down with the top arm to take a hold of the foot or ankle. If you can’t reach easily, use a strap or towel and loop it around the foot and take hold of that. *** Even if you CAN reach, you might find that this position elicits a cramp (also known as a “charley horse”) in the hamstring of that leg. If this happens to you, straighten the leg immediately and use a strap. No amount of whiskey will help.***

 
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OK, now the FUN PART. Keeping your grip on your foot, twist the top shoulder back towards the floor until you feel a gentle stretch. Channel your inner pretzel. Have a good friend or partner sprinkle you with salt and put a glass of whiskey with a straw near your mouth. Breathe deeply for 3-6 long, slow breaths. Feel the pretzelness of the universe.

 
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Not only is this a great drinking position… It will also help ease tight hip flexors, low back and glute muscles. Win-Win !!!!

 

 

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Reference: www.functionalmovement.com/exercises/222/brettzel

 


 

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