Dr. Edward J. Hartey
600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Matamoras, Pa 18336
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
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Volume 16 No.5
Resulting Health Problems Can Arise Even Months Later!!
Headaches Numbness in limbs
Fatigue Neck Pain
Vision Problems Muscle Spasms
Back Pain Insomnia
Pinched Nerves Anxiety
Depression Joint Pain
These symptoms and many more can find their way into your life as a result of even the most minor of "fender benders". It is important to remember that these and other symptoms may not exhibit themselves immediately after the accident. In fact, they may not show up for months!!
There is an increased awareness among the general public to seek out the aid of a Doctor of Chiropractic for treatment of symptoms due to injuries received in an auto accident.
Insurance companies also realize the effectiveness of Chiropractic care involving whiplash and musculoskeletal injuries and routinely cover these costs for care of the injured.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration, "More than 80 percent of all car crashes occur at speeds less than 10 m.p.h. That's about the speed you'd be driving in a parking lot."
These figures indicate the amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the severity of the injury to its occupants. People involved in "minor" accidents tend to believe that the accident couldn't effect them very much either. NOT TRUE!!
Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms following an auto accident should come into our office for a checkup and to establish a confirmation of the injury before signing any insurance release papers. also, the sooner the injury is treated, the faster healing response.
A COMMON SENSE APPROACH
The amount of weight carried by children in their backpacks deserves serious thought. Loading the spine risks low back pain not only in adults but in children; the largest load children commonly carry is their school backpack. To quantify how much with children likely carry in their backpacks, researchers from Milan, Italy ascertained the weight of backpacks used by sixth graders at several schools.
The average load was 20.5 lbs., reaching as much as 27.5 lbs. with the maximum daily load averaging 25.3 lbs. Over on-third of the students carried more than 30% of their body weight at least once during the week.
Increasing numbers of children are developing back pain, and although it may be multifactorial, heavy backpacks are an important contributing cause. The authors recommend a backpack limit of 10 - 15% of body weight for students.
Children with back pain can be given medical excuses to allow them to have two sets of books, one at home and one in school, to avoid additional material being carried to an from school.
Children have become their own beasts of burden. They deserve our help in establishing weight limits---15% of ideal body weight is a reasonable maximum (obese children already carry an additional built-in burden which should not be used in calculating 15% of body weight).
WITH AGE COMES WISDOM -
AND LESS BACK PAIN IF YOU ARE WISE
If wisdom comes with age, it's time for some of us to act our age when it comes to healthcare.
Because we are wise we know the need to maintain our cars on a continuous basis. We know that maintaining our cars by adding oil, checking belts and hoses, etc. is actually cheaper than waiting until our car stops running in the middle of traffic.
While we know it makes sense to maintain our cars, does this wisdom extend to how we maintain our bodies? Unfortunately, we are apt to wait until some little worry or ache becomes an undeniable illness that requires immediate emergency intervention. We ignore that wise little inner voice and think whatever is nagging at us will eventually go away. Just as balding tires go way?
Just as we take our cues from the warning lights in our cars, we need to pay attention to the signals from our spine. Take note of the cramps, stiffness, and twinges and do something about them before our backs seize up or our necks quit moving altogether and our lives become effectively and painfully stopped on the side of the road. Getting prompt attention for a spinal injury will lessen correction and recovery time just like fixing the cause of that grinding noise in your car will often avoid more expensive problems.
We are wise and getting wiser about our healthcare choices. More and more people are turning to chiropractic as their first choice for health care. The fact is that we can look anywhere and find people who have been helped or even been given their productive lives back thanks to chiropractic intervention. Scientific research is increasingly supporting the use of chiropractic care for a variety of health problems-- necks and backs are only the beginning. The simple truth is, people are just tired of drugs and surgery and they want something better. Because we are wise, we can experience better health naturally through the largest natural healing profession in the world. Listen to that wise little voice and get your spine checked by our chiropractor today.
OUR CHILDREN AND SPORTS INJURIES
Sports participation by children has changed dramatically in recent years. Sophisticated sports complexes and year round leagues have replaced the summer pick-up baseball games and winter hockey on the pond. Tiger Woods began his road to stardom as a toddler; the Williams sisters began beating the fuzz off tennis balls early on, and scouts show up at hockey game where the missing teeth are baby teeth. The message is there: Start your kids early in sports.
On one hand, all this physical activity is great for kids. Recent studies show our children are more sedentary, less active than any generation in U.S. history. There is wide spread concern over the long-term effects of too much TV, fast food, and computer desk sitting. The reality is exercise is good for us at any age and kids who are physically active generally grow into active adults. On the other hand, sports participation is to blame for the largest percentage of accidental childhood injuries, according to Pediatrics - April 220;109:589-9.
So sports for children, clearly, has benefits and possible problems. As parents, we want our children to have the best we can possibly supply them while protecting them from any unnecessary pain. This means protective equipment, good coaches, and opportunities for excellence. For a growing number of parents, supplying the very best includes chiropractic care.
Olympic, college, and professional athletes have been utilizing chiropractic for a variety of reasons for decades. Now children are making more visits to chiropractors. A recent Boston Globe article (6/10/2002) sites a study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescence that stated children made 420,000 visits to Boston-area chiropractors in 1998. The Globe article reported "many parents say they've become such believers in the power of chiropractic treatment that they're sure their children will benefit from treatments as well". Do all these kids have "bad backs"? NO. Parents reported utilizing chiropractic care for their children to reverse birth trauma, as preparation before competition, for preventative care and "just to keep him straight".
Whether they are in athletics or not, our kids have it pretty stressful these days. As parents, we have an opportunity to provide better healthcare and create that preventative program that was emphasized by the Pediatrics researchers. That something is chiropractic care. Have your children checked this week.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CHILD'S LUNCH!!
AND HIS HEALTH!!
With most Americans leading fast paced lives, the easy, available, prepackaged choices for most kids' lunches contain many foods and soft drinks that are loaded with salt and sugar!
Eating or drinking something full of sugar will provide for a short burst of energy, but in a short while your child's attention and energy level will be much lower than before lunch. This can effect his or her ability to concentrate and may literally effect your child's performance in classes after lunch!
Balanced meals containing fresh fruits and vegetables along with exercise, proper rest, and chiropractic tune-ups help to keep our children healthy and happy.
HOW DOES YOUR JOB RATE ON THE
"BACK PAIN" SCALE?
Better Homes and Gardens, in their "Health Update" segment listed the "10 Worst Jobs for Your Back." Those listed were considered having the highest number of cases of low back pain resulting from their occupation. We do not suggest that you should quit your job, but we encourage you to protect yourself and in turn protect your livelihood. Note that you don't have to lift heavy objects to develop low back pain. Sitting at a desk for long periods of time is also bad for your back.
10. Farmers, foresters, commercial fisherman (3 way tie)
9. Doctors, dentists, and nurses (3 way tie)
8. Healthcare therapists
7. Heavy equipment mechanics
6. Police officers
4. Janitorial and building maintenance workers
3. Construction workers
2. Construction equipment and heavy machinery operators
1. Truck driver