Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wear it Right!

Kids will be kids and the power to “Look Cool” is staggering.  You know the look:  Hair over 1 eye, backpack on one shoulder, hip out to the opposite side, and of course the untied sneakers.  Yikes!  Where to begin???

No matter how young or old your child is, if you explain the why they are more willing to comply….  Well, at least you MAY stand a chance of getting them to comply! 

Wear it Right
  1. Use both shoulder straps at the time time and adjust them so the pack fits snugly to the body  Be sure it does not dangle loosely to the side.  You should be able to slide your hand between the backpack and your child’s back.  Positioning correctly will reduce the strain on your child’s back shoulders, and neck.  
  2. Using the hip strap or waist belt reduces the strain on your back and transfers some of the load to your hips and pelvis.  
  1. A backpack that is too low will cause you to lean forward and carry the full weight on the upper back.  

Injuries resulting from improper lifting and carrying a heavy load can become chronic problem and can impact your child’s quality of life.  If your kids complain of pain, call Care More Chiropractic for an appointment immediately!  Pain is a warning signal and indicates there may be a problem.  Early detection is key!  Prevention makes more sense…

Remember, Chose it Right, Pack it Light, and Wear it Right! 

In health, 

Dr K. 




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Packing Light...


The “wrong” backpack, packing it improperly, or even carrying it “wrong” can lead to poor posture, rounded shoulders, or forward head carriage.  It may also contribute to scoliosis as well as a myriad of symptoms ranging from neck and shoulder pain, headaches, to numbness in the hands and arms.  These issues can lead to improper weight bearing, restricted motion in one direction, and poor balance & coordination.  

Carrying a backpack that’s too heavy can cause injury, subluxations and may lead to permanent chronic problems.  Care More Chiropractic recommends regular chiropractic check-ups for kids of all ages to detect ad correct existing problems, as well as to prevent possible future issues.  

The doctors at Care More Chiropractic also recommend parents watch for signs of potential problems.  In particular parents should watch for the head tilting to one side, uneven shoulder, forward head carriage, rounded shoulders, poor fitting clothes (clothes that just don't hang right or pant legs that appear uneven), or the appearance of a protrusion of a shoulder.  If you see any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your Chiropractor at Care More immediately!  

Now, let's talk about how to check your child's backpack, weighing it, and making sure your kids know how to pack them properly.

Care More's Packing Tips:

1.  Backpacks should never exceed 15% of your body weight.  (i.e. a 90 pound child should not carry a backpack weighing over 14 pounds)  For kids in elementary school, the backpack should be below 10% of their body weight.*
2.  Distribute the weight evenly in the backpack. 
3.  Pack the heaviest items closest to the body.  This reduces strain as weight is closer to the center of gravity of the child.  
4.  Do not overload the backpack & only carry items that are needed.  
5.  Pack odd shaped items on the outside so they don't dig into your child's back or side.  

Stop by Care More Chiropractic during August 1-18th to have your kids backpacks evaluated!  

Do you have a friend or neighbor whose kids may benefit????  Tell them about our FREE Backpack Evaluations and Weigh In's!  

In Health, 

Dr. K

*If your child is small or they must have all their text books every day and the weight exceeds the above formula, ask Care More Chiropractic about getting a letter asking the school district to provide an extra set (or even just one of the heavier texts) to be kept at home.  



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Care More's Tips For Choosing the Right Backpack


Hi parents!
 
It's back to school time! While some of you are celebrating & throwing a 'Yea, finally!' party some of you may be missing the kids & feeling the tug on the heartstrings, and they haven't even started school yet... (in Roswell that is!)  

No matter how you're reacting to the end of summer and start of school, in most homes it means it's time to hit the stores for some Back to School shopping.  Regardless of the age of your kids (this holds true for those headed off to High School and College) buying a new backpack is probably on the list. While most race over and pick a backpack based on color and brand, with little thought to the importance of choosing the 'right' backpack. 

The 'wrong' backpack can lead to poor posture with rounded shoulders or forward head carriage, scoliosis, & a myriad of symptoms ranging from neck & shoulder pain, headaches, to numbness in the hands or arms. These issues can then lead to improper weight bearing, restricted motion to one direction, poor balance & coordination. 

It's important to know how to CHOOSE the correct backpack, PACK it correctly & CARRY it properly to maintain function & prevent injuries. 

Today Care More Chiropractic will you address the first step...
  
CHOOSE IT RIGHT 
  1. Choose a backpack that is the right size for the individual's body size....not larger than what is really needed!  Don't fall into the 'you'll grow into it & get several years out of this one' trap! The top of the backpack should not extend higher than the top of the shoulders, and the bottom should not fall below the top of the pelvis (place hands on your child's hips & you can go slightly lower... try not to let it hang over your child's butt!) 
  2. Select a backpack made of lightweight material such as vinyl or canvas instead of leather. (Leather may look & wear nicely but it comes with a price - weight & $s)
  3. The shoulder straps should be at least two inches wide, adjustable, & padded. Check that they do not cut into or fit too snugly around the arms & armpits. Poorly designed shoulder straps can dig deep into muscles causing strain & even pinched nerves.
  4. A backpack should have a padded back for added protection & comfort.
  5. A hip strap or waist belt helps to effectively redistribute as much as 50 to 70 percent of the weight off the upper body and onto the pelvis, equalizing the strain on the bones, joints, & muscles.
  6. Choose a backpack that has several individual pockets instead of one large compartment. This will help to distribute the weight evenly & keep contents from shifting.
  7. You may want to explore other options such as a backpack style carrier with wheels & a pull handle for easy rolling.

Here's to finding the perfect backpack for your kids!  


In Health,

Dr. K






Monday, January 16, 2017

Is Health Your Dream???


I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by!  I’m sitting here writing this and the month is almost half over already…  

This year we are doing something a little different.  Each month will have a theme, and the theme will be seen not just in the office and in our classes, but also in our Social Media platforms.  We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!  Are you following us????   


At Care More Chiropractic, our goal is to help members of our community reach their Health potential.  With that goal in mind, our theme for January is “Health doesn’t have to be a dream, make it your Reality!”  So my question is, what are you doing to make Health your Reality?  If you had to change just one thing, what would it be?  

We are expanding our classes this year!  In January we are teaching a Vision Board Class, an Essential Oil Experience, and  Strong & Lean in 17.  There will be different classes each month—be sure to reserve your spot with Joanna, as space is limited!  If there is a topic that interests you please let us know!  We may have a class on that…  

This winter we are doing a Coat and Blanket Drive.  We are collecting cold weather gear which is donated directly to Men & Women’s Shelters run through Marist School.  You’ve probably noticed that community out reach and service within our community are important to us at Care More Chiropractic.  The Care More Team all lives in the local area and we support local business and charities.  

Care More Chiropractic is the new location for La Leche League meetings in the Roswell/Alpharetta Area.  The meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1030.  Many think these meetings are “just” for breast feeding moms, however that is not the case.  Its a group that helps all with everything from feeding to solids to behavior advice and on and on!  I’ve loved being a member of this community as I find my way in my new job of Mommy!  

Dr. Debbie and I are also both available to speak at local business and groups.  If you belong to a group that brings in speakers or if your company sponsors Lunch and Learns, we’d love to be a part of it!  We have given presentations from 20 minutes to an hour on a variety of topics to include stress management, stretching, and proper lifting techniques just to name a few.  It would be an honor to work with you.  

Thank you so much for being a part of Care More Chiropractic, we look forward to continuing to serve you in 2017!  Let’s make this year the best & healthiest yet!  


In Health, 


Dr. K

Friday, May 13, 2016

Flying...

Today Lexi turned 6 months!!!!

 

OMG where has the time gone...  It seems like just yesterday (last Mother's Day) I was announcing my pregnancy...  And here it is just over a year later and Lexi is turning 6 months! 

I want to take a minute and thank everyone of you for all of your support over the last year.  Your patience as I was moving a little slower at 9 months pregnant.  Your congratulations after her birth.  Her understanding as she cut her first (and second) tooth.  And most importantly the love you share every time you see her.  

I am so very blessed!  Not only do I have an amazing husband who is extremely supportive, BUT and amazing "chiropractic family."  You, my patients, have made this transition to "mommy" and now "working mommy" so much easier.  I count myself lucky that she gets to come to work with me! 

And, so you know, there is something in it for you!  Research shows that looking into a babies eyes causes a vagal reaction.  It affects the Sympathetic Nervous System by reducing the flight or fight response in our body.  So those super stressful days when you need an extra break.  Come in for your adjustment, look into Lexi's beautiful eyes and your body will take care of the rest!  


Happy 6 Months Lexi!  

In Health, 

Dr. K

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sleep and Health

I was recently asked to write an article for a magazine--and when I finished I wanted to share it with more people.  I asked Dr. K and she suggested I post it on her blog...  So here it is!  Not only is this my first guest Blog Post, but it's my first blog EVER!!!!!  Please let me know what you think!

Have a specific question?  Let me know and I will be happy to answer--and who knows, maybe it will lead to another Blog!

Dr. Claire


Sleep…. Some people fall asleep before their head hits the pillow, for others sleep is elusive, bed time is dreaded and they would give anything for a good night’s sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep plays a vital role in health and wellness for people of all ages.   Research shows ‘lack of sleep’ manifests itself in a host of serious conditions, impacting physical and mental performance, resistance to illness and our ability to interact well with others.  Whether in the workplace, at home, in the classroom or on the court or course, sleep is essential not only for wellness, but also for optimum performance. 

When most of us consider sleep deprivation and injuries, we think about ‘Falling asleep at the wheel’. According to researcher Ling-Ling Tsai, PhD, “Just one night of sleep deprivation greatly hinders the ability to detect and correct errors”.  And after that first error, there tends to be a series of errors that magnify the problem and the consequences.  Recognize just how many tragic workplace injuries involving machinery or heavy equipment leading to loss of limb or life were really caused by lack of sleep. 

Scientists have reported an all-important link between sleep & heart health, noting a worsening of high blood pressure & high cholesterol, as well as calcium deposits in the arteries in those who lack sufficient sleep.  The correlation between the epidemic of obesity & lack of sleep has gotten a good deal of press lately, but most of us don't even consider sleep problems in children. 

Researchers worldwide are reporting dramatic findings that moms everywhere seemed to know all along. “You need a nap…” “You need to sleep to grow…”or “Tomorrow’s a school day, you need to get to sleep early” are comments we’ve all heard.  Pediatric research demonstrates a link between sleep problems and significant behavior problems, affective disorders & anxiety in children.  And we all know that we do better when we’ve had a good night’s sleep.  In simple terms, lack of sleep or unhealthy sleep habits can lead to real problems in our children. 

How much is enough?  Sleep needs vary from person to person & they change during your lifecycle! Most adults need 7-8 hours. Newborns 16-18 hours, preschoolers 10-12 hours & school age children need at least 9 hours of sleep. 

Sleeping on your back is the least stressful position for your spine. Doctors of Chiropractic recommend you use a medium pillow under your knees and avoid high pillows under your head & neck.  If you sleep on your side, bend your knees placing a medium pillow between them and choose a pillow designed to support your neck in the side sleeping position.  *Avoid sleeping on your stomach. 

If you have trouble sleeping or for Sleep Tips, go to: www.caremorechiro.com .   If health, wellness & peak performance are a priority for you, see a Doctor of Chiropractic. Be proactive about your health! 


Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK Day Reflection

This morning, as I was driving into work, I was so thankful for the light traffic and the great time I was making, even though I was running a little late.  And then the radio program I was listening to began to play an excerpt from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech.”  

As I listened to his words, I began to reflect on things much more meaningful than light traffic.  Then I thought about what this holiday is becoming—a National Day of Service.  

It is 2015, and while I’d like to think we have come so far, recent events make me wonder.  

I grew up in a family that was taught to love and respect ALL people, all cultures, and all ways of life.  The concept of hate and bigotry is so far from my consciousness that I often don’t even see it.  I’d like to think that most of us in today’s day and age are like me.  We just don’t care about the color of your skin, the name on your place of worship, the country in which you were born.  

But then I think about some of my friends who have told me their experiences, and I am shocked, horrified and disappointed.  

And then I think about mine—as a woman in the military, a woman in a world where we have yet to have a female president.  A women in a society where women are paid less than their male counterparts.  A woman in a world where we are judged by our measurements, not by our accomplishments. 

Then there are the recent events—race riots, attacks by radical terrorists, and cities that were denying groups of individuals the right to have a place of worship because it was different.  

It made me a little sad.  

What can I do?  How can I change the world?  What is the lesson I/we are supposed to learn?  

Then I look at my 2 beautiful and loving nieces.  What have they been taught?  The Golden Rule.  Love one another.  Respect.  Hard work. 

I think at how far we have come—when I was their age women still could not fly fighter aircraft, they were not promoted as their male counterparts.  I remember a day when at our school, the color of your skin determined if you had to go to school on “Martin Luther King Day.”  I remember a rally in support of integration.  

Is our world, our country perfect?  No.  Do we have work to do?  Yes.  Is there hope for the future?  Absolutely.  

What can I do to make a difference?  One of my favorite quotes is from Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Be the change.  

Dare to be different.  Stand up for what is right, and treat ALL people with respect.  Love.  


Today, on this National Holiday, wether you are working like me, enjoying a paid holiday, or a day off from school.  Please take a few minutes and think and then take action.  Be the Change!  

In Health,

Dr. K