Yes, you can take your child to a chiropractor. My name is Anna, and I work for a chiropractic medical office. Some people believe that children are not good candidates for chiropractic services because they are still growing. This is simply not true. Kids' bodies experience the same kinds of stress and pressure as adults' bodies do, and they can also benefit from the attention a chiropractor can give. This is especially true for children who participate in sports and other physically demanding activities. This blog will help you understand what a chiropractor can do for your child and why you should make an appointment to see one.
If the arrival of summer for you means that it's time to load up your hiking pack and head to the nearest national park for a day-long hike, you want to be sure that the weight of the pack won't leave you with back pain by the time your day is done—especially if you've recently been seeing a chiropractor for some adjustments. While you can talk to your chiropractor about your hike during your next appointment and see if he or she has any recommendations for you based on the specific health of your back, here are some tips that can reduce the risk of your backpack leading to pain.
Pack Only What You Need
It's a good idea for hikers to be prepared, but some make the mistake of carrying more than they'll need on a specific hike in their pack. Think about your approaching outing and assess what you'll need; changes of clothes, a first-aid kit and other such gear are all valuable, but you might have a few items in your pack that you don't expect to use. For example, you could be carrying a small stove that you often use on longer hikes, but don't anticipate using this time. Go through the entire pack and remove all the unnecessary items that add weight.
Make Sure The Pack Sits Squarely
When you've packed what you expect to carry, slip the pack over your shoulders and look at yourself in a full-length mirror. You want to be sure that the two shoulder straps are set at the same length; when this is the case, you'll be able to see that the pack is sitting square on your back. If it's lopsided, it would put a strain on one side of your back, which could easily pull the spine out of alignment and send you, in pain, to the chiropractor. If the pack has chest straps, always have them done up. They help to keep the backpack from shifting during the hike.
Consider Carrying Poles
Many hikers are making the switch to carrying a pair of Nordic poles during their hike. While doing so helps your ability to navigate the trail, it also can lessen the risk of developing back pain. With each step that you take, your poles will absorb some of the impact—and this means that there will be less impact to your back and other joints. They'll also help to keep you more stable on the trail, which can reduce your risk of a slip or a fall that harms your back.