I’ve discussed posture before. I like to talk about strong vs weak posture rather than good or bad posture because weak implies that you can do something about it, where bad implies something that has just happened to you.
Strong posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Correct posture:
Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.
To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine. In addition, you must recognize your postural habits at home and in the workplace and work to correct them, if necessary.
You don’t have to wait until you or your child is in pain to solve the problems. Come in and address your weak posture before it becomes painful.
Tuft’s Health Plan in Massachusetts had their policy, disallowing adjusting of children, brought to light last year. When the ACA pointed out that the American Academy of Pediatric (AAP)’s resolution, on which they were
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basing their policy, didn’t exist they continued the policy this time claiming to base it on research. The ACA looked into the research cited and found that it was shody, false and some of it didn’t have a single reference to manipulation. They sent another letter pointing out this little oversight. Tuft’s still denies being wrong. Their reply was simply:
“Thank you for your letter regarding Tufts Health Plan’s revised coverage policy for spinal manipulation in children. While Tufts Health Plan acknowledges the potential benefits of chiropractic care in adults, our Medical Affairs Medical Policy (MAMP) Committee determined that these services will not be covered for children less than 12 years of age. The MAMP Committee based this decision on a review of the available medical literature. This policy is consistent with that of a high quality competitor health plan in our region.”
So, now it’s not the AAP and it’s ‘not research, it’s everyone else is doing it. See the original Chiropractic Economics article here. This is only one reason to support your local and national associations.
As a chiropractor public safety is very important to me. I relate to and understand what car accidents can do to people. Seat belts are a major cause of whiplash in my opinion, but I’d rather treat a person for whiplash than have to attend their funeral, and so I support the use of seat belts. Our cars have many safety features designed into them. It is important that we use them properly so that we are safer for using them.
This summer Utah’s legislature updated it’s car seat laws. My daughter was very disappointed. She was getting ready to move out of her booster seat to a regular seat belt. She was so excited. But now she will have to grow an extra inch or two or wait a few more months.
The basics of the new law are this; any child under the age of 8 unless 4’9″ or taller must be in a child safety seat appropriate for their age/size. I wish that this kind of thing didn’t require a law. Every child is precious and should be protected. I know that every person is different, and some children might not need the seat, but if you have to make a rule then the line has to be drawn somewhere. Sometimes these lines are arbitrary and sometimes they are based on actual research.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children in the USA. Proper restraints cut that risk by 60%. To make sure you are using them properly, there are many resources; this IIHS site even has video, or the Utah Safety Council. If you’re not sure how to buckle your kids properly bring them in. I’d be happy to go over the manufacturers recommendations and walk you through a checklist. Also, I know that most police stations will have an officer that will check your installation. The Orem Police Station had an officer check our car seats and explain how to properly buckle up our children. Call your local police station to find out if they have a similar program.
For adults it is important to use the safety features designed into your car as well. Adjusting your headrest properly will reduce the effect of whiplash if you get in an accident. Also, wearing your seat belt at your hips rather than your waist reduces abdominal or back injury.
Make sure that you and your children are as safe as can be in your cars. Please buckle up.
Mom as a profession can be hard on the body. One of the advantages of being a mom however is that you are able to adjust your activities to prevent problems. A disadvantage is that there is no down time. It is always easier to prevent than to recover.
The physical problems a mom experiences are also highly related to the age of her children. A mom with young kids will need to remember you’re going to be going to the floor a lot. If you don’t bend from the knees you will likely develop low back issues. Don’t always use the same arm to carry. When the kids are to young to help with the cleaning you’re going to be doing a lot of it. Watch your posture while cleaning. When you are pregnant your body puts out hormones to relax the ligaments, and it does a great job, which means repetitive motions are more likely to sprain or strain. So, while pregnant you will want to avoid repetitive twisting like vacuuming and doing the dishes. Just remember, that you only get behind in your work when you have to take time off to recover. Focus on bending at the knees, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
As the children grow you become a chauffeur, and sitting at the wheel can be hard on the back. Put as many trips into one as possible. Stopping at each appointment will give you a chance to stretch your legs and back. As they grow they will be able to help with some of the messes that they make. Remember their bodies will recover faster than yours, and they will be up and jumping on your bed while you try to get some rest. Get them doing as much of the work as they can. Sure they don’t do it very well, but they’ll learn, and besides, it’s easier to guard prisoners while they’re working.
If momma ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy! Take care of your self. If you need time to go work out, make sure you find a way to do it. If you need treatment, get it. The earlier you seek treatment the better. Treatment is easier if you can relax. Come alone if you can. If you can’t, most doctors offices will have a place for children to play. If you come see me, I’m happy to have kids color a picture for my door, or watch a movie in the waiting room. Our massage chairs are always a big hit with the kids too. It’s important that you take a time out for your health care.