5 Helpful Tips for School
1) If possible, using digital books can help reduce your child's backpack weight! However, be sure to encourage good reading posture by making sure the electronic source is kept at eye level.
2) Scoliosis affects 2-3% of the U.S. population. The most common type is juvenile idiopathic onset. This means that it starts in children and young teenagers. ASC provides free scoliosis screenings!
3) Having proper athletic footwear is essential for any fall activity. Did you know that ASC patients receive 10% off of their New Balance purchase? Ask Dr. Salminen what type of shoes he recommends for your feet.
4) Do you study or work at the dinner table? This places increased stress on both your neck and your low back. Make sure your computer and/or books are read at eye level. Poor work and study posture is a common culprit for losing your NUCCA correction!
5) When was your last eye exam? A proper eyeglass prescription is not only good for your eyes, but also your neck muscles! Less strain and tension on your neck makes it easier to hold your NUCCA correction!
Fall sports practices are in full swing! Did you know that almost 9% of all high school sport injuries are concussions? Football and soccer are the most common culprits1. It is important to keep a close eye on your active teenager for the following symptoms –
• Excessive sleepiness
• Mood change
• Sensitivity to light/noise
If you see any of the above symptoms, immediately seek medical attention2. If you want a full list of possible concussion signs, see the CDC link below.
Head trauma is a very serious injury. It can cause the atlas to misalign, possibly into a new position. Let Dr. Salminen know if you have had any recent head injuries!
When you drop your child off at the bus stop, how many children do you see slumped over by the weight of their backpacks? An average 6th grader’s backpack weighs 18.4 lbs. Some children’s backpacks weigh as much as 30 lbs1. Why is this dangerous? Extra stress on a child’s spine has a negative impact on the rest of their body. Zhao et al. found that a backpack over 15% of a person’s body weight negatively impacted their blood pressure, increased their heart rate, and led to muscle fatigue2.
So how much should a backpack weigh? Experts suggest that it should not be more than 10% of a person’s body weight2. One study found that even at this backpack weight, proper positioning is key! Wearing a backpack on one shoulder can lead to an increase in spinal curves3. At your next visit, be sure to bring in your child’s backpack and we will be more than happy to weigh it for you! A heavy, ill-fitting backpack can dramatically affect your child’s ability to hold their NUCCA correction!
Vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the United States. We are fortunate to be in the sunny Southeast! It is estimated that 42% of the U.S. population is receiving insufficient amounts of vitamin D (this number is higher in the elderly). Vitamin D’s benefits are widespread. It helps promote nervous system health, proper calcium absorption, and improved immune function. While too much sun exposure can be detrimental to your skin, small amounts can ensure proper Vitamin D production.
If you have fair skin, you only need about 3-5 minutes of sun exposure 2-3 times per week (in the summer) in order to produce a sufficient amount of vitamin D. If you have a medium or dark skin tone, those times should be 10 and 15 minutes respectively. If you choose to get your weekly vitamin D from the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen as soon as your time is up (especially crucial here in Georgia)!
If you prefer to use supplementation for your vitamin D intake, purchase a quality cod liver oil. If you prefer fish oil, choose one with added vitamin D3. If you are taking a vitamin D supplement, be sure it contains vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol).
Having a proper amount of vitamin D helps to make the most of your NUCCA correction! It is one of the “building blocks” of proper nervous system health.
8 CUPS A DAY?
Summertime is here, and so is the need for more water. A hot, humid climate (like here in the Southeast) means increased sweating and risk for dehydration. How much water is enough? Most of us have heard of the “eight 8 ounce glasses/day” rule. While it is a good starting point, it is not sufficient for adults in the summer.
Ideal daily water intake: 0.5 oz per lb. of body weight
Ex: 140 lbs. *0.5 oz. = 70 oz. of H2O
If you are spending lots of time outside in the heat, exercising, (or both!), increase your intake to 0.75 oz. per pound of body weight.
Normal hydration helps ensure proper brain function, blood flow, and muscle smoothness. Drinking the proper amount of water for your body weight will help your muscles hold your adjustment!