Monday, November 15, 2010

Chiropractic Check-Ups for Kids

Chiropractic Check-Ups for Kids

Kids can get checked, too. Do kids need regular blood pressure check-ups or regular tests of their blood glucose levels? Probably not - these simple procedures can be done during a child's annual physical. But kids are very active and more frequent chiropractic check-ups are usually a good idea.

Most of us were introduced to chiropractic care when we were adults - and we had to play catch-up for however long a period of time before we really began to feel healthy again. If we began chiropractic care as a younger adult, it probably didn't take too long to restore good health. If we were older - well, the process probably took more time.

If chiropractic care is valuable for you, imagine how valuable it is for your children. Kids are natural explorers - they run, jump, climb things, fall down, and bounce around.1 And, kids are resilient - this ability to recover quickly is one of the great benefits of being very young.

Occasionally, one of these activity-related injuries impacts a child's spine. Nothing obvious has happened and nothing hurts. But there may be subtle injuries to spinal muscles and spinal ligaments that have a long-term effect on spinal nerve function.2,3

Spinal nerve function depends on mechanical integrity of the spine itself. If spinal muscles and ligaments are inflamed or irritated, spinal nerve function is compromised to a greater or lesser extent. In a child, the short- and long-term results may include muscle pain and stiffness, loss of full range of motion in the neck or lower back, frequent colds, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, allergies, and asthma.

Of course, when it comes to good health for you and your family, preventing a problem is much easier than treating a problem. In the long run, prevention also costs much less.

We all want our kids to be healthy and well. We want them to play full-out, to engage in all kinds of sports, and to have a lot of fun. In order for children to continue to enjoy optimal health, regular spinal check-ups are as important as an annual physical exam.

Your local chiropractor is the spinal health expert in your community. He/She will be glad to help you ensure your child's continued good health.

If you live in Las Vegas Nevada, Please feel free to stop by my office!

In your health,
Dr. Jon Wise
Wise Chiropractic: Holistic Family Wellness

1Barkley JE, et al: Reinforcing value of interval and continuous physical activities in children. Physiol Behav April 16, 2009
2Fecteau D, et al: The effect of concentrating periods of physical activity on the risk of injury in organized sports in a pediatric population. Clin J Sport Med 18(5):410-414, 2008
3Spinks AB, McClure RJ: Quantifying the risk of sports injury: a systematic review of activity-specific rates for children under 16 years of age. Br J Sports Med 41(9):548-557, 2007

Good Nutrition & Lots of Exercise for Healthy Kids

We're in the middle of a raging epidemic affecting America's youth - the obesity epidemic. The number of American adolescents who are obese increased 300% in the last 40 years.

This is a problem that can potentially affect every family. The good news is that in almost all cases, obesity is a lifestyle disorder. In other words, children become obese because of behaviors learned from their friends and their parents.

Healthy eating and regular exercise are the two critically important steps to take to help ensure your child retains an appropriate weight. With respect to healthy eating -

* Eliminate all trans fats from your children's diet - this includes almost all fast foods
* Cut down on sugary drinks
* Serve at least five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables every day
* Serve complex carbohydrates such as whole grains
* Serve lean meat, fish, and poultry
* Count calories!

Children need at least an hour of physical activity every day. This includes outdoor play, sports, and calisthenics. Make sure your kids are getting enough exercise!

Wise Chiropractic Annual Food Drive

Annual Food Drive going on from Now to Dec 23rd

Hello Everyone!

It is that time of the year again. We are hosting our annual food drive. Like previous years in the past, we are partnering with Three Square Las Vegas. Last year, we where able to raise and donate 308 lbs of food. This year I would like to double it! So, the office goal is 600 lbs!!!

To meet our goals, I want to give an incentive for any patient to clean out their kitchen pantry. This year we will be offering a Raffle! Any patient that brings in 1 bag of food, will get 1 ticket. If you bring in 2 bags, you will get 2 tickets, and so forth...

Any new patient that brings in at least $25 of non-perishable dry foods will receive a FREE EXAM WITH X-RAYS. So please be sure to tell all of your family, friends and co-workers!

Raffle Prizes:

$120 Gift Certificate to the office for Chiropractic Care

$100 Gift Certificate to be used towards the HCG Weightloss System

Free Month of Chiropractic Care (3 adjustments per week for 4 weeks)

The Drawing will take place Dec 23rd 2010 close to closing hours! Thank you very much for being great patients! Lets make this holiday season one to remember!!!

Dr. Jon Wise

Canned Goods:
• Soups
• Meats (chicken, tuna, spam)
• Fruits and Juices
• Coffee and Tea
• Milk
• Beans, pork & beans
• Vegetables (tomatoes, corn, green beans, mixed vegetables)
• Entrees (chili, raviolis, hash)

Dry Goods:
• Rice
• Cereals
• Meal stretchers (macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper)
• Pasta
• Baking needs (sugar, flour, Bisquik)
• Dried (lentils, peas, pinto)

Other Items:
• Peanut Butter and Jellies
• Baby Food (in boxes, cans, or plastic jars)
• Nutritional drinks (Ensure, Boost)
• Snacks and prepared sandwiches
• Spices
• Single-serve meats and fruits in pop-top cans: Spam, Vienna sausages, fruit snack packs, etc.

Non-Food Items:
• Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins
• Diapers, baby wipes
• Personal hygiene (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant)
• Feminine hygiene
• Disposable utensils, plates, bowls, cups

Part III - The Gospel of Chiropractic--Aaron D. Lewis