Blog – Technology and Children

11/10/2017
11 Oct 2017

Watch the shocking results of a Chiropractic treatment.

At Chiropractix we care about your health, and this video is a great example of how chiropractic treatment can change someone’s life forever. If you suffer from back pain, sciatica, neck pain, scoliosis or any sports injury, don’t hesitate to contact us at www.chiropractix.com.au or (07) 3369 0110.
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04/10/2017
04 Oct 2017

What Screen Time Can Really Do To A Child’s Brain

As part of Chiropractix commitment to helping you lead an extraordinary life we offer lots of lifestyle advice and tips in addition to your chiropractic adjustments. A big part of leading a balanced life in today’s busy world is making sure you get enough shut-eye to rest and recharge your body. Dr Shivani’s recent blog touched on the importance of sleep with a focus on making sure you have the right pillow support for you. Today’s blog will delve further into what the negative effects on our health may be if we’re not sleeping properly and how limiting your screen time is vital to making a positive change.

Sleep benefits:

The number one reason why we talk about improving your sleep quality and quantity is that our bodies go into repair mode when we sleep. Cells produce more protein that is then used in repairing any damage. In addition to this, adequate sleep also helps your body to regulate your serotonin levels enabling you to feel more happy and productive. Seven to nine hours of sleep every night has been shown to significantly reduce risk of heart disease and stroke as well as reducing stress hormone levels and chronic inflammation

Sleep problems:

According to certain reports, about three quarters of people experience some difficulties getting to sleep more than twice a week and many people sleep less than six hours a night.  Inadequate sleep has been linked to an increased risk of work-related injuries and road accidents. Concentration, learning and memory are all negatively impacted by poor sleep, which in turn affects mood and productivity. Chronic sleep deprivation has also been linked to weight gain as your body alters the way it processes and stores carbohydrates.

How screen time affects your health and sleep:

Psychology and neuroanatomical studies have shown the actual structure of the brain changes with too much screen time and no-one is more vulnerable to this than adolescents and young adults. The reason being that much of the damage occurs in the frontal lobe, which undergoes massive changes from puberty to mid-twenties. The appropriate development of the frontal lobe determines success in every area of life from relationship skills to academic or career success as well as impulse and craving control and an overall sense of well-being.

Other studies have focused on even younger populations and a New Zealand report issued earlier this year showed young Kiwis to be in the ‘extreme’ category of screen use thus leading to a negative relationship with students’ life satisfaction and engagement at school.

No matter what age you are the research is clear on how screen time hampers your sleep in three main ways:

·      Timing – less time is available for sleep as electronic media can lead to a delay in your bedtime. You may stay up past your necessary bedtime to watch the end of your favourite TV episode, reply to your emails, or scroll through your Facebook feed.

·      Content – if engaging in exciting or provocative information (either through TV shows or video games or from reading a negative email) then emotional or hormonal responses (like increased adrenaline or cortisol) can be triggered. This then reduces the ability to fall and or stay asleep.

·      Light emissions – the blue light emitted from electronic devices disrupts the body’s naturally occurring circadian rhythm that is governed by your pineal gland. The pineal gland located deep in the brain responds to the light around you making you either more alert or coordinating the release of melatonin, an important hormone needed for regulating the sleep cycle.

What to do about it:

According to the National Sleep Foundation and the Ministry of Health, the following sleep durations are recommended over a 24-hour period:

Pre-schoolers between three and four years old = 10 – 13 hours

School-aged children between five and thirteen years old = 9 – 11 hours

Teenagers between fourteen and seventeen years old = 8 – 10 hours

Young people between eighteen and twenty-five years old = 7 – 9 hours

Dr Sarah Loughran, a sleep researcher from the University of Wollongong in Australia suggests the following tips for the whole family:

·      Set a ‘bed time’ for your media devices – one to two hours before you intend to go to sleep. Adults should lead by example so that the kids can also get into good habits.

·      Tweak your bedtime routine – replace screen time with calming activities to help you wind down properly. I love taking a bath with a few drops of lavender oil added or reading a book (a real book, not an e-reader!).

·      No media devices in the bedroom – a tough rule but helpful in removing any temptations to check your emails or social networks just before sleep.

·      During the day replace screen time with exercise – outdoor exercise in real light is helpful for regulating your circadian rhythm and can mean the little ones (and adults too) are more tired and ready for bed when evening comes.

·      Limit food and drinks during screen time, especially at night – mindless over-eating and drinking (especially caffeine) may be encouraged when watching or using electronic devices thus over-stimulating the body and leading to hormonal imbalances.

How chiropractic can help:

Chiropractic adjustments lead to a more balanced structure and optimum communication between your brain and your body. This often results in reduction or resolution of your pain but also limits your stress response as your body begins to function more efficiently. A more comfortable body and a good sleep posture results in less tension enabling you to relax more and fall asleep easier.

 

30/09/2017
30 Sep 2017

Osteoarthritis and Chiropractic Care


Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic can be an effective treatment for lumbar spinal pain. No previous study, however, has examined the effectiveness of chiropractic for back pain symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis. This current report set out to do just that, by comparing chiropractic treatment to moist heat treatment. Previous studies have shown that application of heat to the affected area is an effective self-management tool for arthritis symptoms.

The authors of this study recruited 252 patients with osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine; subjects were excluded if they were currently receiving chiropractic care, physical therapy, or were using anti-inflammatory medications.

The patients were divided into two groups: the treatment group received 20 chiropractic treatments with 15 minutes of moist heat; the control group received only the moist heat treatments. The subjects were evaluated for pain levels, activities of daily living, and range of motion.

The study found significant improvements in the patients who were given the chiropractic/moist heat treatments, as illustrated by the following graph that shows average extension of the spine measured at each evaluation point:

Here is a summary of the other findings:

  • Chiropractic was significantly more effective in reducing pain than moist heat alone, even though both treatments reduced pain to some degree.
  • The study examined right and left lateral flexion, average flexion, and average extension. “Chiropractic care plus moist heat is more effective than moist heat alone for improving ROM, as measured by these particular tests.”
  • Chiropractic care was also more effective in improving daily activities, while moist heat alone did not improve activities of daily living.
Author:
Marissa Luck
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01/06/2015
01 Jun 2015

Technology & Children

Ninety-two percent of Australian children aged 5-14 years use information and communication technologies including computers, with increased use correlated with higher age. 87% of boys and 80% of girls regularly participate in electronic screen-based activities.

As a result of this increased usage, Chiropractors are treating more young patients suffering from unhealthy computing behaviours, which can include frequent and long durations of exposure; awkward postures due to inappropriate furniture and workstation layout, and ignoring computer-related discomfort. Many children are already suffering from repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic pain in the hands, back, neck and shoulders.

Emphasis needs to be placed on teaching children how to properly use computer workstations. Poor work habits and computer workstations that don’t fit a child’s body during the developing years can have harmful physical effects that can last a lifetime. Parents need to be just as concerned about their children’s interaction with their computer workstations as they are with any activities that may affect their children’s long-term health. To reduce the possibility of your child suffering painful and possibly disabling injuries, Chiropractors suggest the following tips:

  • If children and adults in your home share the same computer workstation make certain that the workstation can be modified for each user.
  • Position the computer monitor so the top of the screen is at or below the child’s eye level. This can be accomplished by taking the computer off its base or stand, or having the child sit on firm pillows or phone books to reach the desired height.
  • Make sure the chair at the workstation fits the child correctly. An ergonomic back cushion, pillow or a rolled- up towel can be placed in the small of the child’s back for added back support. The chair should have arm supports so that elbows are resting within a 70 to 135 degree angle to the computer keyboard.
  • The child’s knees should be positioned at an approximate 90 to 120 degree angle. To accomplish this angle, feet can be placed on a foot rest, box, stool or similar object.
  • Limit your child’s time at the computer and make sure they take periodic stretch breaks during computing time.
  • Urge your child’s school to provide education on correct computer ergonomics and to install ergonomically correct workstations.

Additionally, postural abnormalities in adolescent years have been recognised as one of the sources of pain syndromes and early arthritis in adulthood. Therefore, posture should be checked and corrected in children before more serious problems can occur.

25/05/2015
25 May 2015

Migraines and Magnesium

A recent study from Iranian researchers found that there might be a link between blood levels of magnesium and migraine headaches.

Researchers looked at 50 migraine patients and 50 healthy subjects with no history of migraine. The migraine patients had average magnesium levels of 1.86 mg/dl, while the healthy subjects had magnesium levels of 2.10 mg/dl.

The researchers didn’t find any variation in magnesium levels in patients during or between headache attacks.

Other research has confirmed a relationship between magnesium serum levels and migraine, and some headache experts recommend magnesium supplementation for migraine sufferers.

Chiropractic has been shown to be an effective treatment for migraines, and your chiropractor can help you choose nutritional supplements and dietary changes that might be beneficial in reducing or eliminating migraines

28/04/2015
28 Apr 2015

Is Seeing a Chiropractor Safe During Pregnancy?

Despite the apparent impact it has on women, many cases of low back pain of pregnancy go unreported to prenatal providers and/or untreated. Unfortunately, many conventional treatments for back pain (like drugs, surgery or steroid injections) aren’t an option during pregnancy.

A study on 17 women with low back pain found that the intensity of the back pain was 5.9 on a 1-10 scale, and the onset of pain occurred about 20 weeks into the pregnancy. For 28% of women, pregnancy was the first time they ever have experienced intense back problems and 75% said they had not suffered from lower back pain prior to pregnancy.

In this study, there was a significant reduction of back pain experienced by the women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy.

This supports other studies showing that chiropractic offers a safe solution for pain while you’re expecting. Another study showed that chiropractic was more effective than standard medical care for alleviating pregnancy-related back pain. In both studies, there were no serious adverse effects of treatment.

Chiropractors use a low-force, gentler style of adjustments when caring for mothers-to-be. Plus, women do not have to worry about the potential impact that painkillers may have on a growing fetus. Instead, chiropractic offers drug-free, natural relief to ensure your pregnancy is as comfortable as possible.

24/04/2015
24 Apr 2015

How to Recover Faster from Low Back Pain: Stay Active!

Low back pain

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Patients who remain active are better off than those who are less active. Researchers evaluated how patients recovered from low back pain in relation to their activity levels. Some patients were advised to “stay active” despite the pain while others were told to adjust their levels of activity based on their pain. Those who remained active ended up recovering more quickly and feeling less depressed. On the other hand, patients who adjusted their activity levels felt more depressed and were less mobile.

Researchers suggest that back pain patients remain active and continue their daily activities when possible. This will likely promote a positive outlook and increase your physical mobility to put you on the path towards recovery. Consult with your chiropractor to learn more about how you can stay active even with back pain.

20/04/2015
20 Apr 2015

Cupping Therapy

About Cupping Therapy: It is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction, as the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin for 10 mins to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage-like effect.
Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials.

Cupping therapy is used to treat:

  1. Muscular pain
  2. Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
  3. Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
  4. Fertility and gynecological disorders
  5. Skin problems such as eczema and acne
  6. High blood pressure (hypertension)
  7. Migraine
  8. Anxiety and depression
  9. Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
  10. Varicose veins
  11. For weight loss and cellulite treatments

Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians.  Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to ‘open’ these channels – the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force).
Supporters also believe that cupping therapy can reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body. And they say it can promote mental and physical relaxation and well-being.

20/03/2015
20 Mar 2015

Is Chiropractic Appropriate for Babies and Children?

Chiropractic for babies and children. Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.

While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine,image skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.

Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.

20/03/2015
20 Mar 2015

The Effects of Texting on Your Neck

On average, how many minutes a day do you think you spend looking down at your phone? Whether you’re spending a lot of time texting or conducting any other business on your phone or not, the impact on your neck after even a few minutes can cause you a tremendous amount of issues.

Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, the Chief of Spine Surgery with New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, has studied this effect and found that the force of having your head tilted forward for long periods of time has damaging results on the cervical area of your spine.

A human head weighs around 5kg. Therefore, when you are standing or sitting with good posture (which is defined as head sitting squarely on your shoulders with your shoulders down and back), there is around 5kg of force straight downward on your cervical spine. If you lean forward just slightly, creating a 15 degree angle in your neck, that amount of pressure more than doubles, increasing to 12kg. In essence, it is like your head now weighs 12kg which would put an extreme amount of pressure on your neck while trying to hold it up. Bend your head forward a little more and it gets even worse. For instance, Dr. Hansraj found that a 30 degree forward tilt raises the pressure to roughly 18kg, and a 45 degree bend means that your neck is trying to deal with just under 22kg of pressure!

Being aware of this fact is the first step to correcting the issue. The second step involves spending less time on your phone, and raising it to eye level when you do need to access it. Of course, regular chiropractic adjustments can help put your neck back in place too, but remember that it is always better and easier to prevent an issue than it is to treat it.