Spinal Health

Back(pack) To School


As you prepare to send your children back to school, we would like to remind you that heavy, poorly fitted and packed backpacks may lead to spinal health problems in children. Spinal health problems in school kids often go unnoticed. However, poor posture, back pain, or ‘growing pains’ need not become an accepted part of everyday life for your child.

When choosing a backpack for your child, choose one that allows for even distribution of weight across the back, otherwise the backpack can place unhealthy stress on a child’s spine. Despite the increased use of technology in schools, schoolchildren still overload their backpacks with textbooks and other gear, or simply do not wear them correctly.

School can be a challenging time for any child, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important for their physical and mental development.

Five simple tips for wearing a backpack:

  • Pack the heaviest items closest to the spine
  • Make sure to do all the zips up
  • Secure the sternum, waist and compression straps
  • Always use both shoulder straps
  • Don’t wear the backpack below the hollow of the lower back

If you have questions about a backpack or want to have Travis check the fit of one your child uses, give us a ring!

Better Balanced Aging


elderly-people-exercisingThe number of people over age 65 has doubled since 1980 and is expected to keep on growing due to the fact that people are living longer.  Because of this, there is a need to focus on keeping the older generation healthy and active.

When you have a loved one who is elderly, comments such as “she had a fall” take on a whole new meaning.  It is no longer an uneventful, clumsy moment from which someone easily recovers.  It can be very serious, even life threatening.  Balance and coordination issues are common among the aging population, with falls accounting for 76% of injury-related hospital admissions in people over age 651.

A newly published study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has shown some significant results regarding falls and the elderly2.  The joint receptors in the cervical spine provide the brain with the information necessary for balance and coordination.  Degenerative changes or injuries (old or new) to the cervical spine can affect how these joint receptors function and the information they send.

The study demonstrated that 12 weeks of chiropractic care in a group of older patients resulted in improvements in their sensory and motor functions.  These functions play an important part in the risk of falling and also in quality of life.   Given that falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions in older adults, this research strongly supports the benefit of regular chiropractic care for older adults.

Getting older doesn’t have to mean living life with limitations.  So many seniors are living longer and more vibrant lives, and including chiropractic care as part of their wellness regime can help them get the most out of their golden years.

  1. AIHW 2012. Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2009-10. Injury research and statistics series no. 69. Cat. no. INJCAT 145. Canberra: AIHW.
  2. Holt, Kelly R. et al. Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care to Improve Sensorimotor Function Associated With Falls Risk in Older People:  A Randomized Control Trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016; 39: 267 – 278