Back to school – How much should I pack my backpack

Back to school – How much should I pack my backpack

BACKPACK 101 It’s your favourite time of year; back to school season! The kids have got all their new pens, pencils, notebooks and art supplies in their new backpack and soon it’ll be filled with new course. Did you know that the average 6th grader’s backpack weighs 18 ½ pounds?! Anyone, young or old, should not regularly carry a backpack that is more than 10%-20% their body weight. Do the math and you might see that your kids are carrying a really heavy load. It is important to be aware of how much they’re carrying and how they’re wearing their backpacks.  Chiropractor Calgary, suggest that improper backpack weight and carry can lead to number of concerns, including postural issues, muscle strain, back & neck pain, headaches Here are a few great tips for finding the right backpack: – Make sure weight is evenly distributed when loading stuff in there – ALWAYS use both shoulder straps – Shoulder straps should fit snugly; you should still be able to slip a hand between the back – Top of the backpack shouldn’t be above the shoulder line – Bottom of the backpack shouldn’t hang below the hips If you’re just super keen and you simply must carry a heavy course load regularly, buy a backpack that has hip supports. By using a hip strap you can lessen the amount of weight strain on your back & shoulders by 50%-70. For those who carry purses, handbags and shoulder bags to work or the office we also suggest you limit the amount of weight you’re carrying. Only carry essentials because carrying a weighty bag on...
2015 Resolutions

2015 Resolutions

2015 Resolutions: Tips On Sticking To Your Guns It’s that time of year again… and no, not the cookie-baking-present-wrapping,-family-get-together time of year. We mean the result of all that pastry indulgence, turkey basting, and routine slipping – resolutions time. We all look to the 2015 year with good intentions and optimism for our New Year’s Resolutions, but how often do we actually stick to them? Less often than you’d like? That’s what we thought. So to help you (and us!) be better prepared for the temptation of resolution abandonment, the Chiropractic Health Tips Team has put together a formula with will help you to stay happy, healthy and committed in the new year. 1. FIND SOMEONE TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE The reason so many of our New Year’s Resolutions get abandoned in the early stages is that we aren’t putting them down on paper, and we aren’t sharing them with anyone –we’re just not accountable! Share your resolutions with a couple trusted companions who aren’t afraid to be honest with you, and call you out when you’re slacking! Be careful to not tell too many people though – doing so can risk impacting the pleasure centers in your brain, making you feel like you’ve already accomplished your goals! And that wouldn’t be very motivating – now would it? 2. S.M.A.R.T. GOALS Creating S.M.A.R.T goals is the secret to the success of any goal, but often we don’t take the time to establish them. There’s no point in saying you want to lose 10 pounds, or spend more time with your family, if you don’t establish goals that are: specific, measurable,...

What’s new at our practice?

We’re really excited to announce a whole new list of services and options available to our patients! NEW SERVICES INCLUDE: Active Release Techniques ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture This treatment takes the traditional form of acupuncture and modifies it using modern day scientific understandings of human physiology and anatomy to activate healing mechanisms and natural pain control pathways.  Insertion of the needle, especially with the concurrent use of electric nerve stimulation to regions of vast innervation, will normalize nerve communication.  This normalization of nerve function will occur at multiple levels of the peripheral and central nervous systems, resulting in better hormonal, visceral, and muscular activity NEW OPTIONS FOR OUR PATIENTS INCLUDE: Direct billing for Alberta Blue Cross and Great West Life We are happy to announce that we now provide the convenience of direct billing for eligible chiropractic claims for Great West Life and Alberta Blue Cross plan members. Once we’ve set up the direct online billing for you, you won’t have to pay out of pocket for your visits: you will simply pay for the portion that your plan doesn’t cover, and we will receive payment directly from your provider. Full Motor Vehicle Accident Support We realize that having been in an accident is stressful and a little unnerving, so our...

How Do You Choose a Chiropractor?

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing a Chiropractor in Alberta  If you were to search for ‘Choosing a Chiropractor’ or ‘Free Report Chiropractor,’ you would find that there are a number of results that will pull up very similar articles regarding those big red flags you should watch out for when selecting a chiropractor. Unfortunately, nearly all of these reports say the same thing: beware of bait & switch tactics, beware of hidden fees, don’t trust a chiropractor that says this or that. This is all fair information that could be applied to any business that offers products and/or services, but there is some information that should – most definitely – have an impact on the chiropractor you choose. What we have done with this report is put together facts about: –          The Standards of Practice all Chiropractors in Alberta must follow –          What to expect from ANY Chiropractor you choose to see –          The different types of Chiropractic Care available and which one may be right for you –          Popular Myths about Chiropractic Care Click here to get your free...