April is National Backpack Safety Month

The month of April has been designated as National Backpack Safety Month by the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, (COCSA).  This organization is an association of other US state backpackschiropractic organizations. This month-long event is designed to help educate parents, children and school officials about the potential dangers of heavy backpacks used by children and the solutions to this problem.  This is the second year for this event.  However, this year a large corporate sponsor has joined in.  Office Depot will be promoting the program directly to school officials across the country. Office Depot, Inc. is one of the world’s largest sellers of stationary supplies to schools.

Dr. Jerry DeGrado, Vice President of COCSA, and Chairperson of the National Backpack Safety Committee, commented on this years events by saying, “This program is going to explode with Office Depot’s support. They give us the all-important ‘foot-in-the-door’ that is so often the most difficult first step with this kind of program. With Office Depot introducing the program to schools and the continued involvement of doctors of chiropractic across the country, the National Backpack Safety Program promises to be bigger than ever in 2003.”

In a February 22, 2003 release, COCSA President, Dr. Kevin Donovan, also added,  “Recent research reports that a majority of today’s students are carrying more than the recommended weight levels and sustaining significant injury that may last a lifetime. It is imperative that doctors of chiropractic become involved with this growing epidemic. I am very excited that the chiropractic community has taken a leadership position and created national focus on the issue of backpack injury.”

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ADHD Helped With Chiropractic, A Case Study

In the October 2004 issue of the peer-reviewed research publication, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), comes a case study of a child with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), who was helped with chiropractic.

The case was of a 5 year old boy who had been diagnosed with ADHD at age 2. The child’s pediatrician prescribed methylphenidate (Ritalin), Adderall, and Haldol for the next 3 years. The combination of drugs was unsuccessful in helping the child.

At age 5 the child was brought to a chiropractor to see if chiropractic care would help. The history taken at that time noted that during the child’s birth, there were complications during his delivery process. The results of this trauma and complications resulted in a 4-day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. The child’s mother reported no other incidence of trauma.

The chiropractic examination and x-rays showed noticeable spinal distortion including a reversal of the normal neck curve indicative of subluxations. Chiropractic care was begun and the child’s progress was monitored.

According to his mother, positive changes in her son’s general behavior were noticed around the twelfth visit. By the 27th visit the patient had experienced considerable improvement.

The child was brought by the mother to the medical doctor for a follow up visit and questioned the usage of the Ritalin. The medical doctor reviewed and examined the child and based on that assessment and his clinical experience, the MD felt that the young boy was no longer exhibiting symptoms associated with ADHD.

Do You Have A Stiff Neck?

First Learn about stiff necks!

A stiff neck, fatigue substances such as lactic acid accumulate in the muscles, shoulder muscles stiffness, of Arc, I say that the symptoms that heavy feel. Cause of stiff neck, the poor posture, lack of exercise, stress, cold, menopause, are considered and visceral disease. In particular, it is said to be prone to stiff neck when has continued for a long time the same posture, such as desk work.
To eliminate the stiff neck is, or loosen the muscle massage and acupressure, which has become stiff, it is effective to go stretch the muscle stretch.