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Happy Fall!

We hope you're enjoying the warm days and cool nights as we are. As we approach the exciting and busy holiday season, we hope you'll continue to take time to take good care of yourself (and your family).

We would like to extend a warm welcome to new patients as well as to thank those of you who have referred others to our practice. Your continued referrals are greatly appreciated. Sharing the benefits of chiropractic with someone in pain or dealing with some other illness or disorder, chronic or acute, is a real gift. It is a great honor for us to be able to help you, your family and friends restore your health and stay on a path to a healthy life.   Again, thank you so much!

Below are two articles written by Dr. Newbold and Dr. Bolton. The first is about how to check your kids for scoliosis and the second is about how you can stretch, strengthen, and increase mobility between your spinal joints. We also need your input for a quick survey below. If you have any questions regarding any of the information on scoliosis or the exercises described, please feel free to email us or ask us about it on your next visit.

Wishing you health,

Dr. Nancy Newbold
Dr. Angela Bolton
Susan Peterson, CMT
Jeanne Vargas, CMT
Beverly Hawkes, Office Manager


Checking your kids for scoliosis

Most adult spinal problems can be traced back to childhood spinal problems. Many of these problems could have been avoided or at least controlled with early detection and treatment. Scoliosis is one of the more serious spinal problems we confront.   

Scoliosis is simply a side-ways (lateral) curve of the spine.  It can be acquired or it can be inherited. There are several types of scoliosis but for this article I will discuss only the most common types.   

Infantile idiopathic scoliosis usually occurs between birth and 3 years of age. Generally it is noticed in the first year of life. The majority of these curves are thought to be a result of molding in the uterus during gestation. Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis occurs between ages 4 and 10, usually found around 6 years old.   

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is by far the most common. The first sign of this type is usually observed by parents, or a school screening, when a hump is noticed on the child's back, one shoulder is lower than the other, his/her clothes hang uneven, or one pant leg appears longer than the other. By the time the hump is noticed the spine has already rotated to the side causing the ribs to be pushed posterior giving it the "hump" look.

This type is nine times as prevalent in girls than boys. Eighty percent of these are of unknown etiology. In adolescence the growth plates are still incomplete so the scoliosis is considered a potential progressive disorder. Early intervention can correct most of them or prevent them from progressing further while children are still in the growing years.   

Here are a few simple tests you can do at home to detect spinal problems. Have the child stand up straight in front of you with his/her back exposed. Compare the shoulder height. Is one higher than the other? Place your hands on their hips. Are they even? Check the curve at their waist. Is one side flatter or curvier than the other side? Have him/her bend forward toward their feet.  Look and see if one side of the spine is higher than the other. Also notice your child's shoes. If one shoe wears out long before the other a spinal problem could be the cause.

Should you discover signs of imbalance, schedule your child for a chiropractic exam. Our years of college training make us specialists in dealing with the spine. Through treatment and exercises we can help your child heal from this progressive disorder.

 

How to stretch, stengthen and increase mobility between your spinal joints
In addition to spinal adjustments, pelvic tilting and bridging are two ways to improve the health of your spine. The following exercises help to both stretch and strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen. As you do both these exercises you must first contract your deep abdominal muscle called the Transverse Abdominus, also know as the TA.


Contracting Transverse Abdominus Muscle (T.A.):
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the ground
  • Inhale
  • Exhale as you bring lower abdomen (T.A.) to the spine. Imagine you are trying to make your belly button touch your spine.
  • Keep your abdomen flat while breathing in and out through the ribs.
  • You can place your hands on your ribs to see if they are expanding and contracting as you inhale and exhale.
  • Do 6 times

Pelvic Tilting:
This exercise takes the lumbar spine through flexion and extension.

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the ground
  • Inhale as you tilt your pelvis so that the tail bone touches the mat (there will be a small space between your low back and the ground)
  • Exhale as you contract T.A. and tilt your pelvis so that your low back is flat on the ground
  • Do 6 times

Bridging:

  • Begin with a pelvic tilt as you inhale
  • Exhale as your back flattens on the mat, slowly allow your hips, then low back, then ribs up off the mat
  • At the top of the bridge only your shoulder blades, head, and feet will be touching the ground.
  • Inhale at the top (with your hips raised) and then exhale as you slowly allow your spinal segments to touch the ground, one by one, beginning in your mid back down to your tailbone.
  • Do 6 times

Consistent practice of these exercises helps to increase the strength of your spinal muscles and stretch the muscles and ligaments at the same time.

If you have any questions about these exercises, please schedule an appointment at Newbold Chiropractic with either Dr. Bolton or Dr. Newbold. Other places that really delve into these exercises are Pilates-on-the-Coast (726-7200), Pilates-in-Montara (728-1707), and Dr. Bolton's 1-1 personal training sessions at Coastal Lifestyles (740-0068).

 

Survey
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