Children’s Posture: What’s the Big Deal?

childrens postureChildren’s posture is a big deal. Poor posture is not just an aesthetic issue, it has far reaching effects on overall health.

Poor posture is energy expensive. Muscles work harder than they should, joints get stressed in ways they are not designed to handle, your ability to move well is compromised, breathing changes, balance is affected and your nervous system doesn’t work the way it should.

Pictures like this are so common they are now the norm in our practice rather than the exception!

Children’s posture develops in step with the lives that they lead.

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Plagiocephaly: What to do if your Child has a Flat Head

Most people would have noticed a child or baby with a flat spot on their head.

Either in the centre at the back, or off to the side causing a ‘wonky’ or ‘flat head’.  Medically known as Plagiocephaly (‘plagio’ = oblique or slanting & ‘ceph…’ = in reference to the head)

Majority of the time parents worry about the aesthetics of this issue only. Granted it’s a big concern. Often not realised is the fact that plagiocephaly can frequently coincide with a delay in a child’s development. This is when a parent often becomes more concerned. Read more

Children’s Chiropractic: The Reasons we see Children in Practice

Children’s chiropractic is commonly sought for postural check ups and back or neck pain. As well as;

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  • Poor posture
  • Decreased coordination and balance ability
  • Torticollis – ‘wry’ neck
  • Scoliosis – sideways spinal curves
  • Joint sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Spinal pain
  • Headaches 1-3

As chiropractors we primarily focus on the neuromusculoskeletal system (muscles, bones and nerves). Having said that we recognise the effect our treatment has on the child’s whole body and expression of well-being.  Because of this parents often notice improvement in seemingly unrelated areas and with other health concerns. 2,3

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Scoliosis: Why Chiropractic should be your Treatment of Choice

Scoliosis is a condition of the spine, where normal vertical alignment is lost to varying degrees and replaced with side to side curvatures. Standard screening for scoliosis tends to only be sensitive for those children & adolescents who have severe and disabling lateral curves to the spine. Most often, mild to moderate cases may go […]

Scheuermann’s Disease: Case study by Dr Andrew Richards

will carr-F1Scheuermann’s disease is less of a disease as such and more of a disorder. One feature is that the vertebra of the thoracic spine are misshaped in the form of a wedge creating an excessive rounding in the upper back. As with any disorder cases range from mild to moderate to severe and it is the more mild to moderate cases that often go undiagnosed and mismanaged. Ironically it is these milder cases that are most responsive to conservative chiropractic intervention.

People with Scheuermann’s disease classically present with poor posture, the result of an excessive rounding of the mid-back and shoulders causing the head to poke forwards and the lower back to hyper-extend. As a result of this postural distortion a whole range of other injuries, stresses and strains can occur. Most commonly people complain of neck, shoulder and lower back pain. Shoulder and low back injuries are very common amongst the more athletic sufferers.

The mistakes I have encountered in managing Scheuermann’s disease are 2 fold:

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Chiropractic for Flat Head Syndrome

Flat Head Syndrome or plagiocephaly is the distortion and flattening of one side of the skull, leading to an asymmetrical skull shape. A continual misshapen head or plagiocephaly is not just a cosmetic issue 5. There are many related conditions in the research for plagiocephaly, including: Developmental delays in movement and motor coordination 6-8 Developmental […]

Chiropractic for Back Pain: When is it the right time?

Don't Blame the Tee

Chiropractic for back pain is a great place to start. Having said that, chiropractic when you don’t have back pain is even better. By the time you have back pain it has already gone too far.

Imagine a golf tee, a small piece of wood barely weighing a gram. But when you bent to pick it up after finishing the last hole, it may as well have been a 300kg barbell. You felt your back pop and now the searing spasm is setting in. How could such a little thing cause such a big problem? Read more

Chiropractic for Active Children

When most people think of injury, the first thought is trauma such as an ankle sprain, head knock, broken leg e.t.c. Injuries can also be less traumatic in nature such as hours spent on a computer, tablet or in front of a TV! Chronic postural stress and strain is just like any other injury that left uncorrected has life long consequences. Read more

Chiropractic for Children with Back Pain

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The prevalence of children and adolescents with back pain is growing, and while the exact reason is not always clear one major issue seems to be relatively constant – poor posture.

There are many stressors from school furniture and heavy backpacks to strenuous physical activity or lack thereof and the increased use of computers and tablets. The Western lifestyle along with increased time spent sedentary means that at the most crucial time in a child’s development the spine is exposed to unnatural stress and strain for prolonged periods of time. Read more

Shockwave for Shin Splints

shockwave for shin splintsShockwave treatment is quickly becoming the treatment of choice for chronic tendinopathies such as those involving the shoulder, elbow and foot. We are now seeing evidence that shockwave therapy has useful applications in the treatment of shin splints. Research conducted by Phillip Newman at the University of Canberra was recently reported on in the Sydney Morning Herald about this very application.  Read more