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Backpacks, Your Kids, and Their Posture

Date: September 22, 2017 | Time: 7:47am

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It's alarming how much stuff your kid can cram into a backpack. Studies have shown that the average 6th grader is toting 18 pounds worth of books, homework, and other items all day long, five days a week. High schoolers are strapping on around 50 pounds as they walk from class to class. It's no wonder that when they come home, they feel exhausted and complain of pain in their neck, lower back, and shoulders. Sadly, this reality won't change due to the workload and textbooks that students face every week.

How to Use a Backpack

In order to alleviate the physical struggles associated with backpacks, you'll need to train your child to use them correctly. Doing so can ease the discomfort in almost every part of his or her body. You'll need to start by encouraging your child to use both straps around the back. Although carrying it with one strap over the shoulder is more 'socially acceptable' at school, it's also the leading cause of all the problems. The one-strap approach puts all the weight on one side of the body and hinders the ability to use upright posture.

Using the Upright Position

It is common to see students leaning forward when carrying backpacks. This is especially true if they're walking up an incline or getting on the bus. The reason they lean forward is because they are trying to compensate for the tremendous weight on their backs. This position does more harm than good. Proper alignment of the back is essential for all the muscles to support a student's upper frame at a young age.

Proper Body Alignment Tips

In addition to walking in a straightforward position, here are some other suggestions that we have for carrying, loading, and unloading backpacks.

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Date: September 15, 2017 | Time: 7:52am

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SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION

Date: September 8, 2017 | Time: 10:26am

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DEHYDRATION is the imbalance of fluid intake and outgo from your body. If you are not drinking enough fluids to keep up with the losses, you dehydrate. There are other organic causes of dehydration, such as illness, fever, diarrhea, vomiting. Even simply sweating profusely can cause it.

Most of us don't drink enough water on a daily basis. Thus living our lives on the edge of this condition most of the time.

Here are the most common symptoms, in no order of importance or occurrence. You could experience any or all of these symptoms

1. THIRST: studies show that by the time we experience thirst, our bodies are already a quart low. Water is a huge component of our bodies and our cells are happiest when fully hydrated. This can range from mild dry mouth to extreme thirst.

2. FATIGUE: Often described as hitting the wall, this sudden onset of fatigue is clearly noticeable. If you find that you are experiencing this often, try to increase your daily water intake to keep your body more hydrated and avoid getting into the mild dehydration cycle.

3. MUSCLE CRAMPS: Without water, the processes of the body struggle. Muscles don't move easily, and they may cramp. Drink water as the first line of defense.

4. DIZZINESS, LIGHT-HEADEDNESS, AND CONFUSION: Water is key in the cell communication of the body. Nerve impulses called synapses are little electrical shocks which travel to the brain. If the body is low on water, these impulses can't travel smoothly, and you may exhibit these symptoms. Stop immediately and take in some water. Continue to drink regularly through the day to get your hydration levels back up.

5. DRY SKIN: When your body has no extra fluids to spare, it shuts down the perspiration process. If you are in a situation where you have been sweating and suddenly notice you aren't, start putting water back in immediately.

6. RACING HEARTBEAT: When you dehydrate, the body pulls fluids from everywhere that it can, including your blood. Thicker blood is harder to pump, so the heart will work harder. If you seem to feel your pulse pounding, get a big glass of water right away and continue to drink for several hours.

The doctors tell us that you need an ounce of water daily for every two pounds of body weight. A 200-pound man or woman needs 100 ounces of water a day just to keep the body hydrated. Other sources simply determine that 64 ounces daily is the minimum necessary for the body's operation.

There are many ways to remember to get your water intake up. One of the easiest is "water out, water in". Every time you make a restroom stop, make it a point to put water back in your body.

Another reminder is to drink two glasses of water before each meal. Not only will you eat less, but you will have gotten six of the minimum eight necessary glasses simply by drinking before meals.

Take water in your vehicle. While driving, it is easy to sip your fluids. You can get two 20-ounce bottles daily on the drive to and from work.

Do what works for you. Find a way to remember to drink, and then watch your body flourish with adequate water. You may be amazed at the difference.

If you want to improve your overall health and lessen your pain year-round, give us a call to discuss your options at (251) 990-8388. We are conveniently located at 8335 Gayfer Road Ext Ste F, in Fairhope, Alabama. Visit us on our website www.myfairhopechiropractor.com or connect with us on Facebook!

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Date: September 7, 2017 | Time: 3:01pm

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7 SIGNALS YOUR BODY GIVES YOU WHEN IT IS UNDER TOO MUCH STRESS

Date: August 18, 2017 | Time: 11:03am

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Your body is a temple, an instrument, a finely tuned machine...we've heard them all but still manage to treat metaphors as just that-something without any actual bearing on our lives. But the truth of the matter is, our body is the greatest thing we own and should be taken care of as such. We think since it's our body that it's not independent from our mind and therefore we will know how to treat it, but this is not always the case. Often times our body knows what it needs before our mind does and it will send us signs. The key is learning to recognize them. Here are seven signals your body gives you when it is under too much stress from Bayside Chiropractic:


1. Headache

This is often the first sign your body will send. A headache can stem from several things so we learn to take some pain medicine and ignore them. Don't disregard the signs! This is your body trying to tell you to slow down or remove yourself from a situation that is causing stress. Sometimes it's certain people; sometimes it's a smell or atmosphere. Sometimes it's simply because you haven't received enough sleep. Whatever the case, heed a headache and change your situation to remove the stress.

2. Frustrated/Short tempered

It's the most common response when you snap at someone; "I'm just under a lot of stress right now." Don't let it just be an excuse, let it be a warning. When you're under stress it can cause a short fuse because your body isn't equipped to deal with that many things at once. It's forcing you to slow down and deal with one issue at a time. Pay attention and give yourself tasks in manageable bites. It will cause your stress level to go down and the happiness of those around you to go up.

3. Anxiety

When your stress level goes up so does your blood pressure. This causes anxiety. You become paranoid, sometimes at others, but often with yourself. Anxiety can build up and eventually cause shortness of breath, blackouts, or other serious ailments. Don't let one kernel of stress spiral out of control. If you find yourself getting anxious, listen to your body. It's telling your mind to slow down and take a break.

4. Restlessness

This is where we see the biggest effects of stress, not being able to sleep and relax. Your body needs to rest. You can't carry around your phone 24/7 without stopping to let it charge every now and then. The same concept applies to your body and a good night's sleep or a catnap can give it the boost it needs. Stress wants to keep you up, occupying your thoughts. Giving yourself one good night of sleep can help reset your mind and body and keeps your stress level down. Find some all-natural melatonin and hit the hay.

5. Hormonal Attacks

Women experience this side effect most often. Stress knocks your hormones out of whack, which can send your whole body into a downward twist. When this happens it ironically can raise your stress level sending you into a never-ending cycle that it's hard to break from. If you notice your hormones fritzing, try to give yourself a distraction. A weekend off and away from day-to-day life can be just what you need to let your body catch up to itself.

6. Dizziness

If you find yourself getting dizzy, your body is trying to tell you it can't keep up anymore. The stress you've put it under has taken its toll and it needs to stop. Dizziness can lead to passing out so don't let it go any farther. The first time you get a little fuzzy and woozy, give your body a break while you find a way to deal with the stress that got you in that place to begin with.

7. Muscle Aches

This is your body literally telling you to stop. Muscle aches are a physical result of stress affecting your body's chemical balance. When you notice your arms and legs starting to ache, give yourself a break. This usually comes after the above signs have already been sent so it's the last line of defense your body knows to abide by, don't let it go any further.

Your body needs your help to stay healthy. Take these seven signals your body gives you when it is under too much stress from Bayside Chiropractic and heed them well for a better, healthier, and happier life.

If you want to improve your overall health and lessen your pain year-round, give us a call to discuss your options at (251) 990-8388. We are conveniently located at 8335 Gayfer Road Ext Ste. F, in Fairhope, Alabama. Visit us on our website www.myfairhopechiropractor.com or connect with us on Facebook!

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Date: August 9, 2017 | Time: 6:08am

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TIPS TO HELP WITH YOUR POSTURE FROM BAYSIDE CHIROPRACTIC

Date: August 4, 2017 | Time: 8:09am

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When you are out walking amongst the crowds, do you take notice of other people's posture as you pass? Probably not, unless it is an extreme case. However, if you were to start watching, you can probably guess what someone will look like in ten years.

What do you want to look like a decade from now? When you look in the mirror, do you see someone who is standing tall and straight? Or are you concerned that you might end up the little short bent over person? Is there anything that you can do now, to help guide you in the right direction? Sure, there is!

When seated for long periods, be sure that the chair you are sitting in is correctly fitted and adjusted to help maintain good posture. Keep your back straight, bend your knees, and keep your head aligned over your body. Imagine that you are a marionette puppet, and everything is pulled upward by a string tied to the puppet master's hands. You will be amazed how easily this thought will translate to better posture.

When standing, balance the weight between your two feet, and stand straight. No leaning. Move as you can to avoid standing still for long periods. You may have to take the time and make an effort to change positions. If you wonder how well you are standing, try the old modeling trick for great posture, and balance a book on your head for a while. You may be surprised how much attention you have to pay to your posture.

When lying down, there are several positions which may be comfortable. However, resting on one's stomach is the least desirable of them. This position stresses the lower back, neck, and sometimes the arms. Try to rest on your back if at all possible. If you simply can't go to sleep, then a side position may be your best answer. A pillow between your knees may be helpful, and if you have large hips and a small waist, try a pillow under your waist as well to help align the spine. Be sure your pillow is supportive. If you are punching your pillow all night, it is probably time for a new one.

If you are experiencing pain when you try to stand or sit straight, it may be that you need to focus on strengthening your frame. Those muscles may be lax due to poor posture, and you will have to build them back up again. Muscle memory is a tremendous asset and your body will adjust in as little as a few days.

Chiropractic adjustments may be helpful. They present the foundation for aligning your spine and other bones into the correct position with gentle force. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment to come in and see us to feel the difference and get the guidance you are seeking.

We want you to see a healthy, upright person in the mirror. Aging is the enemy, but we don't have to give in. There are many beautiful, vibrant, older people with amazing posture. Now is the time to start building those habits and muscles to carry YOU into your later years in style.

If you want to improve your overall health and lessen your pain year-round, give us a call to discuss your options at (251) 990-8388. We are conveniently located at 8335 Gayfer Road Ext Ste F, in Fairhope, Alabama. Visit us on our website www.myfairhopechiropractor.com or connect with us on Facebook!

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Date: July 28, 2017 | Time: 4:11am

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