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Stay Pain-Free this Fall Season!
Written by Valerie Smith   

 Yes, we're still experiencing 90-degree days, but before you know it, it will be time for some crisp fall weather! But while Fall brings some heat relief, it also brings a whole slew of new activities that can lead to musculoskeletal pain: apple picking, leaf raking, hiking, maybe even an impromptu football game ...the list goes on!

Here are some helpful tips on how to stay safe and pain-free this Fall season:

  • Take a break from repetitive activities. For example, if you set aside an afternoon to rake your yard, be sure to stop every 30 minutes and stretch your arm, shoulder and back muscles. Consistently doing the same motion for an extended period of time can lead to soreness, pain or even actual injury. 
  • Stretch before any strenuous activity. As mentioned above, take some time to stretch during activities ... but also be sure you're warmed up before any major action, like going for a hike.
  • Make physical activity a priority. The phrase "use it or lose it!" applies to your physical fitness! With the weather cooling off, there is no excuse to head outdoors and get active.
  • Keep eating healthy. As the weather gets cooler, it is tempting to nosh on comfort foods. Plenty of communities also host fall festivals and fairs, which have their own nutritional pitfalls. While funnel cake is delicious, remember to keep it as the occasional treat and not make it a mainstay of your fall plate. You'll feel much better by sticking to leafy greens, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins!
  • See a chiropractor! A chiropractor will keep you perfectly aligned so you can enjoy the most out of the upcoming season. Find a GCA chiropractor near you to schedule your appointment today.

Let us know in the comments what Fall activity you're most excited about!

 
Practice Backpack Safety this School Year!
Written by Valerie Smith   

 The office supply store aisles are filled to the brim with special deals, and Georgia's tax-free weekend is THIS weekend, July 30-31. Those signs can only mean that the new school year is just around the corner! While everyone prepares for a successful school year, parents and students alike should also read up on backpack safety.

The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips to ensure students can carry their notes and books around without causing musculoskeletal pain:

  • Make sure your backpack is no more than 5-10 percent of how much you weigh.
  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded straps.
  • Choose a compartmentalized backpack so you can distribute weight more evenly (as opposed to dumping everything into one section).
  • Adjust the straps so the backpack hangs correctly. A backpack should not be lower than four inches below your waistline.

For more tips, visit http://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Backpack-Safety.

Be sure to visit a GCA-member chiropractor so they can check your alignment! The Georgia Chiropractic Association wishes everyone a safe and pain-free 2016-17 school year.

 
Chiropractic Conservative Approach for Pain Management
Written by Valerie Smith   

 With an opioid epidemic sweeping the country, including Georgia, chiropractors across the state are standing up to offer the conservative approach for pain management.

“I think the recent passing of the musician Prince has really opened the public’s eyes to the dangers of opioid use,” said Dr. Edwin Davis, president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. “Even before then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention passed down new guidelines on prescribing pain medication. It’s a rapidly growing problem.

“Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, conservative approach for pain relief,” Davis continued. “More than 1,200 Georgians died from an opioid overdose in 2014. This is a crisis, and at the end of the day it’s about real people seeking relief from pain.”

Multiple studies have shown chiropractic as an effective solution for musculoskeletal pain, particularly lower-back pain. An estimated 80 percent of Americans are expected to suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, with an estimated cost of $100 billion annually in lost productivity and for the health care system.

“Chiropractors are the practical approach to pain management and relief,” Davis said. “There are certain situations where prescription medication and surgical intervention are necessary. However, there are many situations where those solutions are extreme and could be avoided if the correct care is provided.”

 
Visit a Chiropractor during Scoliosis Awareness Month!
Written by Valerie Smith   

 With June being Scoliosis Awareness Month, the Georgia Chiropractic Association wants all Georgians to know doctors of chiropractic are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat scoliosis.

 

“Scoliosis can range from minor, acute, short-term cases to more long-term, painful situations,” said Dr. Edwin Davis, D.C., president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. “Chiropractors work with the spine all day, every day. A chiropractor can accurately assess the condition and provide a treatment plan for the most beneficial outcome.”

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, causing the upper back to become rounded. According to information from spine-health.com, scoliosis affects around 2-3 percent of the American population, and is usually diagnosed as children begin going through puberty, from ages 10 to 15.

In a 2011 study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, adult scoliosis patients reported improvement in their condition after six months of chiropractic treatment, as well as in a follow-up report two years following the initial treatment.

 “If you suspect you or a loved one may have scoliosis, I urge you to visit with a GCA-member chiropractor,” Davis said. “We will be able to assist you from initial pain management to achieving full and complete recovery.”

Georgians can find a GCA chiropractor near them by visiting findgeorgiachiropractors.com.

 
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