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Chi­ro­prac­tors to speak on im­por­tance of spinal health

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

TO­TAL Life­style Chi­ro­prac­tic chief ex­ec­u­tive, chi­ro­prac­tor and re­searcher Dr An­gela Todd has spent the past six years study­ing and pub­lish­ing pa­pers on chi­ro­prac­tic care as it re­lates to chil­dren.

As part of Spinal Health Week 2017 from May 22–28, she is rais­ing aware­ness of the ef­fect of spinal dys­func­tion in chil­dren and ado­les­cents and how this may be as­so­ci­ated with longer term or chronic dis­com­fort in adult­hood.

Dr Todd has drawn con­clu­sions from her work of the past sev­eral years, based on var­i­ous stud­ies.

A 2013 study pub­lished in the jour­nal of BMC Pae­di­atrics dis­cussed how low back dis­com­fort was com­mon in chil­dren and ado­les­cents and the au­thors of the paper re­ported it was be­com­ing a pub­lic health con­cern.

While ear­lier this year, a three-year Dan­ish study of more than 1000 chil­dren aged be­tween eight and 15 years of age con­cluded that while most of the chil­dren had only one episode of spinal dis­com­fort last­ing for up to a week, at least one quar­ter of the whole group had dis­com­fort last­ing longer than four to five weeks, and up to four episodes a year.

The au­thors of this paper also dis­cussed the po­ten­tial health prob­lems in re­la­tion to the use of painkiller med­i­ca­tion in chil­dren with long-term prob­lems and how other au­thors had also found an as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween low back dys­func­tion in ado­les­cence and low back dys­func­tion into adult­hood.

Chi­ro­prac­tors are suit­ably placed to check the func­tion of your child’s spine and as they grow and de­velop through­out life.

Chi­ro­prac­tors un­der­take a five-year univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion and, as reg­is­tered health pro­fes­sion­als, use a va­ri­ety of age-ap­pro­pri­ate spinal cor­rec­tions, give ad­vice on ex­er­cise, nutri­tion and life­style changes and, where needed, will re­fer you to other health­care providers to as­sist with your care.

Spinal Health Week serves as a re­minder to us all that as well as look­ing af­ter our teeth through­out our life, we also need to look af­ter our spine.

Our spine houses and pro­tects a crit­i­cal part of our ner­vous sys­tem, the sys­tem that con­trols the func­tion of every or­gan, tis­sue and cell in our bod­ies. It makes sense to have our spines func­tion­ing as well as pos­si­ble.

TLC Chi­ro­prac­tors in Air­lie Beach and Proser­pine are com­ing to­gether dur­ing Spinal Health Week to of­fer a com­pli­men­tary pub­lic health talk on the im­por­tance of spinal health and will of­fer on-the-spot spinal health checks to as­sess the gen­eral health of your spine and de­ter­mine if you might ben­e­fit from chi­ro­prac­tic care.

Join them on Satur­day, June 3, at 12.30pm at TLC Air­lie Beach on Begley St for a com­pli­men­tary lunch with a pre­sen­ta­tion to fol­low at 1pm.

Phone 4946 7111 to re­serve your seat today. Spa­ces are lim­ited.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

IN SHAPE: Chi­ro­prac­tors Dr Adrian Knight DC, Dr Brett Smith DC and Dr Justin Portelli of­fer high-qual­ity ser­vice to all their pa­tients.

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