By 15 years of age, the percentage of children experiencing back pain is approximately 50%-70%, which approaches adult rates of 70-80% (1).
Most school children experience some sort of neck or back pain. Studies have shown there is a significant association between the weight of the backpack the child uses and the likelihood of reporting back pain (1).
In a study of 640 school children with back pain, the authors collected data for 25 years. They showed an 84% lifetime prevalence of continued back pain as an adult. Therefore, it is extremely important to do as much as you can to deal with the issue causing the back pain for your children now!
Here is our 5 tips to help prevent back pain in your children this year
These tips will go a long way to help your child spinal health now and in the future.
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With many of us entering back to work from a great Christmas and New Year period, the sudden spike back in the daily grind of work can see a spike in our bodies physical stress levels. So where does Chiropractic fit in with this.?
With everyday stress from a physical, chemical and emotional exposure stand point, knowing how to manage, reduce or maintain healthy stress levels is becoming increasingly important. This is especially true with its link to long-term health having been described today by some doctors as the RSI of the brain.
Getting adjusted with spinal therapy either manipulative or mobilisation is one supporting way amongst a well balanced package of many, which has been linked to helping manage our autonomic nervous system. While it has also been linked to our brain and bodies ability to deal with stress (Rechberger, Biberschick and Porthun, 2019), and also has a potential link to lowering our salivary cortisol (stress hormone) post adjustment (Tuchin, 1998), more research is needed in this area.
So coming in to the new year if there is a few niggles from the added physical stress levels coming off of a well earnt break or busy Christmas check in with our team and see how we as a team can support you at Sprouting Health.
Rechberger, V., Biberschick, M. and Porthun, J., 2019. Effectiveness of an osteopathic treatment on the autonomic nervous system: a systematic review of the literature. European Journal of Medical Research, 24(1).
Tuchin, P.J., 1998. The effect of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy on salivary cortisol levels. Australasian Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 7(2), p.86.
There is some evidence that high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) controlled vertebral thrusts have the potential to influence immune mediators. However, the mechanisms of the link between chiropractic adjustments and neuroimmune function is unclear.
A recent study completed April 2021 included Twenty-three published papers which explored the impact of chiropractic adjustments on neuroimmune markers, of which eighteen found a significant effect. These basic science studies show that adjustments influence the levels of immune mediators in the body, including neuropeptides, inflammatory markers, and endocrine markers.
This narrative review discusses the mechanisms of adjustments on immune markers are most likely due to the known changes in proprioceptive processing that occur within the central nervous system (CNS), in particular within the prefrontal cortex, following a chiropractic adjustment. The prefrontal cortex is involved in the regulation of the autonomic nervous system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (our stress response) and the immune system.
There is also substantial evidence supporting the close link between the hormonal system and the immune system which is vital for the body’s ability to protect itself and includes a variety of immune mediators. Stress indues sympathetic nervous system activity which also alters muscle activation patterns which then can cause dysfunctional vertebral motor control.
There are biologically plausible direct and indirect mechanisms that link adjustments to the immune system, suggesting they have the potential to modulate immune function. However, further research is needed to explore the clinical impact of chiropractic adjustments on immune function and possible benefits.
1. Haavik H, Niazi IK, Kumari N, Amjad I, Duehr J, Holt K. The Potential Mechanisms of High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude, Controlled Vertebral Thrusts on Neuroimmune Function: A Narrative Review. Medicina (Kaunas). 2021;57(6).
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