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BACKPACKS, YOUR KIDS, AND THEIR POSTURE

Date: September 22, 2017 | Time: 7:59am

School has started, and once again, the drive to work is filled with children walking to the local schools. From very young children to older high-schoolers, they parade by, giving the crossing monitors something to do.

As they parade by, there are some who are walking quickly, with head held high and back straight. Others seem to be struggling, and are bent under the load of their studies. Some have bookbags sitting high on the back while others seem to wear theirs over their buttocks, as low as the straps will carry them.

BE OBSERVANT: When your children leave in the morning, they may be standing straight, but you would be surprised what the weight of those packs does to them by the time they walk to school. In fact, when they get home from school, observe their posture and see what it looks like after they walked home. If they are bent, or hunched; if the head is leading the body; if they seem to struggle to get in the door and can't wait to lose the pack, then they probably are not wearing it correctly or have it overloaded.

SEEK HELP: While reported numbers vary greatly, what is consistent is that there are thousands of children scheduling doctor visits yearly related to backpacks. Muscular and skeletal pain are becoming commonplace. Exercises to strengthen the core and adjustments to gently guide the spine back into alignment could be helpful.

BE PRO-ACTIVE: Since prevention is the best medicine, let's review a few suggestions regarding proper use and fit. The backpack should fit close to the body. If your child has loosened the straps, and the pack is sitting low on the back, ask them to adjust the straps for a close fit. While it isn't as easy to throw on, it is much easier to carry.

SET LIMITS: The weight of the bag should never be more than ten to fifteen percent of the child's weight. A child weighing 150 pounds should be limited to 15-23 pounds of weight. More than that, and the spine is being thrown out of alignment. Remind them that they don't have to put every item that goes to school into those packs. They may want to carry something in hand to help keep their back healthier and less fatigued.

Pack the heaviest items closest to the back of the bag and use the pockets to distribute the weight as evenly as possible.

When you select a backpack, find one with nice padded straps. A chest strap is a great idea to help balance the load and the pack should not be longer than the child's back. A waist strap also makes the load easier to carry.

CARE FOR THEIR BACKS: If your children have the correct backpacks and wearing them properly, then the next step is to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor to check for any posture issues either caused or aggravated by their knapsack.


Visit Sonnier Chiropractic Clinic in Baton Rouge and Zachary. We provide a wide range of wellness services including chiropractic, weight loss, as well as other wellness services and products. Call us today at 225-766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at (225) 658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!



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4 Signs of Dehydration

Date: September 7, 2017 | Time: 2:11pm

Water is essential to your survival. Although this is common knowledge, it is often forgotten or ignored. Thus, you may suffer short or long-term consequences as a result of insufficient water intake . Whether you are young, middle-aged or old, you must always be aware of your need to be hydrated. Medical experts recommend that we drink 64 ounces (8 glasses of 8 ounces) of water every day. Many of us, however, fail to do that. We may not even keep track of what beverages we consume or how much water we have been drinking in any given day.

Water is Still the Best Option for Your Body

It is important to know which choices are available for hydrating your body. In general, water and water-based drinks are optimal for your wellness. For instance, you can drink water straight from the tap or you can choose to invest in filtered or bottled water. Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, artificial juice drinks are delicious alternatives to water, but will not give you the nutrients or hydration your body requires. Many of these drinks have a high sugar content and can actually drain your body of moisture rather than add to it. Before you pick up a soda or an orange juice, check the contents to see how much sugar has been added.

How do You Know if You are Dehydrated?

Dehydration affects us in whatever life stage we are in. Whether we are young and playing sports, adults engrossed in our careers and parenting, or in the sunset of our lives, we need to be reminded of our basic need to remain hydrated in a healthy, active state. Our bodies have ways of letting us know when we need to stop and drink water. There are 4 basic symptoms we should watch for.

Stiffness in the Bones or Joints. Lack of proper water supply can affect your entire body. This includes the muscles, bones, and joints. You may discover that standing up or bending over is a bit of a strain due to stiffness in the bones and joints. A healthy dose of water can make moving around a lot easier throughout the day.

Increased Thirst. You should pay attention to your body if it needs more water. If you are engaging in sports, running, or working in an environment where water is not available, you should plan ahead and bring plenty of water to drink.

Decreased or Dark Yellow Urine. As you monitor your intake of food and beverage, you should also monitor your waste output as well. Waste output is a key indication of how healthy you are. In terms of hydration, decreased or dark yellow urine should be cause for alarm, as you may have been dehydrated for an extended period of time.

Headaches and/or Dizziness. As with the other symptoms of dehydration, there can be multiple causes for headaches or dizziness. If you find that you are dizzy or your head hurts all the time, then drinking plenty of water is an effective way to alleviate these symptoms.

Do You Have Any Questions About Hydration?

If you feel that you are suffering from constant dehydration or would like to know more about which fluids are good for your body, then contact Sonnier Chiropractic Clinic in Baton Rouge and Zachary. We provide a wide range of wellness services including chiropractic, weight loss, as well as other wellness services and products.Call us today at 225-766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at (225) 658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!


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7 Signs That Your Body is Under Too Much Stress

Date: August 18, 2017 | Time: 10:43am

Have you been under too much stress lately? Your body knows. Signs of mental, physical, and emotional stress are apparent throughout your body. Below are seven signs that you are experiencing too much anxiety and need to slow down:

Your Energy is Depleted

If you get lots of sleep but still feel tired all of the time, it's probably because your mental state is draining the energy out of your body faster than you can replenish it. Worry, stress, and anxiety can cause fatigue, which, in turn, lead to lack of motivation. Trying to sleep off your stress can only make it worse. A better option is to get active, move around, and exercise.

Headaches

Tension headaches come in the form of dull pain, tightness, or extreme pressure in the forehead area. They may also occur as a result of pain and tension in the neck area or around the back of the head. In some cases, patients can suffer from chronic headaches if they do not find a way to relieve the stress either through chiropractic procedures, relaxation, or exercise.

Digestive Problems

Some people who experience high levels of stress on a daily basis may also suffer from digestive problems that can range from upset stomach, and diarrhea all the way to severe health issues such as Crohn's disease. Chronic pain in the stomach may be present throughout the day and for no apparent reason other than the stress itself.

Cardiovascular

Few systems in the body feel the weight of stress as much as the cardiovascular system. High levels of anxiety can lead to heart attacks, high blood pressure, abnormal rhythms in the heart, and even strokes. In many cases, the symptoms of stress won't rear their ugly head until it's too late.

Sexual Dysfunction

Stress can lead to an overall disinterest in sexual activity. Many people find that the ongoing feeling of inner tension keeps them from being 'in the mood.' Stress has led to premature ejaculation, impotence, and an overall feeling of inadequacy when faced with intimate situations.

Eating Disorders

Worries about work, family, personal issues, bills, and a wide range of other life situations can intensify an appetite or reduce it considerably. Case studies have revealed that obesity is often linked to long-term anxiety and stress. Eating more food that is necessary becomes a 'fix' like any other addiction.

Nerve, Joints, Muscle, and Back Pains

For those who have even the best posture, emotional and mental pressure can cause serious pain in your joints, your back, your muscles, and even nerve endings. This is especially true for workers who sit at a desk all day long and experience little to no movement other than eating lunch or using the restroom.

If you would like to know how to relieve stress pain in your back, then contact Sonnier Chiropractic Clinic. We provide a wide range of chiropractic services for patients in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana are. Call us today at 225-766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at 225-658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!

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Posture Saving Tips from Sonnier Chiropractic

Date: August 4, 2017 | Time: 7:51am

Good posture is essential for a healthy spine as well as neck, arms, and legs. By practicing good posture throughout the day, you can ensure that your back stays in good shape. Below are some simple posture saving tips to help keep your back strong and vibrant!

What Shape is Your Spine?

Most people do not have a perfectly shaped spine (i.e., the S-shaped curve with a slightly concave neck and lower back, and a convex upper and middle back). Your goal should be to mindfully maintain this shape whether you are sitting or standing.

Do You Have Pain?

Bad posture can cause serious pain. If you're feeling pain while you are in a certain position, then you know you have bad posture. Try correcting your position until the pain is no longer there. You may want to visit a chiropractor to ease the suffering as well as get good tips on how you can reduce the discomfort to your back.

Regular Stretches

Whether you are sitting at the office or standing in front of the cash register, remaining in the same position can weaken your posture and harm your spine. For this reason, you should try to stretch as often as possible. It recommended that you stretch in the morning, noon, and in the evening to keep your back limber and work out all the cramps.

Movement is Vital

Believe it or not, a simple walk through the park can do wonders for your lower back. Try to engage in some type of activity for at least 30 minutes a day. Dancing, aerobics, working in the garden, and other types of activities greatly improve posture. Refrain from high-impact exercises. If you already have back problems, these types of exercises can make it worse.

Work Your Entire Body

Do you do a lot of lifting or bending? The best way to compensate is to work the front of your body as well. After you use your back all day, try doing some abdominal crunches or using weights that focus on the front of your torso. Having a strong mid section in the front can greatly improve your posture in the back.

Invest in an Ergonomic Chair

The term 'ergonomic' gets loosely thrown around and has become an industry catch phrase. A chair that supports the back and promotes good posture, however, is invaluable for office dwellers. Modern chairs can be adjusted both up and down as well as back and forth. They also have stops that keep you from leaning back. Do some careful research and find a true ergonomic chair. Your back will thank you for it.

If you would like to know more about how to relieve the pain in your back and practice good posture, then contact Sonnier Chiropractic Clinic. We provide a wide range of chiropractic services for patients in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. Call us today at 225-766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at 225-658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!

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