Thursday, October 20, 2016

World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day is October 20th!

WOD is dedicated to raising awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

Osteoporosis is a disease where decreased bone strength increases the risk of a broken bone.

When having osteoporosis you are at greater risk of breaking about any bone in your body. In fact, the first sign of osteoporosis for many people is a broken bone.

By using hands-on approach for treatment, chiropractors can help prevent osteoporosis from getting worse as well as treat an osteoporosis-related injury.

Your long term bone and muscle health starts now! Take early action by following these tips:

Regular exercise
A bone healthy diet
Consulting a doctor about osteoporosis

Sources: Wikipedia. http:// Freed Chiropractic Clinic, Ally Wilson. September 26, 2016,

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pediatric Bone and Joint Day (PB&J Day)

World Pediatric bone and Joint (PB&J) Day
World PB&J Day is here to highlight the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on children and educate healthcare providers and the public about children’s musculoskeletal health issues.
Here is some useful information from Pediatric Physical Therapist, Maureen Suhr that could help you to understand more about PB&J and helpful tips.


Don’t ignore a limp: Limping in a child or adolescent is a sign of pain or pathology. If a limp persists more than 24-48 hours it is worth seeing your pediatrician or pediatric orthopedist, regardless of whether or not a child complains of pain.


Bones grow faster than muscles: Because bones grow faster than muscles, children and adolescents tend to get asymmetrical forces about their joints during growth spurts. When an active child goes through a growth spurt, his muscles suddenly become much tighter and less flexible. Additionally, in a growing child, the tendons tend to be stronger than the growing bone. This puts him/her at risk for an avulsion fracture. A sports injury that would likely result in a muscle strain in an adult, may result in an avulsion fracture (injury where a tendon pulls off a small piece of bone from its attachment) in an adolescent. Treatment typically involves pain management, possibly with crutches, and rest with gradual restoration of flexibility and strength.

Be aware of the potential for stress fractures: It is common today for children and adolescents to specialize in one sport early on. This increases their potential for overuse injuries like tendonitis or stress fractures, which are small breaks in the bone that are typically not displaced. They are particularly common in high-impact sports such as long distance running or gymnastics and tend to be common in females. Female athletes who train at a high level may present with the female triad of poor nutrition, absent menstrual cycles, and weak bones, which predisposes them to stress fracture. As parents and coaches we need to remember the importance of balanced nutrition and balanced training (cross training).

Knee pain doesn’t always mean a knee injury: Sometimes, as is the case of knee pain in a child or adolescent, it’s not always what it seems. Pain in the knee may be referred from the nerves in the hip. In a child between the ages of 4-9 years of age, it may be due to Legg-Calve-Perthes disease which is degeneration of the top of the thigh bone where it inserts in the hip socket. This is a serious condition which may lead to significant loss of motion and potential deformity if left unchecked. Another serious hip condition that presents in adolescents typically between the ages of 10-15 years of age is Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE). This also presents with a limp, with the child’s foot turned out, and referred pain to the knee. Symptoms may come on gradually over a few months or it may occur suddenly with severe pain limiting the child’s ability to walk altogether. With SCFE, the growth plate on the top of the thigh bone separates from the shaft of the bone. Again, if left untreated, serious and debilitating consequences may occur including pain and arthritis.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16th is World Spine Day

October 16th is World Spine Day
Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Action Week. The World Spine Day theme for 2016 is "Straighten up and Move". We want to highlight the importance of physical activities and improving your posture as part of spinal health and prevention of injury.

With back pain the largest single global cause of disability, World Spine Day will be raising awareness of occupational factors and how we can reduce the impact they have on our backs and necks. Heavy lifting, repetitive movement and sitting for long periods can all become painful over time; in fact back pain is one of the major causes of time off work, with workers sometimes out of action for weeks or months.
Your health is important to us! Come in to get your spine checked. We are offering FREE one time use, spinal checks.
Check out the tips below.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12 is World Arthritis Day

October 12 is World Arthritis Day

There are many ways chiropractic helps those with arthritis. If you do indeed have spinal misalignments referred to as subluxations, this can cause the discs to wear down more quickly. Chiropractors are trained to detect and correct those misalignments with gentle, specific adjustments. As your body stays in its proper alignment, not only is pressure taken of the nerves, but the proper
motion between the spinal bones is restored. This reduces your bodies need to
lay down new bone to stabilize your spine.

The standard medical approach to "wear and tear" arthritis is self-medication with over-the-counter painkillers and NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs like Tylenol, Advil, etc. If not resolved, you can end up on steroids or
prescription painkillers that can lead to addiction. The eventual medical
solution is surgery, sometimes very risky surgery with long-term consequences.

Many people associate this condition with the elderly and the health concerns that affect them, and statistical evidence supports that those over 65 are in fact the primary sufferers. But there is an often forgotten section of people who are under that age, almost 30% of all sufferers are under the age of 65, with some of them being no older than their teen years, and some rare cases existing even in the very young.

Take the time to educate yourself on this condition, and find the ways you can help prevent or hold-off this condition in your own life.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

World Heart Day is September 29th

         World Heart Day is September 29th
Learn to listen to your body and if you have a concern, don’t rest until you have an answer.
This World Heart Day, we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it's easy to give it the care it deserves.
Just a few simple steps such as eating more healthily, staying active, regular check ups, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall well-being.
September 23, 2016, Freed Chiropractic Clinic, Ally Wilson

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September is child safety month

September is Child Safety Month

Here are some simple, low-cost product safety tips to protect children:

1. Never leave standing liquids unattended. Stay within arm's reach while your child is bathing or near any container of water. If the phone rings, let it ring; stay with your child.

2. Prevent tap water scalds by adjusting the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees F. 

3. Keep medicines and hazardous household chemicals locked up and out of sight. Use child-resistant packaging for medicines and hazardous household chemicals, and call 1-800-222-1222 if a poisoning occurs.

4. Cut the loops on window-blind cords and call 1-800-506-4636 for a free repair kit.

5. Make sure your hairdryer has a large rectangular plug. The immersion protection device prevents electrocution if the hairdryer is dropped in water.

6. Change the battery in your smoke alarm when you change your clock's setting in October.

7. Have a professional check your furnace for carbon monoxide leaks and your chimney for blockages; put a CO alarm in the hallway near every separate sleeping area. 

8 Prevent electrocutions by installing a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in your household outlets.

9. Installing Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) can prevent electrical fires. AFCIs can sense electrical arc and trip circuit. 


Monday, September 19, 2016

How Chiropractic Can Benefit An Athlete

How Chiropractic Can Benefit An Athlete


An athletes body takes on a lot of stress. Between workouts, practices, and games, of course they suffer from aches and pains. These can sometimes cause more serious injuries.

By correcting spinal alignment and function, a chiropractor can help maximize your performance on the field by preventing injuries and improving recovery.

Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to move as freely. When your spine is out of alignment, your muscles commonly spasm or cramp up, causing a decrease in range of motion. Relieving misalignments throughout the spine helps free up areas of tension in the back and neck, reducing pain and improving mobility.


Chiropractors mainly focus on the spine but can also help to treat:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand sprains and strains
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot sprains and strains
  • Tennis and golfer's elbow
  • Headaches
  • Neck, mid-back and low-back pain
  • Sciatica


September 19, 2016 Freed Chiropractic Clinic, Ally Wilson