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Patient Appreciation Day
Saturday, October 19, 2013
7:00am – 1:00pm
In appreciation of all our wonderful patients, Shephard Clinic will be offering free chiropractic adjustments in exchange for 5 cans of high-protein food to replenish the NW Portland’s pantries.
Call to reserve your appointment today!!
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!
New patient exam & x-rays for $25.00 plus 5 cans of high-protein food for NW Portland’s pantries.
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POSTED by:on 09/01/2013 (0)
It is that time of year again, when the kiddo’s return to school with the excitement of a new year ahead. The supplies are purchased to get them ready for the new requirements of their grade level and inevitably, a backpack is chosen, old or new, to carry those items with them. As parents we want to give our kids every chance possible to help them succeed. Education is very important to youth development and the last thing we want are challenges making that process more difficult. A properly positioned pack, that is weighted properly, can reduce the impediments a heavy bag can have on the learning process.
On the third Wednesday of each September, we celebrate the American Occupational Therapy Association’s National School Backpack Awareness Day. In AOTA’s quest to reduce pain caused by improper backpack or handbag usage, they offer tips that you can reference to make sure you are minimizing your risk.
Although many factors can lead to back pain — increased participation in sports or exercise, poor posture while sitting, and long periods of inactivity — some kids have backaches because they’re lugging around their entire locker’s worth of books, school supplies, and assorted personal items all day long. But most doctors recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs.
When a heavy weight, such as a backpack filled with books, is incorrectly placed on the shoulders, the weight’s force can pull a child backward. To compensate, a child may bend forward at the hips or arch the back, which can cause the spine to compress unnaturally. The heavy weight might cause some kids to develop shoulder, neck, and back pain.
Kids who wear their backpacks over just one shoulder — as many do, because they think it looks better or just feels easier — may end up leaning to one side to offset the extra weight. They might develop lower and upper back pain and strain their shoulders and neck.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a great resource. They offer back To school tips and recommendations for backpack safety. AAP offers guidance and recommends parents look for the following when choosing the correct backpack:
- A lightweight pack that doesn’t add a lot of weight to your child’s load (for example, even though leather packs look cool, they weigh more than traditional canvas backpacks).
- Wide, padded shoulder straps; straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders.
- A padded back, which not only provides increased comfort, but also protects kids from being poked by sharp edges on objects (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack.
- A waist belt, which helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body.
- Multiple compartments, which can help distribute the weight more evenly.
- Although packs on wheels (which look like small, overhead luggage bags) may be good options for students who have to lug around really heavy loads, they’re extremely difficult to pull up stairs and to roll through snow. Check with the school before buying a rolling pack; many schools don’t allow them because they can pose a tripping hazard in the hallways.
Here’s to a great start to the school year and one that is full of learning, fun, and activity for our kids. Chiropractic is a team approach to better health.
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POSTED by:on 03/12/2012 (0)
Each year there are 3 million new whiplash injuries in the United States. The majority of those go untreated for a variety of reasons. One of the major reasons is because the victim thought that ‘the crash wasn’t that bad.’ Associated pain and symptoms can start anywhere from 3 months to many years later and can lead to debilitating pain and suffering. Treatment to those injuries promotes proper healing to the injured tissues, improve mechanics, and would prevent chronic pain and dysfunction from developing. The Spine Research Institute of San Diego was started by Dr. Arthur Croft, Ph.D.(c), D.C., M.S., M.P.H., F.A.C.O. as a response to the growing incidence of whiplash related injuries in the United States. The research that his team has compiled over the last 32 years is at the forefront of the industry. He has helped improve safety standards for automobiles in the United States since 1980.
Dr. Croft has authored the first book on the topic entitled Whiplash Injuries: the Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome. There are over 350 professional research papers that address injuries occurring in rear end, front end and side impact collisions. We are understanding more and more about the various ways people are injured during these events. This enhances our ability to offer better treatment and recovery options to the patient.
The seminar series, offered by Dr. Croft, helps to hone the already qualified tools that the chiropractor has to treat your whiplash related injuries. If you or anyone in your family has been involved in an automobile or pedestrian collision, then we encourage you to seek help for those injuries. Being proactive will prevent the pain from worsening over time. Not all pain from an auto or pedestrian collision is noticed right away. Sometimes the symptoms can be delayed for days, weeks and even months.
If you or anyone in your family has been in a collision, whether it be a minor low speed fender bender to a highway speed crash, we encourage you to schedule an examination with the qualified chiropractors at Shephard Clinic. They will work to find where the spine is injured and get you started on the path to recovery. Please call 503-223-3826 to talk with a qualified health professional, if you have any further questions.
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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shephard will be attending the 5th International Whiplash Trauma Congress (IWTC) to be held in Lund, Sweden. He will be absent from the clinic from August 22nd and will return Monday, September 5, 2011.
This Congress will be a gathering place for presentation of the most advanced and enlightened concepts regarding whiplash trauma and injuries. The focus of the 5th IWTC will be the multidisciplinary approach to understanding whiplash trauma; clinical, epidemiologic, engineering and biomechanical, as well as legal and forensic perspectives. There will be pre- and postcongress courses and meetings, key-note lectures, poster-sessions and workshops. The proceedings of the Congress will be peer-reviewed, and published.
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