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Avoid Injuries While “Decking the Halls”

Avoid Holiday Injuries – Tips from an Algonquin Chiropractor

It is that time of year again. Everyone is full of holiday cheer and getting out their lights to decorate their homes. According to statistics over 86% of Americans annually decorate their home and 50% of them hang lights outside their home. Climbing ladders to decorate the highest ledge can get very dangerous and it is important to take precaution.

It has been stated that in the most frequently reported holiday season’s emergency calls; 34% were from falls, 11% came in with lacerations and 10% were due to back strains. If you’re already having back pain visit an Algonquin chiropractor before you attempt any strenuous decorating. Don’t be one of the roughly 50,000 Americans that are estimated to take a trip to the emergency room this winter.Avoid Holiday Injuries by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Here are 5 precautions you can take to lower the risk of injury while decking the halls this season:

1. Stretch before and after any strenuous activity to avoid pulling or straining muscles especially if you will be spending time in the cold weather.

2. Wear thick gloves to keep warm and avoid any contact you may have with sharp objects.

3. Use a harness to avoid falls when decorating out-doors as extra protection for those really high areas. Do not rely only on ladders.

4. Keep the concrete salted to avoid slipping when stepping down. Not all hard falls are from high up.

5. Use step stools when decorating in-doors. Do not skip a step and use the furniture.

As you can see all of these accidents can be avoided but they are called “accidents” for a reason. Remember to keep calm and move at a slow pace. If at any time you notice back pain call an Algonquin chiropractor and set up an appointment to get it checked out.

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Backpack Misuse Leads to Back Pain in Children

By Anthony Galante

Did you know that backpack misuse can lead to back issues in children?

According to an article released by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), back pain is becoming a much bigger problem in the U.S. Back pain has been an issue with adults for many years, but more recently, doctors are finding that children are now starting to suffer from back pain as well.

Backpack Misuse Leads to Back Pain in Children by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Doctors have reported complaints from young children about back, neck, and shoulder pain. Nearly all of these children carry back packs to school. Chiropractic care can help if your child is experiencing these types of pain.

Algonquin chiropractor, Anthony Galante, is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and a licensed Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. He is also a member of the ACA and has experience dealing with issues such as this.

The ACA lists a number of things that can be done to help prevent the unnecessary pain that can be caused from the use of a backpack.


• Make sure the backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
• The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
• A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
• Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry-and the heavier the backpack will be.
• Wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
• Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into the shoulders.
• The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.
• If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books at school, and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.


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