Family First Chiropractic and Wellness is located at 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta. Dr. Joelle Johnson,Dr. Stephen Kelly, Dr. Elton Clemence, Guy Lacoursiere TPT RMT,and Jeannette Raskin RMT CST,are available 6 days per week. The clinic is a family friendly environment for chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy and massage therapy.403.347.3261 www.family1stchiro.ca
Kids and backpacks just
seem to go together. Whether sending them off to school, to a sporting event or
for a sleepover with a friend, chances are they are be bringing a backpack. But
carrying a heavy load unevenly or improperly can result in poor posture and
even distort the spinal column, causing muscle strain, headaches, neck and arm
pain, and even nerve damage. At out clinic we see many children with mid back
pain, lowback pain, headaches, and even scoliosis aggravated by carrying an
overfull back pack.
than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of low back
pain by their teenage years. Alberta’s chiropractors offer the following tips
to ensure your child’s pack doesn’t become a pain in the back:
·Choose a bag made of lightweight material,
such as vinyl or canvas.
·Pick a bag that has two wide, adjustable and
padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap, a padded back and
plenty of pockets.
·Ensure the bag is proportionate to body size
and no larger than needed. The top of the pack should not extend higher than
the top of the shoulder, and the bottom should not fall below the top of the
·Explore other options like bags with wheels
and a pull handle for easy rolling.
·The total weight of the pack should not
exceed 10 to 15 per cent of the wearer’s body weight (depending on age).
·Make sure the backpack contains only what is
needed for the day or activity.
·Spread the weight throughout the pack.
·Pack the heaviest items close to the body.
·Both shoulder straps should always be used
and adjusted so the pack fits snugly against the body. You should be able to
slide a hand between the backpack and the wearer’s back.
·The pack should sit two inches above the
·Never allow your child to sling a backpack
over only one shoulder.
·The waist strap reduces the strain on the
back and transfers some of the load to the hips.
Joelle Johnson is a member of the ACAC and focuses on children’s health issues
in her office Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, 142 Erickson Drive, Red
Deer, T4R 2C3 403-347-3261 www.family1stchiro.ca
The Olympics are in full throttle in Rio and athletes are in
peak performance with extensive training and kept in tip top shape with
Chiropractic care. Usain Bolt is one the most decorated athletes on the Olympic
track. The 6 time Gold Medalist has not become the fastest man in the world
without a few setbacks. Bolt as a young man suffered from scoliosis. As he grew
the curve got worse. This lead to injury every season, and in turn made the
young Usain to make a choice. Use a back brace or take the risk of dangerous
surgery to correct the abnormal curvature of the spine.
Usain Bolt used Chiropractic
Care not only to recover more quickly from injuries, but also to enhance his
performance while healthy. Like Usain Bolt athletes use Chiropractic Care as an
essential part of their strategy to remain healthy whilst competing. Here are 4
reasons athletes get adjusted and why you should too:
Punishment the body takes in sports
In sport there is consistent twisting, compression and
jarring of the spine. This may lead to spinal misalignment, resulting in
subluxations and irritation of the nervous system. In turn further interfering with
optimal function of the athlete.
Chiropractic care restores proprioception, doing so this
balances the athletes’ entire body by connecting the nerve terminals in the
muscles and tendons. Removing nervous systems disturbances and allowing the
communication of the CNS (Central Nervous System) to flow freely between brain
and parts of the body being used in competition.
In order for Olympic athletes’ to perform at a top level,
spinal joints need to be in proper alignment. This allows for flexibility
during and after events.
Studies have shown that individuals who received
Chiropractic care had an increased range of motion and response time compared
to those not under Chiropractic care (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological
In conclusion, Chiropractic care helps with both high impact
and low impact athletes. For high impact athletes such as football, hockey or
lacrosse, Spinal Adjustments lowers the risks of injury and increases
performance. For low impact athletes such as golf, tennis or bowling routine
adjustments can help relieve the strain that’s being placed on the athletes’
body. Chiropractic care is non invasive, drug free, natural way to treat many
ailments that often plague Olympic athletes today.
Dr. Elton Clemence D.C.
Elton Clemence practices at Family First Chiropractic located at 142 Erickson
drive in Red Deer. Call us today to book an appointment (403)347-3261 or visit
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is based on the theories of William Sutherland, D.O., and an osteopath from the early 1900s. It was further developed by another osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. He later founded the Upledger Institute, the national center for CranioSacral Therapy. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. CranioSacral is named for the cerebrospinal fluid that flows up and down the spinal cord from the cranium (head) to the sacrum (tailbone). As it slowly flows, it creates a rhythm throughout your body. The therapist assists this rhythm to self-correct dysfunctions in your body. Where there is a dysfunction, the rhythm is “stuck” and you feel pain, immobility, tension, etc. This can occur anywhere in the body. The cause is usually the result of a recent or past physical or emotional trauma. The therapist uses a very gentle, non-invasive light touch, generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, to locate the “stuck” areas and to assist the return of the healthy rhythm to these areas. As this occurs, there is a deep feeling of relaxation, more freedom of movement, and less pain. It is very quiet and passive. You remain fully clothed for this therapy. This is a very relaxing technique because it works with the fluid that nourishes all the nerves in your spinal cord. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to increase resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including: •Migraine Headaches •Chronic Neck and Back Pain •Motor-Coordination Impairments •Colic •Autism •Central Nervous System Disorders •Orthopedic Problems •Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries •Scoliosis •Infantile Disorders •Learning Disabilities •Chronic Fatigue •Emotional Difficulties •Stress and Tension-Related Problems •Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders •Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) •Neurovascular or Immune Disorders •Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder •Post-Surgical Dysfunction Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta. 403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca.
Frequently asked questions by parents on why to get
chiropractic care for children
Why chiropractic care
Children have many falls, injuries and accidents as they
grow. These small falls, such as when they are learning how to walk, can
accumulate into bigger issues as the spine and nervous system grows and matures.
This can cause the body to not function properly The pain and issues may not
show up for years it is important to get your child spinal checkup on a regular
When should I get my
All children should be adjusted right after birth as the
birth process is often traumatic, even the ‘easy’ births can have some ‘hidden
damage’ to the nervous system. Studies have shown that many children who
experience colic, reflux, gassiness and fussiness at the breast have spinal
subluxations in their neck and spine from the birth process.
What if they are older- say 3 or 8 should I still get them
ABSOLUTELY, many children have spinal subluxations from
development, such as learning to pull themselves up to standing, walking,
running and falling. Often the toddler years are an accumulation of falls on
the buttocks, head trauma and multiple other injuries that can cause spinal
Getting your child checked and adjusted in these crucial
growth times will assist in better;
·Better sleep patterns
·Attention and focus increase school
·Potty training is made easier
·Reduction of bedwetting
·Reduction in irritability
·Reduction in constipation
Does it hurt them?
Chiropractors who focus on adjusting children use very
gentle specific techniques and adjustment on children. Often there is less than
3-4 ounces of pressure with the adjustment with a light touch.
Doctors such as our Dr. Joelle Johnson is a member of the
International Chiropractic Association and has taken postgraduate studies
focusing on pediatric chiropractic care. Click on this link to find a qualified
pediatric chiropractor in your area.
Dr. Joelle Johnson has been certified and a member of the
ICPA since 2000. Dr. Johnson practices at family First Chiropractic and
Wellness located at 142 Erickson drive, Red Deer, T4R2C3 www.family1stchiro.ca
Probiotic use in pregnancy
and postnatal reduces eczema in babies and toddlers.
Proper gut flora is the basis for health as 70% of our
immune system is based on proper gut health. Proper probiotic use during
pregnancy enhances mother flora and thus increases baby’s immune system at
birth and beyond. In our office we promote proper probiotic usage throughout
the pregnancy and infant years. Below is the link to the Swansea baby trial by
Genestra. Mothers will give their flora through their milk and breast fed
babies need to be supplemented with flora daily to enhance proper gut health.
We offer several brands and types of probiotics at our
office for a variety of needs, ages and issues.
Dr. Joelle Johnson is willing
to assist you in the supplements needed for your gut health at Family First
Chiropractic and wellness 142 Erickson Drive, T4r 2C3 www.family1stchiro.ca 403-347-3261.
The probiotic formula that is
used in GENESTRA BRANDS HMF Baby B and HMF Baby F was found to safely and
effectively reduce atopic eczema incidence and skin prick sensitivity to common
allergens in infants. In a randomized, double-blind,
placebo-controlled, parallel group trial, 454 pregnant women at 36 weeks of
gestation were assigned to either the probiotic capsule treatment group or
placebo. In comparison with the infant participants in the placebo group,
participants in the probiotic group experienced a statistically significant 57% decrease in atopic eczema.
Participants in the probiotic group also experienced a significant 44% decrease in skin prick sensitivity to
common food allergens.