Its that time of year again.  Stationary orders, buying new shoes and discovering last year’s uniform is now far too small! 
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From the Desk of Dr Robert J Bailey

Its that time of year again.  Stationary orders, buying new shoes and discovering last year’s uniform is now far too small!   The joys of Back to School is a ritual which we all experience with a mixture of joy at the thought of getting the children out of the house and sadness that they that little closer to growing up. 
This year I would like to use this time of year to put the spotlight on the fitting of School Backpacks.  This has lead us to create a ‘Back Pack Fitting Guide’ which can be found on the TASC website (under resources) and will soon be a new addition to the TASC Mobile App. 

What's news?

Last year I attended a course on an exciting technique called Chiropractic Biophysics or CBP for short.  What excited me about CBP is it is the only evidence based, researched validated, conservative technique that can manage or address abnormal spinal curves.  For most of my career I have been frustrated by my long term results, being limited, by what I regarded as immovable abnormal spinal curves.  I am pleased to report CBP represents an effective, non-invasive and safe conservative option for anyone suffering from abnormal spinal curves.  
Abnormal spinal curves vary in severity and can either be sagittal (side on) or coronal (front on) such as those seen in scoliosis.  Scoliosis in probably the most recognised abnormal spinal curve and is typically the most difficult to manage.  However, increased or decreased curves such as those frequently found in the neck (cervical spine) often respond well to treatment.
I will be reviewing everyone’s X-Rays over the coming months and will advise those of you who I feel CBP could be of benefit.  Some of you may be content with the results you are already achieving with your Chiropractic care and not be interested in a CBP rehabilitation program.  However, for those of you who are interested, I am excited by the results a CBP rehabilitative program has the potential to offer.


Backpack Misuse Can Lead To Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is wide spread among Australian adults, but a new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor.

This new back pain trend among youngsters isn't surprising when you consider the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their backpacks - often slung over just one shoulder. The average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 17kg burden for a 80kg man, or a 13kg load for a 60kg woman. 


What Can You Do?

Dr Bailey offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain backpack misuse could cause the students in your household. 
  • Make sure your child's backpack weighs no more than 10o 15 % 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.
  • 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. 
  • Urge your child to 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. 

Chiropractic Care Can Help:

All children benefit from regular chiropractic care but if your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use Dr Bailey can provide instruction in posture and sleeping habits. Alternatively, a backpack fitting guide is available to download as a PDF on our website will soon be a featured as part of our mobile app. 



Spinal traction promotes disc healing

A group of UK researchers have conducted a series of experiments that have provided an insight into the mechanisms, by which spinal traction assists with disc healing.  They compared both normal and degenerated discs that have been managed with and without traction and found marked differences between the groups.  The degenerated disc group that underwent traction showed improved healing within the gross and microscopic structures of the disc.

In fact the traction produced markedly better healing and recovery of disc fibres in the traction group.  But more specifically they showed traction actually unblocks microscopic pathways within the disc that allow both the nutrition and waste removal of the disc.  It is suggested disruption of these pathways literally starves the disc and produces premature disc degeneration.
Frustratingly, I frequently see patients who have endured more back pain than they should have due to inappropriate or ineffective management.  On visiting TASC and being prescribed a treatment program using specific spinal traction many of these patients experience rapid positive results.

I recommend this study as it not only provides a mechanism for traction ccelerating disc healing in the acute patient but also illustrates the benefits of using traction in the ongoing management of back pain patients.   


Recipe of the Month

Carrot, Zucchini & Parsnip Fritters

  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 2 tsp light olive oil
  • 80g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) grated green zucchini
  • 60g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) Grated carrot
  • 50g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) grated parsnip
  • 2 green shallots, ends trimmed,finely chopped
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 40g (1/3 cup) coarsely grated jarlsberg or tasty cheese
  • 2 tbs finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbs plain flour, sifted
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a shallow, square 18.5cm (base measurement) cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and 2 opposite sides with non-stick baking paper, allowing it to overhang.
Step 2 -Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the zucchini, carrot, parsnip and shallots, and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until the vegetables soften. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
Step 3 -Combine vegetable mixture, egg, cheese, parsley and flour in a large bowl and stir until well combined.
Step 4 - Spoon vegetable mixture into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake in oven for 12 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes to cool. Lift frittata from pan and place on a plate to cool completely. Cut into 12 fingers to serve.

Source Australian Good Taste - April 2004 , Page 99 - Recipe by Jan Purser - Photography by Mark O'Meara 

Fundraising opportunities

This month our featured charity will be the Tiger 511. It is estimated that that there are less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Australia Zoo estimates that $5 can protect 1 tiger in the wild for 1 day. So next time you’re in the clinic, remember to show your support with a small donation. 


Keeping in Touch

At TASC we invest significant time and energy in making sure we provide the best possible service to our patients. Over the next three months, we are running a prize draw for patients who provide us with their feedback. If you would like to take part in this please head over to Google Maps, Yelp, iTunes App store, or the Yellow pages website and provide feedback of your time spent in the clinic. You could win a $100 gift voucher for Endota Spa, Rosalie.

Click here for more information on this promotion.

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