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Why You Should Be Getting Adjusted! - Intro to Wellness Chiropractic

Understanding the basics of Chiropractic neurology, and how the spine relates to the nervous system, is key to understanding why it is important to add preventative Chiropractic care to your wellness routine. We’re going to talk about the nervous system, which is my favorite topic to talk about. We're going to use traffic as an analogy to help you understand exactly how the nervous system impacts your overall health, and how Chiropractic care improves the function of your nervous system.


The spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is a like a big highway within your body. Much like a highway that you're accustomed to driving on, there's exits along the spinal cord. Each nerve root heading up the spinal cord is like an exit on that highway.

So let's say you get in your car in the morning, you start driving to work, you hit your exit, and all of a sudden there's traffic. We've all been there, and it sucks! You're still going to get to work even though there's traffic, but you're going to get to work so a lot less efficiently. So that's the keyword here, efficiently.

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The same thing occurs in the spine. The primary job of the spine is to protect that nervous system. So each vertebrae has two little holes in it where the nerve roots exit, turn into nerves, and head off to their final destination; much like the exit ramps on the highway. So if there's restriction or dysfunction in the spine, there's going to be tension on that area of the nervous system. This causes “traffic” at that particular area of the nervous system, and in turn, everything that is being fed by that nerve root functions less efficiently.

As chiropractors, we remove restriction from the spine. We restore proper function to the spine, which in turn relieves tension from the nervous system and frees up that traffic. This way your body can function as efficiently as it's designed to function!

Aren't you a lot happier if you get in your car, you drive to work, you get to your exit, no traffic, you get there right on time, even 10 minutes early? Well let me tell you something, your nervous system is going to be just as happy if it is traffic free and functioning at its most efficient capabilities.

As always, thank you guys so much for watching. I hope this helped you understand why you should be getting adjusted, whether you're in pain or not. That's because there's most likely traffic within your nervous system!

Yours in Good Health,

Dr. Jesse J. Suess, D.C.
Suess Family Chiropractic, LLC
22 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 1
Waldwick, NJ 07463
(201)972-6121
www.suesschiropractic.com
DrJesse@SuessChiropractic.com

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Is Your Child's Back-Pack Causing Harm?

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Each morning millions of students across the nation are racing to the school bus or scurrying to their classrooms with an overstuffed back-pack slung over one shoulder. While carrying a back-pack to school each morning might seem harmless, it can cause painful back and neck problems for your children who do not pack or carry their back packs properly.

Here are a few tips to help prevent the children in your household from the aches and pains of an injured spine caused by an overstuffed back-pack.

Weight Distribution

  • Make sure your child’s back-pack weighs no more than 5-10% of his or her body weight. Any heavier than that, the heavy back-pack will cause your child to begin to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back rather than carrying the weight on the shoulder straps as designed. Not only does this cause stress on the neck and shoulders, but the flexing motion causes stress in the low back as well.
  • A back-pack with individualized compartments will help you distribute the weight throughout the backpack more evenly. And as a bonus, it will help to prevent your child’s sandwich from being flattened by that heavy science book.
  • When packing the back-pack make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back. An uneven surface rubbing against your child’s back can cause painful blisters and cause your child to walk with an awkward posture.
  • If the back-pack is still too heavy talk to your child’s teacher. It might be possible for your child to leave the heaviest books at school and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.

Utilizing the Shoulder Straps Effectively

  • Tell your child to use both shoulder straps, not just one. A back-pack slung over one shoulder disproportionately shifts all of the weight to one side and can cause not only neck and muscle spasms, but also low back pain.
  • Padded shoulder straps are very important. Not only will they be more comfortable than non-padded straps, they will also help prevent the straps from digging into your child’s shoulders.
  • Shoulder straps should be adjustable so the back-pack can be fitted to your child’s body. Shoulder straps that are too loose can cause the back-pack to dangle, which causes the spine to go into extension. This can lead to misalignment of the spine as well as pain.

As adults, we seem to think that back pain is not something that our young children deal with, this is not the case. Longstanding ergonomic stress to our children's spines will cause chronic issues that will bother them down the road. Talk to your child about the proper use of back-packs and help him or her understand why this and other ergonomic issues are important. A child who is educated early in life on ergonomic issues can apply this knowledge later in life at home or in the office and will be happier and healthier as a result.

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Dr. Jesse J. Suess, DC
22 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 1
Waldwick, NJ 07463
(201)972-6121
drjesse@drjessesuess.com

3 Easy Steps to Improve Your Posture

3 Easy Steps to Improve Your Posture

July is Postural Awareness Month. Throughout the month of July, we will be talking about the benefits of holding proper posture, and ways you can improve your posture throughout your day in order to reduce stress on yourself and on your body.