A person with dental issues would make an appointment with a dentist. If you have a heart condition, you go visit a cardiologist. Which specialist does one see if they have issues with their back? The answer is simple: a chiropractor. Chiropractors can limit the pain in your back and teach you how to prevent it. If this is what you are looking for, then continue reading. chiropractor-alamo-ca

It is never too early for chiropractic care. Often children are born with problems such as subluxation. Don’t be afraid to have your baby attended by a skilled and qualified chiropractor. Early care while the bones and structure are still malleable can make a tremendous difference in your baby’s overall health and well being.

Call your insurance company before going to your chiropractor. Not every insurance plan covers chiropractic care. Make sure you know what your insurance covers prior to being surprised afterwards. Be sure to also ask how many appointments you are allowed to have in any given year. There are often maximums.

Chiropractors Offer Great Pain Relief

Don’t pick your chiropractor blindly. Many chiropractors offer great pain relief, but some are less effective. There are many stories out there of people going to a chiropractor and feeling much worse afterwards. Do your research before seeing a chiropractor.

Tell your chiropractor about any pain you are having, even if the pain may not seem related to an aching back. The nerves in your back can cause pain in lots of unexpected areas. You may get shooting pains in the soles of your feet. There may be tingling prickles on your legs. All of these can be related to a back issue, and your chiropractor needs to know about them.

Chiropractors are there to help you manage your pain. Their techniques can give you the relief you didn’t know was even possible. Use the advice from this article to minimize your back pain. For more details, you can check chiropractor Alamo, CA.

Active Release Techniques are not only effective, they’re also remarkably flexible. And it’s this unique combination of effectiveness and flexibility that can make ART a great choice for treating a wide range of soft tissue-related conditions in a variety of situations.

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The question of whether repeated headers in the game of soccer have a long-term impact on the brain or cognitive function is a raging debate among experts with no clear answer one way or another. An LA Times article on the subject makes this clear in its opening line… “Like a loose ball in a kids’ game, the argument over the safety of heading in soccer has parents, coaches, and scientists scrambling all over.”

The one place where there is solid agreement is that proper form is the key to preventing injury. Even if your child plays in a league where heading isn’t allowed, kids will emulate in the backyard what they see the top soccer players doing on TV. Take a moment to learn the basics of proper form so you can double check what you, your child and your child’s coach are doing.

Here are a few dos and don’ts to look for to ensure safe soccer headers:heading a soccer ball

Do strike the ball with the head. Don’t allow the ball to hit you in the head.

The main thing to remember is that the player should actively ‘strike the ball with the head’ rather than allowing the ball to ‘hit them in the head’. It is very hard to learn the skill of intentionally hitting a flying object with your head! The player needs to be active and purposeful in heading the ball, not passive.

Do keep your eyes open and locked on the ball. Don’t close your eyes when heading a soccer ball.

The most common mistake that young players make is closing their eyes. Instead, keep the eyes open and locked on the part of the ball you want to head.

Do use the whole body to generate your power. Don’t try to use your neck muscles.

Another mistake is believing that the power in a soccer header comes from the neck muscles. It doesn’t. In a traditional header, the power comes from the upper body. The back is arched in preparation for the header and the torso is trust forward to contact the ball. All the while, the chin is tucked toward the chest. This stabilizes the neck. In a diving header, the neck position is locked and stabilized and the entire body is propelled forward to contact the ball. The power comes from the jump and gravity, not the neck.

Do use a ball that is age-appropriate. Don’t use a wet ball for practice.

Soccer balls come in different sizes for a reason. When practicing headers, make sure you are using the right size ball for your age and not a ball that is too large and heavy. Also, as a soccer ball gets wet, the weight increases by 20% or more, so for practice, choose a dry ball.

As we stated at the beginning of the article, the debate about whether heading a soccer ball is safe for children (and adults) rages on. What we do know for sure is that kids will do it with or without proper instruction and that proper technique is the key to injury prevention. As adults, our job is to provide the proper instruction to keep our kids safe playing ‘the beautiful game’.

The Spine Chiropractic Center, servicing Alamo CA, makes sure you get the best chiropractic service. For inquiries, you may call the office at (925) 939-7778.

Dreyfuss, I. (2001, May 20). Experts Face Off About Soccer Heading. LA Times.

Institute for Sports Medicine Heading the Soccer Ball. (n.d.). Retrieved 9 9, 2011, from Children’s Memorial Hospital Chicago, IL.

Kirkendall, D., & Garrett, W. E. (2001). Heading in Soccer: Integral Skill or Grounds for Cognitive Dysfunction? Journal of Athletic Training, 36(3), 328-333.

Soccer Training Heading the Ball. (n.d.). Retrieved 9 9, 2011, from ExpertFootball.com.