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.

The video will explain to you how chiropractor and ART can be a very big help.

“We Listen. We Care. We Always Get Results.”

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.

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Bibliography
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.

New Consumer Reports Data Highlight Patients’ Satisfaction with Chiropractic Care

When it comes to making important choices about treatment options for back pain, it’s worth looking at the experiences of others who have found something that works. In recent years, the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center has surveyed the magazine’s subscribers to do just that. In April and May 2009, Consumer Reports released some of its findings publicly. A summary appears below.

chiropractic patients' satisfactionAbout the Survey Participants

  • More than 14,000 participants who had suffered from lower-back pain in the prior year but had never had back surgery.
  • More than half reported that pain severely limited their daily routine for a week or longer.
  • Many reported that pain interfered with sleep, sex and efforts to maintain a healthy weight.
  • 88% reported that the pain recurred through the year.
  • Most had tried five or six different treatments.

How Respondents Ranked the Healthcare Providers Who Had Treated Them

Healthcare Provider Percent Who Were Highly Satisfied
With Treatment and Advice*
Chiropractor
59%
Physical Therapist+
55%
Acupuncturist
53%
Physician, Specialist
44%
Physician, Primary Care
34%

*Defined as either Completely Satisfied or Very Satisfied.
+Difference in ranking for Physical Therapist and Acupuncturist were not statistically significant.

How Respondents Ranked Selected Back Pain Therapies

Therapy Percentage Who Reported that the
Therapy Helped a Lot
Chiropractic Manipulation
58%
Prescription Drugs
45%
Over-the-Counter Drugs
22%

 

In July 2011, Consumer Reports published an updated report describing how Americans use alternative approaches to healthcare as well as their experience with various therapies and their providers. Chiropractic care once again was reported to be the most popular approach to back pain relief and was ranked most highly in terms of patient satisfaction.

How Your Chiropractic Physician Can Help Relieve Back Pain

Your Doctor of Chiropractic can help relieve back pain and restore mobility by using a drug-free, hands-on technique called “spinal manipulation” or “chiropractic adjustment”. He or she may also use other manual therapies, such as massage, to complement this primary treatment. In addition, many chiropractors are skilled in designing exercise and nutrition programs for their patients that will help their bodies resist injury and function properly. By focusing on both immediate pain relief and the underlying causes of back pain, your chiropractor can help you achieve a healthier overall lifestyle.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from back pain, call your local Walnut Creek chiropractor today.

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References:

Relief for your aching back: What Worked for Our Readers. Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. April-May 2009. Accessed August 2011.

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