The Teenage Spine

by Dr Calhoun | October 4th, 2011

Every age group has unique considerations that affect the health and well being of those individuals. The teenage spine is no different. Not only are people aged 13 to 19 growing and changing at a rapid rate they are undergoing major hormonal changes, being involved in high level sports or extracuricular activities and developing long standing habits.  With correct nutrition and activity our bodies can grow strong and healthy and develop according to God’s plan. We then can participate in many activities that we ask of it.  As an experienced chiropractor I do give advice on proper nutrition and exercises as well as correct spinal misalignments that are present in the growing spine of the typical teenager. Today due to cultural forces most young people have serious and significant spinal misalignments. Poor posture is prevalent. Curvature of the spine and scoliosis of the back are common worries.  A phenomenon that I refer to as Video Game Back is wide spread. Hey my wife and I have 7 children. I see it all the time! We can chuckle about. I’m sure that you have seen it. After 48 hours during the weekend playing the newest game with the bud’s pitched forward from wherever and they all look like The H-Back of ND. Add to that heavy back packs, long days in boring classes and low quality food the young spine is in trouble!! Yikes! So just how permanent are the misalignments due to the forces that cause poor posture. Without treatment, they are very permanent. Spinal adjustments of the misaligned spine is what I have been specializing in for 25+ years. The good news is that the earliest that the young spine is examined and treatment is begun then I typically see a quicker response time and can educate the young person on how to care for their own body. So many of these spinal misalignments will not be permanent. Your young person is in good hands when you bring them to me, Dr. Calhoun, Chiropractor at Calhoun Chiropractic, Liberty Hill, Texas. 512-689-9864

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