Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

Forward Heads Increase Head Weight

Date: August 15, 2017 | Time: 9:30am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness


Neck pain can be a recurring condition that can frustrating to most patients. The simple anatomical answer is because holding your head up is like trying to balance a bowling ball on the end of a pool cue. This presents a challenges for the neck.

Most common answers from patients experiencing neck pain: Poor sleeping positions, poor desk posture, using mobile phones/ipads, gardening, previous motor vehicle accidents, and over head decorating.

Bottom line is that we humans have very large heads that was designed to protect our very large brains. Head position is to be held high to scan the horizon looking for food and danger. In today's world we are now sitting far too much either at a desk, driving or texting throughout the day. This causes significant imbalances in the muscles that were designed to help hold our heads up above our shoulders. Over time this continuous strain on vertebral anatomy causing postural weakness and permanent forward head carriage.
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Furthermore, for every inch the head moves forward on the shoulders. The weight of the head increases by at least ten 10lbs. So for instance, if a patient's head weighs 10lbs, and is 3 inches forward past the shoulders. This would increase head weight to 40lbs causing abnormal leverage on the cervical spine, putting extra pressure on muscles and joints of the neck.

Due to our daily activities the body will shift the head forward away from a stiff, tender and jammed joints in the neck. Over time the cervical spine can be reduced or straightened. Causing structural changes and degeneration. Regular checkups, Chiropractic adjustments and specific neck exercises can stop this process from happening.

For more information on forward head carriage, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Family First Chiropractic and Wellness.

Dr. Elton Clemence is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Dr ,www.family1stchiro.ca 403-347-3261 to book an appointment. <view entire article>





CranioSacral Therapy and Pregnancy

Date: August 8, 2017 | Time: 10:57am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

Pregnancy complications are part and parcel of your pregnancy. Most women get through their pregnancies very healthily - they manage their nutrition, exercise and overall healthcare both by themselves and with the help of healthcare professionals. CranioSacral Therapy offers women a very gentle and effective way of complementing the natural work that their body is doing as well as complementing the work of Obstetricians, local Doctors and Midwives.

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When we look at pregnancy week by week, there are many natural conditions that come and go as you progress through your pregnancy. Conditions such as early nausea through to lower-back pain can all occur during a healthy pregnancy.



An area that is found especially later in the pregnancy is discomfort in the legs or sciatica. I have found that the majority of clients experience relief from these symptoms for weeks at a time following a CranioSacral Therapy treatment. Probably one of the areas of most discomfort in Pregnancy is back pain - both of the middle and upper back - during the early stages of pregnancy, and lower back during the later stages. The discomfort of back pain during pregnancy can be effectively relieved by CranioSacral Therapy sessions.




Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta. 403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca.

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Who is CranioSacral Therapy for?

Date: July 19, 2017 | Time: 9:00am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

People may come for CranioSacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life's challenges.

CranioSacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly because it is so gentle and non-invasive. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.

CranioSacral Therapy supports your body's innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. The practitioner locates tensions in the body and helps them to release in a supported and comfortable way. During or after a session you may feel calm and energized, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well being.


pipctu 2B5Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta. 403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca.

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How to have an easy Birth with experienced Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Date: July 11, 2017 | Time: 9:00am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness



Many women are seeking ways into reduce discomforts and pain in pregnancy, and many utilize chiropractic care for this. Babies will go into a head down position 28-32 weeks changing the discomforts of mother and possible pain patterns she has been experiencing. Many women experience more pelvic pressure at this time from the baby's head on the perineum.

When baby is in a non-optimal position it can cause a different pain complaints for mom. For example a backwards/posterior baby OP will cause more sacral and low back pain, shortness of breath and pubic pain such as SPD (symphysis pubic dysfunction) and groin pain or numbness. A sideways or OT presentation will cause more hip, groin, sciatic, bursitis and one sided pubic bone pain for mother.

Many women are diagnosed in their last trimester with sciatica, SPD and PGP (pelvic girdle pain) at this time. The examination and diagnosis give chiropractors clues to how the baby is positioned and mothers pelvic subluxation and mal-alignment patterns. As chiropractors we can then can adjust the spine, sacrum, pelvis , low back, pubic bone, and hips to assist baby in getting into OPF Optimal Fetal Position.


Certifications and experience in the Webster technique will enable the experienced chiropractor to give specific adjustments to mother affecting her pelvis and opening up room for baby to get into a better birth position. The adjustments to the sacrum and spine will also increase proper nervous system function to the uterine and perineum muscles.


Figure 10 5 Examples of fetal vertex presentations 500A ROA, or LOA position is the OFP for birth so having 'baby head down' is only part of the birth process, the spine needs to be anterior (forward) and chin tucked in for an easy birth form mother and baby. When baby is not in this position prior to labour then mother and baby will have a longer, slower, and more painful or difficutl birth. When mothers are aware of the position of baby she can then do specific exercises and home care to assist movement of the baby prior to the onset of labour. Your prenatal chiropractor can assist in guiding these exercises and strengthening .




To book an appointment or to get more information please call Dr. Joelle Johnson who has been a member of the ICPA since 1999 and certified and very experienced in the Webster technique and the Gardner-Bagnell since 2000 and 2008 . 403-347-3261 www.family1stchiro.ca located at 142 Erickson Drive in Red Deer.

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Gardening Tips for a Healthy Spine

Date: July 4, 2017 | Time: 10:23am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness


Summer time in Alberta is a great time to get out and plant flowers, vegetables and fruits in your yard and garden. It is a great experience to get out of the house and enjoy new life, the sunshine and God's creation. It improves your mood as well as giving you exercise while enjoying the birds chirping and kids playing outside with each other.Before bending down and kneeling to remove debris and till the soil, here are a few tips to help keep your day enjoyable:

Warm up your body- Go for a short walk, do some lunges, arm circles and squats to warm up you muscles


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Stretch - Some simple stretching of your legs, back, arms, shoulders and wrists will help to avoid injury or severe muscle stiffness later. Some muscle soreness is normal as you probably have not used all the same muscle groups for other activities during the winter. This will generally subside in a couple of days as your body gets used to this new activity.


Take your time - Going too fast too soon increases the risk of injury so enjoy your time outdoors and pace yourself. Take a few days if you have a large garden or yard. Alternate your tasks between kneeling, standing, digging and planting.

Use the Right Equipment - Use a wheelbarrow to transport smaller loads of dirt or planters. Use a kneeling pad to protect your knees. Use ergonomic tools while working the soil.


water 2BfightInclude your children and family and HAVE FUN- Work doesn't have to be a chore, you can incorporate fun as you weed, pick flowers and water the garden- an old fashioned water fight will be remembered by your kids for a long time!


Visit your Chiropractor and Massage Therapist - Regular chiropractic adjustments and muscle therapy will help to keep your spine aligned and reduce back and joint pain while maintaining flexibility.


Enjoy the fruits of your gardening! There is nothing like healthy fresh fruits and vegetables straight from your own garden.

Happy Gardening!!



Call Dr. Joelle Johnson at Family First Chiropractic & Wellness at 403-347-3261 to book your appointment www.family1stchiro.ca, look for us on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram for more great information on your health.
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Secret Golf Tip Only the Pros Know!

Date: June 27, 2017 | Time: 9:00am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

Golf is no doubt one of the best games in the world. However, playing the game can be frustrating at times. If you feel the same as I do about the game, what could be even more frustrating is not knowing why you're not reaching your full potential?

Regular golfers are consistently trying to improve their score. Whether it's improving their swing or the distance of their drives. Golfers can find it hard to perform at their highest level. When their body is not functioning at its optimal level and what's concerning is that they don't even know it!


Common physical restrictions that can affect your swing:

. Limited shoulder flexibility - Due to loss of posture

. Restricted hip rotation - Causing you to sway and slide

. Pore core strength -Due to a reverse spine angle due to restricted thoracic (mid back) movement.

. Limited ankle dorsiflexion- Causing early extension

Players may not even know that there are limitations in their swing. This will cause their swing to be not as effective during play. Despite how much practice time at the driving range and putting green.


Pain also affects swing and should avoid the following:

. Bend at the knees(squat) when retrieving the ball

. Slow down your backswing. This will minimize rotational stress on the lower back at the top of the backswing

. When lifting your golf bag use proper mechanics when lifting bag.

. Consider putting with a longer shaft

. Make sure that your weight is properly shifted to the right foot during the back swing, arms and shoulders are kept within the plane of the swing at the top of the back swing

. Make sure that your shoulder and hip turn stays centre while pivoting on the backswing.


How can wear and tear, whether it's from Golf or other sports causing pain be diminished and stopped from returning?

The pros secret tip is.......Chiropractic!

This is what Venus Williams had to say about chiropractic treatment:

"Chiropractic gives me the flexibility I need to keep in the game"

This is what Tiger Woods had to say about chiropractic treatment:

"Being a Chiropractic patient on a regular bases has made me a better golfer. I've been going to Chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It's as important to my training as my practice swing."


So, what does Chiropractic do to improve our game?

Chiropractors focus on the spine and nervous system, making it easier to twist, move and perform at your optimal level. After Chiropractic care you are more flexible, pain free, and may see an instant improvement in your swing!

Pros such as Rory Mcilroy and Tiger Woods have regular Chiropractic treatment to keep them performing at their best. Getting regular adjustments. Keep muscles balanced, our nervous system functioning, and maintain proper biomechanical structure. Which gets athletes functioning at an optimal level and gets them to the next level.

Nike has published a video involving Rory Mcilroy daily workout regiment, and most importantly Rory receiving Chiropractic care (adjustments) at 0.33 and 0.43 part of the video. Check it out below!


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