Health & Happiness: Returning to outdoor recreation comes with risk to our little ‘peeps‘

By Dr. Bryen Bell

  • April has sprung, bringing events like
  • National-Public Health-Week (4/4-4/10),
  • National-Playground-Safety-Week (4/25-4/29),
  • and Every-Kid-Healthy Week (4/25-4/29).

With the return of pleasant sunshine and warm sunny days, our zeal for spending more time outside and active can be felt in our hearts, and undoubtedly in our younger ‘peeps’.

However, returning to outdoor recreation comes with the risk of possible accidents and injuries due to the activeness of our children. This month we strongly encourage you to remember that caring for the health of our little ‘peeps’ is critical for keeping and maintaining their mobility as the years go by. It is better to grow healthier kids than to fix damaged adults. Let us give them the healthy active life they deserve.

In a study conducted by researcher Francis W. Smith (2006), MRI scans of 154 (asymptomatic) 10-year-old ‘peeps’ showed that 9% had some form of vertebral disk abnormality. Every case appeared to have no correlation to genetics or biological-defects, but rather could be tied to some sort of physical trauma that the child had experienced within the first 10 years of life.

Yes, 9% doesn’t seem like that large of a number, but when the future health of our ‘peeps’ is in question, airing on the side of caution, versus hopeful assumption, is always the wiser action.

So don’t forget your ‘peeps’, and remember, THEY have a Spine + Nervous System too.

Chiropractic care is just as good for kids, as it is for you!

Dr. Bryen A. Bell is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with 17 years of professional experience. He practices with his wife and operate True Potential Chiropractic, a professionally endorsed, award-winning family care facility. Questions regarding any information in this article please contact 503-574-4872. Or visit them online at