Chiropractic Care

Smart Sitting At School

“Benefits Of Your Kids Sitting On An Exercise Ball In School”

Dr Brad Ivanchuk here and I am a Burlington chiropractor and Certified Posture Expert at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph line.

Today we are going to continue our discussion about smart sitting in school for your kids.

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Not only is it important that your kids have good posture while they are sitting but what they sit on is as equally important.

It has been shown that sitting on an exercise ball instead of a regular school chair allows kids to move around with more comfort while maintaining proper postural patterns.

Sitting on an exercise ball also stimulates greater core activation and trunk stabilization both of which are critical for maintaining an erect, upright and open posture.

In fact, a 2004 study showed that levels of engagement where higher and in seat behaviour was better in kids with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) when sitting on exercise balls instead of regular school chairs.

So, children who maintain an erect and upright and open posture when sitting in school have a definite advantage over those who do not.

Not only are they more aware and alert and engaged, but proper posture whether seated or standing is considered the most intelligent posture amongst all living things.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me.

Consultations are always free of charge and these include a detailed postural analysis. And we do offer family appointments where we can check you and all the kids at the same time.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

And remember, good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

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Sitting Smart

“Here Are The Keys For
Sitting Smart At School”


Dr Brad Ivanchuk here. I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor and Certified Posture Expert at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

As promised, today we are going to learn about smart sitting for you kids especially when they are in school.

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And the reason why you need to teach your kids how to sit smartly is because research tells us that back pain is significantly related to poor academic performance in school.

A study of 270 kids found that children who presented with neck pain, lower back pain or a combination of both had poorer academic performance in school compared to the kids who didn’t.

And lower back pain was the 3rd most common form of pain interfering with not only schoolwork, but leisure activities as well.

So, what is smart sitting exactly? Here are the 5 things that you can teach all your kids to ensure that they sit smartly.

First of all, the head should be pulled back so that the ear is centered directly over the middle of the shoulder.

The shoulders should also be pulled back and not rounded forwards. When you observe your child from the side when they are seated, they should appear upright and straight and not slouched forwards.

Both of their feet should also be firmly planted on the ground. And all reading material including text books and computer screens should be directly in front of your child and at eye level.

By observing these 5 simple posture tips, your child will automatically sit smartly.

And not only is it important to sit smartly, but what you sit on is just as important and this is what we will go over in detail next time.

In the meantime, if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me.

Consultations in our office are always free of charge and these include a very detailed posture check.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Never forget that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre… helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington, Ontario.

Click Here To Book a Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Backpack Safety For School

“Backpack Safety – Here Are
3 Simple Rules”


Dr Brad Ivanchuk here and I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor and Certified Posture Expert at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

As promised last time, we are going to discuss backpack safety for your kids or anyone who uses a backpack for that matter.

Here is what you need to know …

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Multiple research studies show that kids who carry backpacks that are too heavy are more likely to have pain in their postural system which is made up of the skeletal system and the muscular system.

Children whose backpacks are too heavy present with a condition called with FHP (forward head posture) which is directly related to disability due to neck pain especially, but also shoulder pain and headaches.

The Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission calculated that carrying a 12 pound backpack to and from school every day for an entire school year puts a cumulative load of 21,600 pounds on a child’s spine. This is equivalent to the weight of 6 mid-sized cars.

So, backpack safety is never something that you should take lightly and this is what you can do to take care of your child’s posture system.

First of all, backpacks should never exceed more than 10% of your child’s body weight. If your child weighs 120 pounds for example, then their backpack should not exceed 12 pounds in weight.

Find out how much your kids weigh!

Load the heaviest items first such as laptops and text books. These should lie closest to your child’s spine.

And make sure they wear it right.

There are 2 straps for a reason!

Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can cause a lateral curve (scoliosis)in your child’s spine.

The backpack should rest in the middle of the back with equal weight distribution over both shoulders and the waist strap should be secured in the front.

By observing these 3 simple rules, you will minimize the negative effect that wearing a backpack will have on your child’s posture system.

Next time you are going to learn about smart sitting in school, but in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please give me a call.

Consultations in our office are always free of charge which also includes a free and detailed posture check. Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre …. Helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington, Ontario.

Click Here To Book a Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Chiropractic For Pregnancy

“Chiropractic Care Essential During And After Pregnancy”

Dr Brad Ivanchuk here and I am a Burlington chiropractor and Certified Posture Expert at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Over the past couple of weeks I have shared some really, really good information with you regarding pregnancy and chiropractic care.

Remember that the mother’s postural presentation during pregnancy, pre-labor and labor as well as lifestyle choices have a significant impact on three things; length of labor, ease of delivery and degree of potential birth trauma to both mother and baby.

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Preparation for labor is greatly enhanced by sitting and standing and squatting with perfect posture in posture quadrant #3 which is your lower back and pelvis. This is why your chiropractic care is so very, very important because nothing else can help you maintain good posture.

Good alignment here will also allow your core muscles to hold your stomach in and support your baby from below like a hammock.

And post-partum chiropractic care is also a must so that your pelvis closes up with proper alignment and your core muscles regain their proper strength and proper tone.

So in conclusion, when you are searching for a chiropractor for pregnancy care make sure that they have experience dealing with pregnant moms.

And you will rarely go wrong if you seek out a principled chiropractor. They should also have adjusting techniques and adjusting tables that will avoid un-needed pressure on your abdomen.

And they should also be able to turn a breech baby just in case.

I do by the way, meet all of these criteria.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me right away.

Consults and posture checks are always free of charge in our office. And we are here on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and most Saturday mornings.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Next time we are going to have a really good review on backpack safety for kids because improper use of backpacks is one of the major causes of postural collapse in kids.

So please do not miss if you have school-aged children.

Always remember this …. Good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre …. Helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Pregnancy Made Easier

“Pregnancy Is Easier With
Chiropractic Care”

Dr Brad Ivanchuk here. I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Last time we learned how pregnancy can cause postural distortions to develop in your spine and pelvis.

And we also learned that postural distortions can result in some very uncomfortable symptoms for the expecting mother, and that they can also interfere with a natural, non-invasive birth.

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Remember that your nerve system is the master controller of all the other systems in your body including your reproductive system. So, keeping your spine aligned will not only help your reproductive system but will help your entire body work more effectively.

A properly aligned and balanced pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. This will set the stage for a natural, non-invasive delivery and minimize the chances of breech deliveries, base-posterior positioning and other interventions such as forceps deliveries, vacuum-assisted deliveries and C-sections. These can be very traumatic for both mother
and baby.

So, here are the facts ….. pregnant women who get regular chiropractic care during their pregnancy have 24% shorter labor times for first time moms and 39% shorter labor times for experienced moms.

Moms who get regular chiropractic care during their pregnancy also use 50% less pain medication during labor and delivery.

We are going to conclude this topic next time and after that we are going to review backpack safety for your kids as school is about to start again. But in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me.

Remember consultations in our office are always free of charge and this also includes a free posture check. This is offered as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre …. Helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Pregnancy And Chiropractic Care

“Pregnancy And Chiropractic Care”

Hello, Dr Brad here and I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to discuss pregnancy and chiropractic care.

According to the American Pregnancy Association and my clinical experience having been in private practice for over 30 years, there are no contraindications to having chiropractic adjustments during your pregnancy.

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In fact, investing in the fertility wellness of women who are trying to conceive and the pregnancy wellness of women who are already pregnant is routine care for the principled chiropractor.

The mother’s postural presentation during pregnancy has a significant impact on 3 things … the length of labor, the ease of delivery and the degree of potential birth trauma to the baby.

As the abdomen protrudes, especially during the 2nd and 3rd trimester, postural distortions can develop in the neck, the thoracic spine (middle back) and especially in the lumbar spine and pelvis (lower back).

Postural distortions in the neck and thoracic spine can result in headaches, neck pain, tension in the neck and shoulders, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, heartburn, indigestion, nausea and pain between the shoulder blades.

Postural distortions in the lumbar spine and pelvis will not only cause lower back pain and sciatica (leg pain), but will also decrease the amount of intrauterine space available for the baby
to get into the best position for delivery.

This will then increase labor time, delivery time and increase the chances of a potential C-section delivery and harm to both the mother and the baby.

More on this topic next time, but in the meantime if you do have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns that you may have or your kids may have , please call me.

Remember that consultations are always free of charge in our office and this also includes a free posture check. We offer this as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre …. Helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book a Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Truth About Training

“NO Pain, No Gain … Is It Really True?”


Hello, Dr Brad Ivanchuk here and I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Today we are going to talk about the old cliché …. No pain, No gain.

And the reason why is because I was adjusting someone recently who was all stiff and sore from training in the gym a few days earlier.

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But they thought that this was a good thing because their personal trainer told them that “ if there is no pain, there is no gain”.

This is so not true and this is why I want to sort this out for you right here and now.

When you first start exercising, minor soreness in your muscle tissue a day or two later is normal. But this should no longer be the case after you have been training regularly for about a month.

Soreness and stiffness and loss of flexibility in the neck or shoulder or lower back for 5 or 6 or 7 days afterwards is not normal.

When you start exercising it is absolutely critical to take into consideration your own unique and individual postural distortions. If you have Forward Head Posture or thoracic hyperkyphosis (humping of the upper back) or scoliosis or uneven shoulders or hips for example, there are certain exercises you should do and certain exercises you shouldn’t do depending.

The problem is, it is beyond the scope of most personal trainers to accurately assess your postural distortions and consider them when designing an exercise program for you. For an exercise program to be effective, it has to be safe and it has to work towards reversing your postural collapse.

Cookie-cutter routines usually cause your posture to collapse further and it is highly unlikely you will see any positive results.

If you have any concerns because this sounds like the case with your own self, then I can help you. Not only am I a Certified Posture Expert and Certified Postural Neurologist, but I am also an canfitpro Certified Personal Training Specialist. Therefore I would be a much better choice to design an exercise program for you that is both safe and effective.

All you have to do is call and schedule an appointment for your free initial consultation which also includes a free posture check.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre …. Helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Feet And Good Posture

“Your Feet Are Important To Maintaining Good Posture”

Hello. Dr Brad here and I am a Burlington chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line and today we are going to talk about feet.

Your feet are part of Posture Quadrant #4 ( the upper leg, lower leg and foot) and the primary function of PQ4 is to perform coordinated, ambulatory movements; walking and running.

Feet are the foundation of our body and are highly active in balance and orientation. Sensation that is perceived by the 7000 nerve endings in the bottom of each foot is translated through the entire posture system. Our feet absorb 3 million tons of pressure per day so proper alignment and posture of your feet is critical.

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The most common Posture Distortion Pattern associated with the foot is foot pronation (fallen arches, flat feet).

And this can lead to a whole bunch of other problems such as osteoarthritis of the knee, shin splints, ankle instability, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, hammer toes and bunions.

But when I check your posture I will also check your feet and let you know if you have any issues.

Remember that your feet are important to orient your body and shoes that are too big, and high heels decrease the capacity of your feet to orient your body and increase the chances of ankle injuries.

Developing children by the way, should spend as little time as possible in shoes allowing for full movement of the arches and toes.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Remember that consultations are always free of charge and family appointments are always available. We also provide a free posture check as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me by clicking directly on the link found on our home page.

Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre …. Helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Forward Head Posture And Allergies

“Seasonal Allergies or
Bad Forward Head Posture?”


Hello, Dr Brad Ivanchuk here and I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

This is a time of year when people can struggle with a heavy chest/lungs and shortness of breath. And often times they chalk it up to allergies or poor air quality.

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Or they may have been led to believe this by their family doc.

Now, you may want to reconsider this after I tell you what I am about to tell you.

If you have a condition called Forward Head Posture (FHP), and according to the American Posture Institute up to 90% of adults and 34% of school-aged children have this condition, it can decrease your lung capacity by up to 30%.

Compare taking in a deep breath yourself when standing with a slouched posture and then standing with an erect and open posture (head back, shoulders back, chest out, chin up).

The significant difference that you notice is exactly how FHP can decrease your lung capacity.

And this isn’t good because we all need oxygen. You can also see how easy it would be to misdiagnose or at least partially misdiagnose you as having allergies or possibly another respiratory disorder such as asthma or emphysema.

Another reason why I wanted to talk about this is if you or your child is using a puffer on a regular basis, you need to know about the possible side-effects.

Here they are; thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth), hoarseness of the voice, weakness, acne, weight gain, mood/behaviour changes, upset stomach, bone loss, eye changes and stunted growth.

Puffers are also very harsh on the lining of the lungs. So if this concerns you, a posture check is highly indicated.

And remember too, we talked about this in much detail over the past few months, that posture distortions in your spine can significantly impair the function of your immune system and predispose you to things such as seasonal allergies.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Consultations in our office are always free of charge.

This also includes a free posture check which we offer as a community service. Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Distilled Water

“Here’s What You Need To Know About Distilled Water”


Hello, Dr Brad here and I am a Burlington chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Last time we discussed exercise and interval training and today I would like to talk about what type of water you should drink while you are exercising, or any time for that matter.

And I want to talk about distilled water specifically because I often see people drinking huge bottles of distilled water when they are training in the gym. There are a few things that you absolutley need to know about distilled water.

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First of all, distilled water is free of any dissolved minerals. And because of this, it has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxins and eliminate them from your body. Now, this is a good thing but you should only use it for this purpose very occasionally and for 2 or 3 weeks at a time.

The more distilled water a person drinks the more acidic their body becomes. And this is not good for your health.

Distilled water also cause a rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals (magnesium, calcium) from your body, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Continued use can lead to an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, heart disease, and a whole list of degenerative diseases associated with pre-mature aging.

And if you cook with distilled water it will absorb all the good things (vitamins, minerals) from your food, and you should also know that most of the popular soft drinks are manufactured using distilled water.

So what kind of water is best for you to drink?  Reverse osmosis water is neutral and safe for you to drink. But, charcoal filtered water is the best. Charcoal filtered water will not deplete your body of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes and it is slightly alkaline (the opposite of acidic) which is healthy for you. So you can safely drink this water all day long.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Remember that consultations and posture checks are always free of charge which we offer as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad at The Burlington Clinic

Dr. Brad’s Credentials

– Certified Personal Training Specialist, Canfitpro

– Certified Posture Expert, American Posture Institute

– Certified Postural Neurologist, American Posture Institute

– Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto

– Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Dr Brad Ivanchuk is a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor and is founder and owner of Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Life Chiropractic Centre is a family chiropractic and postural correction facility.

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