Welcome to Storlie Family Chiropractic Clinic
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Dr. Troy Storlie is a chiropractor serving Moorhead and the surrounding communities. Our chiropractor and the rest of the friendly team at Storlie Family Chiropractic Clinic are dedicated to chiropractic solutions to target your unique needs, whether you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, or even just plain old muscular tightness and tension. You may need pain relief after suffering an accident, experiencing an injury, or if you have a specific condition such as chronic back pain or a spinal condition.
"Observational study found that low back pain patients receiving chiropractic care, which typically includes spinal manipulation, are more satisfied than those receiving medical care."
-New England Journal of Medicine
Dr. Troy Storlie
Moorhead Chiropractor | Storlie Family Chiropractic Clinic | (218) 477-1120
40 N 4th Street
Moorhead, MN 56560
How to Save your Child’s Back this School Year
It’s that time of year again, when parents begin preparing for their kids to go back to school. Among purchasing clothes, shoes and school supplies, a backpack is surely on most parents’ checklists.
As a parent, you may not know the negative effects that a poorly-fitting and/or overweight backpack can have on your child’s health. Choosing a backpack wisely and using it properly can help students avoid backpack-related injuries. Follow these helpful tips to reduce stress on your child’s back this school year:
- Consider the size of the backpack in relation to the size of your child. Younger and smaller children require smaller backpacks. If you are not sure of the appropriate size, ask store personnel for assistance.
- Look for a lightweight bag with different compartments to help distribute the weight of books and supplies.
- Find a pack with a padded back to increase comfort and keep sharp objects from poking through the fabric.
- Make sure your child knows to wear both shoulder straps, and make sure that the straps are tight enough so the backpack rests close to his/her body. Straps should be checked and adjusted as the seasons change, in order to accommodate changes in outdoor clothing.
As a general rule, kids should carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight in a backpack. For example, an 80 pound child should have no more than 8 to 12 pounds of books and supplies in the pack at any time.
A bag with too much weight may pull the child backward or cause the child to lean forward at the hips. This could cause problems at the junction of the lower back and pelvis.
A backpack-related injury may be alleviated by chiropractic treatment; however, it may also require home follow-up (rest, ice, etc.), and could lead to downtime from after-school activities or sports. Dr. Storlie will advise if time off from activities is recommended.
Chiropractic Approach to Ear Infections
Ear problems can be excruciatingly painful, especially in children. With 10 million new cases every year, ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician—accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits.
Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they're a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. The symptoms can include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Otitis media can be either bacterial or viral in origin, and frequently results from another illness such as a cold. For many children, it can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems.
Standard treatment for most cases of otitis media is with antibiotics, which can be effective if the culprit is bacterial (antibiotics, of course, do nothing to fight off viruses). But, according to many research studies, antibiotics are often not much more effective than the body's own immune system. And repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria that scoff at the drugs, while leaving the child screaming in pain.
Frequent ear infections are also the second most common reason for surgery in children under 2 (with circumcision being the first). In severe cases—for example, when fluids from an ear infection haven't cleared from the ear after several months, and hearing is affected—specialists sometimes prescribe myringotomy and tympanostomy, more commonly known as "ear tubes." During the surgical procedure, a small opening is made in the eardrum to place a tube inside. The tube relieves pressure in the ear and prevents repeated fluid buildup with the continuous venting of fresh air. In most cases, the membrane pushes the tube out after a couple of months and the hole in the eardrum closes. Although the treatment is effective, it has to be repeated in some 20 to 30 percent of cases. And this kind of surgery requires general anesthesia, never a minor thing in a small child. If the infection persists even after tube placement and removal, children sometimes undergo adenoidectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids)—an option that is effective mostly through the first year after surgery.
Before yet another round of "maybe-they'll-work-and-maybe-they-won't" antibiotics or the drastic step of surgery, more parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections.
Chiropractic Care Can Help
Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about your child's ear infections. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children
Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Are you currently pregnant or thinking about having a baby soon? If you answered yes to either question, hopefully you are also seeing a chiropractor. A woman's body goes through countless changes while pregnant, not only hormonally, but also posturally and bio-mechanically. Low back pain is almost imminent during pregnancy; chiropractic care offers a non-invasive, safe form of care to help alleviate pain and make having a baby easier.
When pregnant, your body goes through changes to prepare to carry and nourish your baby. Your center of gravity shifts forward as the baby grows, the pelvis tilts anteriorly causing the muscles in the lower back to become shortened and tightened, while the hamstrings and gluteal muscles become stretched and weakened. The curves in the cervical and lumbar regions are increased, placing extra stress in the lower back and neck. The round ligaments attach to the uterus, are stretched and placed under a lot of stress while pregnant, and can be the cause of significant amounts of pain while pregnant, both in the abdomen and lower back. The psoas, tensor fascia lata (TFL), quadratus lumborum, and piriformis muscles are also placed under new loads when pregnant, causing pain, tightness and imbalances. Hormonal changes throughout pregnancy cause ligaments to become looser, and therefore causing the joints to become less stable, especially the sacroiliac joints and pubic symphysis. Chiropractors use gentle, soft tissue techniques to help relax the tight ligaments and eliminate or reduce pain.
Safe pain relief
Diversified chiropractic adjustments are safe for mom and baby throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Special tables and pillows are used so pregnant women can lie in the prone (face down) position while being treated. Chiropractic adjustments help put motion into joints that are not moving as well as they should be; the same goes for the joint in the front of the pelvis, which is placed under an enormous amount of stress throughout pregnancy. Symphysis dysfunction and diastasis can happen during pregnancy; referred pain from the broad and round ligaments can cause intense pain often mimicking diastasis. Soft tissue techniques can be applied to relax tension in the round ligaments. Wedge-shaped blocks can also be used to help the pelvis return to a normal position and ease pain. Chiropractic care offers a variety of safe forms for pain relief without the use of invasive procedures or prescription drugs. Chiropractic appointments should be scheduled at the same intervals as OB/GYN appointments, or more frequently if necessary.