The school year is just around the corner which means it is time to take stock of your child's backpack health! Each year seems to require a heavier load of books and this can create problems and pain for spines that are trying to grow. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Weight: the ideal load should be no more than 15% of the carrier's weight. Choosing a pack made of lightweight material and making sure they only take the essentials is a great way to stay around this target weight. Utilizing lockers to keep unnecessary books in between classes also helps to keep the weight off. 
  • Always use two straps to avoid creating an imbalance in the amount of weight that drags on one side of the body. Using two straps and a hip strap helps to distribute the weight properly and prevents all the weight from being on the shoulders and neck. 
  • Adjust the pack properly: don't let your child fall victim to the strange fashion trend that is letting the back hang off the body with the shoulder straps all the way loosened. This is a great way to create strain and pain. 
  • Lift the pack using leg muscles and keep it close to the body. 

At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we can help by offering an evaluation of the child's spine to determine what kind of backpack fits best and how to wear it! From there, the onus is upon the parent to keep the bag from creating pain. Call our office in Fremont to see how we can help your child enter this school year with a firm grasp of backpack etiquette and health!

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C. 


Nutrition is probably the biggest way we influence our health on a daily basis: for example, you may not be able to choose how well you sleep but you can choose what ingredients you put into your body. As part of a holistic wellness plan, nutrition influences everything from body weight and metabolic rate to emotional stability, injury recovery and even skin complexion. Today, I choose H2O as my ingredient of the day. 

Are you among the (by certain estimates) 80% of Americans who are chronically dehydrated? The body needs water for every system to function properly; when it does not receive enough, it is forced to ration its existing supply. This means that vital organs are not getting the appropriate amount of water they need to function optimally. Being even the slightest bit dehydrated can raise cortisol, which is the body's main stress hormone. 

The standard recommendation for water consumption is 1 quart per 50 pounds of body weight. This level may be higher or lower depending on your rate of activity during the day. However, meeting the daily recommendation for hydration will effect a noticeable increase in cognitive functioning, nervous system functioning and digestion. 

Nutrition and chiropractic care are complimentary. At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we provide you with the spinal adjustments to ensure your body is balanced and your nervous system is working optimally. We can also help you pursue a more healthy diet which will improve your specific condition. Give our office in Fremont a call at (510) 656-9077

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C. 

tennis girl

Whatever your chosen sport, there is a way that chiropractic can improve both your performance and enjoyment. At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we provide the athlete with chiropractic adjustment supports to ensure that their biomechanical structure is in sound and conducive shape for athletic endeavor. Below, I have brainstormed some of the ways that regular chiropractic care adds to the athlete's arsenal: 

  • Release muscle tension
  • Boost immune function
  • Boost nervous system function
  • Naturally increase energy levels
  • Improve respiratory function
  • Improve pulmonary function
  • Increases speed of injury rehabilitation
  • Maintains range of motion 
  • Contributes to more flexibility
  • Improve reaction times

Many of the world's top athletes, irregardless of sport, include chiropractic as a regular part of their fitness routine. High-impact sports that involve regular collisions can put the same strain on the body as an automobile collision: often times, repetitive tackling can leave the vertebrae out of alignment, creating irritation to the nerve roots that accentuate the spinal column. Correcting this misalignment will decrease the time needed to heal. 

For low impact sports, chiropractic gives you the edge by reducing your vulnerability to injury from extreme motions (think the twisting involved in golf or tennis), and relieves the strain that is imparted on muscles and joints. Improving circulation is another area we focus on at our office in Fremont: every function and process in the body needs the nourishment and oxygen that is delivered through the blood. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and find out how you can start maximizing your athletic advantage. 

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C. 


Stretching is your friend: 5 minutes when you wake up, 5 minutes before bed. 5 minutes before an exercise, 5 minutes after. Every minute counts when your flexibility and range of motion are on the line. At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we can help you realize and implement a stretching routine to make everyday motions easier. Here are some tips to keep in mind when stretching: 

  • Stretching should never equal pain: there is a difference between feeling the stretch, and feeling a pain. If you feel pain, stop immediately. 
  • Hold stretches for as long as it takes for muscles to become loose: you may have to start small (3-5 seconds) and scale up (20-30) seconds in order to really make the stretch count. Return to a neutral position then repeat the stretch 3-5 times. 
  • Move slow: Don't dive right into a stretch, especially a new one. This can actually cause damage to the muscles which is completely counterproductive. Ease your body into each new stretch until you have a familiarity and a confidence with the movement. 
  • Do it everyday: if you have found a stretching routine that works, make it a habit. Doing your stretches everyday is the only way to break from a sedentary lifestyle and start on the path toward more flexibility. 

If a particular part of your body needs stretching everyday to feel functional, there may be an underlying problem that we can help you with. Chiropractic adjustment is effective at targeting specific joints and restoring alignment to the body. We utilize modalities that release tension from tight muscles and improve range of motion immediately, making your stretch count more. 

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C. 

Why is it important to be flexible? Think about this question in the context of being young; how you could do seemingly any motion without the thought of straining a muscle. To put it mildly, at least a baseline flexibility is needed to perform every movement. As we grow older, gain weight, spend more time at work and pursue more sedentary lifestyles, our bodies lose their flexibility and range of motion: your muscles will only be pliable enough for the activities you regularly ask them to do. 

With limited range of motion and poor flexibility, everyday motions become harder and more likely to cause significant injury. At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we would like to see people regain their flexibility through regular stretching so that they can enjoy: 

  • Confidence that everyday motions will not lead to pain
  • Better circulation
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Easier aerobic training
  • Less stress to the muscles
  • A host of other healthful benefits

The intensity, duration and frequency of your stretching routine should be detailed to the individual. After all, you should not perform any stretch if it causes you pain. Call our office today and find out how we can help you heal your back injury quicker through chiropractic adjustment, corrective exercise and a regime of stretching that will keep you limber and healthy long into the future.

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C. 

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