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Backpack Safety – Parents are the Best Advocates Children make over 10,000 backpack-related visits annually to emergency departments or physicians. The daily stress of carrying a backpack on one shoulder has been shown to alter a child’s posture and gait. Despite this evidence, it seems parents may not be addressing the issue. Parental knowledge of their children’s backpack weights was determined by evaluating 188 students, grades K-5, from three Texas schools, after an initial survey of 745 students. Only children with backpacks weighing at least 10% of their body weight were assessed. Average pack weight was 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs.), which represented an average of 14.4% of student body weight. Researchers found that 34% of students reported their parents had never checked the backpack contents, and only 4% of parents had ever weighed their child’s pack. The backpacks of students whose parents never checked the packs weighed significantly more than the packs that were checked by parents. The authors state that parents are the best group to advocate backpack safety promotion, and can do so simply by inspecting pack weights and contents. Physicians and parents should also ensure student backpacks are the right size; carry no unnecessary or additional items; are worn on both shoulders; and carry no more than 20% of body weight (ideally, less than 10-15%). Note: Over 10,000 backpack-related visits seem excessive! You can educate your patients about backpack safety using the safety checklist included in the full study. Back to school can get expensive when you have more than one kid. Trying to stay on a budget while buying every single item from the school...

Back-to-School Backpack Safety!

Another summer is gone and we send our kids back to school. On the school supplies list, the first item is, usually, a backpack. But is this very useful item damaging our children’s spine and posture. The backpack itself it may be innocent but when we load it with heavy books and other things that we have to fit inside things are not so harmless. Over 79 million students carry a backpack to school each day. While carrying a backpack may seem harmless, it can cause painful back and neck problems for students who don’t pack or carry their backpacks properly. It can also lead to long-term medical problems. When shopping for a school backpack, doctors and therapists have these useful tips: A light backpack fabric is better than a heavy one, this is one easy way to cut on loading the back with unnecessary weight Adjustable shoulder straps can elevate the backpack on the child’s back so reducing the risk of posture damage and spinal pain. Padded shoulder straps make it easier on muscles and tendons Wide shoulder straps can distribute the weight to a larger area, reducing red spots, numbness or other shoulder problems. The anchor points of the shoulder straps should be 1 to 2 inches below the top of the shoulder for the best fit. The smaller the backpack the better and easier on your child’s back, because it can reduce the amount of things that can fit inside and thus the weight of the load. The bottom of the backpack should not go lower than the child’s waist line Safety tips on how to avoid backpack...

Welcome Back School: Bad Posture and Overloaded Backpacks

Yet another summer is gone and we send our kids back to school. On the school supplies list, the first item is, usually, a backpack. But is this very useful item damaging our children’s spine and posture. The backpack itself it may be innocent but when we load it with heavy books and other things that we have to fit inside things are not so harmless. Is It Bad To Carry Weight On Your Back? Actually, when wearing a backpack, the weight rests on the shoulders, as is common in many countries around the world where people still have natural, healthy posture.  We know that some of these people carry hundreds of pounds on their heads or shoulders, often for decades.  They remain straight and active into their old age. When you stand in the typical American posture, the weight no longer goes through a straight spine, and compensations andcompression result. The best thing you can do for yourself and your kids is to learn healthy alignment and practice it.  You can model this for others, and maybe we can slow the rise in back pain being observed in children.  Sure, it’s not great for young kids to carry heavy weights.  But an equal problem is HOW they are carrying the weight. There are other things parents and children can do to minimize the risk of back pains or injuries: go light by avoiding heavy items inside the backpack consider a tote for carrying extra heavy books buy two sets of books, one for school and one for home (that can be easily resold the next year) a rolling backpack can work...

Chiropractic Treatment and Sports Injuries

Chiropractic Care And Sport Injuries The benefits of Chiropractic often extend far beyond what the general public might think are isolated to the back and the spine. Yes, Doctors of Chiropractic do provide treatments and relief to this key area, but the ability of the profession to help definitely extends to the body as a whole. The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care And Sport Related Injuries Consider, for example, the athlete or even the amateur sports enthusiast wishing to excel in a sport or even to enjoy it at a higher skill level. Many areas of the body can be subjected to rigorous movements where injuries can result. The hamstring muscle group of the upper leg is one part of the body that can be protected from injury and improved for performance. Stretching for runners and even swimmers has become pretty much the standard. EVERYBODY’S DOING IT! It seems that just about everyone is caught up in the excitement of getting and staying fit as well as having a lot of fun from physical activity.  Countless millions of adults-persons who used to do nothing more than watch TV-now jog, run, hike. Millions walk regularly. Then there’s church and community softball, basketball, and volleyball teams. Youngsters in every town play Little League baseball while virtually every high school and college in the country fields a football and basketball team. All this while thousands of racquetball and physical fitness centers cater to millions of enthusiastic patrons. Nor should we leave out skateboarders, bicyclists, tennis players, jazz and aerobic dancers. You name it……. Back Pain That Tend to Occur Among Older Children As...

Minnesota Chiropractic Care for Children & Infants

Chiropractic Is NOT Just For Adults But Also Children If you have a colicky baby, and other forms of treatment don’t seem to be helping very much, and you’re at your wits end, you may want to investigate bringing your baby in for a checkup. As your child is being born, the neck and back vertebrae can go out of alignment due to the stretching and compressing of the body as it emerges into the world. If your delivery included a prolonged pushing stage, forceps or vacuum extraction, or other form of ‘assisted delivery’, the chances of a misalignment are even greater. If the misalignments in the spine and neck, called vertebral subluxations, the functioning of major systems in the babies’ body can be compromised. The digestive system can be affected and ineffective digestion of breast milk can cause major discomfort in your baby, leading to ‘colic’ episodes. Many parents are cautious of taking their small, powerless babies to see a chiropractor. In actuality, the adjustments that a chiropractor will do on your baby are basically applying gently pressure with the finger to areas on the neck and back, like a small nudge on the forearm. Here’s what you’ll probably see. You may see your baby totally relax before your eyes as the misalignments are corrected.  If you had a bad headache, your neck was tighter than a drum and you could hardly turn your head, wouldn’t you be cranky? Your child is no different. The only real difference is he can’t tell you by speech. He has to do it by his actions. Chiropractic care can be very valuable in...

MN Chiropractic Treatment For Infants & Children

Chiropractic Care Is For All Ages Many parents are cautious of taking their small, powerless babies to see a chiropractor. In actuality, the adjustments that a chiropractor will do on your baby are basically applying gently pressure with the finger to areas on the neck and back, like a small nudge on the forearm. If you have a colicky little one, you’re at your wits end; you may want to investigate bringing your baby in for a checkup. As your child is being born, the neck and back vertebrae can go out of alignment due to the stretching and compressing of the body as it emerges into the world. If your delivery included a prolonged pushing stage, forceps or vacuum extraction, or other form of ‘assisted delivery’, the chances of a misalignment are even greater. If the misalignments in the spine and neck, called vertebral subluxations, the functioning of major systems in the babies’ body can be compromised. The digestive system can be affected and ineffective digestion of breast milk can cause major discomfort in your baby, leading to ‘colic’ episodes. Here’s what you’ll probably see. You may see your baby totally relax before your eyes as the misalignments are corrected.  If you had a bad headache, your neck was tighter than a drum and you could hardly turn your head, wouldn’t you be cranky? Your child is no different. The only real difference is he can’t tell you by speech. He has to do it by his actions. Chiropractic care can be very valuable in helping to calm the ‘colic’ tendencies. If you want your baby to be the best...