As you begin preparations to send your children back to school, I would like to remind you that heavy, poorly fitted and packed backpacks can lead to spinal health problems in children. Spinal health problems in school children often go unnoticed. However, poor posture, back pain or ‘growing pains’ need not become an accepted part of everyday life for your child. When choosing a backpack for your child, choose one that allows for even distribution of weight across the back. Otherwise the backpack can place unhealthy stress on a child’s spine. School can be a challenging time for any child, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important for their physical and mental development. Despite the increased use of technology in schools, schoolchildren still overload their backpacks with textbooks, sports and other gear or simply do not wear them correctly. Five simple tips for wearing a backpack:
Pack the heaviest items closest to the spine
Make sure to do all the zips up
Secure the sternum, waist and compression straps
Always use both shoulder straps
Don’t wear the backpack below the hollow of the lower back
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia worked with Spartan School Supplies and Macquarie University to research and develop the ‘Chiropak’. This durable, functional and comfortable backpack is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of neck and back pain associated with the carriage of heavy loads. Find out more about the Spartan Chiropak at www.bit.ly/CAAChiropak There are up to 300,000 patient visits to Australian chiropractors each week. Chiropractic is a low risk profession with an enviable safety record in Australia, a result of evidence based care delivered by five year university educated healthcare professionals. Here, at Balanced for life we are offering a Back to School spine and backpack check. At a fraction of regular consultation fees, we are offering this check for $40.00. Let your kids start school off on the right foot! Call us now to make an appointment on 8810 2243. Limited spots! Spinal checks from 16th January- 10th February 2017.