Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tors Urge Cau­tion with Back­packs

A story from the July 18, 2000 /​PRNewswire warns con­sumers of the dan­gers of car­ry­ing back­packs too heav­ily loaded. The arti­cle reports on sev­eral stud­ies, “A recent sur­vey by Lands End Direct Mer­chants found that more than 96 per­cent of chil­dren ages 8 to 12 will carry a back­pack to school this year. Of those, nearly one-​third will carry their back­pack improp­erly. Sim­i­larly, a recent study con­ducted in Italy found that the aver­age child car­ries a back­pack that would be the equiv­a­lent of a 39-​pound back­pack for a 176-​pound man, or a 29-​pound back­pack for a 132-​pound woman.”

The Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion has offered some tips on proper car­ry­ing of back­packs by children.

Make sure the back­pack your child is wear­ing weighs no more than 5 to 10 per­cent of his or her body weight. The back­pack should never hang more than four inches below the waist­line. A back­pack with indi­vid­u­al­ized com­part­ments helps in posi­tion­ing the con­tents most effec­tively. It is impor­tant that your child wear both shoul­der straps.

If chil­dren are to carry back­packs com­mon sense cau­tion should be used. New mod­els now also come with wheels and han­dles allow­ing the back­pack to be pulled like rolling lug­gage when it is too heavy.

Ran­dom Article

An arti­cle in the Novem­ber 9, 2004 issue of the Boston Globe crit­i­cally exam­ines the rate of med­ical errors. The arti­cle starts off

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