Well­ness Arti­cles

Back­pack Mis­use Leads to Back Prob­lems

More groups are warn­ing about chil­dren car­ry­ing back­packs. In two Feb­ru­ary 2001 sto­ries by the Asso­ci­ated Press and PRNewswire, health groups are com­ing out about the dan­gers of over­weight back­packs being car­ried by chil­dren. Some of the groups who have issued warn­ings include, the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics, the Amer­i­can Phys­i­cal Ther­apy Asso­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion and the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Association.

Some school dis­tricts have even begun to address this prob­lem. The Way­land, Mass., pub­lic school sys­tem has dis­trib­uted extra copies of some text­books to mid­dle school stu­dents so they don’t have to carry as many books between school and home. A recent study con­ducted in Italy found that the aver­age child car­ries a back­pack that would be the equiv­a­lent of a 39-​pound bur­den for a 176-​pound man, or a 29– pound load for a 132-​pound woman. Addi­tion­ally, pre­lim­i­nary results of stud­ies being con­ducted in France show that the longer a child wears a back­pack, the longer it takes for a cur­va­ture or defor­mity of the spine to cor­rect itself.

Ran­dom Article

story of 2 wolves

By Dr Robert Bates, DC

They say 90% of men­tal stress is in the form of auto-​suggestion. Which really is just us beat­ing up on ourselves.

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