Well­ness Arti­cles

Back­packs for Chil­dren Ques­tioned

In the Atlanta Journal-​Constitution Sep­tem­ber 28th 1999 issue, comes an arti­cle of con­cern about chil­dren car­ry­ing heavy back­packs. The arti­cle links these packs to an increase in mus­cu­loske­li­tal pains in chil­dren. The prob­lem accord­ing to the arti­cle is that the weight of these packs upsets the bal­ance in the spine, which can cause spinal and mus­cu­lar problems.

The Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion sug­gests that chil­dren not carry packs weigh­ing more that 10 or 15% of the childs body weight. The Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion (ICA) also states that improper lift­ing and car­ry­ing by your child can also con­tribute to spinal stress. The solu­tions sug­gested by the Journal-​Constitution arti­cle sug­gest light­en­ing the pack as well as mak­ing sure the load car­ried is bal­anced. The ICA also sug­gests reg­u­lar chi­ro­prac­tic check­ups for your child to ensure proper spinal and ner­vous sys­tem function.

Ran­dom Article

The South­ern California/​RAND Evidence-​based Prac­tice cen­tre (EPC) per­formed an analy­sis of clin­i­cal stud­ies con­ducted on chil­dren four weeks to 18 years of age

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