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Pack it Light, Wear it Right: Backpack Tips from Ontario's Chiropractors - Homework might be a pain in the neck, but it shouldn't hurt kids' backs!
"Poorly designed or overloaded backpacks can really cause pain, and can contribute to chronic back, neck and shoulder problems," says Ontario Chiropractic Association President Dr. David Brunarski. "Because of this, wearing and packing a backpack properly is especially important for children, whose spines are still growing," he adds, noting that according to a 2010 study published in the journal Spine, increased loads of 4, 8 and 12 kg resulted in compressed discs in the lower back and increased curvature of the spine.
The Ontario Chiropractic Association's 'Pack It Light, Wear It Right' public education program offers helpful advice for parents and kids alike.
For example, when shopping for a new backpack, consider:
When packing a backpack, remember:
When lifting a backpack:
It is important to note that these tips aren't exclusive to children. Adults who lug oversized purses, laptop bags and luggage are prone to back injury and would do well to review tips provided through the Pack it Light, Wear it Right - on the go program. For information about all 'Pack Light, Wear Right' programs, visit www.chiropractic.on.ca.
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