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National Backpack Safety Awareness Month

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Published on September 16, 2010 with No Comments

It is back to school time and kids are getting ready to fill up their backpacks. Today, more and more schoolwork is given to kids, and as a results, their backpacks get heavier and heavier. The heavier the backpack is; the more unnecessary stress is placed on the child’s spine. This can cause the misalignment of vertebrae of the spine – vertebral subluxations – which if left uncorrected can have serious health consequences.
It may be difficult to control the amount of schoolwork your child receives. However, there are things that you can do to ensure that their backpack does not cause damage to their spine.
First, limit the amount of weight that is placed in the child’s backpack at one time. Usually 10 percent of the child’s body weight is appropriate. Occasionally, schools will allow you to purchase a second set of books so that it is not necessary for the child to carry the books back and forth between home and school.


Second, get you child a spinal checkup on a regular basis. Carrying heavy backpacks can cause poor posture. Posture is one of the most overlooked keys to best health and performance. Good posture improves fitness, thinking ability, emotional state and general vitality. Parents who appreciate the importance of checkups for their child’s teeth, hearing, eyes, ears, nose and throat often draw a blank when it comes to their child’s spine. In fact, a spinal checkup could be one of the most important of your child’s life. Schedule an appointment with your family chiropractor today. Start the school year off on a healthy note. Bring your children in for a spinal checkup and give them the best chance to get healthy and stay healthy throughout the school year.

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