What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

BACK BREAKERS! BACKPACK OVERHAUL

     Home  >  Articles  > Health & Fitness Guide
by Dr. Gregg D. Rubinstein

Related:


Parents and educators everywhere are concerned about the burdens children are lugging around each day in the form of poorly designed, improperly packed, and inappropriately worn backpacks.

This phenomenon has also become a major focus of chiropractors who have recognized that early childhood back stress is a major cause of spinal instability and nerve-related health problems.


Unfortunately, these injuries can lay dormant for years, only to express themselves as serious spinal problems in adults. According to a study in Spine, signs of spinal disc degeneration appeared on MRI scans of approximately one-third of the 13-year-old children who were studied, even though only some of them were experiencing back pain. In another study, published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 96 percent of the children examined were found to have pelvic subluxations. The spinal degenerative arthritis that results from subluxations are one of the most common preventable diseases affecting society today â?? but prevention must start at an early age.

In response to parent concerns, some state lawmakers are looking at mandating maximum backpack weight, redesigning text books and even purchasing an extra set of books for each child to use at home. Rather than wait for new laws to be passed, every parent and child should take the responsibility to increase their knowledge on backpack safety, so they can use good lifting and body awareness techniques and prevent unnecessary injuries. This will also ensure that children keep their spines and nerve systems healthy as they grow.

Here are some important Backpack Safety Tips you can begin using immediately:

--If possible, use a backpack with wheels, and roll it
--Otherwise, use a backpack with padded shoulder straps and lumbar support, and wear both shoulder straps
--Pack only what you need and place heavy items on the bottom
--Bend at the knees when lifting the backpack
--Never lift more than 15 percent of your body weight:

If your body weighs: You may carry up to:
50 pounds 7.5 pounds
70 pounds 10.5 pounds
80 pounds 12 pounds
100 pounds 15 pounds
120 pounds 18 pounds

Chart provided by Backpack Safety America


Make backpack safety and spinal health a priority. Invest in a quality backpack, use it properly, and make an appointment for your children to receive a spinal examination today.

DR. GREGG D. RUBINSTEIN has a chiropractor practice on West 57TH Street, NYC. He can be reached at (212) 977-7094; www.57thstreetchiropractor.com.



 


Did you find this helpful?

Get more useful parenting info weekly
Sign-up for newsletter


More Health & Fitness Guide Articles

Springtime Allergies & Kids
How To Keep Kids Healthy at Camp
FUTURE FORECASTS for 2000
New Motherhood … A Recipe For Back Pain?
Summer Hair Care for Young Campers and Swimmers

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Health & Fitness Guide Sponsors


Lana's Gymnastics Club
71-25 Main St.
Flushing, NY
718-263-2121
Lana?s Gymnastics is actually 3 facilities in one....

Boomers!
655 Long Island Ave.
Medford, NY
631-475-1771
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE EXCITEMENT THAT YOU WILL FIN...

Play Group Theatre (The)
One N. Broadway
White Plains, NY
914-946-4433
The Play Group Theatre® (PGT) is Westchester's the...

Danceworks
69 Lake Road
Congers, NY
845-268-4669
Danceworks has been in the Clarkstown area for 28 ...

Main Street Pediatric Dentistry
115 Main St., Suite 302
Tuckahoe, NY
914-633-4440
Welcome to the specially designed pediatric dental...
See Our Health & Fitness Guide Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE