Its back-to-school-time, which means new backpacks for our patients. Although backpacks are a staple amongst school aged children, they can also pose a serious health threat. Atlas Chiropractic wants to ensure that our patients in the Phoenix area know the best backpack products, weight guidelines and safety habits for a healthy, pain-free school year.
In a 2003 article published in Spine Journal, researchers revealed 74.4% of backpack users suffered from back pain. Why is this so important? Backpack safety is especially vital because research shows that “children who experience back pain are at a heightened risk of having back pain as adults. The economic impact may be significant, because back pain is a major cause of disability in adults.” (Clin Orthop Relat Res 2003; 409:78-84.)
Student’s spines are tested with multiple stresses, including backpack loads, long hours studying, sports and the emotional toll that comes with being a kid. Consistent chiropractic care is vital to a growing spine. Chiropractic focuses on the areas in the spine where movement is restricted or spinal bones, called vertebrae, are out of alignment. This condition, termed the vertebral subluxation, is pervasive among students of all ages. The subluxation is linked with various problems, which may interfere with academic performance and overall well-being. Regular chiropractic care keeps spines free of vertebral subluxations, enabling patients to function at their peak performance. As part of your back-to-school checklist, make sure to schedule your children for a chiropractic check up at Atlas Chiropractic.
As a staple to the Northwestern Phoenix communities’ health, Dr. Fred Schofield wishes a great start to the new school year with several tips on keeping your child safe and healthy this school year.
Selecting a Backpack:
Packing a Back Pack:
Carrying a Backpack:
Dr. Fred Schofield is a Phoenix Chirorpactor of Atlas Chiropractic in Phoenix, serving North West Phoenix, North Phoenix & Glendale AZ.