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Schoolbags and Back Pain in Children Between 8 and 13 Years

Chiro.Org Blog: Over 70% of the subjects had a schoolbag that exceeded the recommended 10% bag weight to body ratio. A total of 32% of the sample complained of back pain, with 74% of these defining it as low in intensity on the face pain scale-revised. The presence of back pain was statistically related to gender, body mass index (BMI), school and bag weight to body weight ratio. After adjusting for other factors, self-reported back pain in schoolchildren is independently linked to carrying heavy schoolbags. This link should be addressed to decrease the occurrence of back pain in this age group. […]

Posturing for Wellness: Good Health Begins with Good Posture

Chiro.Org Blog: Doctors of chiropractic have long emphasized the importance of posture and other lifestyle factors in the body’s ability to function optimally. In a broad sense, good posture can be considered an ongoing battle against bad habits. “The body endures hundreds of insults each day,” says Scott W. Donkin, DC, DACBOH, “but we have the choice of controlling how they affect us. Once destructive habits are identified, people can change, prevent, and relieve both present and future physical problems. The quality of our later years can be enhanced and many physical problems prevented if we understand and deal early on with the underlying issues.” Dr. Donkin is the author of Sitting on the Job. [1] […]

Effect of Backpack Load Carriage on Cervical Posture in Primary Schoolchildren

Chiro.Org Blog: Subjects demonstrated immediate and statistically significant changes in CVA, indicating increased forward head positions upon donning the backpacks containing 15% and 20% body weight. Following the 6MWT, the CVA demonstrated further statistically significant changes for all backpack loads indicating increased forward head postures. For the 15 & 20% BW conditions, more than 50% of the subjects reported discomfort after walking, with the neck as the primary location of reported pain. […]

Trading Backpacks For Rolling Luggage Fails in German Primary School Study

Trading Backpacks For Rolling Luggage Fails in German Primary School Study

The Chiro.Org Blog

It’s well understood that heavy backpacks are taking a heavy toll (excuse the pun!) on adolescent spines. [1] A recent standing magnetic resonance imaging study by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, at San Diego revealed that: “Increasing backpack […]

As The Twig Is Bent… So Grows The Tree

As The Twig Is Bent… So Grows The Tree

The Chiro.Org Blog

We’ve all heard that old bromide.

Even after years of published articles, decrying the detrimental effects of backpack overloading on the pediatric spine, children are still routinely required to carry more than the recommended upper limit of 10% of their body weight […]