Don’t let School be a Pain in the Back!

As the new school year approaches, so does the pain that can be associated with it. An in-field observational study conducted by the Chiropractic Association Australia (CCA) of more than 340 school children on high-traffic school commute routes in late 2011, revealed 90% of school children have bad posture when carrying their bags which could result in spinal damage, while 75% are not using their backpack’s ergonomic features to prevent such damage.


Gabie Falconer

Chiropractor

Gabie comes from the country town of Dubbo which is about 5 hours north west of Sydney. Her passion for chiropractic comes from many years of interest in health and the human body as well as personal experiences with chiropractic treatment. She has a passion for health and the benefits that chiropractic has on the body. Gabie has attended courses in Thompson Technique and Dry Needling to help expand her knowledge within the field.

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What is the effect of heavy weighted backpacks?

  • Muscle strain
  • Pain in the shoulders, neck and back
  • Headaches
  • Irritation
  • Unbalanced tightness
  • Poor Postural Changes such as rounded shoulders and changes in spinal curve
  • Lead to adult back pain

Findings published in the Australian Spine journal1 highlighted that the weight of the average backpack is often heavier, proportionally, than the legal load-bearing limit for adults. Another international study found that daily backpack carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for school children. School backpacks were felt to be heavy by 79.1% of children, to cause fatigue by 65.7%, and to cause back pain by 46.1%.

Tips for carrying heavy backpacks:

  • Backpacks should be ideally no heavier than 10% of a student's weight when packed.
  • Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized - no wider than the student's chest
  • Choose a backpack with broad, padded shoulder straps
  • Use both shoulder straps - never sling the pack over one shoulder
  • Don't wear the backpack any lower than the hollow of the lower back
  • Don't overload the backpack - use school lockers and plan homework well in advance
  • Place all heavy items at the base of the pack, close to the spine, for a better distribution of the weight

Chiropractors are uniquely positioned to educate parents, teachers and students about spinal health care. Each week, there are over 215,000 visits to Australian chiropractors for a broad range of reasons. Chiropractic care has been proven to be effective, and can restore correct function and relieve pain symptoms associated with the carrying of heavy backpacks.

For more information or to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors – Call the clinic on (02) 8411 1024


References:
(many information and statistics have been taken from the Chiropractic Association Website - http://chiropractors.asn.au/resources/health-education/back-pack-tips)
1Negrini, S., & Carabalona, R (2002). Backpacks on! Schoolchildren's Perceptions of Load, Associations with Back Pain and Factors Determining the Load. Spine, 27(2), 187-195.

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