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 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.
What is the effect of heavy weighted backpacks?
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:
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
(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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