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CHIROPRACTOR Diversified SOT & Activator Adjusting Physio-Therapy Modalities Personalized Exercise & Stretching Regimes Massage Therapist on staff Effective Gentle Treatment for: • Back/Neck Pain • Carpal Tunnel • Spine/Disc injuries • Arthritis • Sports Injuries • TendonRis • Golf/Tennis Elbow • Sciatica • Headaches/TMJ • Whiplash 15 Commercial Street Portola, CA 96122 (530) 832-4442 I We otler prompt payment discounts, We bill ~wat’ insurance, Workers Compensation, Personal Injury and Medicare. Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage arm Bodywork Members of the American Massage Therapy Association Proper Backpack use just in time for Back to School Backpacks have made it easy for many Americans to throw in everything but the kitchen sink without realizing they could be throwing out their backs. Millions of students are racing to the school bus or scurrying to their class- es with overstuffed backpacks slung over one shoulder. At the same time, more adults have opted for lugging a backpack, rather than a briefcase, to and from the office. While carrying a backpack might seem harmless enough, it can cause some painful back and neck problems for people who don't pack or carry their backpacks properly, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). "Back pain is pervasive in our society." said ACA President James A. Mertz. "Eighty percent of all Americans ','.'ill suffer from it at some point in their lives, and 50 percent of us will suffer from low back-pain this year alone. Much of this suffering is brought on by bad habits initiated during our younger years--such as carrying overweight backpacks to school." A recent survey by Lands' End Direct Merchants found that more than 96 percent of children ages 8 to 12 will carry a backpack to school this ,,ear. Of those, nearly one-third '.~,ill carry their backpack improperly. Similarls. a recent study conducted in Italy found that the a'.erage child carries a back- pack that would be the equivalent ,af a 3'4-p~und backpack for a 176-pound man, or a 2q-pound backpack fi~r a 132-pound v.oman. That's greater than 20% of their respcetr, c body ',,,eights. What Can You Do? The ACA offers the foih~wing tip,, to parcnt~, to he}p prevent the needless pain that backpack misu.,,e could cause the students in your household. (And, now that backpacks ha;'c begun replacing brietca',cs in the work place, you to. might want to follow thi'-, advice): Make sure your child's backpack wclgh~, n,~ more than 5 to 10 p,.:rccnt of his or her bc,.Jy weight. If the backpack in hca',icr, it w ill cause ',our child to begin bending forward in an attempt to supp~’t the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps. The position of the backpack is important. ]'he backpack should not hang me, re than four inches behro, the waistline. A backpack that hangs t~ h~" increases the weight on the shoulders, causing ,,~ur child to lean fl~r',,,ard ~hen walking. A backpack with individualized compartments helps in p~ititming the contents most effectively. When packing die backp~ck, maku ~,ure that pointy or bulky objects are packed a'~.a', trom tile art:a that ~ill re>t on your child's back. An unc~cn surface rubbing against the back v, ill cause discomfort. Keep in mind that bigger is not neccssaril) better. Parents should buy the " best-designed backpack pos~,ible for their child. [he more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carD--and the heavier the backpack will be. It is important that your child ,,,.car b~th sh~,uldcr ,.,traps. Lugging the back- pack around by one shoulder strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, a~ well as lower back pain. • Padded straps are very important. Non-padded Mraps arc uncomfortable. and can dig into your child's shoulders. • The shoulder straps should also bc adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child's body. Shoulder straps that are too loose can cause the back- pack to dangle unconffortably aim cause spinal problems and pain. Many backpacks come equipped with hip belts, ttip belts are designed to carry the majority of the [,.~ad thus taking the ',aeight off of the neck, shoulders and back. Be sure the belt is fitted ahmg the area around the hips and above the pelvic bone, where the top of your pants usually ride. • If utilizing a hip belt properly, the maximum weight of the pack should not exceed 2()% of the child's body weight. • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child's teacher. It might be possible for your child to leave the heaviest btΧ~ks at scht~l, and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or v, orkbooks. If your child cominues to complain about back pain, c~msider an alterna- tive to traditional backpacks--packs on wheels. More parents and children are realizing the benefits of this safer way to transport books and other necessities to and from scht~al. • Talk to your child about the proper use of backpacks and help him or her understand why this and other ergonomic issues are important. A child who is educated early in life on the importance of ergonomics can apply this knowledge later in life--at home or in the office-- and will be happier and healthier as a result. For the Hiker Backpacks are not only a necessity in school, but also important for such outdoor enthusiasts as campers and hikers. When being fitted for a hiking backpack, find a backpack that accommodates your dorsal length--the area from the upper back to the bottom of your ribs-not your total height. • While hiking, the shoulder straps should be placed in the center of each clavicle, or collarbone. The shoulder straps are for increased stability, not for carrying an increased load. For proper wear and comfort, you should be able to fit two fingers comfortably under the straps. Most backpacks designed for hiking are equipped with hip belts. Since most hikers fill their backpacks completely, hip l:elts are designed to carry the majority of the load for longer periods of tim,'. Be sure the belt is fit- ted along the area around the hips and above the pelvic bone, where the top of your pants usually ride. When packing your hiking backpack, place the heaviest items in the bot- tom, the lighter items higher and in the pockets. Too much weight at the top of the backpack will result in an off-centered, disproportionate shift of weight, which can result in back pain. If you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack misuse, call your Doctor of Chiropractic", says Dr. Mertz. Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children. In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic can also prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in goo’ posture and sleeping habits. Numerous studies throughout the world have shown that chiropractic treatment, is effective and safe for a variety of conditions. For more information about the proper use of backpacks, chiropractic care or to find a Doctor of Chiropractic near you, call the ACA at 800/986-4636, or visit their Web site at www.acatoday.com or call Dr. Chris W. Anderson, D.C. in Portola at 530/832-4442. 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