Family First Chiropractic and Wellness is located at 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta. Dr. Joelle Johnson,Dr. Stephen Kelly, Dr. Elton Clemence, Guy Lacoursiere TPT RMT,and Jeannette Raskin RMT CST,are available 6 days per week. The clinic is a family friendly environment for chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy and massage therapy.403.347.3261 www.family1stchiro.ca
Kids and backpacks just
seem to go together. Whether sending them off to school, to a sporting event or
for a sleepover with a friend, chances are they are be bringing a backpack. But
carrying a heavy load unevenly or improperly can result in poor posture and
even distort the spinal column, causing muscle strain, headaches, neck and arm
pain, and even nerve damage. At out clinic we see many children with mid back
pain, lowback pain, headaches, and even scoliosis aggravated by carrying an
overfull back pack.
than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of low back
pain by their teenage years. Alberta’s chiropractors offer the following tips
to ensure your child’s pack doesn’t become a pain in the back:
·Choose a bag made of lightweight material,
such as vinyl or canvas.
·Pick a bag that has two wide, adjustable and
padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap, a padded back and
plenty of pockets.
·Ensure the bag is proportionate to body size
and no larger than needed. The top of the pack should not extend higher than
the top of the shoulder, and the bottom should not fall below the top of the
·Explore other options like bags with wheels
and a pull handle for easy rolling.
·The total weight of the pack should not
exceed 10 to 15 per cent of the wearer’s body weight (depending on age).
·Make sure the backpack contains only what is
needed for the day or activity.
·Spread the weight throughout the pack.
·Pack the heaviest items close to the body.
·Both shoulder straps should always be used
and adjusted so the pack fits snugly against the body. You should be able to
slide a hand between the backpack and the wearer’s back.
·The pack should sit two inches above the
·Never allow your child to sling a backpack
over only one shoulder.
·The waist strap reduces the strain on the
back and transfers some of the load to the hips.
Joelle Johnson is a member of the ACAC and focuses on children’s health issues
in her office Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, 142 Erickson Drive, Red
Deer, T4R 2C3 403-347-3261 www.family1stchiro.ca