Well­ness Arti­cles

Cor­rect Pos­ture Month

May is Cor­rect Pos­ture Month. In a May 6, 2004 Yahoo news release is a story from the Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion (ACA) pro­claim­ing May as Cor­rect Pos­ture Month. The arti­cle notes that a new study pub­lished in the jour­nal ‘Spine’ revealed an urgent need for health pro­mo­tion pro­grams to increase aware­ness and reduce risks in the school envi­ron­ment, such as heavy back­packs, desks and chairs that don’t fit their users, and an absence of phys­i­cal activ­ity dur­ing recess.

Dur­ing Cor­rect Pos­ture Month, the ACA is urg­ing school admin­is­tra­tors, teach­ers, and par­ents’ orga­ni­za­tions to more closely exam­ine these unex­pected dan­gers lurk­ing in our schools. Par­ents and schools need to become more aware of the risks asso­ci­ated with heavy back­packs, improper com­puter ergonom­ics and phys­i­cal inactivity.

The arti­cle listed a series of rec­om­men­da­tions related to pos­ture in sev­eral dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. These are:

  • Make sure your child’s back­pack weighs no more than 10 per­cent of his or her body­weight. A back­pack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline.
  • Make sure your child’s work­sta­tion chair fits him or her cor­rectly. Limit your child’s time at the com­puter and make sure he or she takes peri­odic breaks dur­ing com­put­ing time.
  • Chil­dren should par­tic­i­pate in at least 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal activ­ity each day.
  • Make sure your kids are get­ting plenty of rest.

The release noted that young chil­dren are suf­fer­ing from back pain much ear­lier than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, and the use of over­weight back­packs is a con­tribut­ing fac­tor. The release also noted that at least 70 per­cent of America’s 30 mil­lion ele­men­tary school stu­dents use com­put­ers, accord­ing to a recent New York Times arti­cle. As a result, many chil­dren are already suf­fer­ing from chronic pain in the hands, back, neck and shoul­ders, as well as repet­i­tive motion injuries such as carpal tun­nel syndrome.

The release also rec­om­mends chi­ro­prac­tic care for chil­dren. They note that a doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic can offer advice on lifestyle changes to keep chil­dren fit and healthy.

Ran­dom Article

The above head­line comes from the June 30, 2003 ABC News online. The story is in reac­tion to a report com­mis­sioned by the Amer­i­can Academy

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