Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tors Offer Back­pack Safety Check­list

The August 04, 2005 Busi­ness Wire ran story about back­pack safety and chiropractic.

Dr. Kassie Donoghue, pres­i­dent of the Cal­i­for­nia Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion (CCA) states, “As the mother of an ele­men­tary school aged child, I know the pres­sure that comes from kids who want a cer­tain car­toon char­ac­ter or color. As a doc­tor, I want to do what’s most impor­tant for my child’s long term health.” She con­tin­ued, “Before going out to buy a back­pack, it’s help­ful to talk to your kids about the type of back­pack you want to buy. By fol­low­ing a few sim­ple guide­lines, you can help your child choose a back­pack they like and avoid seri­ous back problems.”

When choos­ing a back­pack for your child the CCA made some sim­ple sug­ges­tions to look for. They include:

  • Padded shoul­der straps
  • Padded back
  • Lum­bar support
  • Waist belt
  • Mul­ti­ple compartments
  • Cor­rect size

This is an impor­tant issue for doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic because we focus on well­ness and pre­ven­ta­tive care,” said Dr. Donoghue. “Our job is to help pre­vent health prob­lems and that’s why doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic are so con­cerned about chil­dren car­ry­ing back­packs that don’t fit well or that are too heavy.”

Dr. John Maltby, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion added, “Noth­ing is more impor­tant than the health and proper func­tion of a child’s ner­vous sys­tem. The spine houses a major part of the ner­vous sys­tem, the spinal cord. A healthy spine free of sub­lux­a­tions is essen­tial for ner­vous sys­tem func­tion. Back­packs when car­ried improp­erly, or over­loaded can be a major form of stress on a young devel­op­ing spine, cre­ate sub­lux­a­tions, and can have seri­ous effects on nerve sys­tem func­tion and gen­eral health.”

Ran­dom Article

The April 5, 2004 issue of the Atlanta Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion (AJC) reports on a study from Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity in Min­neapo­lis that shows

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