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Function vs fashion

  1. 1. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.BackpackTheDilemma
  2. 2. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Chiropractors, pediatricians and orthopedicsurgeons alike agree that backpacks are aproblem for your child’s spine.
  3. 3. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.While alone they may not cause majorproblems, overloading and improper carryingof a backpack can lead to headaches, neck,shoulder, and lower back pain.
  4. 4. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.An article published inSpine journal stated, “Of the1,122 backpack users, 74%were classified as having backpain, validated by significantlypoorer general health, morelimited physical function, andmore bodily pain”.Source: Backpack Use Directly Associated with Back Pain in Adolescents; Spine 2003; 28(9):922-930
  5. 5. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.HowHeavyHeavy?Toois
  6. 6. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.While most healthcareprofessionals do notagree on the exact weight,the consensus is that morethan 10% of your child’sbody weight can lead toback and neck painHow heavy is too heavy?
  7. 7. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The majority of healthcare professionalsagree that 15% or more of your child’s bodyweight can lead to severe back, neck andshoulder pain as well as headaches and otherspinal discomfort; not to mention aggravatingpre-existing spinal conditions such as scoliosis.How heavy is too heavy?Source: Moore MJ, White GL, Moore DL. Association of relative backpack weight with reported pain, pain sites, medical utilization, andlost school time in children and adolescents. J School Health. 2007;77:232–239; doi:10.1111/j.1746-1561 .2007.00198.x[Medline]
  8. 8. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.For example, if yourchild weighs 60-pounds, theyshould be limitedto carrying no morethan 9 pounds?No more than 15%© 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  9. 9. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.No more than 15%Child’s Weight Backpack Weight60 pounds 9 pounds70 pounds 10.5 pounds80 pounds 12 pounds90 pounds 13.5 pounds100 pounds 15 pounds110 pounds 16.5 pounds120 pounds 18 pounds130 pounds 19.5 pounds
  10. 10. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.HowLoadthetoLighten
  11. 11. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Parents, it’s importantto weigh your child’sbackpack at least oncea weekWeigh the Backpack
  12. 12. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Then work with yourchild to evaluate theirbackpack and “lightenthe load”Weigh the Backpack
  13. 13. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The “extra” book, binder,electronic device or waterbottle can easily add ahefty and unnecessaryextra weightUnnecessary Weight
  14. 14. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.ProperLoadingCarrying&
  15. 15. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Teach your child the importanceof loading and carrying theirbackpack correctly
  16. 16. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The heaviest itemsshould rest against theback, which meansloading them first andattempting to distributethe weight evenlyProper Loading
  17. 17. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The average studentthinks nothing of carryingtheir backpack slung overone shoulder, while thetruth is that this “fashionstatement” is damagingtheir developing spineProper Carrying
  18. 18. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Proper CarryingOne shoulder is beingrequired to carry aburden that bothshoulders and theback should be sharing
  19. 19. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Proper CarryingThe only proper wayto carry a backpack iswith both straps overthe shoulders and thebackpack restingagainst the lower back
  20. 20. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.FunctionFashionvs.
  21. 21. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Your first priority whenpurchasing a backpack is toselect function over fashion
  22. 22. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Years of using a fashionbackpack can only lead toimproper spinal alignment,poor posture and eventuallypain for your child or teen
  23. 23. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.When looking for abetter backpack,look for one that meetsa few certain criteriaBackpack Criteria
  24. 24. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The backpack should fitproperly: not too longor too short and shouldrest againstthe lower backBackpack Criteria
  25. 25. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It should have wide,padded, adjustablestraps for properpositioning on the backBackpack Criteria
  26. 26. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.If possible, find a backpackwith a hip strap and alumbar pillowBackpack Criteria
  27. 27. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The hip strap, when used, can distributea portion of the weight to the hips, easingthe load on the spine and shouldersThe use of a lumbar pillow will providethe necessary back support to the lumbarregion where the greatest portion ofweight is being carriedWeight Distribution
  28. 28. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Shopping TipRemember that themore support youbuy, the less spinalstress your child orteen will carry
  29. 29. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.While they do take theweight off the child’sshoulder, there areother facts to takeinto considerationAre roller bags the answer?
  30. 30. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It should be notedthat an empty rollerbag may weigh up to80% more than anempty backpackFact 1Source: www.icpa4kids.org/research/articles/childhood/backpack_research_newsletter.htm
  31. 31. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.These bags tend torun larger, inviting theowner to overload theirextra space with asmuch as 50 pounds ofunnecessary itemsFact 2Source: www.icpa4kids.org/research/articles/childhood/backpack_research_newsletter.htm
  32. 32. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.These bags will berolled, but your child orteen’s developing spineis still at risk whenhaving to lift a muchheavier pack upstairs orout of a vehicleFact 3Source: www.icpa4kids.org/research/articles/childhood/backpack_research_newsletter.htm
  33. 33. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.SymptomsLoading &Backpackof poorCarrying
  34. 34. Common Symptoms• Aching of the shoulders,neck or back• Pain, tingling or numbnessin the neck, arms or handsTalk to your Family WellnessChiropractor if your child orteen reports, or you notice,any of the following:
  35. 35. Common Symptoms• Weakened muscles• Headaches• Hunched posture• Leaning to one side,backward or forward• Red marks and creaseson the shoulders• Struggling to put on ortake off the backpack
  36. 36. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.So take the timeto educate yourchild or teen about“function” firstFunction First
  37. 37. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Or ask your Family Wellness Chiropractor!• International Chiropractic Pediatric Associationat www.icpa4kids.org• Backpacks and Children atwww.chiro.org/LINKS/backpacks.shtml• Backpack Safety America atwww.backpacksafe.comFor More Information
  38. 38. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.You have a small window of opportunity to ensurethat your child’s spine develops properly.Have your child’s backpack evaluated by yourFamily Wellness Chiropractor.
  39. 39. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  40. 40. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  41. 41. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.How to Contact Us…Gregson Health Chiropractic425 Winter StreetMadawaska, ME 04756P: (207) 436-1256www.GregsonHealth.comDrGregson@GregsonHealth.com

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