I have seen a Chiropractor on and off since I was a child. I believe it's an important part of your regular medical care. I wish it was covered by our healthcare system... my rant aside... My kids have received Chiropractic care as well, it has really helped my daughter, who was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2010.
So I was all for the Ontario Chiropractic Association reaching out to me to ask if I would like to share one of these OBUS backpacks filled with school supplies with one of my Canadian readers!!
DID YOU KNOW?!
Carrying too much weight in a backpack or wearing it the wrong way can have a drastic effect on a growing child, including bad posture and distortion of the spinal column leading to muscle pain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage. In fact, more than half of young people experience at least one episode of lower back pain by their teenage years, often caused by improper use of backpacks.
Tips from the Experts...
As part of the Pack it Light, Wear it Right education campaign, the Ontario Chiropractic Association has the following tips for parents to teach kids how to choose, pack and wear a backpack to avoid unnecessary pain:
- Choose the right backpack. Brand names aside make sure your child picks a bag made from lightweight material that has two wide, adjustable, padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap, padded back and plenty of pockets. Make sure it fits well and that its size is proportionate to their body.
- Pack it properly. The total weight of the filled pack should be no more than 10 to 15 per cent of your child’s body weight. Pack heaviest objects close to the body, and place bumpy or odd shaped ones on the outside, away from the back.
- Wear it the right way. Carrying a pack over one shoulder may look cool but encourage kids to use both shoulder straps, and adjust the pack so it fits snugly to the body, without dangling to the side. Wearing the waist strap is also encouraged for added stability.
- Lift the backpack carefully. Don’t let your kids just pick up the pack and throw it over their shoulders. Teach them how to properly lift it, which starts by putting the pack on a flat surface, at waist height and slipping on the pack, one shoulder at a time. Teach your kids to lift using the arms and legs and bend at the knees.
Valued at over $75, it contains a backpack made of lightweight material with adjustable, padded shoulder straps and plenty of pockets – just the style recommended as part of the Ontario Chiropractic Association’s Pack It Light, Wear It Right education campaign that teaches parents and kids how to choose, pack and wear backpacks to avoid unnecessary injury this fall.
The backpack is carefully packed with all the supplies needed to start the school season off right – including a cool geometric binder, pocket highlighters, apple shaped post-it notes, combination padlock, paper refills, pens, pencils, calculator, mini Stapler, 3-in-one pen/highlighter/page flagger, and a combination three-hole punch and ruler.
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