According to the American Chiropractic Association, backpacks are the leading cause of pain among children and adolescents.
But some local doctors are reaching out to help ease the ache.
The Doctors at Milton Chiropractic say a few simple adjustments can save your child from pain:
- Place heavy items on the bottom, close to child's back
- Padded straps are best
- Wear both shoulder straps at all times. Use the waist or chest strap if it has one. It helps to distribute the load.
- Carry only essentials
- Not all backpacks are the same size. Make sure it fits the size of your child correctly. The "pack" should not be larger than the area between the base of their neck and the top of their waist.
And MIlton Chiropractic has one final tip. "You're seeing the kids and they're literally hunched over, so one of the thing that researchers have suggested is that children's backpacks should not exceed over 15% of their overall body weight."
Join Milton Chiropractic & Bay State Physical Therapy as we celebrate the town of Milton’s 350th Anniversary Big Event weekend on June 8th, 9th, & 10th! Fireworks kick off the event on Friday night the 8th at 9pm, and then join them for the biggest parade in Milton’s history on Saturday the 9th at 2pm. Look for the High and Wild Monster Truck in the parade sponsored by Milton Chiropractic & Bay State Physical Therapy. Then head over to Milton High School’s Family Fun Day where the truck will be stationed for posing with pictures after the parade! For a full listing of events, visit www.milton350thanniversary.org! We hope to see you there!
Chiropractic works - and so can you! A study in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that when it comes to work-related low back pain, the risk of disability recurrence is lower for people treated only by a chiropractor than patients treated only by a medical doctor.
Hurt your back at work? Call your chiropractor first. Call Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation.
Conservative care beats medication for neck pain according to the January 3, 2012 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The article states that the six year study confirms conservative care of either spinal manipulation or home exercise is more effective than over-the-counter medication for acute and sub-acute neck pain. Spinal manipulative therapy (chiropractic adjustments) was more effective than medication in both the short term and the long term, as was the exercise regimen treatment at a slightly less but not statistically significant rate.
The take from this is such: a course of treatment for neck pain involving both chiropractic adjustments (manipulative therapy) and home exercises (actually doing them!) will yield the highest outcome....less pain and a quick return back to your daily activities!
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