Monthly Archives: January 2014

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School a ‘pain in the back’

The new school year means back to carrying around heavy backpacks Uncorrected postural issues, heavy school bags and poor lifestyle choices can all lead to spinal health problems as a child grows. Spinal health problems related to childhood often go unnoticed, as initial poor posture, back pain and “growing pains” can unfortunately develop into an accepted part of everyday life. Many of the current bags children are using may be fashionable, but unless they allow for even distribution across the back, they can place unhealthy stress on a child’s spine. School can be a challenging time for children, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important to their physical and mental development. According to the Chiropractors Association of [...]

By |January 23rd, 2014|General|0 Comments

School can be a pain in the back!

As school bags are dusted off in readiness for the 2014 school year, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia NT (CAANT) would like to take time this month to warn parents and students about the long term impact of poorly fitted or over loaded backpacks and school bags. As our children grow and have to carry more, there is mounting evidence that shows how much stress, heavy school bags can place on growing spines1.  This repetitive stress can lead to acute and longer spinal related complaints, and the fact is, lugging an overloaded school bag to and from school can have health implications to our children. According to an international study1, daily backpack carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for [...]

By |January 10th, 2014|General|0 Comments