Properly Schooling Our Children
Today, it is not unusual to see a young school-aged child carrying a backpack that weighs 20 to 40 pounds,
or more. When this heavy load is improperly distributed on a daily basis, there can be little question that it is going to
adversely affect a growing spinal column. This should be a source of concern to parents. Indeed, the Consumer Product Safety
Commission estimates that more than 3,300 children between the ages of 5 and 14 years received emergency-room care last year
due to injuries related to book bags. And, this statistic reflects nothing of the long-term back problems that heavy backpacks
may cause. This widespread problem calls for chiropractic assessment/treatment and education in prevention.
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