Pack it Light. Wear it Right.
VANCOUVER, Aug. 29, 2017 /CNW/ – With back-to-school right around the corner, the British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) and BC’s Chiropractors would like to remind parents and educators about the long-term health risks associated with wearing poorly designed backpacks and/or carrying too much weight.
Over 50% of Canadian youth will suffer at least one back pain episode during their school years. Not only are these injuries painful, they can directly impact a student’s ability to concentrate and learn. They can also have an impact on the enjoyment of leisure and sports activities, which are an equally critical part of a young person’s life.
“Injuries related to backpacks that are too heavy or worn incorrectly can have lasting effects. It’s very important that parents and educators pay attention that backpacks are not overloaded and are worn correctly.” says Dr. Jay Robinson, BCCA President.
It’s common for kids to lug around backpacks appearing to be twice their body weight. Though it may seem cool to sling a heavy load over one shoulder – long-term head, neck, and shoulder pain are not. Here are some helpful tips that will help your child carry his or her backpack with ease:
START WITH THE BAG: choose a lightweight bag (canvas or vinyl are best) with a padded back, two wide (around 2 inches in width) shoulder straps, a hip or waist strap and lots of pockets.
MAXIMIZE THOSE POCKETS: pick a pack with lots of compartments, and use them, to help balance the load.
HEAVIER ITEMS IN THE BACK: pack heaviest items closest to your back. Make sure items in the backpack are not sliding around.
PACK IT LIGHT: The backpack should only contain what is needed for the day. Kids in grades K-8 should not carry more than 10% of their total body weight. Kids in grades 8 and up can get away with up to 15%. Weight adds up quick so make sure to weigh that pack.
WEAR IT RIGHT: Place the backpack on a flat, waist-level surface and slip straps on one at a time. Adjust the straps so the pack sits flush against the back, it should be fit well but not be too tight (if you can’t slide a hand between the pack and your child’s back it’s too tight. Use the hip or waist strap, it reduces the strain on the back.
For more backpack tips and downloadable backpack safety resources visit www.bcchiro.com/PackItLight.
The British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) is the voluntary professional organization that represents BC’s chiropractors. We are dedicated to advancing the chiropractic profession through public awareness, advocacy to government, and collaborating with other health professionals to improve the lives of British Columbians.
Spine, muscle, nervous system and related conditions affect 8 out of 10 British Columbians at least once during their lifetime. Chiropractors are experts trained to diagnose the cause of pain, treat that pain, and help prevent it from coming back allowing people to lead healthy, active lives.
SOURCE British Columbia Chiropractic Association
For further information: For more information, or to request a chiropractor to speak at your child’s school: Dr. Jay Robinson, President, email@example.com, 604-270-1332; Angie Knott, Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-270-1332
Did you know that here in BC, 20% of the population suffers from some form of chronic pain? Chiropractors have a significant opportunity to play a larger role in BC’s healthcare landscape. One of the ways in which BCCA is working to integrate chiropractors into this landscape is through our partnership with Pain BC.
As a lead-up to the Pain Management Program, which is being developed in partnership with Pain BC, and which will be available to BCCA members in the fall, we are thrilled to present our members with a free webinar series: Understanding and Managing Pain. This series serves as an introduction to some of the concepts, which will be explored more in depth during the program.
Beginning March 30, BCCA will offer 3 free lunch-hour webinars. Webinars will last 45 minutes (30-minute presentation and 15-minute Q&A). Webinars are free but we do ask for pre-registration in order to reserve limited spots.
Webinar 1: “Putting the Science of Pain into Practice” with Dr. Richard McIlmoyle
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, DC, Chiropractor at Achieve Health Clinic and Instructor at West Coast College of Massage Therapy
In this webinar Dr. McIlmoyle will present:
- An overview of pain from a biopsychosocial viewpoint vs. a pathomechanical viewpoint
- Understanding the generation of pain (Placebo/Nocebo effects)
- Applying these concepts in practice: managing patient expectations in order to help them have better outcomes, and the role of adjustment in chronic pain.
Webinar 2: “Chiropractic: A Key Piece of the Chronic Pain Puzzle”
Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 12:15 – 1:00 pm.
Presenter: Dr. Demetry Assimakopoulos, DC, Clinical Coordinator at the UHN Comprehensive Pain Program and Chiropractor at Centre for Fitness Health and Performance.
In this webinar Dr. Assimakopoulos will discuss the complex puzzle of chronic pain, how chiropractors provide an essential piece in that puzzle and how they fit with the other health professionals on the team. He will examine the burden of chronic pain, and what has been tried and what has failed to relieve this burden. Finally, he will discuss the tools at a chiropractor’s disposal, as well as what can be added to the chiropractors’ toolbox to help ease the burden for their patients
*If you missed this webinar, a recording of it will be available to BCCA members in May/June, after the 3rd live webinar*
Webinar 3: “Chronic Pain & CBT: A Treatment Tool for Chiropractors”
Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 12:15 – 1:00 pm.
Presenter: Judy Le Page, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist, Adjunct Professor, Division of Rheumatology, University of British Columbia.
In this webinar, Dr. Judy Le Page, Registered Psychologist, will provide a brief description of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), some of the key principles behind CBT, and how CBT has been used to treat anxiety and depression. She will also discuss some of the key cognitive and behavioural factors associated with chronic pain, and how CBT skills can be incorporated into a chiropractic practice in order to engage the chronic pain patient in treatment, and help facilitate their rehabilitation process.
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