San Francisco chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs administers chiropractic treatments that can ensure that students’ backs are in correct alignment, which will help safely distribute the weight of the backpacks.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 06, 2011
Each new school year brings excitement for students, but this excitement can also come with added stress. The work becomes more advanced and the books get heavier. Heavier books means heavier backpacks and this increased weight can place a great deal of strain on the students’ back and neck. At this young age it is important to make certain the weight and stress does not begin to have a negative impact on posture.
The American Occupational Therapy Association recommends students carry backpacks no heavier than 15% of their body weight. This would mean a student weighing 100 pounds should carry a back pack weighing no more than 15 pounds. A 2004 UC Newsroom study of American students aged 11-15 years reported 64% of students having back pain related to carrying backpacks and 21% of those had pain lasting more than 6 months. The good news is this can be prevented with knowledge about proper backpack usage and focus on good posture. Dr. Adam Jacobs administers chiropractic treatments that can ensure that students’ backs are in correct alignment, which will help safely distribute the weight of the backpacks.
Posture is vital to our overall health and wellness. Imbalances in posture and scoliosis are important to catch at an early age to prevent them from getting worse and potentially causing chronic pain. If detected early, posture imbalances can be reduced or eliminated through chiropractic treatments offered at SF Custom Chiropractic. As the child grows, it is important to have the best alignment possible to set a better pattern for the future. Long hours at desks, heavy backpacks, school sports, and stress of homework can contribute to poor posture and back pain that could be improved with chiropractic care.
Scoliosis is a common postural disorder that is characterized by a progressive, abnormal sideways curve of the spine. The spine often curves in an “S” or “C” shape from side to side. Scoliosis is often found in adolescent and teen years, and if left untreated can cause serious medical problems. Pain, stiffness, and severe spinal deformity can result. While it is not curable, if scoliosis is found during childhood chiropractic care can help reduce the sway and slow down progression. For this reason, it is very important for students to have their backs checked for signs of scoliosis.
National School Backpack Awareness Day is celebrated this September 21st. To honor this day and promote posture, health, and education to San Francisco students, San Francisco Chiropractor Dr. Adam Jacobs of SF Custom Chiropractic is offering his services to perform posture and scoliosis checks in both schools and his office located at 425 Washington St. Ste.100 in San Francisco.
About SF Custom Chiropractic: SF Custom Chiropractic opened in January 2011. Head treating doctor, Dr. Adam Jacobs received his doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West (known for being the leader of sports chiropractic). He has a master’s degree and a full body and long nerve entrapment certification in Active Release Technique.