Correct Posture Month

May is Correct Posture Month. Inside a May 6, 2004 Yahoo news release is a story in the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) proclaiming May as Correct Posture Month. The content notes that the new study published within the journal 'Spine' revealed an urgent requirement for health promotion programs to improve awareness and lower risks with the school environment, including heavy backpacks, desks and chairs which do not fit their users, as well as an lack of physical activity during recess.

During Correct Posture Month, the ACA is urging school administrators, teachers, and parents' organizations to more look closely at these unexpected dangers lurking within our schools. Parents and schools must be a little more conscious of the potential risks connected with heavy backpacks, improper computer ergonomics and physical inactivity.

The article listed a number of recommendations associated with posture in a number of different categories. These are:

* Ensure your kid's backpack weighs a maximum of 10 % of their bodyweight. A backpack shouldn't hang more than four inches below the waistline.
* Make certain your son or daughter's workstation chair fits them correctly. Limit your kid's time on the computer and ensure she or he takes periodic breaks during computing time.
* Children should take part in a minimum of half an hour of physical activity every day.
* Be sure your children are receiving plenty of rest.

The release noted that small children suffer from back pain much sooner than previous generations, and the usage of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor. The release also noted that a minimum of 70 % of America's 30 million elementary school students use computers, in accordance with a current New York Times article. As a result, many kids are already struggling with chronic pain in the hands, back, shoulders and neck, in addition to repetitive motion injuries for example carpal tunnel syndrome.

The release also recommends chiropractic care for kids. They observe that a doctor of chiropractic can provide information on lifestyle changes to keep children fit and healthy.

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