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10 Backpack Safety Tips That Every Parent Needs To Know For Their School-Aged Child

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Chiropractor In Maple, Vaughan Discusses Essential Backpack Safety Awareness Tips

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Back in the day when I was in grade school (we ‘re talking about the 80’s) kids didn’t carry or use backpacks. It wasn’t the norm as it is today and so it didn’t pose a common risk to the backs and spines of school-aged children. The most we carried to school was a lunch box and one or two books. Today, I see children with backpacks that are filled to the max and super heavy for their petite body size.

 

 

 

 

Here are 10 essential backpack safety awareness tips that every parent should know:

  1. Avoid choosing a backpack for the fashionable look. Backpacks are needed for their functionality and not for their looks. Choose a good backpack for your child that has evenly distributed compartments, a padded back side and padded shoulder straps.
  2. The backpack size should be proportional to your child body size. A common mistake I see is that the child is carrying a backpack that is too big for them. The danger is that the backpack gets overloaded and heavy.
  3. The weight of the backpack should be 10% of the child body weight. So, an 60 lb child should be carrying a backpack that is 6 lbs. A 60 lb child should NOT be carrying a backpack that is 15 lbs for example. To an adult that may not seem too heavy, but it represents 25% of the child’s body weight (in this example). Imagine an adult with a body weight of 180 lbs carrying a weight on their back that is 25% of their body weight. That equals 45 lbs of weight. I don’t think you would find that appealing nor comforting. The same goes for a child. In fact, a heavy backpack places a tremendous amount of load on the child’s spine which can lead to strains.
  4. All heavy books (like text books) should be stored in the backside of the backpack, closest to the child’s back. Lighter books and items should be stored in the front of the backpack. This allows the heavier items to be closer to the child’s center of mass when standing and walking thereby minimizing strain on their back and neck.
  5. Use the side pockets and compartments evenly. These compartments should be used to store smaller items like water bottles, pencil cases etc.
  6. Teach your child to wear BOTH shoulder straps. This gets the weight of the backpack evenly distributed throughout the child’s body and prevents overloading to one side of the shoulder.
  7. The backpack should never hang low on the child’s back. This will cause slouching and a poor posture to develop. Show your child how to tighten the backpack so it rests right up on the child’s back by tugging on the pull straps located on the shoulder straps.
  8. Leave non-essential items at home, like handheld gaming devices etc. Items that are not essential for schooling needs will increase the weight and bulkiness of the backpack.
  9. Binders add more bulk to the backpack. Minimize the number of binders used and consolidate homework sheets into one smaller folder or binder.
  10. Lunches can add weight and bulk to the backpack. Consider a light reusable lunch bag and have the child carry it by hand to avoid added load to the back.

Parents, by following these 10 backpack safety tips, you can help minimized the weight and load of the child’s backpack and prevent strain and poor posture from developing. 

 

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Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor who has been serving the Maple and Vaughan community for over 13 years.
Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people all age groups. He has completed many post-graduate courses in techniques applicable to both children and adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques,
Dr. Salubro offers an extensive line-up of health and wellness workshops, exercise classes and a run-walk club to his patients.

Dr. Salubro is a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, having completed four half-marathons, a 30k road race and three marathons. Whether it is in his day-to-day interactions with his patients or through one of his health classes, Dr. Salubro motivates people to be the best they can be, the healthiest they can be and the happiest they can be so they can fulfill the life of their vision and dreams.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing the highest quality chiropractic care for all of his patients. He is a 1999 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic and certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Walter Salubro is Webster Technique Certified, certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Salubro caters to the specialized care of infants and pregnant mothers.

Why chiropractic care for kids?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Back To Health Chiropractic Care in Maple, Vaughan provides pediatric chiropractic care.

Young girl playing with paintMaple, Vaughan ON – Today, more and more parents are bringing their children to the chiropractor. Children receive tremendous benefit from chiropractic care.

Many times, we will get a call from a parent that goes something like this: “My friend has been bringing her baby with colic to the chiropractor and she said it has helped.  My child has constipation, can chiropractic help?”

Yes, chiropractic can help. We have seen many children with childhood conditions like colic, bedwetting, asthma, allergies and digestive troubles respond well to chiropractic care. However, chiropractic care is not a treatment for these conditions.  The objective of chiropractic care is to find and correct spinal misalignments.  Spinal misalignments can exist in infants and children just a they can exist in adults. 

Why should kids get checked for spinal misalignments?

Because a spinal misalignment puts strain and stress on the nervous system.

A healthy nervous system free of strain and stress is essential because the nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the body, including healing and repair.  Therefore, a spinal misalignment can diminish and decrease a child’s ability to express optimal function and optimal health.  Every parent I have ever met wants their child to be fully healthy, expressing their fullest life potential. Chiropractic aims to keep the spine and nervous system optimized and healthy. In this respect, chiropractic works for infants and children just as it does for adults.

How does a infant or child get spinal misalignments?

In children, there are numerous way that spinal misalignments can occur and often time they go undetected because the child will not usually complain of pain like an adult does.

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5 Ways To Stay Fit Without Going To The Gym

Friday, February 8th, 2013

So you want to start working out but you don’t want to join a gym. Not to worry. There are other options.  

Read on …

According to The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), adults require 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of exercise a week.  If you are looking to start exercising but don’t want to join a gym, the good news is you can do other fun, exciting and rewarding activities that will get you moving, sweating and feeling great.  Exercise and physical activity brings with it lots of health benefits. Regular exercise must be a pillar to the foundation of great health.

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Back To Health Chiropractic Centre of Maple, Vaughan Launches New Clinic Website.

Monday, January 21st, 2013

New chiropractic website introduces corrective chiropractic care and family wellness to the community of Maple, Vaughan Ontario.

 Maple, ON – Back To Health Chiropractic Centre has had a growing online presence since June of 2010, with the launch of this clinic blog site. Since then, it has expand to Twitter (www.twitter.com/backtohealthcc) and recently Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/backtohealthcc).

Last month, Back To Health Chiropractic Centre launched it’s new clinic homepage, www.iBTHCC.com. The purpose for this homepage is to give people and prospective patients an introduction to the clinic and offer insight into some of the services it offers – such as corrective chirorpactic care, pediatric chiropractic care, pregnancy chiropractic care and wellness seminars.

“People may want to get the ‘look’ and ‘feel’ of a chiropractic office before coming in for an appointment”, says Dr. Walter Salubro, clinic owner and chiropractor.  “More importantly, they want to know how chiropractic can help with their specific condition, pain or problem.  The goal for our new homepage is to give people an idea of the type of chiropractic office we are and what to expect from their visit to our Centre”.

Back To Health Chiropractic Centre has been serving the people of Maple and Vaughan since 2001.  It is a family-wellness, children-friendly chiropractic centre that provides corrective chiropractic care to people of all ages.  Go check out the new homepage at www.iBTHCC.com.

 

Introducing A Comprehensive Nutrition Workshop Module

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Back To Health Chiropractic Centre In Maple, Vaughan to teach a comprehensive nutrition workshop module in the January 2013.

Maple, ON – It’s not surprising that many diseases are linked to bad diets and eating habits.  Yet, many degenerative conditions and diseases, like cancer, heart disease and diabetes can be prevented simply by following a healthy nutritional plan and with good eating habits.  Back To Health Chiropractic Centre will be teaching a 4 part Nutrition Workshop Module in January.  This is a free workshop series for all patients of Back To Health Chiropractic Centre and non-patient guests as well. 

To read a description of what you will learn at the Nutrition Workshop Module, go to http://backtohealthchiropracticcentre.com/programs-workshops/nutrition-workshop-module/.

“A balanced diet with foods high in nutritional value is an essential pillar to optimal health and well-being”, says Dr. Walter Salubro, family chiropractor at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre.  “Too many people are stuck eating processed foods, fast foods, junk foods and a workshop series such as this one gives people a solid foundation to making simple, yet effective changes in their food intake and eating habits. The result is better health, better weight management and an overall higher quality of life.”

If you are looking to make changes in your diet, improve your eating habits and start choosing healthier foods, go check out the Nutrition Workshop Module at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, which starts January 9, 2013.

 

 

 

7 Ways To A Better Diet For You And Your Family

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

A 2004 Statistics Canada report shows that many Canadians “do not have a balanced diet”.

There is a huge problem today with the diet and eating habits of Canadians. 

The Statistics Canada report, titled “Overview Of Canadians’ Eating Habits”1, by Didier Garriguet showed that:

 

  • A majority of Canadians don’t get enough fruits and vegitables in their diet.
  • More then a quarter of men and women in their thirties and forties get more then 35% of their calories from fats.
  • People of all ages get more then 20% of their calories from other low nutritional valued foods (such as butter, beverages like soft drinks and coffee, foods that are sugar like syrups, jams, honey and high-fat, high-salt foods like chips). 
  • A quarter of Canadians, including adults and children, eat something that comes from a fast food outlet.

The question that is important here is … “How are your eating habits?” 

In the fast-paced, mass-production world we live in today, it may seem difficult to eat a balanced nutritional diet. However, that’s not true.  Eating a balanced diet is possible and we have been teaching this at our clinic for years. You too can start making healthier eating choices for yourself, your children and your family.

Here are some tips that will get you starting to eat a healthier, leaner and more nutritional meal.

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How To Prevent A ‘Heart Attack Grill’-Like Incident

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Did you hear? Fox News reported about a man who suffered a heart attack while dining at a popular Las Vegas restaurant and the restaurant is called Heart Attack Grill.

Irony, you call it? Coincidence? Or was it a series of choices that led to an impactful wake-up call for this man? Luckily the paramedics arrived in time to help this man and reports say he is alive.

More then likely this wasn’t due to a one-time meal at a high-calorie restaurant but due to a series of choices that culminated in a traumatic and life-threatening incident.

At our clinic, Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, we teach about choices at our wellness workshops and lectures. I tell our patients that the choices you make today in life will shape your future.  And if you want to live a life of your dreams and vision, the choices you make today absolutely matter.  So you owe it to yourself to make the right choices for your health and your well-being, not just for now but for the rest of your life.

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The Top 10 Reasons For Your Child To Have A Chiropractic Check-Up

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Maple (Vaughan), Ontario – It is common for people to seek treatment from chiropractors for low back pain, neck pain, headaches or even injuries from work and car accidents.  These are conditions that are mostly seen in adults.   Since a child will not typically complain of low back pain, neck pain or headaches, the parents may never see a reason to get their child checked by a chiropractor for a well exam or a spinal / posture check-up.   However, regardless of any pain or symptom, a child may have spinal misalignments or posture displacements that could be putting strain on their nervous system.  Since the nervous system controls and co-ordinates every function of the body, it’s imperative that the nervous system remains as stress-free as possible for optimal health, optimal growth and optimal body function.

Consider this … spinal misalignments can occur at any time throughout the child’s growth, development and life.

Here are the 10 top reasons for your child to have a chiropractic check-up:

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Optimal Posture Is Essential For Overall Health And Well-Being

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed one shoulder may be lower then the other? Or have you ever noticed your friend’s head is way too forward? Or have you ever look at someone else and noticed they have a “hump” in the upper back? Or has someone ever told you that you slouch when you’re standing?

These are just some of the many types of postural imbalances that are common in people, adults, teens and children alike.

Postural imbalances or postural displacements can cause strain and stress on spinal bones, nerves and muscles.  This can lead aches, pain, fatigue and even a decrease in body function and health.

What is normal ideal posture? What does normal posture look like? Read on …

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From aches, pains and difficulties to health, happiness and improved quality of life with chiropractic.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

 “frequent headaches.”
“severe back ache.”
“constant migraines.”
“constant pain on a daily basis.”
“always in pain and discomfort”.
“strong neck and back pain.”
“powerful migraines.”     “always feeling exhausted.”    “a lot of pain and stress in the back of my neck”   “tired and had little energy”   “problems sleeping”   “at times unable to move”

These are the words that patients have used to describe their pain or how they were feeling before they started chiropractic care at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre.  Can you relate to any of these people’s conditions? Have you ever experienced any of them yourself? Read on…

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