A heavy backpack can cause painful neck and back problems

Reduce the stress by 80% and lighten the load by 30% with an AirPacks ergonomically designed backpack.

A school backpack is a popular item for kids these days. Millions of elementary, middle, and high school students are heading to their classes with overstuffed backpacks slung over their shoulders. While carrying a backpack to school every day may seem harmless enough, it can cause painful neck and back problems and injuries for students who don't pack or carry their backpacks properly. Heavy loads can cause repetitive stress injuries and spinal pain that will worsen with age and may last a lifetime.

Medical Professionals Advise No More Than 10-15% of Body Weight in School Backpacks.

More and more doctors are seeing children for back pain and injuries caused by backpacks. Medical professionals advise that individuals carry no more than 10-15% of their body weight on their backs.

For example: A child weighing:

o 50 lbs. should carry no more than 7.5 lbs.
o 80 lbs. should carry no more than 12 lbs.
o 100 lbs. should carry no more than 15 lbs.
o 130 lbs. should carry no more than 19.5 lbs.
o 150 lbs. should carry no more than 22.5 lbs.

Many children are carrying up to 40 lbs. and are hurting themselves. If children are feeling headaches, neck aches, bad posture, achy and strained muscles, low back pain, muscle spasms, tingling hands, and increased scoliosis complications, they are carrying too much weight improperly.

Airpacks Innovative Air Technology Lightens the Load on Your Child's Spine

AirPacks has developed a unique, patented system designed to help children carry their loads more comfortably and safely. The AirPacks System is an innovative "air technology" that uses a combination of air-filled straps and a lumbar cushion to redistribute weight to the stronger, load bearing muscles in the hips and lower back - exactly where medical experts say weight should be carried.

By shifting weight to the lower extremities, the AirPacks System creates a fulcrum that promotes an upright standing position. AirPacks encourage the body to stand posturally correct. The AirPacks System actually improves the overall biomechanics of the spine, reducing the stress on the body by 80% and lightening the effective load by 30%. So the wearer actually FEELS BETTER.

Other backpack companies may call their packs ergonomic by requiring the user to use a waist belt. Waist belts may cause forced excessive distribution across a growing pelvis leading to possible pelvic abnormalities. But even if a waist belt was a good thing, how many kids would actually use it every time they put the backpack on? The AirPacks innovative ergonomic system works all on its own, without a waist belt.

This innovative technology was developed with leading members of the orthopedic community and tested by a world-renowned neuromuscular research center. The technology has been evaluated in numerous in-use tests to guarantee that it delivers the most superior ergonomic support.

No other pack can provide the ergonomic support or comfort of the AirPacks System. In fact, AirPacks is so confident that they offer a Comfort Guarantee, or your money back. AirPacks products are of the highest quality and durability and are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the product.

We need to put as much thought into choosing our children's backpacks as we do for other health issues that affect them. With the AirPacks system, kids are now standing up straighter, their shoulders are back and there is less strain on their shoulders, spine and lower back. ...
NOTE: If your children have been carrying weight in regular backpacks, have their spines checked by a chiropractor. Many chiropractors will offer free spinal screenings for children.

FACTS ABOUT CARRYING BACKPACKS
AND BACKPACK INJURY
· A study by Northeastern University (June, 01) reported that the average student has a VAS (visual analog scale) pain level of 4.3 with a high percent reporting pain in the range of 8-9. The students who wore an AirPacks backpack for six weeks had a VAS pain level of 1.8, a 50% reduction in pain.
· A study by Simmons College (February, 2001) found that 55% of students carry more than the recommended guidelines of 10 - 15%
· In November '99 the American Physical Therapy Association issued a statement concerning backpack injury.
· When 200 New England school nurses were surveyed, 66% reported seeing students with pain or injury that could be attributed to carrying backpacks that were too heavy.
· "It typically puts them off balance and gives them a posture that promotes low back pain," said Dr. Wayne Yankus of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on School Health. "A lot of kids don't suffer it immediately, but over the long run they might."
· In October, 99 the American Academy of Orthopedics stated that "of the more than 100 physicians surveyed":
- 71% felt that backpacks are a clinical problem for children
- 58% have seen patients complaining of back or shoulder pain related to backpacks
- 65% have recommended that a patient modify the use of a backpack to improve or correct a back problem
- 52% feel that backpack injury is a significant problem
- Survey was conducted amongst physicians from Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL and Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
· In November '98 the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning concerning injuries related to backpacks. The commission estimated that "3,300 children aged 5 to 14 were treated in emergency rooms last year for injuries related to bookbags".
· An Auburn University study reported that heavy backpacks might be a threat to spinal development. In their survey sample, the average pack was 17% of the child's weight. 67.2% of the children studied suffered muscle soreness, 50.8% back pain, 24.5% numbness and 14.7% shoulder pain.
· Studies at Johns Hopkins Children Center show overloaded backpacks as the cause of shoulder or lower-back pain and poor posture.
· University of Michigan researchers estimate that up to 60% of children will experience back pain by the time they reach 18.
· National Public Radio reported that 65% of adolescents' visits to the doctor are for backpack related injuries (October, '98).
· Over the past four years, local television and print have extensively covered this topic. This has included coverage by the New York Times, NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, Parents Magazine, Consumers Report and Good Housekeeping.
· The current student backpacks do not provide the ergonomic support necessary to prevent back injury for students carrying the average 30 lbs. of books.
· Older students (12-18 years) magnify this back injury problem by carrying their backpacks with one strap (on one shoulder) instead of two, directing the weight to one side of the body. There is evidence that this encourages scoliosis and other permanent physical problems.

· Currently the industry is fashion focused and has ignored the many consumer and professional concerns regarding the ergonomics of packs. The backpack manufacturers are sidestepping the issue and blaming this problem on schools and the increased academics that require students to lug around more than 10% (as much as 40%) of their body weight.

 

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