National School Backpack Awareness Day: 4 Back-to-School Tips

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Today, September 21st, 2016 is recognized as National School Backpark Awareness Day!

Did you know that 64% of American students ages 11 to 15 years reported back pain related to heavy backpacks? Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, has a few tips to share with you to help you and your loved ones utilize proper bag usage. Here are a 4 tips to follow to save your body!

Adorable 3 year old child knocked backwards from a heavy back pack over white background.

 

  1. Keep the Weight Down– A backpack should weigh no more than 10% of the students total body weight. Use those lockers!

 

  1. Keep the Straps Tight– Keep the backpack close to your body. It should extend from approximately 2 inches below the shoulder blades to slightly about the waist.

 

 

  1. Evenly Distribute the Weight– Always wear the backpack on both shoulders so that the weight is evenly distributed. Put heavier items closer to your back.

 

  1. Keep an Eye Out– If you or your child is adjusting his or her posture while carrying a backpack, it is too heavy. Also, catching any aches and pains head on it the best way to avoid potential serious injury.

 

Here at Walker PT & Pain Center, we strive for success and freedom from pain in every area of the body. With our revolutionary techniques based on over ten years of research, and team of dedicated, caring staff, we provide fast, effective solutions for pain in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center today at 714-997-5518 to set up your initial appointment to get you back on track towards a fun-filled, action-packed, and pain free school year!

 

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Blvd, Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

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Sock Drive

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Help us Make a Difference!

Grace Walker, Physical Therapist, at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California invites you to make a difference…Please join us October 1st – 31st to help needy families and poor and neglected children by participating in our annual sock drive.  This year our socks will be given to the children in El Cafetal, Tecate, Mexico where socks are especially needed in the cold season that is just around the corner. We can make a difference to orphans, and very poor people who are unable to afford to buy socks.

 

Sock Drive

As a gift of our appreciation for the donations, Grace Walker physical therapist will be offering a FREE laser treatment. The laser treatment given is the 830Laser a new, FDA approved, safe and proven cold laser that helps in reducing inflammation, pain, and promotes tissue healing.

Director of Walker Physical therapy and Pain Center, Grace Walker, Physical Therapist states:  I understand that times are tough and children are being affected.  These donations will be helpful in helping children in need, go back to school and comfortably spend the months with warm feet with new socks.”

For over 30 years, Grace Walker, Physical Therapist and Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center has been Orange county’s leader in providing the community with professional physical therapy care.

Donations can be made directly to Grace Walker Physical Therapist at our office:

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

If you have any questions please contact us at (714) 997-5518

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