Dr. Sandy to address backpack safety and other weighty health and wellness subjects with new blog

Hi! I’m Dr. Sandy Rebrovich and I am very excited to be blogging about health & wellness for the Elk River Star News.

Here are a few things you should know about me.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic. My husband and I have been practicing in Elk River for 10 years.  We have three wonderful boys TJ (7), Jack (5), & Nick (3) and live the wellness lifestyle we teach our patients.

I am also an Associate Clinic Faculty member in the Clinical Education department of Northwestern College of Chiropractic.

I am so looking forward to the stimulating dialogue this blog will surely create. Please feel free to submit health related discussion topics that are important to you and your family.

Since it is just about back to school time, I think a great initial topic to get the ball rolling is backpacks.

Did you know that more than 200,000 children a year suffer from backpack injuries? These injuries range from bruises, to sprains and strains to the back and shoulders, as well as fractures.

Backpacks can also negatively influence your child’s posture, especially in younger students.

Why are so many children getting hurt?  The answer is really quite simple.  Children are wearing backpacks that are too heavy and too big.

How much does your child’s backpack weigh when he/she heads off to school in the morning? Do you know? It’s okay if you don’t.  The truth is most parents don’t know, but you need to.  A backpack weighing more than 15 percent of your child’s body weight can damage their developing spine.

It is very important that your child wear the right size backpack for his or her body.  Unfortunately, that superhero or cartoon backpack might not come in a size appropriate for your child.  Don’t sacrifice a proper fit for a fashion statement.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure that the bottom of the backpack is two inches above the waist and resting in the curve of the lower back.

This school year, keep a watchful eye on how heavy your child’s backpack becomes.  Keeping the backpack light and properly positioned will ensure a healthier school year.