The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-12T08:03:20Z Don’t Let School Become a Pain in the Back 2019-03-12T08:03:20Z don-t-let-school-become-a-pain-in-the-back-1 SYDNEY – 12 March 2019 - As children settle back into school across the country, Sydney chiropractor Dr Paula Basilio (Chiropractor) would like to remind parents and guardians that heavy, poorly fitted and over-packed school bags may lead to spinal health problems in children.   Dr Basilio (Chiropractor) advises parents that spinal health and postural problems may go unnoticed for some time. It pays to be posture aware and to ensure children are as comfortable as possible when they head off to school.   “What we know is that backpacks shouldn’t be more than 10 percent of the weight of your child.”   “Unfortunately, I see it more than often that backpacks are way too heavy for the child. This puts unnecessary compressive forces on the spine, giving children aches and pains,” Dr Basilio (Chiropractor) said.   Dr Basilio (Chiropractor), a chiropractor in Dulwich Hill and also an Associate Supervisor at Macquarie University Chiropractic Clinic, knows that carrying heavy loads is a common cause of lower back pain and injury.     “Carrying heavy loads and lifting things incorrectly is a common cause of injury, especially if your posture is slightly off in the first place,” Dr Basilio said.   Parents can take an active role in making sure they encourage their children to correctly use backpacks by using both shoulder straps. If you find that your child’s posture is starting to suffer as a result of backpack use, please contact your nearest approved Chiropractor for an assessment.   “As a Chiropractor I find that it’s much easier for the families if they take a proactive role and address their children’s spinal health at a young age,” Dr. Basilio said.   If you are worried about your child's backpack weight, here are a few lifestyle and backpack modifications tips:   Six simple tips for wearing a backpack:   1) Make sure the backpack is the right size for your child, no wider than their chest and no lower than the hollow of their back   2) Pack the heaviest items closest to the spine i.e. the back of the backpack   3) Look for a design with a moulded frame on the back, that when adjusted fits their spine   4) Always use waist and shoulder straps    5) Prioritise comfort and fit over style, trend and colour   6) Don’t overload the bags, or consider leaving items at school on different days of the week   According to the Australian Chiropractors Association, up to 300,000 patient visits are made to Australian chiropractors every week. Chiropractic care is concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.   Chiropractic is a low risk profession with an enviable safety record in Australia, a result of evidence-based care delivered by five-year university educated healthcare professionals.   For more information on maintaining a healthy spine, please visit the website of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia at www.chiropractors.asn.au or My Back Relief Clinic at mybackreliefclinic.com.au.   About My Back Relief Clinic At My Back Relief Clinic our aim is to provide quality Chiropractic care for musculo-skeletal problems. We intend to provide a safe and caring environment for our patients. Treatments at our clinic may often involve a combination of  spinal adjustments, muscle work, rehabilitation, ergonomic advice and preventative exercises.  Dr Paula Basilio (Chiropractor) My Back Relief Clinic Web: https://mybackreliefclinic.com.au     - ENDS –   The Opioid Crisis Killing A Record Number Of Australians 2018-04-10T07:35:29Z the-opioid-crisis-killing-a-record-number-of-australians Sydney health practitioner, Doctor Paula Basilio (Chiropractor), is calling for greater awareness on the over-prescription of common pain medications, known as opioids. More Australians are overdosing on prescription medicines than ever before and there appears to be nothing stopping this deadly trend. According to data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there has been a 61% increase in the number of deaths from prescription painkillers between 2004 and 2014. Additional data from Australia’s Penington Institute reveals that 69% of all drug-related deaths in Australia come from prescription painkillers. Deaths rose between 2004 and 2014 with up to 1,137 accidental overdoses that year. Furthermore, 58% of non-cancer opioid prescriptions are for musculoskeletal issues such as lower back pain. “It is sad and worrying that there is such a high incidence of opioid death, considering a lot of these deaths could have been avoided with more appropriate health management,” Dr. Basilio (Chiropractor) said. “With this rate of deaths occurring, opioids shouldn't be the first line of treatment for pain management.” Dr. Basilio (Chiropractor) commented that our understanding of chronic pain, such as lower back and neck pain, is far more comprehensive today than ever before. “Is it possible to prevent some of the addiction and overdose by better addressing the underlying cause of pain, such as lower back pain and neck pain, in the first instance?” Dr. Basilio (Chiropractor) said There is also growing awareness in the community that other forms of treatment, such as manual therapies, have a role to play in addressing musculoskeletal pains in the first instance. “As a Chiropractor I find commonly that many cases of back pain stem from dysfunctional movement patterns of the spine and body.  Again focusing on the cause of the back pain rather than ‘band aiding’ the symptoms with opioids may be a far more effective and safer long term plan for many patients,” commented Dr. Basilio (Chiropractor). If you think you may have a dependence on painkillers or are looking for help with opioid addiction, why not phone your local health practitioner and ask about the services they offer. ENDS Advice for people suffering addiction 1) Recognise that you're not alone Lots of other people have gone through the same thing, even if it's something many are reluctant to discuss. 2) Realise there is help available You can talk to friends and family members. You can consult your local doctor or chiropractor. There are also community organisations that deal with addiction and issues like depression, including Heads Up, Black Dog, Lifeline. 3) Be aware that there's a lot more awareness nowadays about pain, natural therapies and medication side effects For example, chiropractors, physiotherapists, remedial masseurs. Finally, be aware addiction challenges are survivable.