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GMW: Dr. Brian Paris Shows How to Wear a Backpack

Imagine hauling around a microwave. It’s no different than what students carry in their backpacks every day, according to Dr. Brian Paris. Backpacks filled with textbooks, gadgets and supplies are literally weighing students down. Nearly 22,000 U.S. students are treated for backpack strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures every year. Dr. Paris demonstrates the right way to wear a backpack on NewsChannel 8’s Good Morning Washington.

Dr. Paris says students shouldn’t carry more than 10 percent of their body weight. However, elementary and middle schoolers are carrying as much as 30 pounds every day. Dr. Paris sees more backpack-related injuries than hockey injuries at his office, Advanced Wellness Systems in Rockville and Columbia.

At the top of Dr. Paris’ list of recommendations for avoiding backpack injuries is better organization and strategy. Only bring the books and materials you need and take advantage of assignments available online. In addition to packing light and distributing weight evenly, lift with your knees and carry backpacks above the hips. If your backpack has a sternum strap and hip belt, use them!

Watch Dr. Paris’ backpack tips live on NewsChannel 8 above just in time for Backpack Safety Day on September 16.

GMW: Dr. Brian Paris Warns of the Dangers of Texting

Text Neck Epidemic

Mobile devices can literally become a pain in the neck. Constant texting, typing and tweeting can lead to “text neck,” and Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems joins Good Morning Washington to shed light on the text neck epidemic and share tips for improving posture.

On air, Dr. Paris illustrates how long periods of technology use leaves users, particularly children, hunched over in a forward flex position. This poor posture places unnecessary pressure and stress on the neck, shoulders and spine. Not only does “text neck” impact one’s musculoskeletal system, poor posture negatively affects one’s emotional state and body language.

To combat the effects of “text neck,” Dr. Paris recommends using technology in 10-minute intervals and taking a 10-second break to get into correct posture:

  1. Get up.
  2. Grip the floor with your feet.
  3. Pull your belly button into your spine.
  4. Let your hands down.
  5. Stand up tall.

Watch Dr. Paris discuss the “text neck” epidemic on NewsChannel 8 above.

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