For many kids, school presents fun and a wealth of opportunities to learn something new every day, however, school is also one of the reasons why they suffer from back and neck pains at an early age, as the heavy schoolbags and backpacks they lug around every day can cause immense strain. Denise DeWitt, writer for the women’s health and wellness website EmpowerHER.com, encourages parents to follow these tips and ensure that their children’s bags won’t be a literal pain in the neck:
- Watch your student put the pack on or take it off. If it’s a struggle, the pack is too heavy.
- Make sure your student is aware of warning signs that could mean the pack is too heavy. Encourage him or her to tell you about any back pain or numbness, tingling or discomfort in the arms or legs which could mean the pack is too heavy.
- Talk to your child’s school about lightening the load and ensuring that students have access to lockers or other places to store heavy books during the day.
Should problems arise even after these measures are taken, parents should take their kids to a reliable expert, like a chiropractor in Vancouver, WA from Forgey Chiropractic, who specializes in treating spinal problems among children and teens. Prompt treatment matters because kids have weaker and more sensitive spinal vertebrae than adults, which means that even a simple strain can result in long-term conditions like sciatica. Although an experienced chiropractor can help prevent this from happening, parents are ultimately the ones responsible for preserving their kids’ spinal health.
On average, the backpacks children carry every day can weigh as much as 20 to 40 percent of their body weight, which is roughly the equivalent of a 150-pound adult carrying bags weighing 30 to 60 pounds. Children who carry their bags over one shoulder are in for an even worse prognosis, as the spine’s poor alignment will ultimately cause additional stress to their ribs and backs if left unchecked. This, in turn, causes greater problems like headaches, muscle spasms and shoulder pains.
A Vancouver chiropractic practice can step in by administering spinal manipulation techniques to help repair the damage done, but prevention is still key to ensuring that children are as comfy as possible when they go to school.
(Source: Don’t Let Your Child’s Backpack Be a Pain in the Neck, Or Worse, EmpowHER, August 06, 2014)