Is That Backpack Too Big for a Healthy Back?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Getting a new backpack and all the appropriate gear is half the fun of a new school year. Kids love stuff -- and back-to-school stuff is especially exciting. For the most part, parents are happy to shell out the money for this new gear. After all, learning is important! But before you buy the newest backpack, you may want to pay attention. Backpacks -- or at least really heavy ones -- are actually really bad for the back! And lugging around that weight day in and day out is causing back pain for kids of all ages. If you suspect that your child's backpack is weighing them down and causing pain, take a look at these tips for keeping their health on track.

Dangers of a Heavy Backpack

A heavy backpack really pulls on the shoulders and the back. It can cause both stress and pain to the spine as well as the surrounding muscles. This is especially pronounced if you sling the backpack over one shoulder, which creates an imbalance. While the effects aren't always immediate, many suffer long-term discomfort and potential damage all from lugging a bag that's too heavy for too many days in a row. 

Other Back-to-School Health Risks

Along with the pain that may come with the back-to-school season, there are other health risks to take into consideration. It's also a time of year when kids begin to suffer exhaustion and repeated illness. They may begin to carry too much stress. Taking note of these potential health dangers and using preventative measures is the best way to help your children manage their well-being moving through the school year.

Why Chiropractic Care Should Start Now

Since you can't really get out of school, you have to learn to manage the dangers and pain instead, and chiropractic care is a great way to do that. Chiropractors may be able to help relieve the pain from a heavy backpack, and then also offer you tips for reducing that pain -- whether that's with a new bag, a new carrying technique, or ongoing care. But the best part about care is that it may also help with the other potential health dangers. Those who get regular care often report improvements in sleep and focus, a boost in the immune system, more efficient functioning of the body as a whole, and many others. By taking this one step and visiting the chiropractic clinic, you may be setting your kids up for better health all year long.

If you're ready to add chiropractic care to your family's routine, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. At The Joint, getting care isn't stressful; it's easy! Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without worrying over the specifics. Back-to-school is stressful enough. Don't let poor health make it worse! Get your whole family moving toward better health and pain-free living beginning with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic as soon as today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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