Stop Spinal Problems for Your Child
By Sara Butler
Back pain in children is becoming increasingly common, especially when they reach school age. This is because they lose time to participate in physical exercise and replace it with hours sitting at a desk or hunched over an electronic device. Here’s how you can help to keep your school age child’s spine healthy as they grow!
Their School Bag
Taking a good look at your child’s school bag can help them to avoid back problems. Backpacks can get heavy, and it’s crucial that your child has a backpack that fits them, but also doesn’t exceed a maximum of 10 percent of their body weight. Also make sure they’re carrying the weight distributed evenly over their whole body, not carrying it on just one shoulder. This is a great way to introduce them to the idea of postural training, something your chiropractor can help you with.
Sitting at a Computer
This is a big problem for spinal health in your child’s life. Younger and younger children are using computers, and when they use computers or other devices they are often assuming a head forward posture. This puts unnecessary strain on their neck and shoulders and can lead to discomfort and pain. You need to teach them the right way to sit at a computer and hold various devices to avoid this posture. You can make it easier for little kids by using pillows to help prop them (or their devices) up to eye level.
Also, make sure they take frequent breaks from sitting for too long. Sitting in one posture for any length of time is unhealthy for the spine. About once every half hour, make your child get up, move around, and stretch a little bit. Make sure you have an ergonomically friendly setup at your computer desk so that no one has to reach too far for the mouse or keyboard and the screen is at eye level.
Get Them Some Exercise
Your children need to move, so make sure they have time away from screens in which they can play and move around. It might be a good idea to get them involved in a sports league or some other type of club after school. You can foster their personal interests while keeping them physically active at the same time.
If you need help protecting your child’s spinal health, discuss it with your chiropractor at The Joint!
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