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Kids And Backpacks Can Be A Recipe For Pain

By Tom Herrin

As the start of school rolls around again in most places, it will be time for parents and guardians to hit the stores for school supplies.  Most people notice pretty quickly that the lists seems to grow each year.  One of the standard items to buy is usually a backpack.  Kids need something to carry all those things in, and with all the different kinds of logos and themes to choose from, many kids select their backpacks based on what it looks like rather than how it is made.  After all, how many kids want a cowboy backpack in a wizard world?  The wrong choice and misuse can cause back pain.  If this happens to your child, a visit to a chiropractor can start the year with better health.

Kids May Tend To Make Bad Choices

Many children are inclined to do what others do.  Being cool is pretty important to them.  Unless they are really sold on the necessity to protect their backs, it may be easier to do the wrong thing.  Too many kids overload their packs and risk damaging their backs just carrying them correctly over both shoulders.  It could be even worse if they carry them over just one shoulder.  This could cause them to shift their weight unevenly.  Either way could damage a young back.

There Are Better Things To Do

Helping kids to choose smaller backpacks can be a good start.  This will encourage them to carry fewer things.  It has been suggested by the American Chiropractic Association that kids should carry no more than 5 to 10 percent of their body weight in a backpack.  It is also best that they avoid carrying their packs much below the waist, which can cause them to lean forward and end up in pain.  They should carry it over both shoulders as well.

A Healthier Lifestyle for the Family Can Be Good for All

Guiding your children to make good choices in backpacks can result in better health for them.  If they can start now protecting their backs, it may pay off in the long run.  At The Joint Chiropractic, they have plans that can work for all ages.  No insurance is required, no appointments are necessary.  They are open days and evenings, weekdays and weekends at all of their more than 380 locations nationwide.  Help teach your children to protect their backs now.  If any of your family members end up with back pain, drop in at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.


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