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A Backpack to Protect Your Child's Back

By Genevieve Cunningham

School is just around the corner. While this is exciting for many, it can be quite stressful for mom and dad. New clothes, school supplies galore, and getting back into the routine are likely on the forefront of your minds. Add to that the rapidly approaching cold and flu season and the health of your kids, and you’ve got some seriously stressed out parents. In order to make the transition easier, focus on the things that you can control. While you can’t avoid every germ or magically force your kids to wake up on time, you can take control of one aspect of their health: Their backs! The beginning of school is a time when many kids begin to complain of back pain, and the culprit may be none other than their backpacks. Take a look at these tips for keeping your kids healthy and protecting their back all year long.

Check That Backpack

Due to carrying around a heavy load, many kids begin to experience back pain at higher levels once school rolls around. To check your child’s backpack, look at the following tips:

  • Encourage an Empty Bag - OK, not entirely empty. But, don’t encourage your kids to carry around every book if it’s unnecessary. The less weight pulling on your child’s back, the better for their overall health. Lockers are there for a reason. Use them!

  • Encourage the Two Strap Rule - It might look cooler to sling your bag over one shoulder, but that pulls the back to one side, ultimately leading to misalignments and pain. If you can, encourage proper fitting of the bag using both straps over both shoulders.

Use These Extra Tips

Other tips that might help promote back health for your kids throughout the school year include:

  • Exercise - If your kid is in athletics, they’re already getting this benefit. If not, help your kid find a way to be up and active. This keeps the back strong as well as limber, which can help eliminate pain in the long run.

  • Get Chiropractic Care - Since you really can’t force your kid to empty their bag, carry it on both shoulders, or exercise regularly, try taking them to a chiropractor. Chiropractors focus on the spine. They’ll realign any problem areas, which then releases pressure and tension and promotes pain-free living as well as a healthier body. As a bonus, many kids and adults alike report that this sort of care makes their bodies more comfortable and boosts overall health.

Where to Get Care

After you’ve checked your child’s backpack and signed them up at the local gym, get them to The Joint Chiropractic for the best care around. Not only does The Joint offer friendly and professional chiropractors, but they also offer walk-in visits and affordable pricing to make getting care easier than ever. This time of year is stressful, but not if you’re prepared! Get your kids prepared and on the path to better health with a trip to The Joint as soon as today.

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