Effectively Prevent Back Pain in Children
Think back pain is just an adult-sized problem? Then you will be surprised to know that 60 percent of children encounter back pain before they reach eighteen. Many times back pain from childhood can grow into bigger pain problems when they are adults.
What Causes Back Pain in Children?
Children seem to bounce back quickly from falls and such, so why are they so prone to back pain? Here is a list of the most common causes.
· Being overweight or obese can put more strain on their muscles
· Poor Posture, especially when using technology
· Heavy backpacks or carrying backpacks the wrong way
· Too much sitting, not enough movement
· Injuries from youth sports
How to Prevent Back Pain in Children?
The best way to prevent back pain in your child is to promote a healthy lifestyle. Encourage them to eat healthier and to move more. This means less screen time and time playing with technology. Instead, making getting healthy a family affair by serving healthier foods for dinner and by having 20-30 minutes of fun active time after school or before bed. You have to remember that your child sits all day at school, so coming home to sit in front of the television or to do homework can make them more sluggish, prone to weight gain, and prone to back pain. Don’t rely on your child’s school to help them get active during recess or PE time.
Another huge change you can make in your child’s life is to modify their backpack. This is not the area to try to save money in. Instead, look for higher quality backpacks that will help the child carry the weight of the backpack evenly across their body. Two padded shoulder straps and an adjustable hip strap help balance the weight. Also be sure that your child is not overfilling their backpack. The bag should not weigh more than 10 percent of the child’s weight.
With today’s lifestyle, back pain is a reality for children just as much as it is for adults. Help protect your child’s back by educating them on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and by carrying their backpacks properly (i.e. not slung on one shoulder or hiked up on their heads). Another way to help keep your child’s back protected and healthy is to take them to the chiropractor often. Regular adjustments will help keep their backs healthy while also improving their immune system and helping their nervous system run efficiently.