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Kids Can Hurt Their Backs, Too

By Tom Herrin

When people think of back problems, they normally think about adults, and they are the ones who most often have those kinds of problems.  Children are not exempt from that, however.  As kids are getting ready to start school, they normally try to fill a big list of items.  One of the most prominent on many lists is a backpack.  While there are many lighter weight backpacks on the market, it is many times the big ones that kids go for.  Backpacks can be great for some purposes, but carrying a lot of large objects can be a real overload for young children.  If your kids end up with back pain from carrying  backpack, a chiropractor can provide real relief that can start their year off right.

Backpacks Can Do Damage In More Ways Than One

Children tend to do the same thing many adults do, and that is carry far more things than they need.  Kids carry backpacks in a lot of different ways.  Some carry them in a fairly conventional fashion with both arms in a strap and on their backs.  Even here, the pack can often be too heavy.  Some studies have indicated that kids may carry as much as 20 to 25 percent of their body weight in their pack.  Some kids carry their packs over one arm.  This may be even worse than carrying them too heavy.  When they carry them over one arm, they are forced to shift their load to one side. This can cause them to walk unbalanced in order to compensate for it.

A Few Suggestions

It may be a good idea to help children choose smaller backpacks.  This can help them to manage better and avoid carrying so many things.  Children should also practice carrying their packs a little higher.  When a pack falls too far below their waist, they are more likely to lean forward, adding more chance of straining their backs.

Good News

Planning ahead can help to protect your children’s backs.  If they form good habits now, they are more likely to continue to make good choices.  If you should need natural treatment for back pain, don’t hesitate.  Protect all the backs in your family.  At The Joint Chiropractic, they have plans that can work for all ages.  No insurance is required, no appointments are necessary.  They are available to relieve pain weekdays and weekends, days and evenings at all of their more than 380 locations nationwide.  Plan well, and if you need relief for 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 San Antonio, Tex.

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