(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 03, 2016 ) Reading, UK -- Summer is nearly over and children are heading back to school! Kids are putting down their bikes and picking up their heavy backpack, replacing their kites and frisbees with heavy books and files! Children all over the world use backpacks to carry everything that they need to school, and frequently these packs are up to twice the size they were 10 years ago. An increasing number of children are also complaining of low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and muscle soreness, all of which have been attributed
The heavier a backpack, and the longer it is carried for, then the more the spine is loaded. Our centre of gravity moves forward, which results in poor posture and the greater likelihood of injury. If worn on one shoulder the spine is shifted sideways and laterally.
Unlike adults, children are more "elastic". This elasticity means that children adapt to nearly any load and any strain. Children do not feel the consequences of poor posture immediately! Although the changes may seem insignificant at first, the spine a child is building right now is the one they will spent the rest of their life with. What is perhaps more worrying, its that research has shown that some children continue to suffer with their back pain into adulthood.
Some of the main areas where heavy backpacks can create problems are:
Neck and Upper Back Pain: A forward head posture causes extension of the neck, creating neck pain and shoulder pain.
Low Back Strain: A heavy backpack can cause a change in posture by leaning the body forward to compensate for the weight of the bag, resulting in lower back pain, mid back pain and muscular tightness.
Hip Strain: The hips can become sore if the body is flexed forward at the hips due to the overload.
Knee Strain: Knee pain is clearly possible because of the obvious changes in walking gait, and body posture, due to an overweight backpack.
Simple advice to follow to limit the risks of injury of a Heavy Backpack
- Backpacks should be ideally no heavier than 10-15% of a student's weight when packed
- Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized - no wider than the student's chest
- Put comfort and fit at the top of the priority list, rather than good looks
- Choose a backpack with broad, padded shoulder straps
- Use both shoulder straps - never sling the pack over one shoulder
- Don't wear the backpack any lower than the hollow of the lower back
- Don't overload the backpack - use school lockers and plan homework well in advance
- Place all heavy items at the base of the pack, close to the spine, for a better distribution of the weight
Chiropractic & Osteopathy advice for Posture and Pain
Reflex Spinal Health are a passionate team of chiropractors and osteopaths in Reading, Berkshire, UK. We know that school can be a challenging time for children, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important to their physical and mental development. In addition of following these few advice, bring your children for a free spinal check with one of your fantastic Reading Osteopaths and Chiropractors. Let's do everything possible today for the sake of tomorrow!
About Reflex Spinal Health:
Reflex Spinal Health is the trading name of Reflex Chiropractic Ltd. Based in the Caversham area of Reading, Berkshire, UK. We provide outstanding chiropractic and osteopathic care. Find us at: 17 Church Road, Reading, RG47AA, Berkshire. Phone 0118 946 2100
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