The back-to-school season is once again upon us, which means school trips, after school activities, and a few bumps or bruises are on the horizon.
Although you can’t control everything that your kids are exposed to at school, you can help prevent back pain from settling in due to heavy backpacks and poor posture.
Preventing Back Pain In School Children
Before you send your kids back to school this year, consider teaching them the following Chiropractic recommendations that focus on eliminating back pain and stress.
Choose The Right Back Pack
The right backpack for your kids to use at school is one that is made of light, durable materials and is comfortable to wear.
Try choosing a bag that:
- Is made of canvas or some vinyl
- Contains two padded shoulder straps
- Has an adjustable waist strap
Make sure to adjust all straps so that your child’s backpack is snug against their shoulders and abdomen to prevent back pain from developing.
Pack Up The Right Way
Choosing the right type of backpack is half the battle when trying to protect your children from back pain. The second half is all about how well your kids organize their backpacks.
Spend time showing your kids how to place the heaviest objects close to their body, while odd-shaped materials can be stowed away toward the edges of the backpack.
If your children are all grown up and are heading to college, consider purchasing or renting some pulley device that allows you to pick up heavy boxes without straining your back.
If you need to lift anything that’s heavy, it’s important to remember to lift with your knees, not your back as doing so can potentially lead to overstraining or tearing your muscles.
Practice Good Posture When Sitting In Class
90% of your kid’s school day consists of sitting down, whether at their desks or in the lunchroom.
That’s why it’s important that you teach your children how to maintain correct posture throughout their day.
Show them how to sit while keeping their neck straight, shoulders relaxed, and back in an upward position.
It might be a good idea to show them the difference between slouching and sitting upright so that they can mimic your behavior.
Schedule Regular Chiropractic Adjustments
The Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta treat hundreds of kids each year for back pain caused by poorly designed backpacks or inappropriate posture.
Chiropractic Adjustments are completely safe and pain- for children, as well as for adults.
For kids who receive adjustments on a regular basis, most tend to notice a considerable difference in their physical health, as well as their ability to focus throughout the day.
If your children suffer from severe allergies or insomnia, Chiropractic care can also help due to its ability to treat both the immune and respiratory systems effectively.
Scheduling a consultation with one of our experienced Chiropractors is easy to do.