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Posted on 10-08-2018
Each Fall, children head back to school to learn and take part in various activities. With this, comes the stress and strain of carrying books back and forth in backpacks and the consequences of sitting in a desk all day, including neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain. At Gremmels Chiropractic Center, we understand the effects school can have on a young body, and we can help.
The weight of a heavy purse or overloaded backpacks can take their toll on a developing spine. Most children aren’t big enough to carry such large bags. As a general rule, children shouldn’t carry more than 10 percent of their body weight in a given bag. For an 80-pound child, this means their pack shouldn’t weigh more than 8 pounds.
Overloaded backpacks are believed to be a contributing factor to musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. Studies show, most children carry around 17 percent of their body weight.
Kids spend the majority of their day at school in a chair. Most classroom chairs are not ergonomically correct, which means they don’t encourage good posture. In fact, most have a rigid seat that inclines slightly backward and merges into a seating hollow, which offers little to no support for the spine. This can cause a lack of blood circulation, constricted digestive organs, and spinal cord pressure.
Regular chiropractic care from a chiropractor can keep your child’s spine properly aligned to reduce any pressure points that can cause neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. It can also help the immune system to work efficiently to help safeguard against the common cold and other childhood illnesses.
If you have a school-aged child that suffers from frequent bouts of back pain and other inflammation, contact your chiropractor at Gremmels Chiropractic Center at (205) 854-3008 to schedule an initial consultation. We can evaluate your child’s individual needs and create a plan to help eliminate pain from oversized backpacks and sitting.
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