School is back: Look out for poor posture from carrying heavy back-packs
Many of the pain issues we and our children face every day aren’t because of an injury or ailment we can easily point to. They are because of poor posture. To prove our point, just think about all the times you sit in front of a computer and naturally allow your shoulders and neck to slump forward. Now that school is back, consider all the hours that your child is doing the same thing. Their poor posture is then made worse from carrying around heavy backpacks.
Those activities may seem harmless — until you or your child begin experiencing pain. Poor posture affects the natural alignment of the spine and is typically the culprit for a variety of common ailments and conditions we see at our chiropractic office in Denton:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Additional injuries
- Curvature of the spine
- Tingling sensation in hands and arms
- Increase in blood pressure
- Arthritis due to abnormal stress on the body and joints
Good posture helps keep our bodies in correct alignment so that all of our muscles are used correctly. This reduces stress on ligaments, prevents further injury, and allows our body to move efficiently. If you are suffering from poor posture, the good news is that both adults and children can benefit from chiropractic care. A thorough evaluation followed by consistent adjustments and strengthening exercises improve posture while also removing nerve interference, aligning the skeletal system, and balancing muscles.
Parents: Does your child have poor posture from carrying heavy backpacks?
It is important to have your child’s posture assessed by Dr. Twila Henderson DC and our experienced team. Yes, school is in session, and carrying heavy backpacks is a way of life this time of year. But there is a correct way to do it. Also, keep in mind that our kiddos have been out of school since early-March. Their bodies aren’t meant to carry around heavy backpacks anyway, so when you factor in the readjustment of being back in school after an extended hiatus, their posture could suffer even more if left unchecked.
Per an article by PostureScreen®, parents must be educated on proper backpack safety so that their children can reduce possible injury from backpack poor-positioning and overweighting, both of which can lead to repetitive injury and pain. PostureScreen conducted a study recently that involved 532 pupils from six primary schools with an average age of 13.6 years. The study, which factored in the use of backpacks, the weight of those backpacks, and wearing backpacks while walking long distances on campus found that:
- About 30.8% of the pupils carried backpacks that were more than 10% of their body weight.
- About 88.2% reported having body pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
- About 35.4% of children reported musculoskeletal pain.
- The prevalence of lower back pain was 37.8%.
If your child is going to need to carry around a backpack during school hours, we suggest the following alternatives:
- Reduce the weight of the backpack.
- Ensure the backpack weight is distributed properly (never use just one shoulder strap for carrying).
- Use lockers to store unnecessary items (i.e., books and supplies).
- Use rolling bags when possible.
- Make regular chiropractic appointments for you and your child.
At Brain-Body Connection Chiropractic in Denton, we do thorough exams for every patient to assess their current condition and postural issues. This gives us an opportunity to see where there are weaknesses, and then offer pointed exercises to strengthen those weak areas so that the body naturally follows proper posture and skeletal alignment.
Call Brain-Body Connection Chiropractic today
The goal at Brain-Body Connection Chiropractic is to continue offering all your chiropractic and wellness needs under one roof. This allows us to treat everything from a backache to poor posture, range of motion issues, post-injury management, a herniated disc, scoliosis, and more. Sometimes, all you need is a quick adjustment from a chiropractor, but Dr. Twila Henderson DC and her growing team will always do a complete evaluation to see if more techniques are needed to help your brain and body function properly.
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