Back, neck, and shoulder pain are not adult-only phenomenons. According to a study done by the University of California, San Diego:
“Backpack loads are responsible for a significant amount of back pain in children.” They also found that 1 in 3 children ages 11-14 reported back pain.
As if the pain wasn’t enough to trigger an alarm, researchers have also found that heavy backpacks can lead to headaches and difficulty concentrating!
Why are these heavy backpack such a problem? Well, a spine is like the frame of a house; it makes sure that the body is upright and sturdy. Because a child’s body is still growing, a healthy spine is even more important to ensure healthy development and greater quality of life through adulthood. Severe strain from heavy packs can:
— increase risk of future injury
— change posture
— compress the spine
— impair growth
How much is too much?
Children should not carry a pack that exceeds 10-20 percent of their body weight. For an elementary school child who only weighs 50-60 lbs, this could mean that a few textbooks and a lunch could easily surpass this suggested weight limit. It is important for parents to check their child’s pack every day to make sure they are only bringing only what they absolutely need to school. Proper fit, padded straps, placing the heaviest items at the center, and making sure they carry the pack on both shoulders can all help combat this issue.
Invest in your child’s health today! Nothing could be more urgent or necessary! Talk to Dr. Danubio for more tips on how to keep your child’s spine healthy! Also check out our Chiro Kids page to see just how much of a difference chiropractic can make for your child’s health.
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