In our chiropractic clinics we see quite a few children with back and neck problems relating to carrying heavy school bags.
When your child is growing their posture is very important.
Parents often tell their children to ‘sit up straight’ or to ‘stop slouching’. These pieces of advice are valuable to aid a child in learning exactly what a good posture is. (You can read more about posture here!
However, one thing that can sometimes be overlooked is the strain caused on childrens joints and muscles from their school bags.
The type of shoes they ware can also be important.
According to new research carried out by the British Chiropractic Association, a third of parents say that their child has suffered from back or neck pain in the past.
Whilst back pain can be caused by a number of different factors, unsuitable school bags are a common trigger.
Going to school often means carrying school books, lunch boxes, stationery and PE kits on a daily basis which collectively can result in a very heavy school bag. Sometimes the weight of the contents in the school bag cannot be altered. However, the type of bag used to carry these items can.
It has long been known that rucksacks or backpacks are the best type of bag to use because they distribute weight more equally and symmetrically over the body.
Despite this knowledge, according to the research by the British Chiropractic Association, nearly one third of children carry a single strapped bag which can cause problems due to the weight being loaded to just one shoulder.
Below are some important points to consider with regards to school bags:
It is fair to say that for some image conscious children and teenagers a rucksack may not be seen as the ‘in thing’.
The good news is that rucksacks have developed leaps and bounds in the last few years and there should be a style to suit everyone, including adults who should lead by example.
Keep children active! The more active that they are, the stronger their bones and muscles become and the less aches and pains they will potentially get from carrying heavy bags.
It is, of course, important to do the right type of exercise! Look at this 3-minute-a-day exercise programme for children to help their posture and core strength!
Remember, the recommended maximum weight children should carry is 10% of their body weight! Carrying bags that are too heavy at a young age can give life-long back and neck problems.
Read more about how chiropractic can help your child here!
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