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Back to school: Tips to prevent back pain in children

In the rush of preparing the kids to go back to school, there is always plenty to organise – from uniforms and stationary to books and gadgets. However, one factor which often goes under the radar is looking after our children’s backs! 

According to the British Chiropractic Association, 33% of parents say their child has suffered from back or neck pain in the past. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some tips to help protect your child’s back.

Choose a bag with 2 straps 

When purchasing a backpack for your child, it is recommended to look for bags which can be carried on both shoulders, with two adjustable straps. It might be considered easier to carry a backpack over one shoulder, however, this puts excess weight on one shoulder and makes it difficult to maintain good posture. If your child insists on using a backpack with one strap, encourage them to alternate the shoulder they use to carry it on, and carry it across their body.

Tighten bag straps close to the back

When wearing a backpack during the school day, it is important that the bag straps are properly adjusted to support the weight of the bag. Having the weight of the bag, especially the heavier items, closer to our body helps to correctly support the bulk of the backpack. This helps to distribute the weight and take the pressure off of the shoulders.

Remove excess objects from the backpack

One of the easiest ways to lighten the load on your child’s back is to remove any unnecessary items from their backpack. Distributing the weight evenly in the backpack can also help to relieve pressure on the back and neck. If heavy items must be carried, try to keep the heavier items at the top of the bag, to help reduce the strain on their shoulders.

Exercise regularly

One of the best ways to maintain physical health and prevent back pain at any age is to get active and exercise on a regular basis. Being active for 60 minutes each day is linked to improved general health, stronger bones and muscles as well as higher levels of self-esteem. 

Get in touch

Our chiropractors have experience treating people of all ages. If your child is experiencing any aches and pains, get in touch to find out how we can help.

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