Have you ever tried to lift your child’s backpack?
With textbooks, notebooks, three-ring binders, and now tablets your child is loaded too heavily. Over time carrying this extra weight, can cause back injuries and pain that might last into adulthood. Prevention is key and you as a parent can help.
This school year, choose an ergonomic backpack for your child—and make sure it fits just right so it won’t cause your child discomfort.
Buy a backpack that fits properly!
When you take children back-to-school shopping, they won’t base their decisions on ergonomics. Forget the superhero on the back of the bag and choose one that is the right size, first off. Too often children are walking around with backpacks 2 or 3 sizes too big for their backs. With too big of a bag children will find more stuff to place in them.
Dr. Walker encourages parents to start with the size of their back: From the shoulder blades to the waist that makes a rectangle, and that's where you want the backpack to sit.”
Avoid the temptation to buy a larger carrier that your little one can grow into over five or six years. You need a pack that fits your child right now.
Every day have your child unpack their knapsack and repack them the night before school, remove unneeded items.
Remember you want it to be snug, but not uncomfortable. Make sure your child doesn’t fling their bag over one shoulder or let it hang down below the back. Instead, it should sit comfortably in the middle of their back, without extending over the shoulders or past the top of the hip bones. This will prevent neck pain.
Your child should take regular breaks if they're wearing their backpack for long periods of time, which they will.
Good posture is a must: Stand up straight! Posture with a hunched back, a stance that lets the body fold in instead of keeping it straight is a large contributing factor to back pain. When putting on their backpacks, encourage your child to avoid lifting the backpack from the ground, but rather pack it on a tabletop and slip it on from there.
See your local chiropractor, for a spinal check up to support your child’s healthy back moving correctly.
Types of Neck Pain
Neck pain is not uncommon. For some people, it is a slight discomfort they wake up with each morning that subsides within a few minutes. For others, neck pain can become very painful and chronic. If you are experiencing any level of pain, the help of your olympia chiropractor is essential. Dr. Yost, your chiropractor in olympia offers treatment for a variety of types of neck pain.
Common causes of neck pain include:
Sudden force-related injury to the cervical spinal column
Stiff neck due to sleeping in a bad position or holding the head in a strained position
Strain from use such as carrying heavy items
Poor posture and text neck
Olympia WA Auto Accident Injury
Full Spectrum Chiropractic in Olympia WA provides treatment and relief using not only adjustments but Heat, Ice, Massage, Acupuncture and specific exercises. Our goal is to increase function and reduce your pain.
Schedule you Complimentary Consult Today!
Text neck, a term used to describe pain and damage in the neck that is caused by looking down at your cell phone, tablet and/or other wireless devices frequently and for long periods of time. Unfortunately, it is becoming a popular common condition. Text neck is becoming an especially concerning problem in children and teens and it may cause permanent damage to their cervical spines, which can lead to lifelong upper back pain and
Symptoms of Text Neck
Text neck most generally causes neck soreness and pain. However, it can also lead to:
· Headaches Upper back pain, that ranges from a chronic nagging pain to severe and sharp muscle spasms
· Shoulder tightness and pain, possibly causing painful shoulder muscle spasms
· In some situations, a cervical pinched nerve in your neck may occur, which can result in additional neurological symptoms and pain that radiates down your arm and into your fingers.
Keep Your Neck HealthySimple shoulder and neck stretches are essential for good blood flow and relieving tension.
To do a simple neck stretch, tuck your chin toward your neck, and then slowly raise your chin toward the ceiling. Other stretches, such as rotating your head by looking out over one shoulder, then slowly turning your head to look over the other shoulder will also help to keep muscles loose in your neck and shoulders.
Making small adjustments such as raising the phone to eye level, taking frequent breaks, standing up straight and frequent arching and stretching can help to prevent neck pain while texting or bending to look at devices. If you are experiencing chronic pain in your neck, back or shoulders it is best to schedule an appointment with your Dr. Walker as soon as possible.
Do you think you may be suffering from text neck?
If so, contact Full Spectrum Chiropractic today; to learn more information about the treatment options we have available to relieve your pain.