It’s that time of year again when every parent is getting their kids ready for the school year. Some parents may already have everything their child needs for the start of school or there might be a few last minute things that are needed. There are some things to consider when sending your kids back to school that might affect their health. From a chiropractic standpoint here are some things to consider when your kids start school this year.
Overweight backpacks are becoming an issue as it is causing school aged children to have back pain. There are things to consider when purchasing or fitting a backpack appropriately to prevent onset of back pain in children.
Incorporating these suggestions will help reduce the amount of weight the child is carrying and effectively reduce the stress on your child’s spine and posture that is compensating for the excess weight.
Posture in the classroom
We’ve always heard someone tell us that we need to sit up straight. There is truth to this. Even though I strongly believe that desks in the classroom are specifically meant to be uncomfortable to help stop kids from sleeping during class, however having good posture does prevent or reduce the occurrence of back pain. Proper posture in the classroom should be:
It will take some time getting use to sitting properly and often may feel uncomfortable until they have become use to the proper posture.
Wearing the correct shoes for an activity will help to prevent feet pain along with other pain in the back due to unsupportive footwear. There are so many types of shoes available and a majority looks very stylish and has zero support for the foot. There are some activities that are very important to wear appropriate footwear such as recess, gym and sports. In any activity supportive footwear is the way to go. Here are a few things to consider when buying shoes for your child:
Chiropractic care is very important during a child’s development. By evaluating for misalignments in the spine and correcting them, this will help promote proper healing, growth and help with any pain. If your child is active in sports or has injuries from their activities, it would be very beneficial for them to seek chiropractic care. As the above tips on backpack safety, proper posture and supportive footwear, if trying all the above and your child still has pain, then have your child evaluated by a chiropractor.
Dr. West is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 2012. Prior to attending Palmer, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University.