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Kids Backpacks Can Take a Toll - How to Prevent Backpack Induced Pain

Written By Salud Chiropractic on September 3, 2019

Happy FamilyBackpacks – they’re one of the most practical tools for students and even I use a small backpack as a purse.

Their durability makes it easy to lug books, notebooks, and other supplies from class to class.

But are kids backpacks really that safe?

Today, you’ll learn why toting around a heavy backpack in Rohnert Park can damage kids’ posture, and what you can do about it.

Why Backpacks Damage Kids’ Posture and Cause Pain

It doesn’t matter what grade a child is in, from elementary school to high school, all students run the risk of pain from backpacks. If your child complains of headaches or pain in their neck, shoulders, and back, it could be from the backpack.

Kids’ heavy backpacks can adversely affect their posture. If they wear their backpacks one-shouldered, the child is constantly leaning to one side to compensate for the weight or raising the shoulder that’s carrying the pack to avoid strap slippage. When that happens, the child experiences muscle strain and tension.

Even if a backpack is worn with both straps, the weight can cause the child’s head to lean forward which causes the rest of the body to be in a slumped position. Such a position pulls on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The result: Spinal misalignment, muscle tension, and strain and pain.

How Your Rohnert Park Chiropractor Can Help Posture-Related Pain

Thankfully, your Rohnert Park chiropractor, Dr. Angelica Farrell, D.C., will help with you or your child with posture-related issues.

Besides recommending backpack alternatives or offering tips on how to wear a backpack healthfully, your chiropractor can also recommend certain exercises. These exercises can be done at home and can improve kids’ posture and ease their backpack-related pain.

In addition to those recommendations, Dr. Farrell can reduce the amount of pain felt with gentle pediatric adjustments.

If your child complains of increased pain once school starts, help them get some relief by scheduling an evaluation with their chiropractor.

Are you worried about your child’s posture? Have they complained of backpack induced pain before? Contact us at 707-206-9717 to schedule an appointment. Let’s make this year one that’s free from pain!

Posted In: Chiropractic Pediatric Chiropractic Posture