Spinal Problems and Kids’ Backpacks

Spinal Problems and Kids' BackpacksAs children throughout the Las Vegas metro area start their school year, it’s very important to understand the health implications of carrying around heavy backpacks to and from school. It is one of the causes of children’s spinal problems

Many chiropractors, doctors and researchers recommend that the weight of the backpack should be somewhere between 5% to 10% of the weight of the child. So for example if your sixth grader weighs 90 pounds, his or her backpack should weigh no more than 5-9 pounds.

Unfortunately however, recent studies show that the average weight of a backpack in the United States of a sixth grader is 15-20 pounds. Which means your child will have to compensate for the heavy weight by leaning forward and arching their back. Others who prefer to wear their backpacks on one side of the shoulder, make up for the imbalance by shifting their posture away from the heavy load.

This type of weight on the back, as well as the overcompensation leads to spinal misalignments, exacerbation of spinal deformities, and a wide range of health problems in the future. The only way to help you child maintain a good posture and strengthen their spine is through:

  • Use of wheeled backpacks
  • Use of online books / e-books (where available)
  • Corrective chiropractic care

Furthermore, children can sustain spinal misalignments even if they don’t use heavy backpacks, by simply being kids. Horsing around, taking part in sports activities, or even sitting behind their computers for more than 20 minutes can lead to spinal misalignments. Spinal misalignments put unnecessary and sometimes-dangerous amounts of pressure on the delicate nerves in the neck and back. If not realigned properly, nerve interference can lead to bak pain, neck pain, hip pain, discomfort, organ dysfunction, and eventually disease – such as asthma, weak immune system, acid reflux disease, headaches, and allergies.

Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas Nevada, is among a handful of health centers in the United States specializing in ALL aspects of your health; from medical care and preventative care, to Chiropractic BioPhysics® – one of the most researched and scientific corrective chiropractic techniques in the world – which aims to eliminate nerve interference and realign the spine back to health naturally and painlessly.

If your loved ones are in school, or you know of a child who is carrying around a heavy backpack, please consider referring them to a Chiropractic BioPhysics certified chiropractor – such as Advanced Spine and Posture. Our team of experienced Las Vegas chiropractors, physical therapists, nurses and doctors, aim to eliminate pain and disease from its source. Call us today for a complimentary consultation to see if you qualify for Chiropractic BioPhysics / Corrective Chiropractic Care.

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