If your child complains of back pain, consider visiting Omaha kids’ chiropractor for back pain at Zurek Chiropractic for a free consultation. More children and teens than ever are suffering from chronic lower back pain as a result of carrying too much weight in their backpacks. While backpacks should never weigh more than 10 percent of a person’s body weight, many students routinely carry backpacks that weigh 30 percent of their body weight.
Carrying an overloaded backpack can negatively impact spine health because it interferes with correct posture and body mechanics, causing lasting damage. A backpack that weighs too much can change the natural curvature of the spine and put abnormal stress on the structure of the spine.
How a person picks up a backpack also can cause problems. When lifting a backpack, students should keep their neck and back in line, bend at the hips, and lift with the legs while tightening abdominal muscles. They should never reach or twist when picking up a backpack.
Injuries from backpacks are a common and serious problem in the United States. Backpacks that are too heavy can cause chronic back pain, poor posture and even decreased lung function.
At Zurek, we work with kids and parents from all over Omaha. Dr. Zurek will give your child tips to make sure that they are carrying their backpack correctly. We also will talk with your child about the importance of proper posture as well as eating the right foods to build strong bones and joints. Call Zurek Chiropractic today at 402.504.3434.