Now that children have started back at school, it often means lugging about a heavy bag. Carrying a heavy bag can be detrimental to good posture and spinal function which can lead to aches and pains and injuries. In this post I wanted to share some simple tips you can use to help minimize the effects of heavy bags and also discuss how heavy your child’s bag should be. Continue reading to find out more.
According to a new literature review in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, it is becoming more common for children and adolescents to seek medical care for back pain. In fact, it has been said that nearly one in three adolescents report back pain. I have also seen an increase in the number of children presenting with back pain and discomfort in practice over the last few years. There can be a number of causes for back pain in children and sometimes, all of the expensive tests and scans may not be able to find the exact cause of the problem. So what are the common causes for back pain in children and how can we help? Continue reading to find out.
With all the kids heading back to school this week after the school holidays, I got thinking about schoolbags and the effect they can have on growing children. I see children walking to or from school hunched over due to the weight of the heavy bags or bags that are almost the size of the child carrying it. So what effects can carrying heavy bags have and what is the ideal weight for a school bag or backpack?
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