During the school year, children undergo a lot of strain and stress on their bodies in school due to the increasing weight of backpacks and non-ergonomic seating. In fact, the majority of all students complain of some type of related back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, which is generally due to overweighed backpacks. To learn how your chiropractor can help eliminate the pain and stress of school, contact NuView Health Medical in New York, NY to schedule an appointment.
Before you pack your child’s backpack or purse and send them off to school, there are several things to consider. First, a loaded backpack should weigh no more than 10 to 15 percent of your child’s weight. For a child that weighs 100 pounds, the backpacks should weigh no more than 15 pounds. When packing the backpack, leave all unnecessary items at home. Make sure your child uses both straps to help distribute the load evenly and adjust the pack, so it rests evenly on the center of the back.
Mass-produced chairs for school are designed with space in mind and not the comfort of the student. Hard plastic with one-size-fits-all solutions causes a wide range of aches and pains. Around a fifth of all school children suffer from back pain and three in every class will see a doctor for back-related pain before they turn 16. To help alleviate some of the discomforts, consider sending a chair pad in with your child on the first day. If your child suffers from a spinal problem and you’ve seen the doctor, consider asking for a note that allows them to get up and move around periodically, or consider advocating for stand-up desks.
The school year can take its toll on a student’s body. Heavy backpacks and poor seating arrangements can result in back pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain. For more information on how a chiropractor can assist and alleviate some of the discomforts, contact NuView Health Medical at (212) 588-0707.
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