Now that September has arrived and the children have returned to school, it is wise to be aware of some of the common physical stresses that can cause problems. For some, it may come as a surprise that children can have conditions like neck pain, low back pain, and headaches, but these complaints are quite common among young people.
In fact, many of the health problems we face as adults begin in childhood. It is certainly understandable that small problems when we are young accumulate and generally become more important conditions in adulthood.
With this in mind, let’s consider various stresses that occur in a child’s body and how to prevent them.
Posture problems seemed to be increasing in many people around the world, especially children. The researchers note that this is likely due to the rise of computers, cell phones, tablets, and laptops. When we abuse these types of electronic devices, our head moves to the rest of the body. Ideally, our head should be carried back on our shoulders. Imagine someone in the military standing at attention and you can visualize the ideal posture for your head and upper body. When we have an abnormal forward head posture, there is a strain on the neck and upper back. In fact, the researchers analyzed the posture of 35 teenagers with neck pain and 35 of their asymptomatic peers. They found a clear difference in cervical posture between the two groups.
There is actually a condition called “text neck” that describes the excessive use of electronic devices that results in poor posture and concomitant neck and upper back pain and headaches.
To alleviate musculoskeletal problems of the neck and upper back in children and adults, you can first educate your children on good upper body posture. One method is to imagine that a rope is tied to the top of the head and gently pulling upward. This simple method in itself will put most of us in good posture. Parents may also need to limit the time children are using electronic devices and encourage them to participate in physical activities.
When we think of sports injuries, we tend to think of collision sports like soccer. Soccer, whether played as midget or in high school, is certainly an activity that can result in injury. However, sports like cheerleading, soccer, lacrosse, and others can put stress on a child’s body. Some sports like swimming, running, or throwing baseball have repetitive stresses that can build up and cause injury. If an injury occurs, it is advisable to seek conservative and safe therapies. Chiropractic care is a treatment option that is effective and does not depend on the use of invasive procedures or medications.
We are now aware that the backpacks children bring to school can be a source of back pain if misused. It is important that children are encouraged to use both shoulder straps at all times to distribute weight evenly. It is also imperative that the backpack is not too heavy. Experts say that the backpack should not weigh more than 10% of the child’s body weight.
If a child complains of neck pain, low back pain, low back pain or headaches, it should not be ignored. A research study showed that 30% of young people report back pain. If these conditions develop, it is advisable to see a Doctor of Chiropractic for a consultation. Chiropractors are trained to examine spinal problems. Chiropractic care has always been shown to be a possible solution for children experiencing painful conditions. Chiropractic therapy is safe, effective, and does not involve the use of invasive procedures such as surgery or the use of possibly harmful drugs and medications.