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Avoid Pain from Backpack Use


Kids are suffering from back pain earlier than previous generations due to the use of overweight backpacks, according to studies by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). One recent study found that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39 pound burden for the average adult. Aagesen Chiropractic Clinic has noticed an increase in the number of young children who are complaining about back, neck and shoulder pain. We always ask, "Do you carry a backpack to school?" And the answer is almost always, "yes".

Here are some ways to help reduce backpack injuries.
· Limit backpack weight to no more than 10 percent of the child's body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward to support the weight on the back, rather than the shoulders.
· The backpack should never hang more than 4 inches below the waistline.
· A backpack with individual compartments helps position the contents most effectively.
· Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is, the more your child will carry - the heavier the backpack will be.
· Shoulder straps should be wide, padded, adjustable, and both straps should be worn at all times. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms.

The longer a child wears a backpack, the longer it takes for a curvature or deformity of the spine to correct itself. If you or your child experiences ANY back pain or discomfort, call your Doctor of Chiropractic. Chiropractic doctors can prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits.

Dr. Heather Pritchard and Dr. Kara Kalbus are Chiropractors at Aagesen Chiropractic Clinic. Both Doctors see many school age children suffering from back pain and help them on the road to better health. Dr. Heather or Dr. Kara may be reached at 612-920-1092, www.aagesenchiro.com

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