With the school year quickly approaching parents should be mindful of the potential hazards of their child’s backpack. Wearing a backpack that is too heavy or improperly proportioned can result in a number of adverse effects including neck pain, mid- and lower back pain, poor posture, headaches, and muscle strain, among others.
Backpacks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and fabrics and many kids use them as a way to express their own personal style. While backpacks are a great way to allow kids to express themselves, parents should be involved in selecting and packing these everyday accessories. Parents should regularly check the weight and contents of their child’s backpack and follow the tips below to minimize the risk of injury to your child when selecting and packing their backpack.
Choosing a backpack:
Packing a backpack:
Wearing a backpack:
Your child should wear both straps of the backpack to better distribute the weight.
Another issue to be mindful of with your child returning to school, is the increased risk of strain and pain with the increased time spent on a computer. Poor posture while working on a computer can lead to a variety of problems for both adults and children, including: neck and shoulder pain, mid- and lower back pain, hand and wrist issues (including carpal tunnel syndrome) and eye strain. Follow the tips below to minimize the risk of injury to your child when they are using a computer:
Kids are less likely to be aware of their positioning and time spent on the computer, it is therefore essential that parents and teachers monitor them and make adjustments as needed.
If a current or previous injury is preventing you or your child from engaging in a healthy lifestyle, you may benefit from Physical Therapy, which often entails therapeutic exercise and soft tissue release, as well as education about how to perform stretching and strength training exercises correctly. A Physical Therapist typically guides the sessions in order to monitor your progress and ensure that proper healing is occurring.
Undergoing a comprehensive evaluation by a Physical Therapists at Ascend Physical Therapy & Wellness is one of the best ways to gain an understanding of how you can enhance your physical state. After the assessment, our Physical Therapists will create a program that is specific to your needs, can help improve your recovery time, and provide you with optimal health benefits.