It is that time of year again where kids are getting their class schedule and parents are rushing around getting their supplies. We have heard that books help children develop mentally, but can books also be harmful to a youngster's body? When you send your child off to school, no doubt you see an energetic child eager to learn. However, your doctor of chiropractor, a health specialist who puts particular emphasis on spinal integrity, sees something else. Over the course of the day, a child's backpack can way up to 20-30 pounds. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child's backpack should not weigh anymore than ten percent of a child's weight. Not only does it throw off a child's equilibrium and balance, a heavy backpack is a strong contributor to lower back pain. All this weight on one-area forces children into a habit of bad posture and poor weight distribution.
Here are the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Recommendations:
Most importantly, remember pain is a symptom and not a cause. Pain of any type can be an indication of a possible health problem. It signals that the body is not functioning properly and since the body is made up of nerves which travel through the spine to all parts of the body, the source of the problem may not be at the point of the the pain.
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