Back to School

backSo it’s that time again when the kids go back to school and with the increasing shortage of lockers or pegs to hang bags on or put books in, your child is having to carry heavy books, sports kit etc. around with them all day!

How can we help to prevent our children developing back pain? It turns out that when our mothers told us to stop slouching they were giving us good advice. Back pain can often be avoided by sitting and standing properly. Lifting properly and avoiding repeated actions which strain the spine (such as over-exertion during sports) can also be helpful.

In many children, back pain is short-lived and settles down without treatment. Studies have found that this happens in about half of all teenagers with back pain, and it’s usually due to over-enthusiastic sporting activities or the use of backpacks.

A heavy bag slung over one shoulder can, over many years of schooling, cause chronic back problems that linger into adulthood. Risks include muscle strain, distortion of the natural ‘S’ curve of the spine and rounding of the shoulders.

Parents can reduce the risk of schoolbag-related back problems by making sure their child has an appropriately sized backpack and a load that isn’t too heavy.

If the back pain is persistent it’s important to investigate the cause. Simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may help. Seeing a Chiropractor may also be a wise choice as they will  advise about any changes which can be made to your child’s lifestyle to relieve the pain and stop it from happening again. They may also provide advice on a course of exercises that can be done at home.

There are a number of situations in which your child should see a Chiropractor:

  • If their back pain goes on for more than four weeks.
  • If their back pain stops them from doing things.
  • If the pain is getting worse.
  • If they have pins and needles, numbness or weakness.
  • If they start developing a curvature of the spine.
  • If they start complaining of stiffness or difficulty in moving.

In tomorrows post I will explain how to correctly pack a backpack and divulge the correct lifting and carrying techniques, however if you would like some further information or would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687, alternatively e-mail us at: or


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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