Back to School
School is starting back up this month and that means many different things for families everywhere. But did you know that one result of kids going back to school could be back pain? This might not be something most people associate with class being back in session, but, this is a very real possibility.
When kids are in school they spend roughly 65 percent of their time sitting at a desk – and if you have ever watched a child try to sit still in a desk for five hours – you know that the likelihood that the students are practicing proper posture during their time in a chair is slim to none. According to Cornell University Department of Ergonomics, up to 90% more pressure is put on your back when you sit vs. when you stand. Inherently, lower back pain is frequently brought on by sitting too long.
Treating Lower Back Pain in Children
While more commonly associated with adults, back pain is becoming more frequently diagnosed in children and adolescents. Since your children will inevitably be sitting for long periods of time, for at least the next several months, what should you do if they start complaining of back pain?
What to do if Your Child Complains of Back Pain
If you suspect or you’ve been alerted to your child having back pain it is best to treat it immediately. There are many ways to treat back pain for children, but, it is important to be selective. For example, pharmaceutical drugs can have harmful side effects such as nausea and disrupting sleep schedule.
Fortunately, there are many natural treatments for child back pain.
- Massage Therapy can be a very effective way to treat back pain if the correct muscles are targeted. For this reason, it is important that you pinpoint the areas where the pain is occurring.
- Acupuncture is another compelling option for treating back pain in children. I know many children and parents alike might be alarmed by the use of needles in the treatment, but the truth is the technique is widely known for its safety.
- Chiropractic Care can be the key to relieving your child’s pain if you find a chiropractor who specializes in pediatric chiropractic care. Dr. Reinhardt at Reinhardt Chiropractic & Wellness is trained in musculoskeletal manipulation. They can identify the cause of your child’s pain and specifically treat areas of discomfort with precise procedures.
Is It Safe To Take a Child to a Chiropractor
Contrary to what you might assume, chiropractic care is predicated on safety – this includes child chiropractic care. Chiropractors also tend to embrace a holistic health perspective, emphasizing natural, drug-free, non-surgical treatments, and healthy lifestyle changes. According to surveyed parents, there was a 99.9 percent success rate (non-adverse result) when they brought their children into the Chiropractor’s office.
Prevent Back Pain
Chiropractic treatments can also be preventative. As with any type of pain or illness, back pain in children is always easier to treat when it is diagnosed earlier.
Schedule your meeting with the experts in Pediatric Chiropractic care at Reinhardt Chiropractic & Wellness today!
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