Aug 18, 2015

Preventing backache for your kids

Does your child ever complain of backache?  Do you just put it down to growing pains or one of those things that will pass?  There are numerous reasons why children may develop backache or pain but some of the causes could easily be avoided.

Preventing back pain for kids

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Studies have shown that 30% of school age children get back and neck pain*.  Don’t let your child be a statistic - here are some easy tips to help your child get into good habits for later life:

  • School bags - rucksacks are best or those with a wide adjustable strap worn across the body to distribute the weight better.  Adjust straps so that they keep the bag close to the body and not hanging down the back of the legs.
  • Packing – put the heaviest things at the bottom and closest to the spine to help the back muscles cope better with the weight.
  • Posture – get your child to stand tall when carrying a bag and take care to lift their bag properly to avoid increasing strain on the back by bending their knees and lifting the bag close to them.
  • Big is not necessary best – they should be right for your child’s size and tell them to pack just what they need for that day only.
  • School lockers - are not always available but if they are, get your children to leave their heavy PE kits and cooking materials etc in there instead of lugging around in their bag between lessons.

For further advice or treatment speak to one of our Chartered Physiotherapists.

*Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists 2012.