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Back to School, Backpacks & Scoliosis

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 11, 2008

Well, my kids started back to school today.  It’s time to get back together with friends, get back in the routine of studies and back to hauling a load of books home and back.

As a chiopractor, the idea of kids hauling as much as 40 pounds of books at a time is absolutely astounding.  First, carrying that amount of books is simply ridiculous.  But given the nature of a child’s growth and development, carrying that load is simply ridiculous.  The problem is espcially bad in middle school where most kids (particularly pre-teen girls) are experiencing growth spurts AND their skeletal structure is still developing.

Imagine holding a bowling ball directly over your shoulder.  As long as it sits on top of your shoulder, you could stand there all day long without a problem.  but, take that bowling ball just one inch forward or back and you start to strain the muscles and ligaments of the arm and shoulder.  Now, Image 3-4 times that weight pulling on one side of your child’s body, especially their neck, back and shoulders.  Backpacks and the load of books kids are expected to tote predispose them to back and neck problems, headaches and a host of other long-term problems.  And, the stress on the spine is very likely a major cause of idiopathic scoliosis in kids.

In this age of computers, it is absolutely shameful that heavy textbooks aren’t replaced with computer disks.  Heck, you could almost do away with dangerous backpacks if all a kid had to carry home was a CD.  And, think about the budget aspect of simply copying a CD instead of having to buy thosands of textbooks every year.

So, what can you do about backpacks and scoliosis?  A few things, actually.  You can petition your local school board to begin replacing textbooks (when possible) with CDs and DVDs.  It’s cheaper, reproducible and carry no risk of causing scoliosis in kids.  You could (should) get your child checked for scoliosis and other factors that can lead to it.  Obviously, I think the best place to do that is in the chiropractor’s office.  i recommend chiropractors because their focus is on preventing problems and correcting them as quicky and inexpensively as possible.  Other practitioners’ focus may be on treating the problem once it has already occurred.

Remember, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”.  Don’t predispose your child to a lifetime of potential health problems.  Get them checked today by your chiropractor.  And if you don’t have one, let me know.  I’ll find you one.

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