Like adults, children can also suffer from back pain as a result of a variety of different lifestyle activities; and like adults, there are a number of things that parents and carers can do to prevent issues arising.
If your child complains of back pain it is important to seek advice from a qualified paediatric professional. Osteopaths at Body Mechanix are highly experienced in the treatment of newborns to teenagers; so rest assured your osteopath is well equipped to treat or appropriately refer your child if required.
Good School Bags
Children are often required to carry bags full of books, PE kits, musical instruments and other equipment to and from school. Parents should try to limit the weight of school bags as much as possible and invest in a good quality back-pack that the child should wear across both shoulders, ideally with a strap across the chest to keep the load close to their body. Packing the bag with the heaviest items (such as laptops and heavy books) closest to the child’s body will also make carrying more comfortable and less likely to strain the muscles of the back.
Limit screen time
Looking down to use smart phones, tablets and laptops for an extended period can pull the back and neck into an unnatural posture, resulting in pain. Placing limits on the time spent using devices and encouraging regular breaks may help to avoid problems. If your child has to use a laptop for homework, consider purchasing a support that elevates the screen to a height that allows him or her to sit up straight to look at it.
A sedentary lifestyle is known to contribute to the risk of developing back pain, as well as contributing to obesity. Regular physical activity helps to keep the core muscles that support the spine strong and maintain flexibility, which will help to avoid back pain. Encourage lots of active play, walking, running, swimming, cycling to keep your child fit and healthy.
Your child’s back pain may benefit from osteopathic treatment. Using gentle osteopathic techniques, it is possible to resolve the stresses and strains affecting the child’s developing bodies and relieve them of pain and discomfort. We can will also offer lifestyle advice to prevent the symptoms from returning! Feel free to get in touch for advice or more information surrounding paediatric back pain.