Dr. Eric Widhelm, Ardmore chiropractor, said there is an increase in the number of children suffering from neck and back pain.

Dr. Eric Widhelm, Ardmore chiropractor, said there is an increase in the number of children suffering from neck and back pain.

 

“Mostly it’s due to a couple of things — poor posture and backpacks,” he said, providing the following tips to prevent pain associated with backpacks:

 

Make sure the backpack is the right size for the child. “Have them wear a two strap backpack and actually use both of them on the shoulders. This will help distribute the weight evenly,” Widhelm said.

 

Pull the straps snug to the body.

 

Make sure the backpack and contents don’t weigh more than  15 percent of the student’s body weight.

 

Use  school lockers to store extra books “This helps keep the weight in the backpack down,” Widhelm said.

 

Make an effort to sit up straighter in at your desk, with shoulders pulled back.

 

Exercise daily, especially working out the abdominals and back muscles.

 

“By starting with these suggestions most students should be able to  you start with these ward off a lot of problems in the future,” Widhelm said.

 

To ask questions emiail Widhelm at www.ardmoredoctor.com.