The end of summer can be a hectic time for families as they scramble to get ready for another school year. Children’s back to school to-do lists can be quite comprehensive. Among the many things that parents must attend to are purchasing classroom supplies, clothes, and annual check-ups with their primary care doctors. It is during this critical time that parents can affect their children short- and long-term spinal health for good or for ill. With a little mindfulness and a few well-chosen steps, they can ensure that their children will not suffer any unnecessary strain on their spinal columns.
Check List for Your Children’s Healthy Spine
We at Advanced Sports & Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture (ASFCA) understand how overwhelming back to school preparation can be at the start of the school year. Therefore, we developed this short checklist to help parents safeguard their children’s health:
Backpacks can have one of the most significant impacts on your child’s spinal health. Over time, an improperly worn backpack can lead to conditions like Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, and even Herniated Discs in extreme cases. Click on the link provided for a checklist of features a parent should consider when purchasing a Backpack.
Posture related spinal problems can be an issue for both children and adults. Behaviors like slouching and chronic head tilt for smartphone use are the main culprits in this non-contagious epidemic. Parents should encourage their children to work on maintaining good Posture at home. This will help children maintain their posture when they are so that they away at school.
Sports equipment is designed to help children have fun and prevent serious injuries. However, if children are wearing ill-fitting equipment, this protection is often negated. Gear like loose helmets, overlarge knee-pads can often lead to Sports Injuries themselves.
A Scoliosis screening is an evaluation that every child should undertake. Scoliosis is the condition when the spine develops an abnormal curvature, resulting in the development of uneven shoulders, waist, or shoulder blades and other possible physical deformities. Onset usually occurs in the growth spurs before puberty in children. This progress can be so gradual that parents and even the children themselves do not take notice initially.
Regular exercise is a great way to build up your child’s core strength. Although traditional exercises like jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups are great for building and maintaining strength, children can get many of these benefits from utilizing their park’s local playground. The benefits of exercise promote an active lifestyle, strengthens muscles, and reduces the possibility of developing disease processes like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Chiropractic care is an excellent option for checking in on the health of your children’s spine and body. The Chiropractors at our Nationally Ranked offices are proficient with Children of all ages. We help our patients maintain their spinal alignment as well as treat numerous Conditions that arise from spinal misalignment.
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