Prevent Back Problems In Kids

We often associate back problems with middle age people or seniors. It is estimated that a whopping sixty to eighty percent of the population has experienced back pain in one form or another at some point in their lives. However, what is surprising is that health care experts are finding young kids experiencing back issues and this number will surely go up even more.

The major culprit contributing in back problem in kids is the society we live in. We live in the age of technology that includes computers and video games that captures our attention for hours on end. And often times, we are slouched and hunched over while sitting down. And therein lies the great irony of the term mobile technology. Even though we have laptops, handheld games and smartphones, our heads are still bent over while using these devices. Obviously, this is not good for the neck nor upper back.

If you are a concerned parent who sees poor posture in your kid, the safe thing to do would be to take him to see a chiropractor to make sure everything is still aligned correctly. If need be, a posture corrector brace can straighten the shoulders out and retrain muscles to be in their proper place. If the child finds the brace to be too bulky, another solution would be a compression undershirt that pulls the shoulders back for proper posture. However, whatever the posture aid may be, the onus is still on the parent and child to work on proper posture together.

It is the parent’s responsibility to lay some ground rules in the house and this includes not allowing TV, video games or the computer in the child’s bedroom. This means relocating all this stuff but more importantly, to provide the child with a proper place of work to do his homework. This means a proper desk with the chair and computer positioned correctly according to proper ergonomic standards.

Back problems is the last thing that parents dream that their child would have to deal with but in today’s day and age, you need to nip this issue in the bud before the situation gets worse.