Autumn Greetings from Teddington Osteopaths
The Summer has come to an end and school is back in session. We have advice for you on how to keep your childrens’ backs healthy when carrying those heavy school bags. We are also highlighting two excellent campaigns Backcare Awareness Week: Back in the Office 6th-12th October organised by Backcare, the charity for back and neck pain, and the Get Britain Standing Campaign.
Heavy School Bags and Childrens’ Backs
Children’s skeletons are still growing making their backs vulnerable to potential damage when carrying heavy bags. Consider these tips to avoid problems and to make sure that your children are ‘back aware’:
Pack bags only with what they need for the day.
Encourage children to place items in lockers at school, if they are available, rather than carrying them around all day.
Provide them with backpacks with straps that can be worn on both shoulders to spread the weight.
Ensure the straps are padded and adjustable for comfort and best ‘fit’.
If they insist on using a shoulder bag, encourage them to switch sides often to avoid muscle strains and twists through the spine.
Make children aware, from an early age, to bend at the knees rather than at the waist when lifting a heavy object.
Should you have any concerns about your child’s musculoskeletal health please speak to any of our osteopaths on Tel: 020 8977 3295.
Backcare Awareness Week & Get Britain Standing
The campaign aims to educate workers on the dangers of sedentary working. Research indicates that prolonged sitting may be one of the biggest contributing factors to premature deaths. It has been linked to an increase in the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Needless to say, it is also a contributing factor in back pain!
Sit-stand workstations, which are height adjustable, are being promoted as an alternative to traditional workstations and as one of the ways to combat the problems caused by prolonged sitting. Backcare are also highlighting this message during Backcare Awareness Week.
For more information about the benefits of sit-stand workstations either contact one of these organisations or call to speak to one of our osteopaths on Tel: 020 8977 3295.
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