SIT UP STRAIGHT!
If you have ever been a child, then you have heard this phrase. Our parents knew even back then that bad posture on your child can be more than how unattractive it looks. Besides, neck and lower back pain, poor posture can also lead to long-term issues which is hard to correct over time. Dr. Tannenbaum has seen an increase in bad posture, migraines, concentration loss and neck problems in children 13 to young adults entering college. There are two major changes over the past ten years that are creating this increase neck and back problems in young adults.
NO MORE LOCKERS IN SCHOOLS = BACK PACK PAIN
HEAVY BACKPACKS: Kids have backaches because they’re lugging around their entire locker’s worth of books, school supplies, and personal items all day long.
When a heavy backpack is put on, the weight’s force can pull a child backward. To compensate, the child might bend forward at the hips or arch the back. This can make the spine compress unnaturally, leading to shoulder, neck, and back pain.
Kids who wear their backpacks over just one shoulder, as many teenagers do, because they think it looks better or just feels easier, end up leaning to one side to offset the extra weight. They might develop lower and upper back pain and strain their shoulders and neck.
Lighten the load. No matter how well-designed the backpack, less weight is always better. Use the bathroom scale to check that a pack isn’t over 10% to 15% of your child’s body weight (for example, the backpack of a child who weighs 80 pounds shouldn’t weigh more than 8 to 12 pounds).
Use and pick up the backpack properly. Make sure kids use both shoulder straps. Bags that are slung over the shoulder or across the chest — or that only have one strap — aren’t as effective at distributing the weight as bags with two wide shoulder straps, and therefore may strain muscles.
Tighten the straps. Tighten the straps enough for the backpack to fit closely to the body. The pack should rest evenly in the middle of the back and not sag down to the buttocks. Sagging back pack put a lot of pressure on the back.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Lighten their load.
If schools are using digital technology like Google Classroom, then many of their lessons are available on-line.
Hydro flask may seem like a good idea, but they are heavy and mostly unnecessary at most schools.
CELL PHONE USE AND “TEXT NECK”
YOUNG children and teenagers are developing hunchbacks because of their
addiction to texting, social media and smartphones. As a leading Beverly Hills chiropractor, Dr. David Tannenbaum, has seen a big increase in the number of patients, young and old, suffering from ‘Text Neck’.
The condition comes from spending hours at a time hunched over smartphones and
devices. Over 50 percent of the cases he has seen in the last few years have been in teenagers.
Pressure on the neck from the weight of your head increases as you lean forward. He says that although the average head weighs between 10lbs and 12lbs, the weight on the neck can be up to 27lbs at a 15 degree angle.
Instead of a normal forward curve, patients can be seen to have a backwards curve. It can be degenerative, often causing head, neck, shoulder and back pain. Many young patients come in complaining they have a headache, but we find text neck is the cause of it. They often fail a simple heel-to-toe test and tend to fall over.
BACK PAIN WHAMMY FOR KIDS AND YOUNG ADULTS
For the first time in his 25 years of being a chiropractor, Dr. Tannenbaum is seeing spine curvatures on high school and college age kids that are usually associated with older adults.
Heavier back packs on kids, increase cell phone use and lack of physical activity is taking a toll on our children’s backs.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If your child, teenager or young adult is a heavy back pack wearing, texting, cell phone toting monstrosity who is starting to have back pain, muscle pain, migraines whose posture makes him look like character of diary of a Wimpy kid; then you should bring them to see Dr. Tannenbaum for an examination.
Don’t just trust any chiropractor with treating children and teenagers. Dr. Tannenbaum has been treating families in Beverly Hills for over 25 years and his office is setting the standard for treating kids, teens and young adults with back and neck problems caused by heavy back packs, cell phone usage and lack of exercise.
Dr. Tannebaum will exam your child and diagnose the cause of their pain. Addressing their back and neck problems while they are younger will allow them to recover quicker than when they are full grown adults.
For some reason, schools have a lot of faculty days where teachers still work, but kids have the day off OR the next minimum day. Bring your child, teen OR young adult in and let’s find out if we can help relieve some pain, regain their attention and help prevent a life long pattern of pain.
Dr. David Tannenbaum has been taking care of families in Beverly Hills for over 25 years. His has created a practice unlike other chiropractors from the moment you walk in you will feel the difference. His private office in Beverly Hills offers Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture and Massage. He believes that everyone should “Feel Amazing”!