Adults are not the only ones who suffer from back pain. In fact more than 40% of children experience back pain before they reach age 18. Many of these back pain episodes are due to backpacks that are overloaded or poorly designed and from poor posture while working at a computer.
More than 4,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for injuries related to lugging heavy backpacks and most are under 14 years of age.
Chronic pain can have long term effects on children, on their relationships, developmental abilities and school attendance. Therefore, parents and children alike are taking action on how to relieve back pain and prevent it in the future.
Another major cause of children’ back pain is due to the extended period of time they sit at a computer screen. Millions of children are using computers every day, at school and at home, for education and recreation, and often for 2-3 hours at a time daily. Poor posture, on top of a poorly designed workstation, are causing children’s to experience back pain similar to that which makes their parents file workers’ comp claims.
One method that parents can help prevent back pain in their children before it starts is by insuring that their home office is ergonomically efficient for themselves and their children. Ergonomic task chairs with height and arm adjustment features, allow parents and children to customize their seating according to their needs and reduce shoulder, neck and back pressure.
In addition, affordable lumbar supports and seat cushions that conform to the curves and angles of your body can be an easy fix for poorly designed workstation furniture to reduce pressure and relieve back pain.
A few tips for proper posture and sitting:
Sit back in your chair and use a good back support, do not lean forward; it increases pressure on the spine. Keep your feet flat on the floor or use a footrest.
Keep your wrists as flat as possible with your elbows at a 90 degree or greater angle. Make sure that the upper arm and elbow are as close to the body and as relaxed as possible for mouse use – avoid overreaching
Make sure the head is over the shoulders and the neck is as straight as possible
Change positions frequently to avoid fatigue. Simply walking around the room every 30 to 60 minutes rests both eyes and body.
Children should not carry more than 15 to 20 percent of their body weight in their backpacks, according to Backpack Safety America (BSA).