Today I want to bring to the attention backpacks and the amount of weight carried by kids going to school. Lets say the average text book weighs 4 lbs. If a 12 year old child weighing 100lbs is carrying only 3 to 4 texts books in a backpack on his back or shoulder that can mean up to 15% of his body weight is displaced and putting a tremendous amount of pressure on the child’s spine and nervous system.
Approx. one month ago a young mother brought her 3 year old child into our office. She said he has been getting violent bloody noses 3 to 4 times a day that will not stop. When she took him to the ER and medical doctor they said he had high blood pressure and recommended putting him on meds even though they could not determine the cause beyond saying the child was stressed.
Torticollis is a condition which is usually caused by a disc injury, either through whiplash or through sleeping in an awkward position. When a disc or joint is injured, you are unable to move your neck. Sometimes your head may be turned to one side or may be straight but can barely move in any direction.
What causes low back pain? Humans have 144 joints in their spinal column. These are important because they support gravity and allow us to move freely. When these joints become stuck, pressure builds up. Adhesion and scar tissue forms. This causes stiffness, pain, and neurological issues like sciatica. If you are experiencing issues like this please reach out to a professional and get them checked out!