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Back pain and children

‘Back pain and children’ is not a term that you’d think is common, but like adults, children do suffer from musculoskeletal pain as a result of a variety of lifestyle activities. Despite this though, there are number of things that parents and carers can do to prevent issues arising.

If your child does complain of back pain, it’s important to seek advice from a qualified professional, like an osteopath. At our clinics, our osteopaths can help establish the cause of the problem and will provide advice on treatment. If necessary, they will also refer your child to another health practitioner or consultant for further examinations.

Good school bags

Children are often required to carry bags full of books, PE kits, musical instruments and other equipment to school. Parents should try to limit the weight of school bags as much as possible. Invest in a good quality back pack that your child can wear across both shoulders, keeping the load close to their body. Packing the bag with the heaviest items like books/laptops at the bottom, will make carrying more comfortable with less strain the to muscles. For more information about this, please read the following article: Choosing the right school bag for your child

Limit screen time

Looking down to use smart phones, tablets and laptops for an extended period can pull the back and neck into an unnatural posture, resulting in pain. Placing limits on the time your children spend using devices and encouraging regular breaks may help to avoid problems. If your child has to use a laptop for homework ensure that they do so at a proper desk or table and consider purchasing a support that elevates the screen to a height that allows them to sit up straight to look at it.

Regular exercise

A sedentary lifestyle is known to contribute to the risk of developing back pain, as well as contributing to obesity. Regular physical activity helps to keep the core muscles that support the spine strong and maintain flexibility, which will help to avoid back pain. Encourage lots of active play, walking, running, swimming, cycling etc to keep your child fit and healthy.

The right bed and pillow

Good quality sleep is vital for both physical and mental development. Make sure that your child has a good-sized comfortable bed with a firm mattress and a pillow that supports their head without lifting it too high. Our osteopaths can advise you on which mattress and pillow would best suit your child.

Osteopathic treatment for your child’s back pain

Your child’s back pain may benefit from osteopathic treatment. Using gentle manual therapy, our osteopaths can help to resolve any stresses and strains that are affecting their body and relieve their pain. They can also provide important lifestyle advice that may help to prevent the problem from coming back.  If you would like to discuss any issues that your child may be suffering from with one of our osteopaths, then please do contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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Sports Massage

Speeding the recovery process and enhancing performance

Sports massage offers a number of benefits both for athletes and for people in everyday life. It can help pain reduction, which is often caused by muscle tension and waste products. The massage techniques used by our therapists work deep into the soft tissues to restore mobility and help speed up recovery.
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People of all ages and activity levels can benefit from physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that helps promote a faster recovery with lasting results. Our physiotherapists assist patients in restoring normal function and movement to the body, which in turn, helps reduce pain levels.
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Treating back, neck and musculoskeletal pain effectively

Osteopathy can help effectively treat back pain, neck pain and many other musculoskeletal symptoms by understanding the origin of your pain.  Many common physical symptoms can be successfully treated using gentle, manipulative osteopathic techniques, including sciatica, whiplash, headaches caused by neck pain and arthritic pain.
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Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions – especially chronic conditions

If you have been suffering from tendon pain in your Achilles, knee, elbow, foot or shoulder for a long period of time and haven’t been able to find relief from other forms of treatment, then this innovative type of treatment may be of benefit.
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Strengthen your muscles & stabilise your core

Pilates is a form of exercise that offers a different way of thinking about your body. It targets the deep postural muscles, which in today’s society are so underused, and works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing posture and bringing the body into correct alignment.
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Biomechanical foot and ankle assessments to reduce pain and improve function

Podiatry assesses and corrects problems arising from the function of the feet. Incorrect movement or function of the foot can not only lead to foot and ankle pain but is often the cause of non-specific knee, back and hip pain.
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Corsham Clinic: 01249 248392
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