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Teenagers with heavy bags encouraged to have spinal check

Teenagers with heavy bags encouraged to have spinal check

Published at 2:51pm 8th April 2019.

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Ilkley Chiropractic

Ilkley Chiropractor is encouraging teenagers to have their musculoskeletal systems checked to avoid health problems in the future. 

  • There are 205 bones and 610 muscles in the human body.
  • The skeleton matures at different rates, with the spine only reaching full maturity  towards the end of teenage years
  • Carrying heavy loads, playing sports and long periods of time spend on computers or phones in teenage years could be having a detrimental effect on health. 
  • A local chiropractor is advising that teenagers should be given a check up to reduce the chance of any long term damage. 
Three young men playing football
Playing lots of sport can increase the risk of long term spinal issues in the future. Chiropractic care can help minimise this risk.

Could teenagers be damaging their spines?

The spine is one of the last parts of the skeleton to fully mature, with most reaching full maturity in the later teenage years. 

Things like carrying heavy school bags, playing sports and poor posture due to time spent on computers or phones in teenage years can hugely impact the future health of spines. 

"By the time the children have gone from primary school to secondary school, they have carried a considerable weight in their rucksacks on their backs and have had a potentially detrimental effect to the development of that skeleton.

"If you have a problem with your teeth... a lot of work can be done. You can't replace your spine unfortunately, so it lives with you from the day you're born until the day you die"

Dr John Rees, Ilkley Chiropractic Clinic

The Ilkley Chiropractic Clinic is available for musculoskeletal checks. 

Wilmot House, 41 Railway Road, Ilkley, LS29 8HT

01943 605060


Young female with backpack, books and headphones
Heavy books and bags puts a lot of stress on to the body, especially if carried incorrectly.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a form of healthcare that specialises in problems with joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves of the body, particularly the spine.

Treatment involves a range of manipulative techniques which can improve the function of the joints, relieving pain and muscle spasm.

It can also include massage, soft tissue work and exercises to improve the function of the injured tissue. 

Chiropractic does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery.

It is now becoming increasingly popular for general 'maintenance care' with regular visits rather than just for chronic issues. Consider it in a similar way to dental treatment. 

Ben Groom from Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing show went to talk to Dr John Rees at Ilkley Chiropractic to find out more about the potential health issues for local teenagers:

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