A COSTA del Sol-based chiropractor has warned of the increasing problem of back pain in children.
Dr Mark Lane points to the ‘snail effect’ of children carrying their lives on their back.
School routines involving carrying heavy books and sports equipment around all day is putting children at risk of long-term damage to their spines and nervous system.
It comes as a survey reveals that almost a third (32 per cent) of six to seven-year-olds are complaining of back pain.
Earlier research showed that 45 per cent of children had suffered some kind of back pain by the age of 11.
“This survey clearly highlights the alarming rate at which back pain is growing,” said Dr Lane.
“Poor sleeping patterns, low energy, poor performance at school and in sports can be some of the signs of spinal problems.”
To coincide with World Spine Day this Thursday (Oct 20), Dr Lane, of Marbella Chiropractic, is offering a limited number of free consultations to both children and adults.