With Back-to-School upon us, many parents and children are worried about new teachers and athletic try-outs. Make sure you are paying attention to your children’s health at this time too. Concerned about text neck, scoliosis and backpack weight? Do you have children playing school sports or marching band? Make sure they are healthy first before going back to school and getting out on the field.

Text neck is a real thing! Backpacks do cause health problems and scoliosis is nothing to mess around with. Why are these statements true? Who has all the right answers? We have some of the best schools in the country, but they are not equipped to identify things that could become serious health concerns.


Scoliosis has been and continues to be a misunderstood, under diagnosed disease. When the diagnosis is given, the medical approach has very little success and often offers no hope. However there is hope for scoliosis patients! Chiropractors that specialize in diagnosing and treating scoliosis with chiropractic adjustments, orthotics, and postural rehab exercises get amazing results and should be your first call when considering your options.

One thing we know for sure is doing nothing about scoliosis will only make matters worse. Scoliosis over time will cause the spine to prematurely degenerate which leads to arthritic degeneration of the spine. That will severely compromise the nervous system. If the scoliosis is around the area of the spine where nerves exit to go to the reproductive organs, then reproductive function will be altered leading to irregular periods, PMS, mood swings, bloating, irritability and even infertility. If the scoliosis is around the area of the spine with nerves going to the bladder, stomach, immune system, lungs, neck, back muscles, arms, legs or gall bladder, the scoliosis will cause these organs and systems to work improperly.

The bottom line is that early detection of scoliosis is very important and being treated by a Doctor of Chiropractic with scoliosis expertise is critical. If you are concerned, I encourage you to go beyond the scoliosis screening in schools, which are not completed by a scoliosis expert. Instead bring your child to a Chiropractor, who is a specialist, for a full, proper scoliosis screening.

Text Neck & Backpacks

Text neck may be a cause of poor posture or scoliosis. Forward head postures for long periods of time with repetition throughout the day can cause the spine to bend. Throw a very heavy backpack onto the shoulders daily and the spine will bend even faster. Unfortunately, nobody is going to give up their smart phone and schools have no plans to give up books. So what can be done?

What To Do About It?

The opportunity now exists to catch scoliosis before it develops into a serious problem that cannot be reversed. You can begin a rehab regimen to reduce the effects of text neck and added spinal stress from backpacks. Think of it this way. If you eat sweets every day, you might want to brush your teeth more than once every single day. Not brushing your teeth will lead to a progressive degeneration of the teeth leading to tooth decay and possible loss of teeth. Texting and using backpacks every day may lead to a spinal distortion pattern causing a progressive degenerative arthritic condition interrupting the nervous system with eventual loss of health. Professional screenings yearly are your best option.

Free Evaluations in August

In celebration of Back-To-School and to encourage families to take scoliosis, text neck and backpack weight seriously, we are offering a valuable promotion in August at Kennedy Chiropractic. In exchange for a donation of school supplies for our local schools, we will provide you with a free evaluation, a $250 value, focused on text neck, backpack issues and a scoliosis evaluation and will include digital x-rays, computerized posture scan, video posture analysis and range of motion testing.

Next time you schedule an adjustment, just bring in your school supplies and your child and we will give them a complimentary evaluation!