#1 Make sure your child's backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent
of their body weight
#2 Your child's backpack should never hang more than 4 inches
below the waistline.
#3 Purchase backpacks with individualized compartments. This help to position the contents more effectively
#4 Purchase small to medium
sized backpacks. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry.
#5 Encourage your child to wear both shoulder straps
#6 Choose backpacks with wide, padded straps
#7 Purchase backpacks with adjustable straps
, so the backpack can be fitted to our child's body.
#8 If the backpack is still too heavy
, talk to your child's teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books
If you find that your child is struggling to get their backpack on or off, has back pain, has to lean forward to carry the backpack, or has numbness or weakness in the arms and legs, it is important to insure the health of the spine is not being compromised. Chiropractic and strengthening exercises have been proven to help decrease back pain. Strengthening and stabilizing muscles of the torso, including the lower back and abdominal muscles. Enjoyable activities such as yoga and tai-chi can be effective in strengthening those muscles. A chiropractor is trained to analyze, detect and correct misalignments in the spine that may result in improper posture which could lead to early degeneration in the spine. Chiropractic care is a great choice for everyone who wants to improve the function of the body.
References: American Chiropractic Association and Pediatric Chiropractic Association on Backpack Safety for Kids.
Complete Care Chiropractic
Dr. Laura Duke, D.C.
Lafayette, CO 80026