Your child has gone back to school and probably has a new backpack for the new year. You may not realize it, but backpacks could cause your children health risks and back pain.
To insure your child's safety you need to make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. Anything above this weight will cause your child to begin bending forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
When packing the backpack, make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on the child’s back. An uneven surface rubbing against your child’s back could cause pain.
Make sure your child is using both shoulder straps, not just one. A backpack slung over one shoulder disproportionately shifts all of the weight to one side, and can cause not only neck and muscle spasms, but also low back pain. Make sure those straps are padded well.
Shoulder straps are adjustable. It is important to adjust the pack to fit your child's body. Too tight and it could cause over extension, too loose and it could cause misalignment. The backpack should be snug, but not restrictive.
Three backpacks that we suggest are:
Most importantly, Talk to your children about the proper use of backpacks and help them understand why this and other ergonomic issues are important. A child who is educated early in life will apply this knowledge later in life. As a result, your child will be happier and healthier. To learn more about how you and your family can benefit from chiropractic care schedule an appointment at our office.