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Backpack Tips to Get Your Child’s Happy Back at School!


As you get ready to send your children back to school this January, Dr Lisa would like to provide you with some important tips on how your child can correctly carry their backpack and prevent long term spinal damage.

Findings published in the Australian Spine journal stated the weight of the average backpack is often heavier, proportionally, than the legal load-bearing limit for adults. Another international study revealed, daily backpack carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for school children. School backpacks were felt to be heavy by 79.1% of children, to cause fatigue by 65.7%, and to cause back pain by 46.1%1.

Remember your child's spine is growing and making sure that their spine is in proper alignment is VITAL for your child's overall health. Chiropractic can correct spinal misalignments (subluxations) and help to improve energy flow from the spine to the organs, muscles, joints etc., allowing your child to be the best they can, at school and at home.

Tips for carrying heavy backpacks

1.Backpacks should be ideally no heavier than 10% of a student's weight when packed.
2.Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized - no wider than the student's chest
3.Put comfort and fit at the top of the priority list, rather than good looks Choose a quality back pack like the Spartan brand
4.Choose a backpack with broad, padded shoulder straps
5.Use both shoulder straps - not to sling the pack over one shoulder
6.Use waist straps attached
7.Don't wear the backpack any lower than the hollow of the lower back
8.Don't overload the backpack Encourage  high school kids to use CD ROMs in text books, or purchase second hand books as a second copy to stay home.
9.Place all heavy items at the base of the pack, close to the spine, for a better distribution of the weight

LET'S NOT WAIT FOR OUR CHILDREN TO DEVELOP PROBLEMS - YOUNG SPINES NEED CHECKING TOO.

For your child's FREE posture assessment or advice on how to maintain a healthy spine, make an appointment
Contact Dr. Lisa or Dr. Britt, your local CAA Chiropractors.


Dr. Lisa Smycz and Dr. Brittany Delves are members of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia.

1 Negrini, S., & Carabalona, R (2002). Backpacks on! Schoolchildren's Perceptions of Load, Associations with Back Pain and Factors Determing the Load. Spine, 27(2), 187-195.
Posted on: 3rd February, 2016
Categories: Children, School Bags
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