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Posted on 09-04-2015
The back to school shopping lists are out in all the stores, which means that school will be back in session quicker than you can say reading, writing and arithmetic. As you purchase your child's backpack for the new school year, take a minute and think about all the books and supplies they will be hauling around in their backpacks.
Heavy backpacks, especially those that are worn improperly can lead to serious back and neck pain.
Here are a few things you can do to help your child avoid back and neck problems:
- Ask your child to always wear both straps of the backpack. It may be "cool" to only wear one strap; however, the uneven distribution of the weight will create muscle strain and muscular imbalance. Explain why you would prefer that they always use both straps, and most students will oblige.
- Limit the Weight in the Backpack. Make a daily habit of emptying out your child's backpack and removing everything that is unnecessary. Heavier backpacks are more likely to cause back pain. Try to limit the weight to less than 20% of your child's body weight, 5-10% is even better. If this is not possible, check if your child's school will allow rolling backpacks.
- Wear the Waist Strap. If your child's backpack has a waist strap, this will help distribute some of the weight of the backpack over your child's hips and reduce the risk of muscle strain.
Backpack Pain Relief
Remember, if your child is experiencing any pain or discomfort, a chiropractic adjustment may offer them the natural back pain relief they need. Don't just treat the symptoms with painkillers.
If you would like to talk more about how to help your child safely carry their books this year, or if you want to offer your child the pain relief they need, please contact us.
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