4 Tips on How to Protect Your Child’s Back

Off they go starting a new year of school with a backpack half the size of their body! Over half of America’s children are carrying backpacks heavier than the recommended national guidelines which can lead to injuries that have the potential to be lifelong. All that excess weight on a growing spine can lead to subluxations, body pains, weakness in the spine, and postural distortions. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your little scholars are wearing their backpacks safely.

1) Purchase the right backpack: Make sure this year’s backpack has thickly padded, wide straps and lumbar support. The straps allow for the distribution of weight over the whole shoulder, not just on the shoulder joint. The lumbar support redistributes the weight to the lower limbs which supports good posture.

2) Keep it light: Carry only what is needed. Children and teens should only be carrying 10-15% of their body weight. For example, if your child is 80 lbs they should be carrying no more than 12 lbs.

3) Pack it correctly: Heaviest things should be placed at the bottom and against the back of the pack. This keeps the weight off their shoulders and

allows for better posture.

4) Wear it properly: Don’t sling it over one shoulder, please! Face the pack before picking it up and use both hands. Make sure the pack is properly situated on both shoulders and the straps are tightened enough to keep the pack close to the back.

And of course come and visit your favorite chiropractor; we’ve always got your back! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016-2017 school year!