As you prepare to send your children back to school, we would like to remind you that heavy, poorly fitted and packed backpacks may lead to spinal health problems in children. Spinal health problems in school kids often go unnoticed. However, poor posture, back pain, or ‘growing pains’ need not become an accepted part of everyday life for your child.
When choosing a backpack for your child, choose one that allows for even distribution of weight across the back, otherwise the backpack can place unhealthy stress on a child’s spine. Despite the increased use of technology in schools, schoolchildren still overload their backpacks with textbooks and other gear, or simply do not wear them correctly.
School can be a challenging time for any child, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important for their physical and mental development.
Five simple tips for wearing a backpack:
- Pack the heaviest items closest to the spine
- Make sure to do all the zips up
- Secure the sternum, waist and compression straps
- Always use both shoulder straps
- Don’t wear the backpack below the hollow of the lower back
If you have questions about a backpack or want to have Travis check the fit of one your child uses, give us a ring!