Is Your Child’s Backpack Making The Grade?

The school holidays have come to an end and its time for the kids to get back to the books, but did you know that an overloaded and poorly packed schoolbag could be doing long term harm to your Childs back?

A recent study has suggested that backpack loads for children should be restricted to no more than 10-15% body weight to avoid compression on the spine and muscle fatigue of the important core muscles responsible for stabilizing the spine.

When a heavy backpack filled with books is incorrectly placed on the shoulders the weights force can pull the child backward. The child will often compensate by bending forwards at the hips or arch the back, which can cause the spine to compress unnaturally. This heavy weight might cause some kids to develop neck, shoulder and back pain.

If preventative measures can be introduced now with regard to safe load carriage in school students, it will not only help to protect the developing child, but will also ensure that the principles they learn now are carried through to the workplace as adults.

Some Simple Tips

-Pack only what’s necessary.
-Backpacks with wide padded straps and a
padded back are best. Use the hip strap for added support.
-Pack heavier items closer to the back.
-Purchase two sets of textbooks, one for home use and one for school.
-Avoid large backpacks, especially those with many compartments as this may encourage you to pack more than what is needed.
-Have your child’s spine checked by a chiropractor. Scoliosis and other spinal related problems often have a genetic influence and can be successfully managed by prompt chiropractic care.