As a parent, you want to help your child grow up strong and healthy. However, if you’re not paying attention, your child’s spine could become damaged if they carry heavy books in their backpack on a regular basis. As your local chiropractor, at Greater Life Chiropractic, we’d like to share with you a few ways you can protect your child’s spine from harm caused by their backpack.
- Choose the Right Backpack. When you’re picking out a backpack for your child, make sure that the bag is proportional to their body. You should also look for backpacks that have padded shoulder straps to prevent pinched nerves in the shoulder and neck area and try to find a backpack with a waist strap.
- Pack the Bag Correctly. In addition to picking out the right backpack, it’s also essential that you pack the bag correctly. As your local chiropractor, we recommend that no more than 15 percent of your child’s body weight should be carried in their backpack. This means that a child who weighs 85 pounds shouldn’t carry a backpack that weighs more than 12 pounds.
- Help Your Child Understand How to Carry Their Backpack. Once your child has their backpack picked out and packed, make sure you help them understand how they should lift it and carry it while they’re at school. As your local chiropractor, we strongly encourage you to prohibit your child from wearing their backpack on one shoulder or hanging down low. Instead, it should always be put on both shoulders with the straps synched up high, and the waist strap should be used to distribute weight to the hips.