It’s back to class work and home work but are you doing everything you can to protect the health of your children’s spines at school? According to our Stoke on Trent chiropractor, back packs can be seriously bad news for your children’s spines if they are not worn correctly. So to minimise backpack-induced discomfort and pain, we have the following advice for you:
Avoid rolling backpacks.
Most schools have flights of stairs, which requires lifting and carrying rolling backpacks up the stairs. Lifting a backpack to climb stairs can be problematic for your child’s back, according to our chiropractor.
Look for structure.
Many quality-made backpacks come with a padded back and a plastic frame sheet. This can help to add structure and rigidity and help distribute the weight of the load.
Watch the weight.
Our chiropractor recommends that your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight. The heaviest items in the back pack should also be placed closest to your child’s back in the backpack.
Remember the two-strap rule.
Always make sure your child wears a back pack that has two wide, padded straps that can comfortably bear the weight of all their textbooks. Avoid backpacks with a narrow strap that might dig into the skin. It is important that the straps are adjusted so that the backpack fits right against your child’s back. Also, make sure your child actually wears the backpack with both straps over the shoulders so the weight is evenly distributed.
Make sure your child is using the backpack correctly.
Our chiropractor believes that most backpack-related injuries can be attributed to improper use, including tripping over back packs, and shoulder injuries from improperly lifting heavy backpacks. Talk to your child about the dos and don’ts of basic backpack use and educate them on the importance of maintaining good spine health.
Knowledge is power when it comes to protecting the health of your children’s spines. By following the advice in this article, you can help your child to enjoy a healthier future.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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