Back pain is not only a pervasive problem among adults, but also common in children and teenagers due to wearing overweight backpacks. The follow are some backpack tips for children.
· Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of their total body weight. This will cause the child’s head to bend forward to support the weight.
· Backpacks should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs to low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing the child to lean forward.
· Individualized compartments help in the positioning of contents more effectively. This will allow the weight to be distributed more evenly.
· Avoid buying overly large backpacks. This will only encourage children to overly stuff their backpacks.
· Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. By carrying backpacks on only one side causes a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to muscle spasms from the neck to the lower back.
· Wide, padded straps that do not dig into the child’s shoulders are helpful.
· Make sure the straps are not too loose. Loose straps can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably causing spinal misalignment and pain.
· Ask the teacher if your child could leave the heaviest books at school.
Don’t hesitate making an appointment if your child suffers from any back pain. We treat children of all ages. We can also work on your child’s posture and prescribe specific rehab to strengthen muscles.