Children grow so quickly. As they are growing their bones and muscles are susceptible to temporary backaches, joint pain, and muscle strains. Do your part to ensure your kids never start on the long road of back-related problems and choose the right backpack for them. Our Bentonville chiropractic clinic can help.
To be safe, make it a game. The simplest tool is right in your bathroom. Get out that scale and weigh. Your small child’s backpack should weigh less than 10 pounds. For a 150-pound child, 15 pounds is the recommended maximum. For a 75 pound child, 7.5 pounds is the most they should safely carry.
Over-heavy backpacks can:
- Reduce blood flow
- Lead to poor posture
- Cause headaches
- Disrupt natural curve of the middle and lower back
- Cause the spine and muscles to lean to over compensate
- Place undue stress on the lower back
Tips for choosing a backpack:
- Squat or kneel to pick up the backpack
- Avoid twisting or bending picking up the backpack
- Lift with the legs (goes for everything)
- Slip it on (use a waist high table if you can)
- Always wear both straps
- Adjust the straps so the pack fits snugly
- Always use the waist straps
A padded back alleviates any nasty pressure points and protects from that pencil case or game system poking the spine.
For more information contact our office at Smith Family Clinic, Inc. today.