Did you know that 50% of young people will experience at least one episode of low back pain by the time they are teenagers?
Carrying a book bag that is too heavy and/or is not properly packed can cause circulation problems, increased blood pressure, strained muscles, nerve impingement, and spinal pain.
Ask yourself these questions to determine whether your child’s book bag is properly designed and comfortable:
- Is it positioned below your child’s shoulder and above the hipbone?
- Is it made of lightweight material?
- Does it have adjustable, padded shoulder straps that are at least two inches wide?
- Does it have a padded back for added protection and comfort?
- Does it come with a hip strap or waist belt, which would help redistribute the weight or contents?
- Does it have several individual pockets instead of one large compartment?
- Does your child carry the book bag over both shoulders?
- Can your child stand upright comfortably while wearing the book bag?
If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes", then here are a few tips to make sure your child's book bag is safe and not causing undue physical stress
Make sure the backpack weighs less than 10 per cent of your child’s body weight (or less than 15 per cent for high school students).
Your child will carry his or her book bag for many hours throughout the school year. In order to avoid problems now and later in life, it is important for them to Pack it Light and Wear it Right!
If you have any questions about this topic, or anything else, please contact us at 747-0844 or drop by our clinic in Bidgood's Plaza
Dr. Jeff Marshall, BScKin, DC