Pack it Light. Wear it Right.

With the return to school upon us, it is a good time to remember some important tips for choosing the right backpack for your children.  Kids think it’s “cool” to strap on their backpacks and head out to school, but if they don’t wear them properly, these important back-to-school accessories can become a pain in the back. Literally – not to mention the neck, head and shoulders.   The BC Chiropractic Association has run a campaign for the past few years on appropriate back-pack use and tips for kids back health.

They’re not moving out, they’re going to school for the day! 

Choose the right backpack, that has two wide, adjustable, padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap. Make sure they only take what they need for the day, and that the weight is distributed evenly. The total weight of the filled pack should be no more than 10-15% of the child’s own body weight. Pack the heaviest objects close to the body and distribute items throughout the different pockets.

Check out this POSTER of 10 tips for a healthy back and the do’s and don’ts of backpack wearing.

Back pain in school age children is not normal, so when there is pain, it is worth having it assessed by a professional.