Chiropractic Back to School Tip – Check Your Child’s Back Pack


As plans for the new school year start to take shape, we might be wise to begin with our kids’ backpacks. The American Chiropractic Association says a backpack should weigh no more than ten percent of the child’s body weight. A heavier backpack will cause a child to lean forward, supporting the weight on the back, rather than on the shoulders.

When you consider how many things get stuffed into that backpack each morning, that weight limit and those overloads may happen all too quickly.

ACA BackPack Checkpoints

The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing the child to lean forward.

A backpack with compartments helps distribute the contents more effectively. Make sure pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that rests on child’s back.

Watch out for large backpacks. The bigger they are, the more tempting it is for your child to add weigh as they stuff in more things. Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap shifts the weight to one side and can trigger neck and muscle spasms and lead to lower back pain.

Make sure straps are wide and padded so they do not dig into the shoulders. Make sure shoulder straps are adjustable to fit the child’s body. Loose straps can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.

See Your Chiropractor for More Tips

As you put your child’s gear together, seeing a chiropractor could be helpful too. More and more chiropractors are becoming health and fitness coaches that help to back up family health and safety.

What Happens in the First Visit

If this is your first visit to the chiropractor you will find the chiropractor’s overall goal is to seek relief and restore normal activity without surgery or medications.

The chiropractic visit begins with spinal adjustments to obtain an assessment of the nervous system and to seek pain relief. Then a discussion of what is happening and a review of medical history, and daily schedules will follow. In the process the correct diagnosis and pattern of treatment with helpful steps to use at work and at home will be determined. Slowly but surely, the chiropractor seeks to help individuals ease their way back into their everyday lives, both mentally and physically.

Avoiding lower back pain in cases such as carrying backpacks, or doing anyone of a million other daily tasks, is a frequent focus for the chiropractor. The chiropractor sees all sorts of injuries and strains on the body, and can help to find the best answers to avoid many situations, and ease the ones that do crop up.

Find out more about this new wellness resource for your family. Make an appointment now.


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