With the kids well and truly settled into the new school year, we would like to discuss the importance of school bags, how to fit and wear them correctly. Incorrectly fitted and badly packed heavy school bags can lead to spinal health problems as a child grows and develops.
It is very common to see school aged children wearing only one strap of their bag, this can cause a significant twist of the spine to one side, which is not healthy for a growing spine, it can put the growth plates under significant pressure and can lead to the development of scoliosis. It is also important that backpack have waist straps so it is not only the shoulders that are carrying the full weight of the bag, as this leads to a roundness of the shoulders, which sends the posture and head forward and can add significant strain on the neck.
Despite the increased use of technology, school children are still overloading their backpacks with textbooks, sports gear and are simply wearing their backpacks incorrectly.
When choosing a backpack for your child, it is important to choose one that allows for an even distribution of weight across the back, other backpacks can add unnecessary stress onto your child’s growing spine. Here are some simple steps to remember when choosing a schoolbag:
5 simple tips for wearing a backpack correctly:
1. Pack the heaviest items closest to the spine
2. Make sure to do all the zips up
3. Secure the straps around the chest, waist and any compression straps
4. Always use both shoulder straps
5. Do not wear the backpack below the curve of the lower back.
Chiropractic care is concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculo-skeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health of a person. Chiropractic is a result of evidence based care delivered by five year university educated healthcare professionals.