You see it all the time, little kids lugging around huge backpacks. Not only are they cumbersome and hard to manage, they could be doing serious damage to your child’s body! Dr. Kathleen Nazar Corbett of Corbett Family Chiropractic has the ins and outs of choosing properly fitting backpack for your back-to-schooler.
PACK IT LIGHT. WEAR IT RIGHT.
With school just around the corner, here are a few tips to help you select the right backpack for your child.
The first thing to remember is that the total weight of the filled pack should be no more than 10 to 15 per cent of the wearer’s own body weight. For example, for a 60 lb child, the pack should be 6-9 lbs filled!
Backpacks should never be worn over just one shoulder. Both shoulder straps should be used, and adjusted so that the pack fits snugly to the body, without dangling to the side.
Make sure the pack fits your child properly, ensuring it is not too snug around their arms and under the armpits, and that its size is proportionate to the wearer’s body. Smaller children will need a smaller backpack.
Be mindful of how your child packs their bag before school. Carrying a heavy load that is unevenly or improperly distributed can result in poor posture, and can cause muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage.
If you have further questions about safe backpack wearing or any questions on your chiropractic health, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Kathleen Nazar Corbett & Dr. Jim Corbett
Corbett Family Chiropractic
490 Brant Street, Downtown Burlington
More information can be found at Ontario Chiropractic Association