Now that school has started, children everywhere are carrying backpacks to and from school. In some cases, these backpacks are extremely heavy. There are many ideas out there for helping to prevent pack pain from backpacks, it can be difficult to know the perfect method. Overall, it is suggested that parent use common sense to reduce the chances of their child suffering from backpack related pain.
If you are concerned about your child experiencing pain from carrying their backpack, here are some backpack design features that help reduce the chances of back pain:
- Lightweight canvas material
- Two padded, wide (2-inches), adjustable shoulder straps on the backpack
- Padded back
- Individualized compartments
- Hip strap, waist belt, or frame to redistribute the weight of the backpack from the shoulders and back to the pelvis
- Wheels so that the backpack can be pulled instead of carried
- Adjust the straps to fit the backpack snugly to the child’s body
- Lift the backpack by using the leg muscles and keeping it close to the body
- Do not lean forward when walking
To read more about backpack related pain, click here. The next blog will discuss other ways to avoid backpack related back pain in children.
Click here to contact a general chiropractor in Vancouver, WA if you would like to discuss your concerns about your child’s pain.