It’s the time of year when the school back pack is brought out of the cupboard and filled up ready to start a new school year! This is also the perfect time to check that your child’s backpack won’t become a pain in the back. Here’s the top 3 things to look out for:
1. The weight shouldn’t exceed 5-10% of the child’s weight. When back packs are too heavy they can cause the child to lean forward and support the weight on their lower back, rather than their shoulders. Pack heavier items at the back of the pack, closer to the spine, and only pack the items necessary for that day in order to keep weight down.
2. Encourage your child to always have both straps (preferably padded) over their shoulders. Carrying their backpack on one side shifts the weight disproportionately, and can lead to back pain or neck muscle spasm.
3. Ensure the straps are at the correct length. The back pack should rest evenly in the middle of the back, not causing the child to lean forward to compensate or pull them backwards.
If you notice that your child’s hips are slouching or uneven, they have forward head posture or their posture is otherwise suboptimal, ensure they are wearing their backpack correctly.
For more information or to have your child assessed, contact the office to arrange an appointment.