As your kids get ready to head back to school, there is a LOT to think about (schedules, buying supplies, shoes, and clothes, new teachers, PTO meetings, meal planning, etc…) but there is one thing that simply can’t be overlooked – your child’s BACK to school health!
Our doctors have seen an increased frequency of children complaining of low back pain and showing poor posture. But the good news is, much of it can be prevented by proper backpack ergonomics and a quick check with your chiropractor!
At Woodbury Spine, we’re offering free backpack safety checks through the end of September. We’ll have information available at the patient education center, and all three of our doctors will be available to take a look at your child’s (filled) backpack to check for proper fit and spinal health and safety.
Some general guidelines to follow when looking for the right backpack for your child:
The American Chiropractic Association recommends a backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of a child’s weight.
When selecting a backpack, look for:
- An ergonomic design
- The correct size: never wider or longer than your child’s torso and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waist
- Padded back and shoulder straps
- Hip and chest belts to help transfer some of the weight to the hips and torso
- Multiple compartments to better distribute the weight
- Compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize the contents
- Reflective material
Bring your child’s filled backpack in to their next appointment at Woodbury Spine, and ask Dr. Justin, Dr. Ian, or Dr. Drew to take a look at the backpack AND proper alignment of their spine!
If your child hasn’t been in to our office, give us a call to schedule their initial visit (you can bring the backpack with you!) and we’d be happy to offer them a reduced initial exam fee of $20 (reg. $49).
Remember: A roomy backpack may seem like a good idea, but the more space there is to fill, the more likely your child will fill it. Make sure your child uses both straps when carrying the backpack. Using one strap shifts the weight to one side and causes muscle pain and posture problems. Help your child determine what is absolutely necessary to carry. If it’s not essential, leave it at home.
Happy BACK to school from all of us at Woodbury Spine Wellness Center!