It will be time soon for children to return to school, and we at Central Chiropractic PC in Spokane want to ensure they’re starting the year off healthy. Many back problems can be avoided through good habits, such as picking the right backpack and wearing it properly.
It is important for a backpack to not weigh too much and for the weight to be evenly distributed. We recommend selecting a backpack that has a strap across the chest and to avoid using a backpack with a pull-out handle or wheels unless such features are truly necessary. The contents of a backpack should not weigh more than 15% of the user’s bodyweight. Once children get their class schedules, they will have to make a plan for when to visit their lockers throughout the day to switch out items.
The shoulder straps should be wide and padded. They should be pulled snug so that the backpack rests on the center of the upper back, not sagging, and the wearer should always use both straps. Once your children have been using a new backpack for a few days, ask them if they are experiencing pain or numbness in their backs, shoulders, or necks.
Central Chiropractic PC is located at 20 West Central Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99205. To schedule an appointment, visit Spokane Chiro or call 509-484-7578.