As we progress further into the school year, children are coming home with more and more books and homework. As such, their backpacks are getting fuller by the day. While children may enjoy carrying their backpack, with all sorts of colorful designs, it may be causing your kid’s back to overexert.
Children are in some of the most vulnerable years when they are in school. Their bodies are going through rapid growth, and having a heavy weight on their back could cause permanent damage. Yet, they need to be able to carry their schoolwork with them every day. Here are a few ways to ensure your child’s backpack is not too heavy, and how utilizing pediatric chiropractic in Woodbridge can help.
What’s the Best Backpack?
Even with its issues, the traditional backpack is still the best way to get books around. Messenger bags and one-shoulder bags are making a comeback. But, these put an uneven amount of pressure on one side of the body or the other. In addition, they force your neck and shoulder muscles to do most of the heavy lifting, work these muscles were not designed to do.
If it has two straps, your child’s backpack distributes weight more evenly between the two sides of the body. In addition, it utilizes abdominal and back muscles, which are the strongest in the body, to carry the majority of the burden. However, an overloaded or oversized backpack can still cause issues, even if it is worn correctly.
The Problem with Backpacks
As mentioned before, your child’s body is going through a period of rapid growth. A heavy backpack can make them lean backward as they walk. Your child will likely lean forward to counteract this, arching their back or bending at the hips. As such, the spine begins curving unnaturally. This can lead to issues like spinal subluxations or even scoliosis or a bad cervical curve.
Besides spinal issues, a heavy backpack can lead to a myriad of other problems. The straps can dig into the shoulders, causing poor circulation or numbness. They can cause poor posture, especially if they are not worn properly. Finally, a heavier pack can cause a child to become unbalanced, leading to more frequent falls.
What You Can Do
The ideal weight for a child’s backpack is 10 to 15 percent of their body weight. Encourage them to use their locker or desk as much as they can during the day to ensure they are not carrying more than they should. In addition, buy your child a pack that has wide straps and a waist belt to help spread out the load and prevent any sort of circulation issues. Ensure that your child is carrying only what they need for the day; a laptop or other gadgets adds extra, often unnecessary, weight.
One of the best things you can do for your child is to seek pediatric chiropractic in Woodbridge. A chiropractor can help relieve pain through traditional and cutting-edge therapy methods. For more information or to set an appointment, contact us today.