Time for Back-To-School check-ups. One of the fundamental pieces of any back-to-school ensemble is the backpack. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers the following checklist to help parents select the best possible backpack for their children:
1. Correct Size- The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack should not hang more than 4 inches below the waistline, to prevent leaning while walking.
2. Shoulder Straps- Non-padded straps are not
only uncomfortable, but also they can place unnecessary pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles. Two wide straps are needed.
3. Does your child use both straps?- Lugging a heavy backpack by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, low-back pain, and poor posture.
4. Adjustable Shoulder Straps- This is so that the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. The backpack should be evenly centered in the middle of your child’s back.
5. Back Padding- A padded back not only provides increased comfort, but also protects your child from being poked by sharp edges on school supplies inside the pack.
6. Have Several Compartments- This helps position the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back, and try to place the heaviest items closet to the body.
7. Weight- The child should never carry more than 10% of their body weight.
8. Pain- Seek care from a doctor of chiropractic or other health care professional for reported pain.
If you would like to have your kids receive a tune-up or a check-up as a preparation for the start of school, please give me a call at 650-593-3500.
Wishing your kids the best this school year,
Dr. Phil Kotzan, DC