It used to be that carrying a heavy academic load meant a series of difficult classes. But if your child is like many, he or she is carrying a heavy load of books! Common sense tells us that a heavy load, unevenly distributed, day after day, can stress a still-growing spine.
Consider these safety suggestions:
1. Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized.
2. Select backpacks with waist straps.
3. The maximum weight of loaded backpacks should not exceed 15% of the child’s body weight.
4. Use both shoulder straps. Carrying the backpack on one shoulder may look “cool” but can lead to spinal imbalance.
5. Consult a chiropractor for regular checkups. We are experts at detecting and reducing spinal problems in children.
~Dr. Danielle Gray
Special thanks to Dr. Gray for her guest blog post. She is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Main Line, PA. Learn more about her practice at: www.restorechiropractic.com