Pack It and Strap It! Backpack Facts ~

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Use the following guidelines to prevent unnecessary pain   

that the wrong backpack can cause for students:

  • HOW TO PICK A BACKPACK:
    o No larger than your child’s torso (shoulders to hips)
    o Made of lightweight material
    o Better backpacks typically are more expensive (but they are cheaper than a set of x-rays)
    o Choose the smallest size that will get the job done
    o Bigger isn’t always better, they’ll just put more in there
    o Multiple compartments, symmetrically-placed
    o Wide, adjustable shoulder straps and a waist strap
    o Sufficient padding in the back of the backpack

 

  • HOW TO WEAR A BACKPACK:
    o Pack should weigh less than 10% of your child’s body weight
    o Use both straps, never hang it over one shoulder
    o The pack should fit firmly against the back with no gaps visible
    o Backpack should not hang 3 inches below the waist or above the shoulders
    o Only put in items your child needs that day
    o Place the heaviest items closest to their back

 

  • WARNING SIGNS TO WATCH FOR:
    o Back or neck pain
    o Headaches
    o Pain in or between the shoulders
    o Numbness/tingling in arms or hands
    o They struggle to take pack on and off
    o Standing/sitting with poor posture

If you or your child experiences any of these symptoms, give me a call.  I will work with you to diagnose and treat your symptoms.  In addition, I can offer exercises to help strengthen your posture and get you back on track to academic excellence!

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