Our chiropractic clinic was at a local retail business in Vaughan Sunday offering backpack safety tips for students and parents. The one common thing I notice with most of the children and teens that we see at our clinic is they carry a backpack that is way too heavy for their growing spines. I remember when I was going through school, the first time I used a backpack was in grade 9. Today, even the grade school children are sent home with backpacks filled bulky binders and heavy textbooks.
Not only is weight a concern, but how the backpacks are worn concerns me. Especially, with the high school students. Their backpacks are overloaded, usually carried by one strap over one shoulder, and if both straps are used, they are so loose that the backpack is practically hanging down by their lower back or waist area. This puts extra weight on the spine that can lead to pain or serious back or health problems.
According to a study published in the journal Spine, increasing the weight of backpacks can: 1. Significantly compress the discs of the low back, 2. Increase spinal curvature, and 3. Significantly increase low back pain in children.*1
In the month of September, when kids get back to school, our clinic is holding a Backpack Safety Awareness Week (September 7-16) for our practice members. The focus is to teach children, teens and parents the proper ways to choose, carry and load backpacks so they reduce unnecessary loads and stress on the back and prevent strain, pain or serious health problems.
Next time you visit your family chiropractor, ask him or her about backpack safety for your children.
Back To Health Chiropractic Centre is a children-friendly wellness clinic. Located in Vaughan, in the hamlet of Maple, we serve families with children and infants of all ages.
Here are some tips that our chiropractic clinic will be sharing during Backpack Safety Awareness Week …