Backpack Fitting Tips
Chiropractor Dr. Stephanie Bonn of Coco Chiropractic outlines things to consider to make the best choice for your child for back to school.
- Ensure that your child’s backpack is appropriately sized with the bottom resting in the curve of the lower back and the top just below shoulder level.
- Look for packs with wide, padded shoulder straps as narrow straps can decrease the circulation, causing numbness and tingling in the arms and weakness in the hands.
- Find a backpack with a waist strap to distribute the load properly and maintain balance and stability.
- Make sure that the packed backpack does not exceed 10% of your child’s weight as excess weight will cause rounding of the shoulders and an increase curve in the upper back region as well as neck, shoulder and back pain.
- Be sure your child uses both shoulder straps – by slinging the pack over one shoulder, your child will lean over to counterbalance the uneven weight and curve the spine abnormally which may cause a postural scoliosis.
- Pack the backpack for even distribution with the heaviest contents next to the lower back.
- Consider purchasing a backpack with built in back support or wheels for back to school.
Gwen Floyd is a by all accounts a marvellous chauffeur to her two sons ages 4 and 7. When she isn't getting her kids to various ballet and theatre classes she can be found on twitter or her blog or out actually talking to real live grown ups.While she doesn't have the PhD that her husband has, she does have a vast knowledge of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a tonne of YA lit. You can find her on Twitter as @GwenFloyd or on her blog leftcoastmama.net