Mid-Year Back To School Backache?

 How does your child's backpack look? Our Mandurah Chiropractor weighs in on school bags.

How does your child's backpack look? Our Mandurah Chiropractor weighs in on school bags.

At Waters Family Chiropractic, we cannot believe that its half way through the year!! Next week, students all across Mandurah will be returning to school. We are firm believers that our kids posture really does matter, and our Mandurah Chiropractor recommends that school bags should be checked before the start of each school term.

This is a great time to check out how their backpack is fitting and make a few simple changes if necessary, to help prevent poor posture. Some of the signs of poor posture to look out for from an incorrectly worn backpack may include: forward head posture, slouching, uneven hips, low back pain, and upper back pain. Help your kids avoid the back-to-school-backache by sharing these simple tips on how to wear their backpack correctly:

Size: Ensure the backpack is no bigger than the child’s chest.

Weight: School bags should be no heavier than 10% of your child's weight when packed.

Straps: Both shoulder straps (preferably padded) should always be worn. Try to encourage they use the chest, waist and compression straps.

Position: School bags shouldn’t be worn any lower than the hollow of the lower back with all heavy items placed closest to the spine.

We hope that you found some of these tips useful. We always welcome back packs to be brought along to a Chiropractic treatment in our Mandurah clinic.