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Is Your Child Toting Too Heavy a Load?

girl with backpackWith summer winding down, it’s time for that cherished tradition of backpack shopping for the new school year. While many kids and teens are looking at what’s on the outside–whether superheroes, princesses, or cool designs–parents should be mindful of how much they’re toting on the inside.

Why Good Spinal Biomechanics Matter

When it comes to carrying backpacks, maintaining good spinal biomechanics is vital for reducing abnormal wear and tear on the body. The weight of the backpacks can be overwhelming for young children, leading to potential injuries. Proper alignment ensures less shock to the body, minimizing the risk of foot strike-related problems.

Even though teenagers may be better equipped to handle the weight because of their larger size, their bones are still in the ossification process. Any misalignment can lead to abnormal joint wear, affecting both the extremities and the spine.

The Role of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic adjustments play a crucial role in maintaining proper alignment and mobility. By addressing mechanical issues through adjustments, chiropractors help ease the strain on the spine caused by heavy backpacks. Let’s inspect the numbers to understand the significance:

Imagine a child picking up a 9-pound backpack from a tabletop. At this level, the pressure exerted on the L5 (low back) amounts to a staggering 250 pounds. These numbers highlight the immense strain that children may unknowingly subject their bodies to daily.

Children often pick up backpacks from the floor, compounding the pressure on their spines. In such cases, the pressure exerted can reach hundreds of pounds, putting them at greater risk of developing symptoms and long-term issues.

Chiropractic adjustments provide a non-invasive and proactive approach to address misalignments and prevent further damage. As a chiropractor, Dr. Cutsinger focuses on addressing the root cause of the problem, versus treating symptoms.

Backpack Safety Tips

Besides chiropractic care, proper backpack safety measures can significantly reduce the strain on your child’s spine. Here are some practical tips to keep in mind:

Choose the Right Backpack: Opt for a lightweight backpack with wide, padded straps and a padded back panel. The backpack should have multiple compartments to disperse weight.

Pack Smart: Encourage your child to pack only the necessary items, eliminating unnecessary weight. Heavier items should be placed closer to the back, while lighter objects can go in the outer compartments.

Wear It Properly: Teach your child to wear both shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly. Adjust the straps so that the backpack sits snugly against their back, avoiding excessive sagging.

Use Waist or Chest Straps: If your child’s backpack includes waist or chest straps, encourage them to use them. These additional straps help distribute weight more evenly and reduce strain on the shoulders and back.

Avoid Overloading: Ensure your child’s backpack does not exceed over 10-15% of their body weight. Regularly check their backpack and remove any unnecessary items.

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