Did you know that the MAXIMUM healthy backpack weight is 10-15% of your child's weight? For most elementary aged kids this equals about 1-2 textbooks. The reason that this is important is your child's developing and growing spinal joints. Stress to these joints causes subluxations in the neck and back, leading to pain. Adding extra weight to the backpack increases this stress placed on the nervous system.
Fit is also important when choosing a backpack. The bag should not sit lower than the waist as this increases tension load on the shoulders and drives the shoulders back while pushing the neck forward. Also, if possible, buy a back pack with added straps at the waist and/or shoulders across the chest as this helps distribute the weight more evenly. And as always, get your child adjusted! Chiropractic kids are proven to miss less school days than children who do not get adjusted regularly! Have a happy and healthy school year!
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson
MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC
10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28214
Tel (704) 394-8556
Fax (704) 395-8556
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Lavigne, V. (2014). Weight limit recommendations in backpack use for school-aged children. J Clin Chiropr Pediatr., 14(2):1156-1159.