With our kids back in school again, we all may want to take a closer look at our children’s backpacks. Compared with shoulder bags, messenger bags, or purses; backpacks are superior because the strongest muscles in the body, the back and abdominal muscle, support the weight of the packs. As practical as backpacks are, though, they can strain muscles and joints and cause multiple pain syndromes and/or structural changes if they’re too heavy or are used incorrectly. Follow these simple tips to prevent unnecessary stress and strain on your child’s young and growing spine:
Poor backpack safety may be related to the following musculoskeletal problems:
During this time of your child’s life, their body is changing more than ever. It becomes critical to make sure that their spine and posture are given every opportunity to grow and mature correctly. Additionally, as adults we might not carry backpacks, but many of these tips can be applied toward the loads that we carry everyday, such as oversized purses or gym bags.
If you or your child are experiencing any of these issues, or would like to setup a backpack check, feel free to give our office a call at 215-504-2223. You are also welcome to email me directly with any questions at Jgreen@pssmnewtown.com. Jason Green, DC.