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9 Tips to choosing and using a school backpack.

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Chiropractic concerns for school bags.

It is that time of year again – the beginning of the new school year. Along with the new books and uniforms may come the need for a new school bag. You may already be familiar with the best way to choose and use a back pack but I will quickly address these aspects from a chiropractic point of view.

Here are 9 tips to consider when choosing and using a school bag.

1 Backpacks when packed should be ideally less than 1/10th of a student’s weight.

2 Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized – not too wide.

3 Choose support and fit, rather than good looks.

4 Choose a backpack with broad, padded shoulder straps.

5 Use both shoulder straps – never sling the pack over one shoulder.

6 Use waist straps where supplied.

7 The backpack should be no lower than the hollow of the low back.

8 Don’t overload the backpack.

9 Heavy items should be placed at the base of the pack and close to the spine.

And remember that no matter what age you are carrying a load on your back should be done correctly to avoid injury.

If you observe all of the advice above and your child complains of strain pain you may like to get their spine checked

Because their health is worth it.

If you have any more questions why not give us a call 02 9630 1049

Below is a link to a complete article by the CAA with a download fact sheet if you are interested.

 http://chiropractors.asn.au/resources/health-education/back-pack-tips

 

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