Back to School Backpacks
Roselyn and Dr. Fisher the Chiropracter show the best way for kids to load and wear school backpacks.
Back to School Backpack Tips -2013
Enjoy the summer! As school starts again when fall approaches, it will be time for a new backpack. Having all of the right items helps students settle in and be prepared for a great start to the new school year, so take care of the backpack and other supplies in July or August.
Some things to consider when shopping for kids back packs are the number of straps the backpack has - two straps distribute the weight of the bag evenly and place less stress on the shoulders and upper back.
Backpacks with wheels place very little stress on the back and are actually preferable to standard backpacks especially with heavier loads, but check with your school to make sure these type are allowed.
You still need to make sure you are lifting this type of backpack properly when getting on and off the bus or lifting it from floor to desk using straight back and bending the knees rather than placing the full load on the back by just bending over to pick up the bag.
Kids should always use both shoulder straps instead of straddling the bag over one shoulder with one strap. Packing the heaviest items on the bottom and closer to the back keeps them lower and closer to the body. Watch any sharp edged objects or small books so they do not poke you in the back.
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Limiting the load can also help reduce back strain as heavy backpacks can affect the way we walk and our posture.
Extended periods of wearing a heavy backpack can cause you to lean forward to compensate which reduces balance and makes it easire to fall. This compensation can also change the natural curves in the middle and lower back causing muscle strain as well as rounding of the shoulders.
If you have too many books, you can carry a few books in your hands held close to the body. This helps to counterbalance the backpack load as well, improves your posture and places less stress that can cause injuries in the neck and shoulder muscles. This can lead to headaches, shoulder pain and even breathing problems and asthma.
Avoid pain and strain to the back, neck and shoulders by limiting the load, getting a double strap high quality model or a bag with wheels. Wearing the backpack lower on the back is also considered less strenuous on the back, but not too low. The bottom of kid's backpacks should be about 2 inches above the waist.
Features to consider when buying a backpack include choosing a lightweight material instead of leather. Wide double pads with adjustable shoulder straps (2 inch + width is preferred). Having features such as a padded back, waist belt or strap and wheels can greatly reduce injury.
For very high quality backpacks and gear see some of the packs and brands on our site. You can use these backpacks for school, camp and hiking too.