When the school year officially begins, it means your kids will be carrying around heavy backpacks filled with books and supplies that can cause major strain and tension to their backs. Below you'll find a few simple tips to help ensure your children maintain proper posture and prevent back pain or injury.
"According to guidelines from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), students should carry no more than 10% of their body weight in a backpack. The backpacks should have two adjustable and padded shoulder straps to equalize the weight and prevent shoulder, neck, and back problems. Belts around the waist can also help distribute the weight properly. Although backpacks slung casually over one shoulder may be fashionable, this posture puts further stress on the back and spinal cord."