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Posted on 09-12-2012

With school in full swing, it is important to ensure that your child's backpack isn't too heavy from all of that homework!

When a backpack is too heavy it may cause back, shoulder, and/or neck pain or spasms.

The following tips may help in preventing back pain caused by heavy backpacks:

  • Buy a rolling backpack, especially useful if your child doesn't have to go up/down a lot of stairs.
  • Get the lightest back pack possible, e.g. Lands' End featherweight backpack, which is lighter than most nylon backpacks of comparable size.
  • Make a copy of the chapters of any heavy textbooks, so the child has the chapters he or she needs at home and can leave the textbooks at school.
  • Download the textbook on your iPad or Kindle.
  • Buy an extra copy of any heavy textbooks and keep them at home.
  • Carry a laptop in a separate bag, such as a laptop case with a handle.
  • For musical instruments, which can be heavy and cumbersome, consider an additional instrument and/or purchasing a used instrument to keep at home.

If your child is leaning forward or to the side, or complains of back pain or numbness in his or her arms or fingers, it is likely that the load should be lightened.

Read more!
For additional tips on lightening backpacks click here.
For general information on backpacks and back pain in children click here.
For tips on backpack shopping and design click here.

And of course, a chiropractic adjustment will keep your child's back in tip top shape year round!

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