Raleigh Chiropractor Discusses Proper Child Backpacks

Raleigh Chiropractor Discusses Proper
Child Backpacks

chiropractor discusses proper child backpacks

Despite the fact that children are smaller than adults and that their bodies are still growing and developing, parents tend to burden them with backpacks that are far too heavy and imbalanced for their size. Lower back discomfort is the most frequent health problem that Americans suffer from, and in many cases, it all starts with those big backpacks that we all wore as children. When it comes to suitable kid backpacks, no parent wants to see their child suffer, so follow the advice of a Raleigh chiropractor when it comes to choosing one.


A child's first order of business should be to choose a backpack that is both supportive and does not place undue stress on any part of his or her body. Packs for children should be built of lightweight materials and should have a size that is appropriate to the child's overall body size. Purchasing huge backpacks with the intention of packing more inside them can only lead to complications.

Look for backpacks that have many sections that can be customized to assist you to balance the weight more effectively when traveling. When shopping for a bag, look for characteristics such as padded shoulder straps that are at least two inches wide and a waist strap that wraps around the waist.


When loading the backpack, make sure the weight is distributed properly and that the backpack does not weigh more than 15 percent of the child's body weight. It is possible that the youngster would bend forward somewhat in order to try to counteract the weight on his or her shoulders if the load is too heavy. Heavy goods should be placed near the body's center of gravity, and if it is not absolutely essential, they should be left out.


It is important that the shoulder straps of a child who is wearing a backpack be properly fitted so that the pack is near to the body. This will ensure that the weight of the pack is distributed equally over the spine and that the spine is not misaligned. To ensure that the weight distribution of the backpack stays equal, it is critical that children utilize both of the backpack's straps. You should also demonstrate to your child how to pick up the backpack by bending at the knees, and remind him not to twist or bend at the waist while wearing it.


For some reason, people don't seem to believe that children are at danger of the same sorts of physical problems that adults are when they are forced to carry large backpacks. However, the majority of Raleigh chiropractors will tell you that this is not the case and that youngsters can suffer from many of the same problems as adults. The usage of a heavy backpack on a regular basis might result in:

  • Back and shoulder discomfort
  • Arm numbness and tingling are experienced.
  • Having a bad posture
  • Blood flow has been reduced.
  • Headache and stiffness in the neck
  • Natural spine curvature has been distorted.
  • Stress on the muscles as a result of overcompensation

It is possible to develop a wide range of physical issues later in life if you use an incorrect backpack. If you are unsure about how to continue or if your kid is already exhibiting some of the symptoms listed above, please call our staff at Chiropractic Partners - Dr. Alan Houfek right once.


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