Backpacks: Lighten Your Child’s Load

As millions of kids get ready to go back to school, many will pull out old backpacks or purchase new ones. While the books, homework assignments, lunches, and other school gear those bags carry may be important for success in school, some experts point to backpack use as the leading cause of a growing trend in back pain among youngsters. In fact, a recent study conducted in Italy found that nearly 60 percent of children carrying heavy backpacks experienced back pain as a result.

Some states, such as California and New Jersey, have taken legislative action to reduce the weight of students’ backpacks in their school districts. However, even for residents of those states, government regulation may not be enough. Whether you are looking out for your child’s welfare or you use a backpack yourself, here are some steps recommended by the American Chiropractic Association to lighten the load.

Tips for purchasing a new pack:

How to use a backpack wisely:

If you or your child experience tingling or numbness in the hands, or discomfort in the back or neck after wearing a backpack, discontinue use and seek the advice of your doctor of chiropractic.

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