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How are Backpacks Affecting Your Kid’s Posture?

Written By Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center on October 23, 2019

Kid with posture problems due to a heavy backpackKids’ backpacks are as practical as they are popular.

Shoulder bags are less suitable for daily use. Weight is carried on one arm, and most wear single-strap bags on the same side every day. In contrast, backpacks distribute weight evenly. 

However, back problems may still develop with a backpack.

How Do Kids’ Backpacks Cause Back Pain?

Over 90 percent of children in the U.S. have backpacks that are too heavy. Children load up to 22 percent of their body weight in their backpacks. The American Chiropractic Association recommends a maximum of ten percent.

Some children wear backpacks on one shoulder or use straps that are the wrong length. A kid’s posture could change to incorrectly compensate for the weight of their bags. Neck, shoulder and back pain develop over time due to these habits.

What Features Make for a Good Kids’ Backpack?

Here are backpack must-haves to protect your child:

  • Padded Straps: Wider and thicker straps distribute weight better. Thinner straps dig into skin and pinch the muscles.
  • Padded Back: This can alleviate pressure on your child’s back.
  • Waist Belt: A belt takes some weight off the shoulders, providing support near the body’s center.
  • Rollers: These will allow your child to rest their back and shoulders occasionally.

What is the Right Way to Wear a Kids’ Backpack?

Teach your child to always use both straps and the waist belt. Wear straps comfortably, with the bag resting snugly against the back. Too tight straps may cause pain, while too loose straps affect weight distribution negatively.

The backpack shouldn’t sway while they’re walking, and it shouldn’t hang lower than the hip bone.

Still Worried? Consult Your Chiropractor About Your Kid’s Posture

Your child may not be telling you about their backpack-induced pain. If you suspect that your kid’s posture is being affected by their backpack, take them to a chiropractor for assessment.

Schedule an appointment with a qualified professional at Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Beverly Hills today or call (310)-556-8071.

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