Kids’ Back Health

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Well no doubt your kids will be lugging home some big text books from school as this school year has just started.  One thing you need to keep in mind is your back health when wearing a backpack.

Dr. Robert Kipp and Dr. Andrew Yaun of Pro-Health Chiropractic have some do’s and don’ts of backpack wearing.

The most common way to ensure you are comfortable when wearing a backpack is to keep it light. You should also load the heaviest books nearest to the body

Bag does not go below the hips. (if the bag goes 4 inches below the hips…it will cause a forward lean)
Wear both straps are and make sure they are tight.
Make the backpack as close to the body as possible (as if it part of you).
Posture: keep the head over the shoulders.

One key tip: don’t be afraid to carry the heavy textbook in the arms if the back truly feels like it weighs too much.


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