Back to school back pain backpack safety 101

Many parents don’t even realize that carrying a backpack can cause spinal problems. At Beyond Medical, our pediatric chiropractor in Altamonte, we’re here to help you keep your children safe and healthy as they move into a new school year.

The 10% Rule

According to current medical research, a child’s backpack (when full) should not weigh more than 10% of his or her body weight. While there’s no need to pull out a scale every morning, check every few weeks to see what type of load your kid is carrying back and forth to school each day.

Even the Load

Talk to your child about making sure school supplies are loaded into backpacks evenly, with close to equal weight on each side. Encourage your child to use both backpack straps. Using only one strap, or having a heavy load on only one side, can cause more pressure on one side of your child’s body than the other, leading to spinal problems.

Seek Chiropractic Care

If your child carries a backpack, the weight will compress his or her spine. It’s important that children have regular chiropractic adjustments to keep their spine healthy and free from injury. Pediatric chiropractic care is safe, effective, and affordable.

Call Our Pediatric Chiropractor in Altamonte

Whether your children are complaining of back pain or you’ve simply noticed that their backpacks have become heavier this year, it’s important to bring them to a chiropractor for regular chiropractic care. Call Beyond Medical, our pediatric chiropractor in Altamonte, to set up an appointment today at (407) 261-1001. Not sure if chiropractic care is a good fit for your child? We offer free consultations. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

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