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South Plainfield Chiropractor Discusses Proper
Child Backpacks

Chiropractors help children

Although children are smaller than adults, and their bodies are still growing and developing, parents tend to weigh them down with backpacks that are far too heavy and unbalanced. Lower back pain is the most common health issue suffered by Americans and in many cases, it all starts in childhood with those oversized backpacks. No parent wants their child to suffer so listen to the advice of a South Plainfield chiropractor when it comes to proper child backpacks.

Selecting a Backpack

The first order of business is to select a backpack that will be supportive and won’t put undue stress on any part of a child’s body. Child backpacks should be made of lightweight material and be proportionate to the size of the child’s body. Buying large backpacks with the thought of fitting more into it will only cause problems.

Look for backpacks that have several individualized compartments to help you balance out the weight effectively. Padded shoulder straps that are at least two-inches wide and a strap that goes around the waist are also features to look for when making your purchase.

Packing the Backpack

When packing the backpack, distribute the weight evenly and try to ensure it weighs less than 15% of the child’s bodyweight. If it is too heavy the child will bend forward slightly to try and counterbalance the weight on the shoulders. The heaviest items in the backpack should be packed closest to the body and if it isn’t necessary leave it out.

Wearing the Backpack

When a child is wearing a backpack the shoulder straps should be adjusted so that the pack is close to the body. This will distribute the weight of the pack evenly over the spine and prevent misalignment. It’s important that kids use both of the straps on the backpack so the weight distribution remains equal. You should also show your child how to bend at the knees to pick up the backpack and instruct him not to twist or bend at the waist while wearing it.

Potential Issues

For some reason we don’t seem to think that children are at risk for the same types of physical issues as adults when it comes to wearing heavy backpacks. Most South Plainfield chiropractors will tell you this isn’t true and that children can suffer from many of the same issues as adults. Regular use of a heavy backpack can result in:

  • Back and shoulder pain
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms
  • Poor posture
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Headache and neck pain
  • Distorted natural spine curvature
  • Muscle strain caused by overcompensation

Wearing an improper backpack sets the stage for a host of physical problems later in life. If you’re not sure how to proceed or your child is already showing some of the above symptoms contact our team at Chiropractic Health & Rehabilitation Center today.

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Chiropractic South Plainfield NJ Chiropractic Health & Rehabilitation Center

Chiropractic Health & Rehabilitation Center
904 Oak Tree Avenue Suite E
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
(908) 755-3646

“She (Dr. Patel) treated my case with utmost care. She spent time to understand, analyze the cause of my problems before she started the treatment. Her treatment has been very effective. She’s very cordial, makes you feel at home & has a very positive attitude.”

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“Dr. Patel was extremely courteous, professional and helpful. She assured me that she would do her best to get my back to normal as quickly as possible. She definitely kept her word.”

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“I was happy to have found Dr. Mital Patel. I went to her once or twice a week for four weeks. Dr. Patel’s treatment reduced my neck pain within two adjustments.”

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