The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our doctors.
- Cause the shoulders to round, leading to poor posture later in life
- Distort the natural curves of the spine, leading to muscle and joint strain, as well as stress on the rib cage
- Force the child to lean forward, losing balance and risking a fall
Here are some backpack safety tips:
- Tell your child to avoid carrying the backpack on one shoulder. This can cause a muscle strain from the uneven weight. When children do this, the spine often leans to the opposite side, stressing the middle back, ribs, and lower back more on one side than the other. Excessive weight on one side also pulls the neck muscles, and can cause headaches as well as neck and arm pain.
- As a rule of thumb, do not allow your child to carry a backpack that is more than 10 percent of his or her body weight.
- Don't allow the backpack to hang more than four inches below the waistline. This increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking. Choose backpacks with wide, padded straps that are adjustable. Make sure that backpack is snug (but not tight) against your child's back. The shifting weight of the backpack causes strain on the child's neck and back muscles.