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Back To School Backpack Back Pain

Back to school for many means back to carrying a heavy backpack. Unfortunately these heavy loads can cause back and neck discomfort. Couple this with "Text Neck" and your kid is going to end up visiting the chiropractor more than you do! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping the weight of your child's backpack to around 10% to 15% of their weight. Luckily at this time, there is no evidence that points to long term damage by lugging around a heavy pack but here are a few simple changes that can alleviate those pesky aches and pains.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Make frequent trips to the locker.

  • Use the dreaded rolling backpack (I know, not cool but neither is back pain).

  • Only carry the backpack while moving from place to place, put it down when standing still.

  • Make sure the backpack fits properly.

  • Use good lifting technique when putting on and taking off the pack.

If you have any questions about your child's backpack, or if they are complaining of back or neck pain don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help. Dr. Brian Gordon DC LAc Chiropractic | Acupuncture Active Care Spine Center | Encino CA 818.386.8835


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