Improper use and carrying heavy backpacks is the leading cause of developing bad posture. Curvature of the spine, muscle spasms, uneven shoulder, shoulder blades and hips, pinched nerves that lead to shoulder, neck and back problems in school children which they may carry into adulthood.
Initial signs of carrying a backpack poorly are:
- Pain when carrying the backpack.
- Red blotch on the shoulders.
- Numbness or tingling on shoulders and arms.
Here are basic tips on how to select the right backpack
- Do not choose backpacks which are too big for your kid’s body size. It should fit between the shoulder blade and top of the waist.
- To ensure that the weight is distributed to the hips and away from the back, it is important to choose a backpack with a waist and chest belt.
- Look for ergonomic designs like backpacks with shoulder padding that makes a comfortable and easier wear. Shoulder paddings will prevent straps from digging in the shoulder.
- Backpack with multiple compartments is a best buy for better organization and proper weight distribution.
It is also crucial for children to know how to carry a backpack the proper way. Carrying it using both shoulder straps by lifting it properly, bend the knees, use both hands then lift it with the legs and not the back then strap onto shoulders.
Spend a moment with your kids to teach and demonstrate the proper use and packing of their backpacks. Prevention is the key to avoid a bad back.