Back To School - Backpack Posture

And just like that, the start of school is upon us! Preparations are in full swing organising uniforms, stationery and loads more. At this time we always like to encourage everyone to be mindful of your child’s spinal heath. A new year means new books, heavier work loads and potentially a new school bag.

The back to school period is a great time to check the fitting of your child’s backpack and by making a few simple changes, you can prevent poor posture and help avoid long-term spinal health problems.

Keep an eye out for poor posture signs including: forward head posture, slouching and uneven hips. Being able to Identify and stopping these signs early on is important as the spine is still developing during the adolescent years.

Avoiding back to school backache is easy with these simple tips on how to wear a backpack correctly:

Tip # 1: Straps
Ensure that both straps of the backpack are always worn and are padded.

Tip # 2: Size
Make sure the backpack is the right size for your child and no wider than their chest

Tip # 3: Position
The backpack shouldn’t be worn any lower than the hollow of the lower back with heaviest items packed closest to the spine.

Tip # 4: Weight
Pack only essential items ensuring the backpack is no more than 10% of your child’s weight and all zippers are done up.

Tip # 5: Distribution
Secure the sternum, waist and compression straps, this will help distribute weight evenly

We invite you to make an appointment at our clinic this back to school period for more advice and assistance on selecting the right backpack, making sure it is fitted correctly to suit your child’s current level of development.