Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:33

Lighten Up - What’s In Your Backpack?

Uptown Chiropractic has some great advice on selecting a backpack for back to school!

Every school year begins with the promise of great things to come. Students will excitedly pack their bags with ‘Back to School’ purchases, cramming in new pencils, markers, water bottles, lunch bags and computers. After a couple of weeks, homework starts to pile on and before you know it the backpack becomes overloaded.

Would you believe that more than 50% of young people will experience low back pain before they reach their teens? Studies show that a backpack weighing more than 10 to 15 % of a child’s body weight increases this risk. Prolonged wearing of a heavy or unevenly distributed pack can also lead to poor posture and misalignment of the spine. Symptoms of “Pack Pain” may include headaches, neck, back and arm pain and sometimes numbness. Consider these buying tips and help your students create good backpack habits.

How To Pick, Pack And Wear Your Backpack:

Kid with large back packPick a pack with:

  • Light-weight material
  • Wide, padded and adjustable straps
  • Padding on the back surface
  • Plenty of pockets


  • Buy a size appropriate backpack for your child
  • The pack should sit between the hips and shoulders
  • Make sure the straps aren’t too snug around the shoulders and armpits
  • Check overall snugness by sliding your hand between the pack and your child’s back.

Everyday Use:

  • Place the heaviest objects against the back
  • Leave oddly shaped objects on the outside of the pack
  • Only pack the necessities for the day, not the week
  • Use both shoulder straps
  • Use the waist strap for extra stability
  • A well-packed backpack should only weight 15% of your child’s bodyweight (10% of elementary school children)

If you are unsure as to whether your child’s backpack is properly fitted or have any lingering questions or concerns, be sure to stop by our office for a complimentary backpack check-up!

Uptown Chiropractic, 645 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-444-0944

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