School is fully underway, and we worry more and more about the kids and their heavy backpacks. Backpacks that are too heavy can aggravate Scoliosis. Clients, young and old, come to us here at Towne Lake Chiropractic with Scoliosis problems. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side. Tests such as the Adam’s Bend Forward Test are performed at schools to educate kids about the severity Scoliosis.
I have heard that kids are carrying extra heavy backpacks, or one shoulder backpacks to be cool. Neither of these are good for your back; in fact, they are terrible. Rolling backpacks are the best backpack option. If your child refuses to wheel around their books, make sure they are only carrying the books that they need and eliminate excessive folders and binders. If the backpack continues to be excessively heavy, try talking to your child’s teacher about making copies of book pages on nights with excessive homework. This could help ease the book load. Ultimately, your child should only be carrying 15% of their weight on their back.
If you notice your child starting to have posture changes, you may want to check them for scoliosis and send them to your local chiropractor for a check-up.
Please contact us, or leave us a comment if you have any questions or concerns.