As mothers, we watch our children with horror as they lug their ridiculously heavy back pack to school each day. It’s no wonder that most children end up suffering neck and back problems as a result of their constant heavy load. To add to the issue , research by the Chiropractor’s Association of Australia shows that 90% of school children incorrectly carry their back packs, risking further spinal damage. Bone degeneration, rounded shoulders and muscle strain are complications no school child should ever be subjected to. Yet each day, our children risk exactly that.
How can you as a mother help?
Here a five tips to ease the strain:
- Check that everything your child has packed is necessary for that day’s activities. Often they forget to unpack before they add new books, art and sports clothes.
- Get the right back pack. Ensure the straps are broad and well-padded and are no wider than your child’s shoulders.
- The back pack should weigh no more than 10% of your child’s weight.
- Check whether your child’s school offers the option of a locker. Even if it costs a little every month, it could be the best investment you can make for your child’s spinal health.
- Consider a wheelie back pack, especially for primary aged children. There are quite a few on the market now and they also double up as hand luggage should you travel.