School Backpacks – a Doctor’s Advice
It’s that’s magical time of year again! Kids go back to school and parents get a break again! And if you are like most parents this time of year, you are running around to gather school supplies, clothing, and backpacks…
Here are Dr. Sukh Mann professional advice from Legacies Health Centre in Surrey on what to consider when purchasing a backpack for your child:
The backpack should not be wider than your child’s chest, and no lower than the small of their back.
- A loaded backpack should not weigh more than 10-15% of the child’s bodyweight.
- Distribute the load correctly by first putting heavy books near the bottom, and lighter objects near the top. Use the pockets to further distribute the weight.
- Dr Sukh Mann, DC“Take this opportunity of buying a new backpack to teach your child proper lifting techniques. Bending knees when lifting the backpack and encouraging your child to use both shoulder straps to balance the weight on their spine are tips for life.” Dr. Sukh Mann, Doctor of Chiropractic
Here’s what the BC Chiropractic College has to say: