Backpacks for Children
In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution September 28th
1999 issue, comes an article of concern about children carrying heavy
backpacks. The article links
these packs to an increase in musculoskelital pains in children.
The problem according to the article is that the weight of these
packs upsets the balance in the spine, which can cause spinal and muscular
Chiropractic Association suggests that children not carry packs weighing
more that 10 or 15% of the child’s body weight.
The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) also states that
improper lifting and carrying by your child can also contribute to spinal
stress. The solutions
suggested by the Journal-Constitution article suggest lightening the pack
as well as making sure the load carried is balanced.
The ICA also suggests regular chiropractic checkups for your child
to ensure proper spinal and nervous system function.