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Back To School Tips - Backpacks

Here are some helpful hints on how to be kind on your spine while still looking cool and carrying around all your school books/iPads/laptops! The Chiropractors Association of Australia have his helpful handout to keep with up to date research on how to wear your back pack correctly.

The main points are:

  1. Your child's backpack should weigh no more than 10% of his/her body weight. If you have a primary school aged child who's bag is heavier than this - you can always carry it to and from school for them! For high school students - encourage them to carry heavy items in their arms rather than in their bags
  2. Ensure the heavier items are packed closest to their spine and lighter items towards the front of the backpack
  3. Wear your shoulder straps over BOTH shoulders
  4. Pretty Obvious - Only pack what you need

If you have any other queries/concerns about whether your child's backpack is adequate, feel free to have one of our Chiropractors check it for you.