And it’s not just for your kids. Maybe you’ve decided to go back to school to finish a new degree or prefer to carry your personal and work items in a backpack.
Carrying a heavy backpack puts a lot of strain on the shoulders and back, but it can also influence you or your child’s posture. To balance the weight of a heavy bag, the body will compensate by leaning forward. This counterbalance can contribute to head forward posture, which you can learn more about here.
The American Chiropractic Association has recommended a few steps to help minimize the negative effects of carrying heavy backpacks. We've shared them with you below, along with a few of our own.
Tips for purchasing a new pack:
If you’ve already purchased a new backpack for the school year, it might not be too late. Many stores allow refunds for certain periods of time and if the backpack you purchased is causing your child pain, it will be worthwhile to keep looking for the right pack. Otherwise, you will find tips below on how to make the best of the backpack you have.