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It’s back to school time! After the holidays it is often a time when we are searching around for school uniform, P.E kit and other bits that we need for the new school term.

One thing that can often be overlooked is the school bag.

The type of bag, how its worn and how it is packed are all factors that need to be taken into consideration. This is important because if children are carrying too much weight in their bags, using the wrong type of bag or have it packed badly it can put pressure, strain and cause pain in their neck, low back and hips.

Here are my 5 things to consider when choosing a rucksack:

1. Use a rucksack with two straps

This allows the weight of the backpack and everything in it to be distributed evenly across the back and shoulders. I know there is a tendency for children (and some adults) to use only one strap of the rucksack and carry it on one shoulder. This leads to uneven pressure across the back and can lead to a lot of aches an pains so try to encourage them not too do this as much as you can.

2. Make sure the rucksack is not too big

This will stop them from putting too much in it at once which limits the amount of strain on the back.

3. Pack Consciously

Make sure it is packed so that heavier things are near the top of the rucksack, this stops the shoulders from being pulled backwards.

4. Make sure that the rucksack is fitted well to your back.

This means that the straps should be tightened so that the rucksack fits close to your back.

5. Empty the rucksack daily!

This stops an accumulation of ‘stuff’ building up in the rucksack and means that your child has to carry less each day.

I hope that these tips help.

If your child is regularly suffering from back problems then it may be worth having it checked out by a professional, should it be of interest I offer a Free 20 Minute Chiro Chat .

Warm Wishes,

Rosie Piercy

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