School is back in session in most regions, and that means that kids everywhere are stocked up on school supplies and textbooks to take along with them. These items can be very heavy individually, but when your child carries around multiple heavy items in their backpack it can become very strenuous on their back. Unfortunately, a lot of the time there is no way to get out of carrying these heavy items around with you throughout the day. There is, however, proper loading and carrying methods and techniques that allow for the backpack to be carried more easily, and also reduce the impact on your child's back.
Backpacks should be worn high on the back using both straps in order to reduce the load on your back. This spreads the load more evenly, and allows for your muscles to work more effectively together to hold the weight. The items in the backpack should also be organized in order of weight. The heaviest items should be near the bottom, and closest to the body while the lighter items can be further from your person.
Dr. Michael Dickerson, D.C.