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How much does your child’s backpack weigh when they head off to school? Do you know? It’s okay if you don’t. The truth is that most parents don’t know but you need to. A backpack weighing more than 15% of your child’s body weight can damage their developing spine.

1. Every Sunday empty out your child’s backpack and review what they have stuffed inside. You would be surprised what items accumulate inside that add unnecessary weight. If this is a teenager, find out if they need to carry all their books all the time, or is their schedule Monday, Wednesday and Friday different from Tuesday and Thursday? 
 
2. Check the backpack straps for proper shoulder placement, making sure that the bottom of the backpack is tow inches above the waist and resting in the curve of the lower back. 
 
3. Continue weekly reminders that wearing the back on both shoulder prevents postural problems. 
 
4. Weigh your child’s back pack once a week to determine if it is within the safe range of 15% or less of your child’s body weight. 
 
5. If your child is not under regular wellness chiropractic care, check your child’s shoulder and head level at least once a month to determine if they are showing early signs of  repetitive stress on their growing spine.  A Family Wellness Chiropractor who is trained to detect the early signs can perform this exam. Like dentistry, early detection and correction is key to better health. 
 
(Courtesy of Dr. Claudia Anrig)

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