Wow! Summer flew by this year. Seems like yesterday that the flowers were just starting to bloom. We hope you had a great summer filled with fun, laughter, and health. Knowing that school has started in many districts, please keep the following in mind when it comes to using a backpack.
- Use BOTH straps when wearing a backpack. This evenly distributes the weight onto both shoulders.
- The total weight of the backpack and all of its contents should not be more than 10% of the body weight of the person using it. Thus, if the child weighs 60 pounds, the backpack and everything in it should weigh at most 6 pounds.
- If/when possible, use a rolling backpack. These are similar to the ubiquitous roller bags people use for carry-on luggage for flights.
Keeping these guidelines in mind when using a backpack can prevent many back and neck problems from occurring. For further information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hartwig, call Marcum Chiropractic at 503-235-7130.