Pain in the Back

Along with poor posture, falls, sports injuries, school children are inappropriately using their backpacks, which are a common cause of spinal misalignments and back pain. Here are some safety tips to help keep your kids spine happy and healthy….

  • kidNever carry more than 10- 15% of their body weight.
  • Wear the school bag over both shoulders.
  • Pack only what they need.
  • Pack the heaviest things towards the back of the bag.
  • Backpacks with wide padded straps and a padded back are recommended. Also, use the hip strap when possible for extra support.
  • When picking up the backpack, bend and lifts with your knees – not your back!

According to an international study, daily backpack carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for school children. School backpacks were felt to be too heavy by 79.1% of children, to cause fatigue by 65.7%, and to cause back pain by 46.1%(1).

School can be a challenging time for children, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important to their physical and mental development.

Chiropractors are uniquely positioned to educate parents, teachers and students about the treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.

Chiropractic care has been proven to be effective, and can restore correct function and relieve pain symptoms associated with the carrying of heavy backpacks.

If you have any question or would like more information, please don’t hesitate and call the clinic today on 9948 2826.

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Dr Andrew Ullo
Absolute Health Solutions
545 Sydney Rd Seaforth NSW 2092
Ph: 9948 2826  Email: [email protected]

Mention NBKG to to get your initial Chiropractic consultation for $49


  1. Negrini, S., & Carabalona, R. (2002). Backpacks on! Schoolchildren’s Perceptions of Load, Associations with Back Pain and Factors Determining the Load. Spine , 27(2), 187-195.


Author: Laurice Klaire

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