(08/27/12) - In just a matter of days, kids across Mid-Michigan will head back to school.
We're kicking off the "ABC's of Back to School Week" with an important assignment - how to pick the perfect backpack and how to properly wear it.
It's back to school time, and it's the same story every fall. Stone Chiropractic in Davison expects to see more kids come in complaining of back and neck pain. The number one cause? The dreaded backpack.
"Normal posture, you want a nice little curve here in the low back and a nice curve in the mid-back. When someone wears a backpack that's not right, it'll cause an over-accentuated curve here and here," said Dr. Dave Stone of Stone Chiropractic.
The goal for parents, when shopping for a backpack, is to pick one that helps shoulder the load, while keeping the spine in line.
"When you look for a backpack, you want something that'll keep the weight as close to the body as you can. It's going to sit above the hips and most of the weight will be put on the hips," Stone said.
As far as what works and what doesn't, you might be surprised.
"A typical backpack here, you can see it's way too big, and it's dropping way below the waist. It should be no more than two inches below the waist," Stone said. "As you come around to the front, you can see it's too big and there's no strap to bring that waist directly across the body."
"The strap across the front of the chest is key. It keeps these straps between the shoulders to evenly distribute the weight. This has been measured, so it matches from his shoulder down to his waist. It has a waist belt to help keep the lumber close to his body," said Dr. Dr. John Morey of Stone Chiropractic.
Now every kid wants to look cool when heading back to school, but sometimes looking cool could actually be the worst thing for you.
"This is the one-strap backpack. Terrible, but very fashionable, and that's why the kids tend to pick them up. The biggest thing with these is that they basically pull so much and torc the spine and pull it over to one side, and that's terrible," Stone said.
On Wednesday between 8 a.m. and noon, Stone Chiropractic is offering free backpack checks and fittings.
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