12/18/14

Back to School, Back to Health With the Right Bag



Buying the wrong bag, or even buying the right bag but wearing it badly can cause unnecessary and harmful stress to your child's spine, leading to muscle strain and rounding shoulders. Keeping in mind that acute back ache can lead to chronic issues which become life-long battles, especially with young people as their bodies are still growing. Below we address some points which may contribute to the health of your child's back and posture, directly relating to the way in which they carry their bags.

Buy a Backpack

A backpack that sits neatly across both shoulders with the straps adjusted to the same length is far more beneficial than a bag that would sling over one shoulder. There should always be an equal weight displacement across the back. You can usually see the strain in a person's posture if one should is working harder than the other. A person should be able to walk upright and straight forward without leaning or compensating one way or the other.

A backpack is also usually built around a structure with padding and reinforcement. These supports are designed to sit in a particular position on the back to alleviate undue stresses and place weight correctly.

Don't overfill a bag

An overloaded bag is very heavy, rather be organized enough to know what days certain items are required, and not carrying unnecessary items. The correct amount of weight that can be carried is usually 10% of your body weight, so a 40 kg child should not carry an excess of 4 kg on their backs. It may be extra work, but packing and repacking each day will greatly assist in cutting back on weight, especially with unnecessary debris build up at the bottom adding sneaky bits of weight.

Pack Correctly

Adding on to the previous point of unpacking and repacking each day, removing unnecessary items and packing the correct items in the correct places is important for weight displacement, because if things shift during transit it could compromise the center of gravity. A bag should sit above the waist and not hang too low either, again placing the correct weight at the correct point.

Once you have invested in the correct bag and stationary that fits accordingly, make sure you look after it and it may last your child longer than the school year. Label your children's items as this also encourages enthusiasm and helps them to hold onto their things for longer. For great personalized labels, visit labels4school
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