Backpack Checklist

Is your child’s (or teen’s) backpack hurting his or her back?

Backpacks are important to kids and required by most schools. The kids in your life usually know exactly the one they want at the beginning of each new school year. Here is a checklist to help you  choose one they like, and avoid causing serious back problems:

  • Does it have padded shoulder straps?
  • A padded back?
  • Lumbar support?
  • A waist belt?
  • Multiple compartments so they can spread out the weight?
  • Does it fit your child? It should not be larger than your child’s back – from the waist to the shoulders – a little smaller is recommended.

Other important tips: It’s best when a backpack is worn high on the back. You must be able to get your fingers under the straps, or they are too tight. Teach your child to place the largest or heaviest items where they will rest directly on their backs.

Remember that children who say their backs hurt are not usually experiencing growing pains. Yes, they often pull muscles, but their pain is most often from play, hard falls, and carrying heavy backpacks around. All of these things cause subluxations in their spines. These can be corrected with chiropractic adjustments.

Call 507-775-2711 if you have any chiropractic questions.


Dean Ferber, Doctor of Chiropractic

Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN


Located 5 miles from Rochester, MN!


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