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Lighten up! The burden of the school backpack

As school heads back for another year it’s the ideal time to check your child’s backpack. Ill-fitting, oversized and heavy bags can strain the spine and trigger neck and back pain and headache.

It’s important to get this right! If you’re unsure about your child’s bag, or whether they’re wearing it correctly, ask your chiropractor for advice.

The backpack should:

• be appropriately sized for your child, with a padded back and shoulder straps

• sit at the top of their hips with hip belts to distribute the load

• weigh no more than 10% of your child’s body weight (including contents).

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