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Posted on 08-03-2017

Tax Free weekend in St. Louis, MO is August 4-6, and kids will be starting school soon. That is a winning combination for…Backpack Shopping!!

Recently, St. Louis Chiropractor, Dr. Alex Vidan, appeared on Fox2 News to show how backpacks should be used so kids remain pain and injury-free.

Kids carry the weight of the world in their backpacks. Preliminary results of studies being conducted in France show that the longer a child wears a backpack, the longer it takes for a curvature or deformity of the spine to be corrected. Before you purchase a new backpack, read up on these do’s and don’t of backpack safety.

Do:

  • Make sure your child's backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Purchase a backpack with adjustable and padded straps, so the backpack can be fitted to your child's body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.

Don’t:

  • Never allow the backpack to hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry-and the heavier the backpack will be.

For visualization of these tips, check out Top Clayton Chiropractor Dr. Vidan and his 7-year-old daughter, Brie, on Fox 2 News as they demonstrate proper backpack wear.

Remember when Brie made her Fox 2 News as a baby more than 6 years ago? She’s growing up fast, and you don’t want to miss this cutie as she and Dr. Vidan show you and your kids the best type of backpack and how to properly wear it for a injury-free back to school!

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