Back Care Advice
At Playzeez we design our bags to be fun and playful, but for us this is not enough, we went one step further and designed additional features into our backpacks to help keep your child safe from harm. Here is some information on what we have done to help prevent unnecessary back pain and advice on what you can do to help keep your child safe from excess back pain.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT BACKPACK
There are numerous backpacks on the market but which one is right for your child? When it comes to preventing back pain there are several features to look out for:
At Playzeez we try to provide you with as many backcare features as possible, without compromising our fun designs.
We have taken great care to design a backpack that can help keep your child safe, this includes trying to prevent any unnessecary pain coming to your child. Here are a few features that we have designed into our backpacks to help reduce the chances of your child developing back pains.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We have added these features to help alleviate some of the causes of back pain but the proper use of our backpacks is also required. You can help, by informing your child on how to use their backpack correctly and ensuring they do so. Here are a few tips:
REDUCE EXCESSIVE WEIGHT
It has been recommended by Doctors and Chiropractors that kids should not carry any more than 10-15% of their own body weight inside their backpack***. Children with over weight bags tend to compensate by leaning forward at the hips or arching their backs. This can compress the spine unnaturally, leading to shoulder, neck and back pain. Simply start by reducing the weight your child carries in their pack.
TWO SHOULDER STRAPS
Make sure your child uses both shoulder straps. Hanging the backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles. With the weight on one shoulder you child will compensate by leaning to one side which may affect the curvature of the spine.
As a feature of our bag we have added the sternum strap, but this feature is pointless unless it is used. Make sure your child tightens the strap to help distribute the weight of the bag evenly.
TIGHTEN THE STRAPS
Your child's backpack should fit tight to the body. The straps should hold the backpack, roughly, two inches above the waist.
PICK UP THE BAG CORRECTLY
Bend at the knees when picking up the backpack and use both arms to do so. You should never bend over at the waist when wearing or lifting a heavy backpack.
ORGANISING YOUR BACKPACK
Pack heavier items, like books, to the back of the bag (close to the child's back) so that the weight isn't pulling back on your child's shoulders.
We hope that this information has been helpful.