The Dynamic Minute is a weekly series of health and wellness tips from the staff here at Dynamic Physical Therapy, where our passion is to help you feel, move, and live better!
Hey everybody, this is Lincoln Kinkade, founding owner of Dynamic Physical Therapy. And today I want to talk about a couple things you need to keep in mind as your kiddos return to school.
First thing is backpack safety.
Number one: a backpack should not weigh a total combined weight of more than fifteen percent of your child’s weight. So if they weigh a hundred pounds, we do not want a backpack that weighs more than fifteen pounds.
Number two: the straps. There needs to be a strap over both shoulders, so the weight is equally supported and not causing stress on one shoulder more than the other. And then you want to have the straps cinched tight enough that the backpack sets comfortably in the middle of the back. You don’t want the weight of the backpack hitting them in the low back and increasing the arch in their lumbar spine.
The second thing we need to talk about is good computer safety.
Alright, everybody in the world uses a computer these days. If you have a second grader, there’s a chance they might have homework on a computer.
I want you to be very aware of your child’s posture, while they’re sitting at a computer. They need to have an upright position. Their hands need to be straight out in front of them with their arms at their side in a good position. The neck should be tipped slightly forward to look at the computer screen. I don’t want a kid, sitting in a chair like this, looking way up to see the computer screen. That’s a great way to cause pain in your child.
If you have any specific questions about safety issues related to backpacks or how to sit at the computer, don’t hesitate to reach out and give me a call. I’ll be happy to help.
And as always, if you’re in pain, schedule a Free Screening today!