Dr Charles Jones discussing some Tips For Saving Small Spines

Forget the fashion factor and the trendy way of carrying your backpacks low on your back. Fashion is a season- your back is for life!

Make sure the backpack is sturdy and of the correct size- no wider than the child’s chest.

Choose a backpack that has broad, padded shoulder straps.

Use a fitted backpack, worn properly over both shoulders with the waist band done up the waist straps are the there for good reason.

Don’t wear the backpack any lower than the hollow of the lower back.

Use both shoulder straps- never sling the pack over one shoulder.

Learn how to pack your bag properly- place all heavy items at the base of the pack, close to the spine for better weight distribution.

Don’t overload the pack- use school lockers and plan homework in advance.

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