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Dr. Bennese's Back to School Backpack Tips

September is here. It is that time of year again.....for me to unfortunately see A LOT of local kids incorrectly wearing their backpacks to school.

Follow my simple tips to help your child to grow properly without creating misalignment and faulty muscle patterns.

Synchrony Chirocare Back to School Backpack TipsCarrying a backpack on one shoulder is a recipe for creating abnormal muscle patterns. Use wide padded straps on both shoulders to allow for symmetrical muscle use. Pull out a calculator. Take your child's weight times 15% to find the maximum load he or she should be placing on their back. Whether or not the backpack's load is within the safe 15%, I see too many children carry their backpacks at the "small" of their lower back. This forces him or her to bend their torso forward in an effort to compensate. This creates muscle imbalance. The solution is to adjust the straps so the backpack's load is raised high across the shoulder blades. Your child should notice a significant feeling of weight reduction.

If your child complains of chronic headache, neck, shoulder or low back pain, it may be the result of faulty backpack use. Use these simple checks to develop those young spines into strong healthy adults.

If your child complains of chronic headaches, neck, shoulder, or low back pain, or you suspect muscle imbalance or misalignment in your child as a result of improper backpack use, Dr. Bennese can perform a "structural blueprint" to find out more if there are faulty muscle patterns or misalignment causing those symptoms.

 

 

Patient Testimonials

  • Stacey B.

    "My lower back pain has decreased a great deal"

    My lower back pain has decreased a great deal...allowing me more restful sleep and less discomfort when on my feet for extended periods of time. Since

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  • Frank E. (2)

    "Feels great to do normal things again"

    I'm able to work in my yard without my back hurting. There is no pain after a good days work. Just get a little sore. I don't feel as tired. I'm able to keep

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  • Lila P.

    "No pain in lower back"

    1. Posture 2. No pain (or little) in lower back- able to get out of bed easier. 3. Better walking, and able to do it for longer periods of time. 4. Feeling light in my chest. 5.

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  • Rudy K.

    "Since starting the therapy I have noticed a better nights sleep."

    Since starting the therapy I have noticed a better nights sleep. My lower back is less tight after a day of work and my neck is a

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  • Marsha F.

    "I haven't had any pain in my lower back for awhile."

    The pain in my neck is (almost) gone and I haven't had any pain in my lower back for awhile.