Mercy Health chiropractor says parents shouldn’t stress about kids’ backpacks

Mercy Health chiropractor says parents shouldn’t stress about kids’ backpacks


school, but recent research shows that backpacks shouldn’t be one of them. Mercy Health chiropractor Andrew Schmutz says there used to be guidelines for backpacks such as carrying no more than 10% of your body weight or wearing two straps. He says a study done in 2018 from the British journal of sports medicine showed that those guidelines have no influence on back pain in children. That being said, Schmutz does say cases are individual and making sure your child is comforable is most important. [C3]20190905 MERCY HEALTH6-SV Andrew Schmutz/Chiropracto r, Mercy Health 9:05:18 YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD. IF THEY’RE COMPLAINING ABOUT HAVING BACK PAIN WITH THEIR BACKPACK THEN WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT AND LIGHTEN UP THE LOAD. Schmutz says your child’s backpack should not be a concern, but what parent’s should be focused on is making sure their kids are staying active and healthy especially during the school year when they sit in

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