As children across the country prepare to start the school year, the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is launching their annual Back to School campaign, promoting the correct wearing of backpacks for school-aged children.
Heavy and ill-fitting backpacks may have a detrimental impact to a young child’s developing spine, as incorrectly worn backpacks may lead to strain and discomfort to the spine. Therefore it is important that parents look at the fit and quality of their child’s backpack.
Our Back to School campaign is intended to educate the Australian public about the correct way to wear a backpack and what to look for in a supportive backpack.
Members of the ACA also play a large role in the campaign, reaching out to their patients with school aged children, ensuring that their backpacks are supporting correct development for children of all ages.
The ACA together with Spartan School Supplies and Macquarie University (NSW), joined forces to research and develop the ‘Chiropak’. This durable, functional and comfortable backpack is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of neck and back pain associated with the carriage of heavy loads. To find out more about the Spartan Chiropak click here.
In the coming weeks, the ACA will also be releasing two Back to School videos, on social media. With one video focusing on the correct way to wear a backpack and the other speaking first hand to parents and students about their backpack concerns. ACA are committed to getting the message of proper backpack use out to all parents and children.
Visit the Back to School page for backpack tips, information on good posture, being active and links to ACA apps.