Forget peplum tops and detailed denim. One of the hottest trends in back-to-school fashion is a functional accessory – messenger bags. Hip, crossbody bags have replaced the more traditional two-strap backpack as the book bag of choice for preschool to preteen kids.
As a physical therapist, this is one fashion trend I encourage you and your kids to avoid. The messenger style bag can put unnecessary strain on the back, neck and shoulders, and over time, cause muscle imbalances and persistent back pain.
Backpacks with two straps – centered in the middle of the back – are the preferable option to carry books and homework back and forth to school.
Rather not battle with your child over his or her choice of book bag? Try these tips to prevent back pain caused by messenger bags:
If your child suffers from back pain, a pediatric physical therapist can help him or her improve posture, correct muscle imbalances and treat pain. Contact Good Shepherd Pediatrics at 1-888-44-REHAB or request an appointment .