Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that can worsen during childhood and can become a serious problem later in life. Scoliosis is an issue of postural imbalance and instability. Therefore BackTpack®️, the balanced bag for scoliosis and postural health, is an important school bag alternative.
Scoliosis should be treated as early as possible during adolescence. The curvature of the spine can only be corrected without surgery if detected by early adolescence. The term “Orthopaedic” literally means “straight child,” based on this crucial period of bone growth, when bone deformity can be corrected without surgery.
Most treatments are costly and not always accessible. BackTpack is a balanced bag for scoliosis that is available to all. It can be used immediately to address postural imbalance. This balanced bag system will complement all other treatment, of special exercises, bracing, and surgery if needed.
It is essential to be diligent about good postural habits, and especially about how the spine is loaded during the growth period. When carrying a load, the weight should be balanced. It should be applied on, or as close to the vertical spinal axis as possible. Bad posture habits, including one-sided loaded postures and slumping, should be avoided. The common backpack creates posture distortion and the off-axis load multiples the force on the spine.
Activities to strengthen the postural muscles are important. Standing activity is best, where the force of gravity is the body's gymnasium, training and strengthening good upright alignment.
BackTpack, with its dual side-bag system, provides axial- and balanced loading to strengthen posture by distributing the load to each side of the body. Other bags and conventional backpacks contribute to postural distortion because they are off-axis, one-sided systems. Therefore BackTpack is a healthy loading system for collaborative efforts in prevention and treatment of scoliosis. Note that if there is pain associated with spinal loading, there is considerable deformity, or if there are conditions where your physician restricts spinal loading, the hip-loading option should be used.
Mom's Comments on BackTpack for Kylie
"When my daughter Kylie was diagnosed with scoliosis, I had no idea that backpacks would become a problem. Obviously I knew that there are backpack “rules” that every kid should adhere to for back health, but I didn’t realize how scoliosis and bracing in an elementary-aged child would affect backpack use. Very quickly we learned that a traditional backpack wouldn’t work; in her brace, my daughter was unable to swing her full backpack up onto her shoulders independently. The load of her backpack pulled in such a way that she was uncomfortable with it on her back while wearing a brace. We decided to try a rolling backpack, but her PT was adamant that for proper back health, she needed to push the backpack instead of pulling to avoid any spinal rotation that would negatively affect her curve. That, combined with the amount of space that the rolling mechanism took up leaving her with less usable room, made for another imperfect option. Enter the BackTpack! We tried it on a whim... the science made sense to me, but I honestly wasn’t sure that it would be the solution we were looking for. I was wrong! The BTP allowed my daughter to fit everything she needed in her ackpack... it gave her the independence to get her backpack on and off in her brace... and it has been such a benefit to her overall posture and backhealth, which is obviously massively important for a scoliosis patient! Staff at her school frequently commenton the genius of the design and acknowledge that it makes sense for everyone, not just people with back problems. We have been so impressed with not only the product, but the dedication Marilyn has for her design and to the people using it. I have my own BTP now that I use for traveling! We are true believers in the science behind the BTP and the benefits it offers to everyone."