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How To Adjust Your Orthopaedic Schoolbag

How to Adjust the growth buckle

Take note of the "Growth Buckle" at the top end of the shoulder straps. Kids age 6 or 7 need this buckle to be in the full release position. Then check that the small webbing strap next to the growth buckle is taught. The school bag can be adjusted to fit the growing child, by tightening the top growth buckle and releasing the buckle at the lower end of the shoulder straps. Choose the larger size TOTEM school bag or backpack for kids age 10 or 11 years upwards.

How to fit the school bag on your child's back

Place the school bag close up on the child's back. Position the (lumber) or lower school bag padding close up against the curve of the child’s lower back. Holding the school bag in this position, against the child's back , adjust the shoulder straps to fit and feel comfortable. Tighten the slack on the buckle feature until the small webbing strap is taught.

Encourage your child to -

Always use both shoulder straps to benefit from the Orthopeadic schoolbag design. This will help distribute the weight more evenly across both shoulders, along the length of the back muscles and position the lumber padding in the small of the back. Correct carrying will also prevent one sided loading on the spine.

Using only one shoulder strap over the long term, will cause uneven loading on the spine can result in one dropped shoulder or a curvature of the spine. It also defeats the purpose of using a school bag with an Orthopeadic design.

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