Balanced Health Care
Helping you achieve a balanced body, mind and spirit... naturally

51 Underhill Drive, Don Mills (Toronto) (416) 441-9222   info@balancedhealthcare.ca

Balanced Health Care has an excellent and friendly team of natural health professionals, working together to help you and your family meet your medical and rehabilitation needs. We treat you with dignity and respect, and take the time to learn who you are to offer you custom-tailored care.


We can help you benefit from the healing properties of chiropractic care, massage therapy, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, Active Release Therapy, Graston Therapy, footcare and the fitting of orthotics. We care for persons of every age - from infants to older adults. Our specialties include pregnancy and pediatric care, and therapeutic treatment of injuries.  

Our location has lots of free parking and is wheelchair accessible.

Backpack 101

Kids think it’s “cool” to strap on their backpacks and head out to school. But if they don’t know how to choose, load, lift and wear a pack properly – these all-important accessories can be a pain in the back.

Teaching children the importance of properly using their backpacks is key to helping them avoid injury.

Backpacks can affect your children’s health

Carrying a heavy load that is unevenly or improperly distributed can result in poor posture; and even distort the spinal column, throwing it out of alignment. This can cause muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage.

Prevention is key

Choosing the right backpack: Go for lightweight vinyl or canvas. Pick a pack that has two wide, adjustable, padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap, padded back and plenty of pockets.

Packing it properly: Make sure your child’s pack contains only what is needed for that day, and that the weight is distributed evenly. The total weight of the filled pack should be no more than 10 to 15 percent of the wearer’s body weight.

Putting it on: Put the pack on a flat surface, at waist height. Slip on the pack, one shoulder at a time, and then adjust the straps to fit comfortably.

Wearing it right: Both shoulder straps should be used, and adjusted so that the pack fits snugly to the body, without dangling to the side. You should be able to slide your hand between the backpack and your child’s back.

Your child’s backpack shouldn’t be a drag. Maintaining good back health in youth may help prevent back problems in later life. So, pack it light and wear it right!


You can book a free consultation with Balanced Health Care's Chiropractor Dr. Katherine Tibor to learn how your child should best wear his or her backpack.