4 Chiropractor Tips for Choosing a Backpack
By Virginia Laird
As stores hurriedly set out school supplies, many students are certain to begin eyeballing the newest gear. Backpacks are one of the few items that can make a huge statement. You may remember spending countless hours diving through the selection before settling on the ideal backpack you would sport all year long. Though a student may not want the advice from their parents when it comes to this choice, parents can guide their child(ren) to selecting a backpack that can help prevent back pain. As more schools creep farther from offering lockers to the students, more of the books must be dragged around all day. This makes it more urgent than ever to have a good backpack. Chiropractors increasingly suggest taking care of the spine at a young age. Damage caused by carrying heavy loads for extended periods can be permanent.
A Backpack with Wheels is Best
Chiropractors recommend the best backpack to invest in includes wheels. This allows the heavy weight of the books, binders, and other school supplies to be pulled rather than thrown over the shoulder. Some schools have a policy against this type of backpack. Be sure to refer to your student’s school guidelines before investing.
Select a Backpack with Wide Straps
No matter what type of bag a person chooses to carry, chiropractors recommend selecting a bag (or in this case a backpack) with wide straps. Using a backpack with thin straps can help the weight to dig into the shoulders, which can cause problems with circulation. Wide straps can help the weight to distribute evenly and prevent such issues.
Find a Backpack with a Waist Strap
Another tip suggested by chiropractors is to look for a backpack with a waist strap. This allows the weight of the backpack to be distributed more evenly. It can also serve to help the load from doing too much moving while strapped onto the back.
Don’t Be Afraid to Use More Than One Bag
Many chiropractors suggest using more than one bag to lighten and distribute the load. Using smaller bags can keep your student from carrying too much in the bag. It can also allow the student to keep each backpack light.
With this tough decision before you, let’s hope your student will agree to apply one of these tips to help decrease the chances of having back pain.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.