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Back to School Shopping: Styles to Prevent Pain

By Virginia Laird

It is the time of year when shopping seems never-ending. Back-to-school shopping has many who are not avid shoppers searching for great deals and new styles for their students. Believe it or not, what a person chooses to wear can have a great effect on the body. Some of the latest styles have been known to increase the odds of having back pain. Here are a few helpful tips to find clothing and bags that are stylish, yet easy on the back.

Look for Loose Fitting Clothing

When digging through the clothing racks at the local mall, try to avoid super tight-fitting clothing. Not only will many schools frown upon clothes that are too tight, but this style can increase the odds of having back pain. Chiropractors suggest keeping clothes loose to allow the body to be free of restrictions as it moves. Clothing that restricts the body can cause unnatural movement, which can lead to aches and pain.

Steer Clear of Shoes that Offer Little Support

Chiropractors suggest, especially for those who may be required to be on their feet a lot (or walk the long halls of a school), to select shoes that offer some foot support. Shoes with little to no support are certain to cause back and even some foot pain (especially in the arches). Things to look for in a shoe can include:

  • Shoes with little to no heel - Heels often cause an unnatural stride and offer little cushion.
  • Shoes that attach to the foot - Shoes such as flip-flops can be harmful to the foot, as they offer no arch support.
  • Shoes that are comfortable - Remember, just because it is cute does not make it comfy.

Select Bags (or Backpacks) that Have Wide Straps

Bag selection is another element that can play a huge role in the health of the back. Chiropractors suggest to choose a bag (or backpack) with wide straps. Such straps allow for the weight of the load to be evenly distributed without a strain on the circulation. When thin straps are selected to carry heavy loads, these can pull deeply into the shoulder, causing difficulties for the circulation. Because students cannot avoid carrying a backpack, it is paramount to get one that supports weight distribution.

With these tips, you and your student(s) are ready to face the challenge of finding the best back-to-school clothes and gear on the shelf.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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