Preventing Back Pain While at School
By Virginia Laird
Heading back to the classroom may sound simple, but for many, getting back to hard chairs and being on the feet all day leads to plenty of pain. Each year, millions report having back pain at some point within the first month of school. Rather than waiting for this to happen to you, chiropractors admit there are several things you can do to prevent such pain, including:
- Use good posture
- Wear your backpack properly
- Invest in comfy shoes
Use Good Posture
As your student prepares to head to school in the next few weeks, figuring out a way to prevent back pain while hauling a loaded backpack can prove to be quite a struggle. Chiropractors often suggest that proper posture is one of the best ways to prevent back pain. All too often, students prefer a slouched position which tugs at the spine and can lead to shifting of the joints and restriction. Encouraging your children to begin a habit of using good posture can be the best way to keep back pain at bay.
Wear Your Backpack Properly
Although there are millions who may not know this, but there is a proper way to wear a backpack. Chiropractors suggest that keeping the backpack straps fit tightly to the back where there is little room for wiggling, as well as adjusting the straps to where the bottom of the backpack hits right at the waist, can help prevent too much tugging on the spine. Research suggests that those who wear their backpacks correctly have far less trouble with back pain and injury. Teach your children the proper way to wear a backpack in this school year so that they can avoid back pain.
Invest in Comfy Shoes
The shoes you choose to wear can impact the amount of pain, or lack thereof, that may be felt throughout the back. Chiropractors indicate that those who wear shoes with a little cushion and support often struggle the most with back pain. It is suggested that wearing a shoe that is attached to your foot and offers plenty of support is best when trying to prevent back pain. This is especially true for students who find themselves toting books from class to class or lugging around heavy backpacks.
For those who need more help preventing and managing pain it may be time to consider a trip to The Joint Chiropractic in your community. There, you will get the help and advice needed to keep you on your feet and free from pain. With more than 475 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. And with no appointment necessary, getting started on your routine care be as simple as dropping by after school.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.