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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Backpack

By Virginia Laird

One of the most vital pieces of school supplies that your child will choose this year is the backpack. Not only will it explicitly put their personality on display, it will also be a key tool in helping prevent back pain. Although your student may not think about that aspect when trying to choose the perfect one, it is imperative to select on with all the right gear to help keep the load of heavy books from being too much to handle. Chiropractors have offered several tops to follow when trying to pick the best backpack to help prevent pain, including:

  • Look for a waist strap
  • Choose a bag with two straps
  • Consider a backpack with wheels

Look for a Waist Strap

A backpack with a waist strap is helpful when trying to keep the heavy pile of books from shifting as you walk through the halls of the school. This tool prevents the load from shifting to one side or the other which can deter shifting in the joints of the spine which can lead to back pain. If your student will be lugging around a heavy load this school year, consider having them look for a backpack with a waist strap. 

Choose a Bag with Two Straps

Chiropractors encourage all students to avoid choosing a backpack with only one strap, as these do not evenly distribute the weight of the bag. Likewise, it is advised that you carry your bag (actually) using both straps. This is the best way to distribute the weight of the bag in a way that will not cause injury to the joints of the spine. 

Consider a Backpack with Wheels

When possible, if your student has a serious load to tote from class to class, chiropractors recommend the use of a backpack on wheels. This allows the weight of school books and other necessities to be pulled behind you rather than attached to your back. Consider this as an option for your child this school year.  

If your child is one who complains of back pain constantly, it can be wise to consider routine chiropractic care. Such care can help prevent and manage the pain. Stop by The Joint Chiropractic in your neighborhood to get your child started on routine care today. With more than 475 locations nationwide you are sure to find one in your community. And with no appointment necessary getting started is as simple as dropping by on the way home from school. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Duluth, Ga.

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