3 Tips for Picking a Backpack and Preventing Pain
By Virginia Laird
Are you worried your student may struggle with back pain this school year? This is a constant concern for me as I watch my children bring home a backpack loaded with far too many school supplies. Whether it is by choice, or request of the teacher, it matters not; heavy backpacks can be the culprit to back pain (and in some cases injury). Chiropractors suggest it is imperative to follow a few guidelines that can help prevent back issues for your student, including:
- Try on the backpack
- Use proper posture
- Give chiropractic care a try
Try on the Backpack
When purchasing a backpack it is best to make sure your child tries it on. Chiropractors advise that even though every backpack looks the same, they fit very differently. There are a few things you should help your child check for before making the purchase. One of the most important things is to make sure the straps adjust so that the top of the backpack sits between the shoulders. Another thing to make sure the bag has a waist strap; this can help prevent the weight of the books from shifting, which can cause back pain.
Use Proper Posture
Posture is a vital part of preventing back pain. Chiropractors advise that good posture can be linked to good overall health and wellness. When proper posture is used, back pain and injury can be avoided. Research suggests that those who use poor posture are more likely to suffer spinal injury.
Give Chiropractic Care a Try
For those who may be trying to find ways to keep back pain at bay throughout the school year, introducing chiropractic care to your child can help. Backpacks can tug and pull on the spine, causing restrictions within the joints of the spine. Using adjustments to the spine, chiropractors help keep the spine unrestricted. This is helpful in managing and preventing back pain. If you are ready to begin your child with routine chiropractic care, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community to get started today. With no appointment necessary, it can be easy to be seen when your busy schedule allows. With more than 400 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one near you.
Now is a great time to get your student started on a personalized healthcare plan.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.