Teach Your Kids These 5 Tips to Prevent Backpack Pain
By Virginia Laird
As parents begin to prepare their children for back-to-school life, it is vital to include the appropriate way to carry a backpack. Within a few days of school, backpacks may be loaded with a heavy stock of books and school supplies. Students will be charged with lugging these items from class to class, as well as home. This can be taxing for the body. Chiropractors suggest parents take a minute to teach their children tips when it comes to carrying the load, including:
- Use both straps
- Heaviest items first
- Adjust the straps correctly
- Lift with the legs
- Use good posture
Use Both Straps
The best way to prevent pain is to use both straps to distribute the weight. Using just one can cause the weight to tug at the back, causing restriction of function in the spine. Routine visits to the chiropractor can help to restore function to the spine. However, some chiropractors suggest that the damage of toting a heavy load for a long period of time can be permanent.
Heaviest Items First
Loading the heaviest items in first puts the load closer to the back. This allows the body to support the weight more easily. Heavier items in first can help keep the back from experiencing too much strain.
Adjust the Straps Correctly
Chiropractors suggest to take the time to help your student adjust the straps of the backpack correctly. The bottom of the backpack should fit (roughly) two inches above the waist. The straps should then be pulled tight enough to hold this position. A backpack should not fall any lower than the buttocks, as this can cause too much strain and pull on the spine.
Lift with the Legs
Every student will need to know how to pick the heavy load up off the floor. It is vital to instruct children how to accomplish this task. In order to protect the back, chiropractors discourage any lifting that is not done by the legs.
Use Good Posture
Some students may have a tendency to lean forward while carrying a heavy load attached to the back. Rather, it is pertinent to have great posture. Chiropractors teach that overcorrection of the posture can cause the spine to shift, restricting function -- which can be painful.
As you teach your student(s) these tips, you will have empowered each with the ability to endure the school year free of unnecessary back pain.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.