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Backpacks and Back Pain: 3 Tips to Avoid It

By Virginia Laird

Most children never complain about back pain as it pertains to their backpack. However, there are many who experience this pain. Chiropractors preach that there are many reasons that so many suffer. They also provide a variety of tips to help eliminate such pain. A few things you can do to help your children get rid of back pain include:

  • Always use both straps
  • Adjust the backpack correctly
  • Pack the heavier items first

Always Use Both Straps

Although it is widely unpopular, chiropractors insist that using both straps to haul your heavy load is best for the back. When using only one, the heavy load is not equally distributed on your back, which can cause strain on the spine. This can lead to restrictions in the vertebrae and pain. Research shows that using both straps can help evenly disperse the load, preventing unnecessary stress and strain. Encourage your children to use both straps to help prevent back pain.

Adjust the Backpack Correctly

Like many, your children may not be aware that there is a proper way to carry your backpack. Chiropractors advise that keeping your straps tight enough so that the backpack fits snug on the back can prevent too much movement. Where there is wiggle room for the backpack, there can be shifting and restriction. When your children get home today, check their backpacks to ensure that they are properly adjusted to prevent back pain.

Pack the Heavier Items First

Each item in your backpack may not be super heavy, but the weight of each item combined can prove to be too much for the back. Chiropractors recommend that loading the backpack with the heavier items closer to the back can decrease movement of the backpack, which can lead to pain. Start right away teaching your children how to pack their backpack to avoid back pain. 

For those students who need help getting rid of back pain, chiropractic care can help. Routine chiropractic care is safe for patients of all ages. It has been proven to help, not only with back pain, but also can boost the immune system. If you are ready to get your children started on this care, drop by The Joint Chiropractic on your way home from school, as there is no appointment necessary. Also, with more than 475 locations, you are sure to find one near you.

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

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