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How to Carry a Backpack to Avoid Pain

By Virginia Laird

While there are many who are unaware, there are a few things to know about carrying a backpack properly. Chiropractors teach that when the backpack is improperly lugged from place to place, it can cause too much stress and strain on the spine. This can lead to restriction and, at times, permanent injury. A few tips chiropractors provide to help your children better carry their backpacks include:

  • Consider investing in a bag with a waist strap
  • Use good posture
  • Pack only the necessities

Consider Investing in a Bag With a Waist Strap

For those who have children who are required to lug around a heavy backpack, it can be tricky to find a way to prevent back pain. Still, chiropractors say that investing in a backpack with a waist strap can help steady the load and prevent strain on the spin. When there is movement, this can lead to shifting and pain. Using a waist strap can help keep the load steady and the spine free from restriction. 

Use Good Posture

There is always a need to employ good posture. This is especially true when toting around a heavy load. Chiropractors say that light stretches of the back can help train the muscles to use correct posture more often. Although, for most, good posture is not natural, it is best that you help your children take the necessary steps to make this a habit.   

Pack Only the Necessities

When loading the backpack, it is best to encourage your children to pack only the necessities. Adding items to the pack that are not needed can put the weight of the backpack over the edge, making it a struggle to carry it without pain. Teach your children how to part ways with items they will not need while they are at school to protect their back from pain and injury.

If your children are suffering with more pain than these tips can help with, consider routine chiropractic care. When you are ready to begin this care, drop by The Joint Chiropractic nearest you. While you are there, your chiropractor will work with you to establish a personalized pain prevention plan that meets the needs of your children. With more than 475 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, you can get started by stopping in at your earliest convenience. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.

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