With backpacks getting heavier than ever, it’s important for children and parents alike to be aware of how to safely use a backpack. At Park Forest Chiropractic, we understand the importance of proper posture and body mechanics, and we want to help you and your family stay healthy and pain-free. Learn more about using a backpack safely below, then be sure to contact us if you’re in need of a Southland chiropractor you can rely on.
4 Backpack Safety Tips
Choose the Right Backpack
When selecting a backpack, make sure it is the right size for your body and has wide, padded shoulder straps and a waist belt to help evenly distribute the weight. There are many styles to choose from, but selecting a backpack that helps to distribute weight effectively should be at the top of your list.
Use Both Straps
It’s important to use both the shoulder straps of the backpack to distribute the weight evenly and reduce the strain on the body. Make sure the straps are adjusted for the individual’s height and that the straps are not too loose or too tight.
No matter the situation, your backpack should not be too heavy, as this can cause strain on the back, neck and shoulders. A good rule to follow is that the backpack should not weigh more than 10-15% of your own body weight.
Wear It Correctly
Ideally, a backpack should be worn high on the back and close to the body. It should not hang down too low or dangle off one shoulder. After all, the best way to ensure that a backpack isn’t causing pain or long-term damage is ensuring that it’s worn correctly.
Dealing with pain caused by a backpack is incredibly frustrating, but the good news is that it’s also preventable — and our testimonials speak for themselves! Following these tips can help ensure that everyone is able to wear a backpack without any unnecessary back, neck and shoulder pain. If you or your child are experiencing any pain or discomfort, we recommend visiting our local chiropractors to assess the situation and create a personalized treatment plan.