It’s that time of the year again. Many kids and teens are gearing up to go back to school. For many people that will mean a decrease in activity compared to their summer schedule. This decrease in activity level and increase in time sitting can cause problems with the muscles and joints of the back and neck, throw in a back pack that is too heavy and not properly fitted and you will have one unhappy back! Follow these tips below and stay healthy and pain-free this school year.
1.) Do not buy a backpack that is too large. A medium sized back pack is recommended. This will help to avoid over-loading.
2.) Be sure that the your back pack is tight to the back. It should not hang more than a few inches below the waist line.
3.) Be sure to wear both shoulder straps. This will evenly distribute the weight throughout your body lessening the load on your back.
4.) Load the heaviest books into your backpack first, keeping them closest to your back.
5.) Have your posture checked by a Chiropractic Physician to ensure that your muscles and joints are functioning appropriately.