An Eye on Those Back to School Backpacks
Aug 09, 2019
Before the book bags and backpacks get heavy there are a few things to consider. The heaviness and position of a backpack matter! It can make or break your posture and health of your spine and shoulders.
We live in a society with excessive smart phone use and too much sitting. We’re looking down in hunched positions all of the time (unless corrected). A heavy or poor backpack placement will only add to this problem.
Wearing a loose backpack that sits near your low back can increase pressure on the shoulders, strain your back, and may also force you to lean forward with rounded shoulders which can continue to create further problems. You and/or your child should avoid wearing the backpack on one shoulder as this could contribute to further imbalances and injuries. The backpack should also never be loose enough to sway side to side as you walk.
The perfect fit:
Posture matters too!
You can reduce you and your child’s risk of spine and shoulder pain by wearing the backpack correctly and focusing on improved posture. Be sure to take the time needed to make sure the backpack fits appropriately. Only carry what is necessary and needed without overloading it.