Backpack Safety

The kids have been in school for a couple of weeks and you might be starting to notice how full your child’s backpack is.  They might even be experiencing discomfort or even pain from carrying such a heavy backpack.  Over time, incorrectly wearing your backpack can do serious harm to one’s health, specifically the neck and back muscles as well as the spine.

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For younger adults, whose bodies are still developing, proper support is extremely important. Putting a lot of weight on the frame can cause the spine to compresses unnaturally, which can lead to serious health complications down the road. Adults are not immune to strains of improperly carrying a backpack either. Though an adult’s core muscles are more developed, carrying an unnecessary load, typically more than 15% of your body weight, can lead to serious strain on various muscles, ligaments and joints. These simple safety tips will help protect the body from the potential implications of improper backpack use.

  • Wear both shoulder straps as well as the waist strap to help balance weight distribution.
  • Carrying no more than 10-15% of your body weight in the bag.
  • Choose a backpack with multiple compartments to help balance the load. Be sure to pack the heavier items lower and towards the center of the bag – near your center of gravity.
  • When carrying items, be sure to have the pack fit snugly against your body to reduce unwanted swaying or shifting of your items.

Hopefully following these safety tips will keep you healthy, but if you are experiencing any neck, back or shoulder pain please email or call the office to schedule at 410.381.1574.

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