Hi Factory Square Crossfit Family!!
So, I have been asked at least a dozen times this week about backpacks. I don’t want to remind anyone about the up and coming school year, but it is coming…..:) Kids or no kids the way we carry our personal items can affect how we feel. From backpacks to purses to messenger bags. Here are a few tips.
Backpacks come in all shapes and sizes and when worn correctly can help minimize neck and back pain.
1. Always wear the backpack on both shoulders so the weight is evenly distributed.
2. Carry no more than 10%-15% of body weight in the pack.
3. Look for packs with two wide, padded shoulder straps and a waist belt that buckles around them.
4. Multiple compartments, which can help distribute the weight more evenly.
5. Look for a sturdy yet lightweight pack.
6. Tighten the straps so the pack fits closely to the body. The pack should rest evenly in the middle of the back and not sag down to the buttocks.
Encourage kids to use their locker or desk frequently throughout the day. Maybe we can encourage schools to increase time between classes for this reason. I have often recommended packs on wheels, but was sadly informed that was not cool……and some schools don’t allow them because they can pose a tripping hazard in the halls.
Men and women of all ages….lighten the load in your purses, satchels, messenger bags, and fanny packs! Those of us that wear our wallets, cell phones, keys, etc. in our back pockets…STOP. Put them in your front pocket or put it in your already light bag of choice. Sitting on these belongings absolutely throw your pelvis (for starters) off.
Hope this helps! Happy summer!
McNicholas Family Chiropractic