When it comes to protecting the health of your back and spinal column, it is important to remember one very important piece of equipment that many people use each year, yet very few know how to use the right way for better health. I am talking about backpacks of course, and how the difference between using them correctly and incorrectly can almost quite literally make or break the health of your back and spinal column.
Whether you are the parent of a child or children who use backpacks at school every day, or you yourself have found the benefits of using a backpack in your own everyday life, it is always important to know how best to take advantage of these very helpful tools in order to keep your body healthy and functioning well. After all, scientific studies have shown that there is a direct link and connection between improper use of a backpack and issues in the back, spine, and neck areas of the body.
I recently came across an article post by Everyday Health that provides some excellent advice on how to pack a backpack the right way in order to keep the load from being too overwhelming on a person’s back. As someone who does in fact use a backpack to get around town, I found this advice to be pretty helpful, and I think you will as well.
You will want to start out by choosing the right type of backpack, because believe it or not, some packs are actually constructed much better, or worse, than others are. Look for a backpack that has two padded shoulder straps that can be adjusted to match an individual wearer’s height. The back of the pack should also be padded to prevent objects from sticking out and hitting the spine or lower back. Be sure to also choose a bag that has multiple compartments and pockets in order to keep the weight distribution even.
As for filling up the backpack, be sure to place the heaviest objects towards the back and bottom of the bag. Lighter items should be placed in compartments towards the front of the bag, or higher up in the main compartment. If you carry around a notebook, consider splitting it up into multiple thin notebooks as opposed to one big one, since this will aide you in weight distribution in the bag. You can always consult with a chiropractor on further tips to keep your back and spine healthy. Regular chiropractic adjustments can keep your back muscles from becoming too strained over time.
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