With back to school time right around the corner, it’s a good time to bring up one important question: Are you carrying the right backpack for your neck and back? Children going back to school are not the only ones we should be concerned about. Adults carrying heavy computer bags, briefcases, and backpacks also have to make sure their bags have a proper fit and are not doing more harm than good!
One of the BIGGEST concerns with backpacks for children and adults is the mere weight of the bag. Backpacks with an excess amount of space, to fit more books, will only make the bag heavier and cause one of two things:
Your shoulders to lean forward in order to carry the weight which puts more pressure on your back and shoulders.
The backpack will fall down on your back causing you to excessively arch your back and alter your normal gait.
Here are a two rule you should always follow for the health of your back. Backpacks should not hang lower than the small of your back or a few inches above your belt line. Backpacks should fit firmly on your back with little sliding motion. Bags that hang too low or slide up and down can create stress in different areas of your back, causing discomfort and poor posture. Furthermore, it is important…