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Heavy Backpacks Can Hurt Backs

by:Joy Summit      2021-04-01

Backpacks are a popular accessory with every generation. Everyone, including kindergarten students to individuals in their senior years, have a backpack. Unfortunately, even though backpacks are extremely useful, they also have their downsides. Heavy backpacks, for example don't only cause poor posture, but also lead to muscle spasms, exertion on the spine, and neck sprain. The American Chiropractic Association stated that in 2001 thousands of people were admitted to emergency rooms due to backpacks.

The weight of a backpack should not exceed 10-15 percent of an individual's body weight. When a heavier weight than this is placed on the shoulders, it will cause imbalance and pull the person backwards. As a reaction to this, the person would automatically strain forward to regain their balance, causing the improper positioning of the spine which is related to simultaneous back pains.

Surveys reveal that the majority of children carry heavier backpacks than the maximum safe backpack weight indicated. In addition, the tendency to sling backpacks over one shoulder, further aggravates the damage done to the back. The back pains that people suffer from during their childhood usually continue through adulthood. This article is not written by or checked for accuracy by a medical doctor. Please consult with your physician for treatment options.

The symptoms of carrying an overloaded pack are:

Fortunately, many companies now provide their consumers with more supportive backpacks to combat back pain problems. Supportive backpacks should have:

Furthermore, train yourself to adjust the backpack fit regularly. People are prone to become lazy and start dumping all of their possessions in a backpack without considering the consequences. Thus, ensuring that your backpack is light is a smart way to avoid incurring back pains.

This article is not written by or checked for accuracy by a medical doctor. Please consult with your physician for treatment options.


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