It’s the end of August and that means it’s back-to-school time. This means trips to school, books, backpacks and school sports. While gearing up for the new school year keep in mind that heavy backpacks and bad posture can hurt your kids and their backs.

5 Tips to Help Keep the Entire Family Pain Free for Back-to-School:

  1. If you haven’t already, make sure you find a really good backpack. A good pack is light, snug and comfortable to wear. It should have two wide padded shoulder straps and a waist strap. As much as your kids might not like it, all straps should be used and adjusted so that the pack is snug against their back and not “falling away” from the body. When packing, make sure the heaviest objects are close to the body. Bumpy, odd-shaped objects should be placed on the outside, away from the back.
  2. Moving your kids into their college dorm room? Lifting heavy boxes can give you back pain if not done correctly. Be sure to label boxes so that you have an idea as to how heavy they will be. Before lifting, make sure that you have balanced footing and a good grip. Keep the box or object as close to your body as possible and bend from the hips and knees.
  3. Hit the books with proper posture! When studying or reading, make sure that your book is at eye level. Avoid “text neck” with smartphones and tablets. This will reduce the amount of strain on your neck and shoulders from having your book lay flat.
  4. Maintain good posture while sitting in class. This will reduce the strain on your neck, shoulders and low back. (It will also help keep you attentive during class!) Sit with your shoulders back, chin tucked in and a gentle “C curve” in your low back. Don’t arch your lower back or slump forward.
  5. Make use of your classroom breaks. Between classes stand up and walk around.

The team at Lewis Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center wishes everyone a safe, successful and happy new school year. Happy Back-to-School!