Let's look at a few tips for optimal back pack wearing:
- two wide, padded shoulder straps: both straps need to be worn in order to distribute weight evenly, if one side is on and the other off the shoulder, the body will begin to move away from the heavy side in order to keep you upright, but this will lead to twisting in the mid-back and neck area. The straps should be wide and padded to keep pressure off the nerves and vessels in the shoulders, which can lead to numbness, tingling or weakness in hands.
- keep it light: only carry what you need each day. A backpack should weigh 10-15% of your total body weight, if you are 100 lbs, your backpack should weigh 10 - 15 lbs maximum.
- multiple compartments: carrying things in different compartments will not only help keep it more organized, but it will help distribute the weight more evenly.
- waist belts: that may not be stylish, but they will help disperse the weight more effectively, especially if you find yourself carrying the maximum weight or more.
- padded backs: beneficial to decrease being stabbed or poked by edges of books or pens and pencils.
- wear it close: the straps should be tight enough to wear the backpack closely to the back, with the middle of the pack even in the middle of the back (not resting on buttocks). Make sure straps aren't too tight though, you should be able to move freely without any sensation in the hands.
If you feel like you carried too much today or would like us to help with your back pack adjustments, give us a call! We are here to help you not hurt.