Dress for Success: How to Wear Your Backpack to Avoid Pain?
Do you find your shoulders and back aching after carrying your backpack You might be wearing it too low. Here is the best way to wear a backpack comfortably without pain!
Where to Wear?
Backpacks should be worn such that the top of the bag is at the top of the torso in line with the shoulders, and the bottom of the bag is just above the hip bone.
Wearing the back pack too low will cause you to lean forward, straining your shoulders and putting pressure on the low back.
Straps are adjustable for a reason!?
Depending on the type of clothing you are wearing, tighten or loosen the straps accordingly. Whether you are wearing a t-shirt or a winter coat, the backpack should sit securely up high on your back.
Always wear both straps. Wearing the backpack on only one shoulder – even if you alternate – causes pain and strain in the neck, shoulders, back and hips. The uneven weight distribution.
P.S. Wide straps are best! Shoot for at least 2 wide.
The ideal backpack has both a chest strap and a waist strap. The straps provide additional support and control the pressure on the shoulders and back.
How heavy is too heavy?
For children, it is important that they are not carrying more than 15% of their body weight. So if the child weighs 60 pounds, the backpack should not exceed 9 lbs.
The bag should have several padded compartments, so the weight of the contents can be evenly distributed. Place the heaviest items in the back of the bag (closest to your body) to reduce swaying and extra movement while walking.
Signs that you’re wearing your backpack incorrectly:
- Headaches as the base of the skull.
- Neck pain or pain between shoulder blades.
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or hands.
- Shoulders rolling forward.
- Stomach sticking out, arched back, while wearing it.
- Bending forward at the waist to support the weight of it.