Can Your Back Pain be Caused by Backpacks, Bags and Child Carriers?
Items like backpacks, bags and child carriers are designed to prevent people from experiencing back pain. However, when they are worn improperly, the opposite result can occur. If you carry around one or more of these items frequently and are also dealing with persistent lower back pain, then it may be time to evaluate how you’re using them and make adjustments as needed. Here are some of the ways backpacks, bags and child carriers could be contributing to your persistent lower back pain.
Proper Way To Wear A Backpack
Any pain management physician will tell you to wear a backpack with two straps and keep it as close to your body as possible. Only carrying the backpack with one strap can throw your body alignment off and lead to back pain. On that same note, make sure the load in the backpack is centered as much as possible. It’s also easy to continue fitting things in the backpack without removing unnecessary items. The goal is to carry only what you need in the backpack to reduce the weight of it.
Choose A Smaller Bag
When it comes to handbags and purses, the most effective way to lighten the load you carry is to use a smaller bag. The challenge with these types of bags is most of them have a single strap, which prevents you from being able to carry it on your shoulders. Sometimes this is unavoidable, so be sure to switch sides periodically as you’re carrying it throughout the day. One of the best spine care tips is to be conscious of your body’s symmetry, and if you start naturally leaning to one side due to the weight of a bag, then make adjustments accordingly to prevent back pain.
Tighten Up Your Child Carrier
There are some great ergonomic child carriers available today, and you owe it to yourself to get one if you haven’t already. One of the most common mistakes parents make with their child carrier is not having it tight enough. This can put a substantial amount of strain on the back, and could eventually require you to go to a pain management physician. The closer your child is to your body, the lighter the weight will be and the more evenly the weight will be distributed.
DBC Active Spine Care® understands you can’t have a completely perfect spine alignment all the time. The main thing people need to consider is being conscious of all the movements they make throughout the day, the items they lift and what they are carrying. If you’re experiencing persistent lower back pain, don’t delay in addressing it. Our spine adaptive functional restoration program is designed to alleviate your pain, while strengthening your muscles to prevent future pain. Be sure to contact us to learn more about our program and how it can help you live a pain-free life.