Summer is over and school is back in session, and with classes starting over, back problems can quickly follow. From carrying backpacks full of supplies to taking notes in class to extracurricular activities such as sports, your back or neck can start to hurt, but there are things you can do to prevent back and neck injuries or back and neck pain. You can learn more about back-to-school tips from Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center, your chiropractor in Essex MD.
Tips to Preventing Injuries and Pain During the School Year
School doesn’t have to be a pain in the back or neck. There are some things you can do to prevent injuries and pain.
Proper Use of a Backpack
A backpack is a great tool for carrying all of your supplies, but it can also cause issues if it isn’t worn or used properly. Below are tips for how to use your backpack properly to prevent injury:
- Use both straps and adjust them so the backpack fits snugly against the back. The backpack should not rest on the butt, but should instead rest in the middle of the back.
- Don’t overload your backpack. Overloaded backpacks can cause problems with posture and increase fall risk.
- Make sure the straps are snug but not so tight they are cutting into your shoulders or under your arms.
Using proper posture can help prevent or alleviate back and neck pain. Pay attention to your posture while walking, standing, sitting or reading. Some tips on proper posture include making sure you are sitting with your back straight, feet planted flatly on the floor, shoulders back, head up over the top part of the neck, and the neck up over the top part of the shoulders.
Back to school also means back to sports such as football, basketball, and wrestling to name a few. Proper warm-ups and proper use of safety equipment can help prevent sports injuries.
Chiropractor in Essex MD
Dr. Neil Cohen has over 35 years of experience in chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can help alleviate the pain and injuries caused by back-to-school activities through spinal adjustments and prevention education. For more information or to schedule chiropractic care for your child, call Comprehensive Spine and Sport Center today!