7 Ways to Reduce Backpack Back Pain

On the first Monday in September for the past 130 years, formally called Labor Day, Americans have celebrated the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day often also marks the bittersweet ending of summer vacation for children and young adults returning to school in the fall.

If you have children in school, by now school shopping is either already done or you’re making a mad dash to the store to grab the last few items on the school supply list.

The backpack being perhaps, one of the most staple supplies on the school list. Finding the right backpack and using it properly can make or break your student.

According to a 2006 study conducted by the Children’s Orthopaedic Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the Keck School of Medicine, 37% of school-aged children complained of back pain, 97% of which utilized backpacks.

The American Chiropractic Association also reported that nearly 7,000 people visit the emergency room each year due to backpack-related injuries.

If you have followed our blog, you may already know that back pain is a prevalent and painful epidemic that causes Americans to spend upwards of $50 billion each year to seek back pain relief.

So, in order to reduce the likelihood of your child experiencing back pain this school year, we have compiled this list of tips on how to properly use a backpack:

  • Purchase a backpack that is proportional to the intended user.
  • Make sure the backpack weighs no more than 10% of your body weight.
  • Use both shoulder straps and make sure the pack doesn’t hang too far below the waist line.
  • Wider straps reduce pain in the shoulders and back.
  • Utilize pockets to properly pack the contents of the bag.
  • If the backpack is heavy, lift with knees and face backpack when picking it up to reduce back strain.
  • Use a backpack with lumbar support

Making sure you equip your student with the proper backpack is one of many ways to insure your student has a safe, healthy and comfortable school year.

Another way to equip your student is to utilize SmartCells anti-fatigue insoles.

SmartCells® Insoles are available in three styles that easily slip into most shoes:  a Standard flat style, for use with or without orthotics, as well as Therapeutic and Active Orthotic styles that offer additional arch and heel support, personalized for size and tuned to the nature of the users’ activities.

SmartCells Insoles are ergonomically designed to cushion, return energy and reduce back pain.

SmartCells® insoles utilize our renowned and trusted SmartCells cushioning technology that is distinguished by the array of “Smart” cells that cushion and absorb force like miniature springs, and are highly responsive to changes in pressure, so that when an individual’s weight is shifted they return their stored energy.

The SmartCells® anti-fatigue technology is significantly different than typical foam or gel products, which can break down quickly and lack some critical features to optimize fatigue relief.  SmartCells® become softer as they are compressed, just the opposite of foam, and are highly responsive, unlike gel.  The result is an extraordinarily comfortable cushion that actively adjusts to body movements and is unique to any insole on the market.

SmartCells Insoles: I feel good.