7 Ways to Reduce Backpack Back Pain

The arrival of August is bittersweet. On one hand, here in the PNW we have scorching hot weather which makes it perfect for a dip in a cold lake fed by a mountain glacier. But, on the other hand, it means there is only one month left until school is in session and Summer is “over”. In fact, stores are already displaying the school supply lists for local schools.

These lists often include pencils, Kleenex, calculators, folders and perhaps most importantly, a backpack.

Did you know that finding the right backpack, and using it properly can make or literally 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. Further, the back pain epidemic causes Americans to spend upwards of $50 billion each year to seek back pain relief.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of your child experiencing back pain this school year. Below you will find the top 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 ensure your student has a safe, healthy and comfortable school year.

Another way to equip your student is to invest in a pair of Zelus Insoles for them.

What are Zelus Insoles? We are glad you asked.

When SATECH, Inc.’s patented SmartCells anti-fatigue cushioning technology joined forces with decades of custom orthotic expertise from Fastech Labs, a new breed of insole was created: Zelus Insoles.

In a world where insoles are designed to solve a pain-related issue OR help the performance of athletes, Zelus Insoles are a step ahead. Our insoles are designed to prevent injuries AND improve performance AND reduce pain. We like to call it the Zelus Triple Threat: Prevention, Performance, Painless.

Convinced your student needs Zelus Insoles, now?

Take a look at our options. The Zelus lineup is broken out into two buckets with one main difference: Arch Support or no arch support.

Available in 3 models (a nifty ¾ length for roomier toes | A velvety suede-topped uber soft but sporty | An enhanced, triple-cushion, durable beauty), the arch support options provide SmartCells Cushioning in high impact areas and a heat-molded Thermoplastic core for durable and solid support which secures the heel and provides maximum fatigue relief.

If arch support is not needed, our no-frills flat design provides enhanced cushioning and maximum comfort. Available in 3 models (A Sleek ¾ length for the trickiest of shoes | A stress-reduction machine for your feet | A good-for-turning-any-shoe-active version), the no-frills flat options provide full SmartCells Cushioning coverage and an anti-microbial top layer for keeping things fresh.

To learn more or purchase Zelus Insoles for your student visit www.zelusinsoles.com.