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Bags and Backs

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Sep 17 2015 08:00AM

Our osteopath, Yinka, advises on carrying your bag to minimise strain on your back


Lap-tops and tablets, books, sports kit and all manner of necessary paraphernalia are carried around with us on a daily basis. Children in particular carry heavy text and exercise books and some schools do not provide lockers.


Carrying heavier bags can take its toll on the neck, shoulders and back. A back pack distributes the weight more evenly across the shoulders and back. Look for a lightweight, strong back pack. Correctly loading your bag can help. Make sure that if your back pack is heavy you use the waist straps. Position them above your hips so that most of the weight is on your waist. Adjust shoulder straps so that the pack hugs your back.


Backcare a national charity produce an excellent back pack for adults and children. Go to: www.backcare.org.uk


Yinka Fabusuyi

Osteopath.


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